a little search for Burton IPA


Sometimes I do wonder what the hell I have done to deserve a passion for beer, the miles that I do, the gym sessions that I hate and a collection of glasses that really are becoming an issue.  Ok, so that’s the biggest crock of crap that I have ever written, I love it, but there must have been a black cat kicked somewhere. Certainly if luck had anything to do with this trip, we were shit out of it!   I really wanted to call this article “#fail”… Continue reading


Tardy and busy!

Sometimes I have to look around and just think that wow, haven’t things moved on!   looking back over the last few weeks, months and the life of this blog – wow.   I wish I could just dump my email inbox on to the blog, much of which I am sure that many other bloggers out there get and which I always read, often with my coffee around 11am. Especially some of the bigger UK brewers various PR companies… my comedy moments all to frequently!    I will be editing the Peter Darby interview this week and in my own slightly inept angle of English making the best of it.   Very interesing and something that I should revisit in time…

I also have a big email to reply to from my favourite local micro, which I must do!     I spent a really good friday night at the Planet Thanet BeerFest, with really good friends and great beers!  The down side was waking on Saturday realising I still had £20 of vouchers in my pocket, um, in the modern way, a kinda FAIL!    Saturday of the Bank holiday I went up to see Garrett at the Bull at Horton Kirby.  Interestingly Garrett does a lot of his communications through Facebook – here –  This was an awesome event, despite the weather; The Mussels were some of the best that I have had in years!  They even had bottles of very rare Belgians along with a great selection of draughts.    All in all Kent was a great place to be for beer last weekend!

SO, here we go!

1, The Coach and Horses, Dronfield.

Transformed pub wins Award recognition

After an extensive ballot of its 1050  members the Sheffield and District CAMRA branch, has declared its District  Pub of the Year for 2009 as The Coach & Horses, Sheffield Road,  Dronfield.

This is a remarkable turn around for a pub that  only just over 2 years ago was declared bankrupt and closed by the previous  owners. The pub was in a very poor state of repair. says Simon Webster,  Director of Thornbridge Brewery, who took over the running of the pub in  2007 and much hard work went into its refurbishment before we could reopen  it. The pub has since concentrated on quality beers from not only  Thornbridge (5 hand pumps dispense their beers, which often include one of  the brewery’s one-off experimental specials as well as the award winning  beers such as Jaipur IPA and Kipling) but also lagers and bottled beers from  across the globe.

Turning around a failed pub can take some  time reports Webster but a major step in the success of the pub he says was  the employment of Kiwi couple Catherine Mueller to manage the pub on a day  to day basis and she has been ably assisted by her partner Kelly Ryan – a  man with a unique insight into the Thornbridge beers as by day he is their  Head Brewer!  Catherine and Kelly have done a magnificent job in  making the pub a success and the CAMRA Award is recognition of this,”  continues Webster and he highlights “not only great beer but freshly cooked,  locally sourced food backed with excellent service as the key to the pub’s  incredible transformation.

The Coach and Horses  will now be entered into the East Midland’s County competition an early  round of the National Pub of the Year award. The pub has a celebration event  planned for Sunday May 24th and Monday May 25th when they will showcase a  number of beers from the Us leading micro brewers alongside a gourmet BBQ  and international live Blues Musicians call 01246 413269 for further information.

To further add to this I’m heading to see Kelly this weekend, with @Terry_Tibbs.     Have a listen to this excellent interview with Kelly on the awesome Brewing Networkhere

2, Struise

If you follow my far more regular waffle, um, microblog on Twitter, Struise beers have arrived at the depot.  They will be available in due course.

read this if you need more waffle

3,  more… but wait.

4, fun in October.

5, Bloggers

We frequently get approached for “free beer” as part of recompense for a promise of traffic and links etc.   We like to send beer to those who are putting the effort in, writing regularly, getting out there, getting to events and generally writing about beer from all aspects in a positive and enlightened fashion, about great beer!   We’ve been picked up by a bunch of bloggers who we all regularly read,  like the Reluctant Scooper, (who we hope will come back with flying colours, ), Knut Albert, and Mark Dredge at Pencil and Spoon.   We’ve also been highlighted by Blog-o-Beer which was very cool, very honest reviews too!

So, all in all a very busy period I just hope I can keep up!

Speak soon and Enjoy Beer!

Twitter Taste Live



Our good friend over at Reluctant Scooper, the orange hair’d friend he is, is hosting the #ttl – or Twitter Taste Live – where they actually open, taste, consume and tweet notes back and fro about a brew of choice.  Previously, it was Trappist Ales – ably hosted by J Brooks and Stan H-mous. Tonight The Reluctant Scooper is keeping the British End up!

Yes to many this sounds uber geeky, not quite sitting in the pub shooting the S with friends etc. but what the hell, call it educational if you will international web-funneled interactions – rather than just the same four walls.    I am just going to be an active observer, rather than vocal participant.   Should be interesting to see what is said, the language used, and how and who gets along…

A little toast to Bill wouldn’t go amiss?

you can follow what’s happening here = HERE



Cheeky Cnut!?

Apparently, I am a cheeky “cnut”,   according to an email I received whilst partaking in the company of such fine people as Fritz Maytag of Anchor Brewing.

You can read the reason that I am, kinda, is very well written here, by one of the best beerish writers in my sphere of friends, here*

*edited – changed as per comments.

If you’re going to read one blog entry tonight…

pinched from Reluctant

pinched from Reluctant

read this…. here

“The Portman Group, the drinks industry’s humour-bypassed regulatory body, have provisionally upheld their decision to force the removal of three Brewdog beers from retailer’s shelves due to the ‘aggressive marketing’ used by the brewer.

The complaints begger belief. Hop Rocker is marketed with the phrases “nourishing foodstuff” and “Magic is still there to be extracted”; the Portman panel said that implies the drink could enhance mental and physical capabilities. Er, WTF??? Rip Tide, being a “twisted merciless stout” – is associated in their eyes with antisocial behaviour. And one of my favourite beers, Punk IPA, which is described on the small print of the back label as an “aggressive beer”… Portman say that the use of the word aggression “is more likely to be seen applying to the drinker rather than the drink”. FFS.

This was supposed to be a blog about a great bottle of beer. But now it’s got far, far more important things to say. You want to know the truth about Punk IPA and Brewdog? Can you handle the truth?”

From the Reluctant Scooper.. please read