Opinion

Topical articles and pieces from a personal point of view.

Brewers abhor a vacuum

We were supping fine beer from the Navigation Brewery in the Cross Keys in Nottingham and the man sitting next to me said that when he moved to the ci...

Modern British Beer review

This copiously illustrated and extensively researched 288-page book provides a reflection as to how British beer has evolved over the last 50 years, a...

Cask beer is on the up

Pardon my alliteration, but real ale is remarkably resilient. During lockdowns and pub closures, there were concerns that cask beer was heading for th...

A place to sigh, cry and laugh softly

A glance around the internet will unavoidably reveal the topic of grief. But why the internet? Are people not grieving in places of worship or similar...

Going the extra ml

Misleading consumers is a serious matter, but that’s what I believe brewers are doing with their on pack measurements. Not that they are short changin...

BrewDog's sour taste

It was all going to be so refreshingly different – a brewery turning its back on “industrial lagers and stuffy ales” and offering bright new beers for...

Problem drinking? Brits are actually quite moderate drinkers

As regular as a red London bus, another report has come trundling along about “problem drinking”. It repeats the media mantra that the Brits consume t...

What does the future hold for pubs and breweries post pandemic?

After more than a year with minimal trade, for some pubs, the next few months could be their last hurrah. Many of us have built up savings and, over t...

Make real ale special

There’s many a slip twixt cup and lip, but the lockdown is coming to an end, we will be able to sup inside pubs and beer will once again be gushing in...

2020 Campaigner of the Year Mark Haslam says it's now or never to save pubs post Covid-19

It was dour Scots actor John Laurie, when reprising his Dad's Army character Private Frazer, who frequently exhorted: “We’re doomed, we’re all doomed!...


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