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Wild Blackberry Wine

Wild Blackberry Wine

July 23rd, 2014

Many older foraging books, and my childhood memories of the 1980's, insist that blackberries are an autumnal fruit rarely seen before the end of August. These days if you wait until autumn to pick blackberries you will be disappointed. The changing climate now means an early August harvest. For most, the blackberry is the first (and often only) food that will be foraged. It is my hope that it will become as popular to ferment as[Read More]

Homestart Bristol - The Charity I support and Why

Homestart Bristol – The Charity I support and Why

July 7th, 2014

When I became a father I felt very privileged, not just because my son seemed so perfect nor because he had two of everything he should have two of. It was because I found myself in the enviable position of being able to take the year off, as did his Mum. My finances took a massive hit and I guess my career did a bit too, but the time was magical and if possible I'd[Read More]

Wild Festival cocktails

Wild Festival cocktails

July 1st, 2014

As I write midsummer has just passed and that means one thing, we are right in the middle of festival season, wild festival cocktail season! Dolly might have wowed the crowds at Glastonbury and for some that signals the end of festival season. Don't be that person, there are still many more festival weekends to go. And if like myself, you are slowly becoming an old fart then you might just want to sit at home[Read More]

Pub Facts - Half truths from the pub

Pub Facts – Half truths from the pub

June 28th, 2014

What are Pub facts? Over the course of writing Brewing Britain and throughout my drinking career I have heard many a tall tale, always told most earnestly and always told at least two or three pints into the evening. I’ve started to call these tales pub facts, they sit on that line between total crap and the truth. This is the start of my collection of some of my favourites and I hope that by immortalizing t[Read More]

Wild booze walks - Back by popular demand

Wild booze walks – Back by popular demand

May 23rd, 2014

I called my last two wild booze walks exclusive as I planned to only do two of them. But everyone who attended really enjoyed them and they sold out within 2 days, who'd have thought! Since then I've been inundated with people asking when the next one is going to be. So I've decided to sit down with my diary and work out a two dates for now. Please note I do not plan to do any m[Read More]

Cleavers Juice - A recipe from Booze for Free

Cleavers Juice – A recipe from Booze for Free

May 10th, 2014

Not every recipe in Booze for Free is for booze, there are a number of soft drinks there too and here is one of them Cleavers Juice. I thought I might even add a little video just show how easy it is to make the stuff. Cleavers can be found growing in areas where the soil has been disturbed. Often on the edges of paths in public places, woodland edges, fields and on allotments. They love[Read More]

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