One of the things I loved most when I was in Madrid getting to know a little bit about the beer scene was the way everyone I met used the term “cerveza artesanal”
I’d never been able to attend a Holmes Mill Meet The Brewer, but I last-minuted my way to their Torrside event. Because how often do Torrside come to your town? I couldn’t miss it.
I know I’m lucky to have a local pub like mine. They sell great beer, they have live music sometimes and they give me shifts when I’m skint. But the best thing about my local pub, is that us regulars have naturally formed a number of sub-groups based on interest and interconnected friendships. These people […]
This year will be the first Clitheroe Beer Festival I’ll have ever helped with, rather than slightly hindering it with my inebriation as a non-member guest. Taking place from the 9th May — 11th May, it’ll also be the first Clitheroe Beer Festival to be hosted at the Old School Rooms on Lowergate, otherwise known […]
I wish my favourite morsel at the posh pub was something that made me sound smarter. It wasn’t. I fell in love with a chicken wing.
I listen to the radio a lot. Since I started working from home last March, Radio 6 has been a constant companion throughout my day, from my first cup of Yorkshire Tea (always Yorkshire Tea, don’t ever try to tell me otherwise) to the long, drawn out years between 2pm and 6pm, it’s there in […]
What I’ve learned in a year (almost) of beer writing. Escapism is what it is. Pure escapism. I try hard not to drink for drinking’s sake because I prefer my beer to punctuate a situation, and in most cases, the beer I love is all down to context. Would I love Bluebird Bitter quite as […]
I wanted to talk about superstition this Halloween – about the small rituals we impulsively prick into our existence, sustaining a sense of meaning, momentarily suspending us from reality. They’re personal and they’re private, and unsurprisingly in the world of brewing, a chiefly technical profession in this day and age, I couldn’t find anyone willing […]
This post follows on from Part 1: Local hops in Castille and León. Our trip to Madrid taught us what “Craft” means in Spanish. Eight years ago, the nebulous idea of craft beer gained structural integrity in Madrid, when the capital’s first independent bottle shop opened on Calle Ruda close to the cathedral and El […]
A conversation in Spain about British food. “Why don’t British people have a cuisine?” asks our guide Oscar as we sit, misted by automatic air coolers, in the kerbside gazebo of a taxi rank café just outside Madrid Atocha station. It’s 3pm and 35 degrees. He leans back to take a drag on his half-finished […]