Category Archives: Brewing Britain

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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The Booze Academy

The Booze Academy is a new brewing and fermentation school that will launch in 2015. The First Booze Academy Course is entry level brewing – Kits! The Booze Academy brings together all of the knowledge that I have gleaned whilst … Continue reading

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Homemade bitter lemon and lime – a very easy recipe

Homemade bitter lemon and lime Most student will experiment with drugs at University, I went as a mature student and had gone way beyond that point, instead experimenting with gin (and wearing chaps). I’d mix gin with everything and after … Continue reading

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Wild Festival cocktails

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 … Continue reading

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Wild booze walks – Back by popular demand

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 … Continue reading

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