Category Archives: Brewing Britain

Golden ales from Kits

Golden Ales from kits It might not yet be summer, indeed as I write it’s not even spring and yet and yet, I’m starting to think about what I want to drink during the summer months. I’m sure I am … Continue reading

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What were we drinking in 1935 and 1915

What were we drinking 1935 and 1915? Continuing the countdown to the magna carta was signed I’m looking at 800 years of boozing. So What were we drinking in 1935 and 1915? 1935 The Bellini When in 1931 Giuseppe Cipriani … Continue reading

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Magna Carta of Booze – Pt 1 Booze predictions for 2015

Magna Carta of Booze – Booze predictions for 2015 The Magna Carta was signed on the 19th June 1215, which is now just 20 weeks away. I’ve decided to go back in time in 20ish year (or there about) increments … Continue reading

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How to open beer without an opener

The smoking ban is suposed to have had a huge impact on the amount we drink. Perhaps it has but not for the reasons that many of us think. When you smoke you have a lighter on you at all … Continue reading

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Andy Hamilton’s Boozy Christmas present ideas

It’s that time of year again, shopkeepers are bracing themselves for a buying frenzy, Amazon have upped their bandwidth, authors are writing top 10 blogs and the North Pole is buzzing as the elves wrap up a colossal amount of … Continue reading

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Beer and beard matching – Mo-vembeer(d) – Does your beer match your beard?

Beer and beard matching – Mo-vem-beer-d –  The traditional beards. (a collaborative post with Paul Fishman) My first local was in Northampton a small market town in the centre of England. A pub called the Racehorse Inn. Back then it … Continue reading

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Why I didn’t want to have a sober October and why I won’t be having a sober November

Because I enjoy drinking. Cheers!  

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What is Craft Beer?

What is Craft beer? A wise wag once told me that real ale is made with four ingredients and craft beer is made with six. Real ale is made with water, hops, malt and yeast and craft beer has two … Continue reading

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Blending beers

Blending beers Blending beers was commonplace in Victorian Britain. Landlords would know what blend each of their customers wanted and they would run around with jugs full of beer (before we had bars) and serve each customer there preferred blend. … Continue reading

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How to identify Sloes to make sloe gin etc

How to identify Sloes Before you can make your sloe gin, sloe wine or sloe anything then really you have to to know how to identify Sloes. There was a point when I didn’t know how to identify sloes. In … Continue reading

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