Opinion

Topical articles and pieces from a personal point of view.

What’s in a London Pub Name?

Londoners, want to know which pub is named after a bare-knuckle boxer, or a colour of chicken? Or which pubs inspired the names of tube stations? Well...

The good, the bad and the ugly of our pubs

The pub trade is reminiscent of one of those old Spaghetti Westerns – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. We saw the ugly side last month when spokesmen f...

Wet-led pub’s dilemma

The Covid pandemic continues to throw a long shadow over the embattled British pub. And it’s “wet-led” pubs that are feeling most of the pain – that’s...

Celebrate Beer Day Britain and raise a glass to the rise of the micro

Today we mark Beer Day Britain - a lovely opportunity to celebrate one of the nation’s favourite drinks, and those who make it. The day marks the anni...

Black cloud refuses to shift

I’m grateful to Rupert Thompson, boss of Hogs Back brewery in Surrey, for lifting the large black cloud hovering over my head. Hard on the heels of th...

On a visit to another branch

During a recent visit to Dumfries and Galloway I picked up a Spring 2022 copy of Full Pints, the award-winning magazine of the Ayrshire & Wigtownshire...

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...


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