Posts by: Laura Hadland

Calling time on Pedigree

I placed my order at the bar of the Malt Shovel and publican Brad invited me to take a seat. “I’ll bring your drinks over in a second,” he said. “I’ve...

Great expectations

It’s still the time of year when beer writers up and down the land don their Mystic Meg costumes and tell us what we’ll be drinking in the next 12 mon...

It’ll be lonely this Christmas?

A pub in Northern Ireland has gone viral with a low-budget Christmas advert. Charlie’s Bar in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, spent £700 on the ad, which f...

Bass back on bars

Readers may recall serious issues with the supply of the iconic Burton-brewed draught Bass after the lockdown ended. In 2021, this was widely attribut...

Inside the Bass House

I read the story of Vic Long this month. He was celebrating his 50th anniversary behind the bar at the Ship Inn in Portishead, Somerset. Some of the r...

The golden age of cider and perry

It was with great pleasure that I attended the inaugural Artisan Cheese and  Cider Summit at Little Pomona just outside Bromyard recently. It was one...

A Brief Encounter

I had a lovely weekend at the Ludlow Food Festival recently. I was there to give a beer tasting on behalf of Slow Food Ludlow, introducing my guests t...

Can the Crooked House rise again?

There has rightly been vocal outrage about the sorrowful demise of the Crooked House in Himley this month. The pub was sold from the Marston’s portfol...

Starting a new thiologue

I first heard about thiols at the Great British Beer Festival’s Learn and Discovery bar last year. I had ostensibly signed up to volunteer because if...

Sharing the lager love

As a child of the 1980s and a fledgling beer drinker in the early 2000s, I don’t mind telling you that I have consumed a fair amount of macro lager in...


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