Opinion

Topical articles and pieces from a personal point of view.

Spreading the mild message

There’s much ado about mild this month. A beer style that once seemed destined for the knacker’s yard is making a spirited comeback with major promoti...

Consumers lead the way on green beer

by Tim Oim O'Rourke As part of CAMRA’s ‘Drink Greener’ campaign, the Environmental Working Group looks at the environmental impact of brewing to under...

Big boys have arrived in Ukraine

On my first and so far, only visit to Ukraine I booked into my hotel in Kiev, went to the terrace for a beer and found myself sitting under a Stella A...

Brewer’s welcome boost for cask beer

At last some good news on the cask beer front. One of our major regional brewers, Black Sheep in the Yorkshire Dales, is launching a major campaign to...

Ask the expert

Q: When shopping for bottled live beer, are unfiltered and unfined good indicators that a beer is bottle conditioned? 

Real asset in fight for real ale

I have been drinking cask-conditioned beers for more years than I care to think about and can well remember some outstanding brands that have long sin...

Landlord lifts Doom gloom

I took a break from driving last month at a pub on the Beds/Bucks border fittingly called the Travellers Rest. It’s an old coaching inn with beams, lo...

Kent’s great survivor keeps it local

Goachers is a great survivor. The brewery was launched in 1983 by Phil and Debbie Goacher and it’s not only one of the country’s oldest small independ...

Have a beer and save the planet

Drink beer and help save the planet?  It’s a serious question – so serious that I was delighted to see CAMRA had launched a Drink Greener scheme to co...

Number crunching pubs’ post-pandemic recovery

Many people are still reluctant to return to the pub but there are welcome signs of recovery.  In its latest research report, Leisure Spotlight 2021,...


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