Opinion

Topical articles and pieces from a personal point of view.

Venison casserole with cherry beer and cheesy dumplings

Slow-cooked casseroles, stews and braises are a personal favourite as they develop layers of flavour. This venison casserole is cooked with root veget...

Is draught relief the beer industry’s silver bullet?

It’s almost March, which brings with it a new budget from HM Treasury, how exciting. The incumbent (but likely not for much longer) chancellor of the...

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...

Don't dump on our ale heritage

The Carlsberg Tour of Destruction goes on. Not content with closing three breweries, the Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company is now wielding the axe a...

'Cathedral of brewing’ fears realised

In early 2020, Carlsberg and Marston’s announced a joint venture, with the Danish corporation taking 60 per cent of the new Carlsberg Marston’s Brewin...

Why campaigners still need to keep on protecting pubs

The story of the Crooked House rightly dominated the headlines last year. The pub, in Himley, near Dudley in the West Midlands, was sold to a develope...

Jersey’s beer scene

Before I started this post, I worked out how many places on the island you could buy a decent pint of beer. For a relatively small landmass, just nine...

Fancy a Bass?

We’re losing pubs, we’re losing breweries and we’re also losing something less tangible – our brewing heritage. With around some 2,000 breweries in op...

Follow the money

When Black Sheep brewery announced it was lining up administrators in May 2023, it showcased the dire market conditions the beer industry presently fi...


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