Gin Safari & Wild booze Events in Bristol & Bath 2016

Gin safari, Wild Booze walks and Family soda & Sweet adventures!

Book your Gin Safari. Dates will be announced soon for your Family Soda and Sweet Adventures and the original wild booze walks here! All courses are held in Bristol or Bath unless otherwise stated.

Andy Hamilton, wild man, wild Bristol

Andy Hamilton, wild man, wild Bristol

Before booking please check the cancellation information at the bottom.

Gin Safari – Bristol, Bristol, Saturday 23rd April 1pm – SOLD OUT

Meet Outside the Create Centre Bristol, Tickets cost £30

Gin Safari

(Click to pay)

Over a two-hour stroll I’ll introduce you to a host of new plants and flavours. Giving both anecdotes and tips on how to make your own exquisite drinks and cocktails (gin based and beyond). We’ll drink three gin based cocktails and sample a few shots from my experimental booze cabinet. You’ll return back to our starting point with a fuzzy head full of boozy plant knowledge and hopefully with some new friends too. There will also be a gin based surprise!

Gin Safari – Bath, Sunday 24th April 1pm – Booking ended

We will Meet at the Independent Spirit of Bath and head along the canal. Tickets cost £30

The perfectly picturesque city of Bath again plays host to a Gin Safari amongst its Georgian Splendor. On this walk we may even run into Gin Austin herself. We’ll also find what plants can go in gin (and other drinks), we’ll drink three gin based cocktails and sample a few shots from my experimental booze cabinet. You’ll return back to our starting point with a fuzzy head full of boozy plant knowledge and perhaps even one Jane Austin historical fact, (that may or may not be made up). There will also be a gin based surprise!

Family wild Sweets & Soda Pop Adventures – 2016

Dates announced soon (Summer 2016)

Wild Booze walks 2016

Dates to be announced soon.

Want me to come to you or for your group? Prices Start at £300 for a Gin Safari or Wild Booze walk. Prices are cheaper the closer you are to Bristol. Fill out the form below to see when I’m free.

Cancellation Conditions – The only certainty in life is that it is uncertain and of course despite the best will in the world you may need to cancel. In order to cancel your place please give me at least 2 weeks notice so I can fill the place again. You can pass your place onto a friend or even an enemy if you wish. On one occasion (in the last 10 years) I have had to cancel a walk due to extreme weather conditions.  I also reserve the right to cancel the walk myself and will give a full refund if this is the case. Walks may also be led by other foragers with almost as much charm and knowledge as myself. 

Gift Certificate Conditions

As above.

Wild booze walks 2015

Wild booze walks 2015 – NEW DATES DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND

wild booze

wild booze

PLEASE NOTE THESE ARE THE wild booze courses for 2015 for 2016 events look here… 

What could be better than a stroll along aside the gentle flow of the river Avon. Along through the beautiful Avon gorge and under Brunel’s masterful suspension bridge. With a group of like-minded people for company and an expert guide pointing out some of the wonderful plants that can be turned into great drinks? Well doing all that with a drink in your hand of course!

To book your place on a wild booze walk please use the contact me form below. Make sure you put the date and time of the walk as some days I have more than one walk.

Any wild booze walk questions? All should be answered here in the wild booze FAQ’s section. Including directions. I’ve included a bit more of an outline below too.

PLEASE NOTE THESE ARE THE wild booze courses for 2015 for 2016 events look here… 

Wild booze Dates for 2015 – E-Vouchers available if buying as a gift.

NEW DATE – NEW DATE

DUE to high demand I have added a new date 20th MAY 2015 at 1pm. All other dates are currently Sold out. To Book a place please use the booking form below

Andy Hamilton, wild boozer

Andy Hamilton, wild boozer

April 26th – walk one 1pm & walk two 4pm – PLACES currently sorry, SOLD OUT on both

May 20th 2015 – 1pm PLACES currently AVAILABLE

The 4th of July – American themed wild booze walk!

4pm -Sorry, Sold OUTTo Book a place on either of these wild booze walks use the booking form below

PLEASE NOTE THESE ARE THE wild booze courses for 2015 for 2016 events look here... 

Wild booze walks in the media and a little bit of showing off

Radio four wild booze walksAndy’s wild booze walks were featured on BBC Radio four to have a listen click on the big four to the right.

Andy has also appeared on BBC Autumnwatch and Countryfile, ITV’s Alan Titchmarsh show and Channel four’s Something for Nothing. Jilly Goolden, wine critic and Rob da Bank, Radio 1 DJ/festival guru and Dan Saladino R4’s Food progamme producer are all fans of Andy’s booze. The general description is “WoW”.  The majority of people that come on the wild booze walks are also suitable impressed.


What to expect from the Wild Booze walks.

sloe gin

sloe gin

I will be sharing some of the experiences that have helped inspired my 2 award winning booze books, Booze for Free and Brewing Britainmy Guardian blog and my up coming Vermouth Documentary.  We’ll  be identifying some of the plants that can be turned into historic ales, delicious wines and sumptuous cordials. I’ll also be happy to answer any questions you might have about brewing. In an informal and relaxed atmosphere. I’ll happily chat about anything from your elderflower champagne woes, to Slow gin tips and problems with beers. All this and booze!

Where are the wild booze walks held?

The wild booze walks are held in Bristol along the river Avon. Lead from the create centre into Leigh woods and back again. All will start outside the Create centre (click here for how to get there). We will meet in the car park, but please I urge you to not to drive. 

Here are some of the nice things people said about me and the last wild booze walks.

“He’s an engaging talker delivering a wealth of useful information, unusual facts and strange myths. And his home made booze is a rare treat” Nick Moyle, one Thirsty Gardener

“I’ve been raving about this walk to everyone. Andy’s so good at imparting his knowledge through laid back and companionable walks … I am a complete convert to wild boozing – beech leaf noyau here I come” Bonnie Hewson.
“A delightfully green and pleasant, yet truly educational, walk, a few minutes from the city  centre, punctuated with varied and delicious, mostly alcoholic, refreshment, provided and indeed created by our most congenial host.  A charming group of people who somehow became ever more affable as the walk went on!” Roger Greenhalgh

Andy Hamilton’s Boozy Christmas present ideas

Andy Hamilton drinking

Bottoms up

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 presents. But what do you get the lush in the family? The person who is only happy when your gift is at least 40% ABV.

Here are a few of my ideas to help you get the right boozy gifts this Christmas. If I get a chance I’ll do more of a brewer’s gift ideas soon too.

Boozy Christmas present ideas – THE LIST for 2014

1. One of my wild Booze walks – Yes of course I’m going to mention my own walks. But right now and up until 20th December 2014, I’m offering Wild Booze walks and a signed copy of either Brewing Britain or Booze for Free delivered to your door* for just £24. (fill the form below to order). Of course if you have my books already you can still book on for just £15. Gift Vouchers are available.

*uk Only. I can post further afield but just let me know.

2. A crate of Christmas Beer –  Beer ritz (in Leeds) is my go to place whenever I buy beer online. The selection is always top notch. There are some champion breweries in this batch of 12 Christmas beers and who could resist an 11.2% beer called insanely Bad elf! Now that in itself is a great Boozy Christmas present idea!

3. Boozy Books – Plenty to choose from here. The highlights I’ve read this year include,

the wet and the dry

A cracking read

American Sour Beers, Michael Tonsmeire – A book for the ultra-geek brewer who’s read everything else. meticulously written and well researched.
The Wet and the Dry – A drinkers Journey. Lawrence Osborne. An entertaining and ridiculously well written boozy travelogue
Craft Cocktails at Home – Kevin Liu – A great book that will keep the experimental cocktail maker busy all year
Brewing Britain and Booze for Free – Andy Hamilton – Simply two of the best books ever written. personally dedicated/Signed copies available, £10 each + £2.80 postage and packing. Fill in the contact me form below.

4. An CO2 NO2 infuser  – More on this later. But a great new toy, perfect for the cocktail maker.

Boozy Christmas present ideas – The HINT!

5. Wine tasting course – I hope that my Mum is reading this as this is what I want for Christmas. As for everyone else, perhaps see you there?

Sloe gin hamper

Sloe gin hamper

6. Sloe Gin and all the trimmings – Don’t worry if you only want to drink Sloe gin and not make it. The multi-award winning Heavenly hedgerows do a great little hamper container Sloe Gin and Bramble Vodka, West Country Honey and a jam/jelly of your choice. They are very environmentally conscious too!

7. A big old bottle of posh whiskey – I asked my friends over at Independent spirit of Bath what they’d like and this beauty was their reply.  Wemysee Malts Whisky is Made from vatted malt and aged in, “heavily Sherried barrels”.  (I’ll wait to see what they get me first).

8. A big old bottle of posh Gin – My favorites include the local (Bristol UK) Psychopomp season gins, 6 O’clock gin and of course the Gin made with foraged ingredients from Islay – The Botanist. (Hint, Hint Independent Spirit of Bath).

Roberto Bava - making a martini

My mate Roberto Bava – making a martini

9. Vermouth – This year I became a convert to Vermouth. I can’t get enough of the stuff. If you live in Bristol the check out the Ethecurian’s foraged “The Collector Vermouth” (if you can find a bottle, only 1000 have been made). For those in the rest of the world, try Cocchi’s  Vermouth di Torinio made using a recipe from 1891! A vermouth that is perfect in a Negroni.

Boozy Christmas present ideas – for 2015

10. Sonic Decanter-Early days yet with this one. It doesn’t even ship until May 2015. But it is going to turn the wine industry on its head. Apparently it can age a wine in just 20 minutes. I can’t wait to have a go and if I sell enough books, I think this will be my present to myself! I wonder if it works on strong beers too?

The Booze Academy

Andy Hamilton entry level brewing

Andy Hamilton with a porter beer

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 brewing and foraging for the last 20 years. I’ve also recruited some other experts in the field of brewing to run some of the Booze Academy classes and so we hope to give you over 100 years of experience between us.

There will be cider making classes to be run by two experts of cider (the two thirsty gardeners), an array of beer brewing classes from kit brewing  for the novice to expert brewing for those who have a better grasp. For the expert brewing we will be spending the day in a brewery and be joined by a Bristol brewer who has come up through the home brewing ranks and now runs his own brewery. This will give the unique experience of being able to ask questions about the commerce of brewing too.

The First Booze Academy Course is entry level brewing – Kits!

Elderflower champagne in a glass

Elderflower champagne in a glass

I’ll of course be running classes that will not just show you how to make country wines, infusions and herbal teas/beers. But uniquely, I’ll also be taking you out to show you what you can forage. So, if you are not totally sure if you are picking sloes or ivy berries or if you are and just want to know your mugwort from your wormwood then these courses are for you.

The events will be light-hearted and relaxed but, that is not to say you won’t leave without real knowledge. Everyone teaching are real experts and so we’ll be on hand to answer your questions. It will even be possible to take a collection of the classes and so you’ll become an expert yourself by the time we are done with you.

I’ll be announcing the courses over the next month or two and none will run until 2015. I do already have my very popular wild booze walks advertised and the first two basic brewing classes.

Some of the home brewing courses will come with a free copy of either Booze for Free or Brewing Britain and therefore they will make great and alternative presents for your loved ones.  As one happy customer has already said, “much better than giving socks every year”.

The First Booze Academy Course is entry level brewing – Kits!

 

Wild booze walks – Back by popular demand

On a Wild booze walks

booze and Brunel

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 more this year, I think! But if you sign up to my blog (look over to the right, under Updates from Andy), I will erm update you!

Sunday 27th July 4pm-6pm,  £20 – Strictly limited spaces available (hence more money) One Place left! 

Thursday 31st July 4pm-6pm – £12.50 FULL

To book please email me and please state in the subject line which walk you wish to attend. Or feel free to use the contact me form at the bottom of the page.

I’ll be updating this page with more dates as they become available, so please bookmark and check back if you can’t make these dates.

So what are Wild booze walks?

They are 2 hour long strolls, around the stunning backdrop of Brunel’s masterpiece suspension bridge and through the worlds first heritage site at Avon Gorge. Within this majesty we’ll be sipping on something alcoholic, sharing stories of all things boozey and meeting new friends. You’ll also get to hear me waffle on about plants and booze.

Andy Hamilton on one of his wild booze walks

Go on have a drink

What to expect from the Wild Booze walks.

I will be sharing some of things that helped inspired my 2 award winning booze books, Booze for Free and Brewing Britainmy Guardian blog and my up coming Vermouth Documentary.  We’ll  be identifying some of the plants that can be turned into historic ales, delicious wines and sumptuous cordials. I’ll also be happy to answer any questions you might have about brewing in this informal and relaxed atmosphere. I’ll happily chat about anything from your elderflower champagne woes, to Slow gin tips and problems with beers. All this and booze!

If you like drinking, walking and meeting people the booze walks are an event for you. You know what you can even bring along editions of books my books Brewing Britain or Booze for Free (or both) for me to sign. If you don’t own them, then please let me know when booking and I’ll happily flog them to you.

Where are the wild booze walks held?

The wild booze walks are held in Bristol along the river Severn and lead from the create centre into Leigh woods and back again. Both will start outside the Create centre (click here for how to get there). We will meet near the bench in the car park, but please I urge you to not to drive. 

Here are some of the nice things people said about me and the last wild booze walks.

“He’s an engaging talker delivering a wealth of useful information, unusual facts and strange myths. And his home made booze is a rare treat” Nick Moyle, one Thirsty Gardener

“I’ve been raving about this walk to everyone. Andy’s so good at imparting his knowledge through laid back and companionable walks … I am a complete convert to wild boozing – beech leaf noyau here I come” Bonnie Hewson.
“A delightfully green and pleasant, yet truly educational, walk, a few minutes from the city  centre, punctuated with varied and delicious, mostly alcoholic, refreshment, provided and indeed created by our most congenial host.  A charming group of people who somehow became ever more affable as the walk went on!” Roger Greenhalgh
To book please complete the below.

Booze walks – Part of the Bristol Walking Festival

Booze walks  –

Please note these walks were in 2014; for more up to date details on my events click on the picture of me to the right. 

Andy Hamilton booze walker

Have a boozey walk with this man

This year, and for a limited time only, I’ll be running two exclusive Booze walks. They are 2 hour long strolls, around the stunning backdrop of Brunel’s masterpiece suspension bridge and through the worlds first heritage site Avon Gorge. Within this majesty we’ll be sipping on something alcoholic, sharing stories of all things boozey, meeting new friends and you’ll get to hear me waffle on about plants and booze.

Due to my schedule I will only be running two of these booze walks this year, so once they have sold out that’s it I’m afraid!

Numbers are limited so to avoid disappointment please do book a place by emailing me. 

More details about these Booze walks

The second booze walk is going to be free and will be part of the Bristol Walking Festival on May 8th and it starts at 16.30 (4.30pm)- THIS WILD BOOZE WALK IS NOW FULL a handful of spaces are left on the 4th May. You will have to book on and to do that please email me. As soon as this walk is full or if you can’t make it don’t worry, you don’t have to miss out as I will be having a lunchtime stroll on May 4th for this I’ll be charging just £ or the price of a cocktail (in some places). Again to book, please email me or use the contact form at the bottom. The Sunday May 4th Walk will start at the earlier time of 12.30pm. Both will start outside the Create centre (click here for how to get there).

What to expect from the Exclusive Booze walks.

I will be sharing some of things that helped inspired my 2 award winning booze books, Booze for Free and Brewing Britain and my Guardian blog.  We’ll  be identifying some of the plants that can be turned into historic ales, delicious wines and sumptuous cordials. I’ll also be happy to answer any questions you might have about brewing in this informal and relaxed atmosphere from elderflower champagne woes, to Slow gin tips and problems with beers. All this and booze!

The booze walks are a celebration to mark my fresh returned from Turin, Italy where I will be making a Vermouth documentary so there is sure to be some added extras about the botanical and brewing process of this understated fortified wine. If you are new to Vermouth it is the backbone of many of the most classic cocktails including the Martini, Negroni, Martinez and Manhattan.

If you like drinking, walking and meeting people the booze walks are an event for you. You know what I’ll even offer you a discount on my signed editions of books Brewing Britain or Booze for Free (or both) if you come along. How does 30% off sound? Hope to see you there.

Things people have said about Andy and his work

“You’ve made Christmas very easy, as I just buy everyone your book” – BBC’s Kate Humble

On drinking some of my wine “Well done indeed Andy, that is really rather good”. Jilly Goolden (whilst on the Titchmarsh show).

“Yours is one of the best foraging walks I’ve ever been on”, Eden project staff.

“Andy is a bright boy but he needs to learn to pay attention in class” – Mr O’Leary, Weston Favell Upper School (1989).

 

Totterdown Writers a Bristol Based Writing Group

Old books

What will your book look like on the shelf?

Please note that this group is no longer running, sadly I don’t have enough time to dedicate to it. But, another local writer is running groups. See David Lane’s site for more details

Now that I’m working on a third book and have been making my living from my words

since 2004, I thought it about time I endowed my great pearls of wisdom on the world. Or at least I decided that 10 years ago I could have done with a club like this one.

The idea behind Totterdown Writers is that budding writers will get to know how the mysterious world of publishing works by talking with published authors, agents, editors and anyone else who makes their living from words. We will also encourage published authors to climb out of their writing sheds and communicate with real people.

What I’m basically saying is that ALL ARE WELCOME.  From those who’ve written a single poem on the back of napkin and are now hooked on the idea that they will become the next George Orwell to Orwell himself, if he were still alive.

I intend to keep the atmosphere light hearted and honest yet supportive.

The group meets on the first THURSDAY of every month from 7pm-9pm at The Duchess of Totterdown Cafe, 198 Wells Road, Totterdown/Knowle Bristol, BS4 2AX (Up passed the co-op on the Wells Road but not as far as the George Pub).Andy Hamilton Writing

In order to pay for the venue and our occasional guest speakers expenses there is a fee of between £3-£10. The scale is at your discretion depending on your present financial situation.

I hope to hear about you and your work on the first THURSDAY of every month at the Duchess of Totterdown Cafe, 198 Wells Road, Totterdown/Knowle from 7pm-9pm.

What? – Totterdown Writers

Where? Duchess of Totterdown, Bristol, BS4 2AX

When? FIRST THURSDAY of every month, from 7pm-9pm

How much? £3-£10 depending on what you can afford and what you think it was worth. In other words if you are poor and hated it you don’t pay, rich (or at least doing alright for yourself) and loved it £10 and everywhere else in between.

Living with less a course by Andy Hamilton

Living with less

Andy having a wee dram

Rampant consumerism has been targeted as one of the reasons for last year’s riots, we are being sold more and more stuff we don’t need, whilst our abilities to earn money are being taken away and the cost of basic amenities is rising. Something has to change and someone has to help change it, be that change you want to see in the world and join Andy Hamilton bestselling Author of Booze for Free, co-founder of Selfsufficientish.com, occasional broadcaster and general skinflint on a truly unique course as he teaches you how to live with less.

The Living with less day course you will be taken round the streets of Bristol and shown how the other half live. We meet in a greasy spoon cafe for a 99p breakfast of burnt toast, cold bacon and overly crispy eggs followed by a ride on the top deck of a bus where we will be regaled by street music played through the modern media of a tiny mobile phone speaker before reaching our destination and workshop HQ, an authentic mobile home on bricks outside a red brick 1930’s terrace house.

The Living with less course will teach the 1% to live like the other 99%. Learn valuable life skills for the city such as how to queue at bank for the whole of your 30 minute lunch break just to be told youcan’t have an extension on your overdraft, how to talk to bailiffs, how to roll a cigarette from an ashtray, enjoying wine from a box, cooking with frozen food and living with disappointment.

There will be a countryside and pursuits element  to the Living with Less course too which will cover how to walk rather than drive, the rubber dingy the new yacht, fishing in canals and which hat to wear at the betting shop.

By the end of the Living with less course you will not feel alienated from most of the world and will learn that most situations can be laughed at.

Andy, having lived on the breadline for the last 13 years is a true hands on expert in living well for less. He brews his own beer and wine, forages and grows his own food, uses cheap cuts of meat, mends his own clothing, favours a bike over a car, adopts a host of energy saving tips in the home and moved into a cheaper house to reduce his mortgage.

Taking bookings now for next April 1st(2013) to secure a place please email andy@selfsufficientish.com.

The total course cost for Living with less is £15 million and anything less will be considered a donation. For terms and conditions see small print at the bottom of the page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course does not actually exist and is meant as an April fools joke, however, if you really want to live with less and part with a large sum of money may I suggest donating it to a charity. Such as this one, this one or this one.