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The River Wandle: a river in beer

Posted on 14 October 2011 in Beer, London (No comments yet - be the first!)

Wandle Trail logo

For seven years I've lived near the River Wandle and recently decided to walk the 13 mile Wandle Trail along its length. You may have read the blog posts about it, posted as part of Wandle Week.

But how to end our Wandle celebration? Personally at the end of every walk I like a beer to reward myself. But what has a river got to do with beer?

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Proud of British Beer

Posted on 1 March 2011 in Beer (No comments yet - be the first!)

British beer is admired around the world. For some reason, not always particularly in Britain. For some reason Britain has a habit of wanting to mock and dismiss our national drink. And drink Peroni or Stella instead.

This nation should be celebrating a high quality product produced by highly skilled craftsmen. One of the few things we actually make in our country. We should be celebrating and ringing its name on high.

The Society of Independent Brewers thinks so too. So they did.

I'm Proud of British Beer. Are you?

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Out and About in Dublin - The Guinness Storehouse

Posted on 17 December 2009 in Beer, Travel and Holidays (No comments yet - be the first!)

Guinness - a pint of the black stuff. So well known it’s even in the spell checker on my PC. And when you’re in Ireland, you can’t escape the stuff. It’s everywhere.

10 Years of… London beer

Posted on 8 October 2009 in Beer, London (No comments yet - be the first!)

It might sound a bit of a cliche, but when I first moved to London, one of the questions I’d get asked by people up north was “how do you cope with the beer down there?” as if there was something almost poisonous about the London beers!

Haslemere Beer Festival 2009

Posted on 13 September 2009 in Beer (1 comment)

With seven of us rolling up for the lunchtime session, we set off on our quest, which was naturally to sample every single thing they had available

Ice, Ice, Ice (beer), baby

Posted on 2 December 2008 in Beer (No comments yet - be the first!)

I can still remember where I was, when it was and what I was drinking when I had my first pint of ale.

Great British Beer Festival 2006

Posted on 5 August 2006 in Beer (No comments yet - be the first!)

Another day, another year, another trip to the Great British Beer Festival - the UK’s biggest pub!

Great British Beer Festival

Posted on 7 August 2005 in Beer (No comments yet - be the first!)

It’s taken me five years but I’ve finally done it - this year I finally made it to the Great British Beer Festival. Cue lots of talk of ale, pie, buses and of course, Rich Tea biscuits. (You’ll have to read it to find out…)

Young’s Know Who Makes The Better Beer

Posted on 6 November 2004 in Beer (No comments yet - be the first!)

Since 2002 the September Cask Beer Week has been celebrated in London by giant pint pots running around and causing mayhem - all in the name of getting you to have a pint.

Fuller’s Red Fox

Posted on 15 October 2004 in Beer (No comments yet - be the first!)

I especially miss Fuller’s pubs in the autumn when they do their beer festival.

Beer On Broadway XV

Posted on 17 May 2004 in Beer (No comments yet - be the first!)

In case anyone is wondering why there has been no follow up to last years wonderfully successful Eurovision 2003 post, then I should state that Saturday night was spent at Beer on Broadway - also known as the Ealing Beer Festival.

New ‘Mild In London’ Section

Posted on 25 February 2004 in Beer, Planet Bods, Pubs (No comments yet - be the first!)

About the ‘Mild In London’ section.

Beers of the Week

Posted on 13 February 2004 in Beer (No comments yet - be the first!)

A quick roundup of three of the recent beers I’ve partaken of.

More Maxims

Posted on 3 January 2004 in Beer (No comments yet - be the first!)

After all that searching for Double Maxim, what should I find in the Ealing branch of Safeway on New Years Eve? You guessed it…

Double Maxim

Posted on 28 December 2003 in Beer (No comments yet - be the first!)

I last supped Double Maxim not long after the Vaux brewery closed in 1999. Well until last night anyway. And it’s good to have it back!

Broon Ale

Posted on 22 October 2003 in Beer (No comments yet - be the first!)

Want a nice brown ale in London? Marks and Spencer might well be the place to visit then.

Fullers London Porter

Posted on 27 September 2003 in Beer (No comments yet - be the first!)

London Porter is making a rare appearance in cask form - get out there and try it! It’s fan-bloomin-tastic!

Baltika and the state of beer in the UK

Posted on 28 July 2003 in Beer (No comments yet - be the first!)

Russian beer Baltika is coming to the UK. But out of the 10 possible versions of the stuff, it’s not the rather nice brown ale, the wheat beer or the divine porter. Nope. It’s the rather naff lager that will soon be hitting the bars of London. Yet another wasted oppertunity…

Back to Boring Beer At The Grange, Ealing

Posted on 10 May 2003 in Beer, Pubs (2 comments)

All the great beers have now gone from the Grange in Ealing. I’d go elsewhere if I was you.

And a pint of Mild please (the Market Porter, Borough Market, London).

Posted on 20 April 2003 in Beer, Pubs (No comments yet - be the first!)

A fine pub in a fine location, and by the looks of it, great for us mild fanatics as well!

Beer Festival Joy (The Fox, Hanwell)

Posted on 18 April 2003 in Beer, Pubs (No comments yet - be the first!)

It’s Good Friday, and there’s a beer festival at a pub that’s nowhere near where you live. What do you do? Well it’s obvious! Make up an excuse to be in the area!

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