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Will Coldwell

Will Coldwell is a London-based journalist and feature writer, with a keen interest in social affairs, cycling and beer. He hasn’t been drinking as long as he’s been writing, but he has been drinking quite long enough to write about it.

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Dish of the Day: Japanese craft beer, Dish of the Day

Dish of the Day: Japanese craft beer

Usually when something is “big in Japan”, its popularity is rather less so over here. Craft beer, it seems, is an exception.

By | Dish of the Day | Tuesday, 2 July 2013 at 4:57 pm

Dish of the Day: The top 5 craft lagers, Dish of the Day

Dish of the Day: The top 5 craft lagers

Summer is finally here. On a hot afternoon, with burger in hand and barbeque smoke in the air, nothing is quite as thirst-quenchingly delicious as a lager. Summer is finally here. On a hot afternoon, with burger in hand and barbeque smoke in the air, nothing is quite as thirst-quenchingly delicious as a lager. Here’s a round up of five craft lagers – in no particular order – that you’ll definitely want in your ice bucket.

By | Dish of the Day | Tuesday, 25 June 2013 at 2:48 pm

Dish of the Day: Could new brews win over craft beer drinkers?, Dish of the Day

Dish of the Day: Could new brews win over craft beer drinkers?

Cask ale brewers don’t come much bigger than Marston’s. In fact the brewery, which also owns thousands of pubs across the country, is the biggest cask ale brewer in the world.

By | Dish of the Day | Tuesday, 18 June 2013 at 1:11 pm

Dish of the Day: Beer bottles vs. beer cans – Which one makes your drink taste better?, Dish of the Day

Dish of the Day: Beer bottles vs. beer cans – Which one makes your drink taste better?

Tap. Click. Pshhh. The sound of opening a can of lager is almost synonymous with drinking beer, yet it seems that for British drinkers the mark of a “quality” beverage is still one that comes in a smart, glass, 500ml bottle. The drink aisles tell it all; continental lagers stacked in aluminium cans at one end, real ales and craft beers proudly lined up in bottles at the other. With a few exceptions, the bottles will certainly contain the better beer.

By | Dish of the Day | Tuesday, 11 June 2013 at 1:00 pm

Dish of the Day: Craft Beer battle, Dish of the Day

Dish of the Day: Craft Beer battle

Nothing beats a bit of friendly competition. On Saturday, the beer scene had a taste of just that. Craft Beer Battle – hosted by Tweat Up, the crew behind other food related parties such us Ginstock and Ribstock – brought together discerning drinkers for an all day blind tasting session. Emphasis, as always, on the session.

By | Dish of the Day | Tuesday, 4 June 2013 at 2:15 pm

Dish of the Day: Part 4 – Dessert and digestif, Dish of the Day

Dish of the Day: Part 4 – Dessert and digestif

It’s the final instalment and the final two courses of the beer matching menu; dessert and digestif. While it is always tempting to make a boozy finish – a brandy infused trifle or a stout cake – I find that can usually over-egg the pudding, as it were. Remember – it is going to be served with beer too!

By | Dish of the Day | Tuesday, 28 May 2013 at 3:48 pm

Dish of the Day: Beer matching menu – Part 3 – The Main, Dish of the Day

Dish of the Day: Beer matching menu – Part 3 – The Main

The main course on most beer matching menus tends to be meat. Not just any meat, pork. And I’m not talking about a couple of chops or a sausage, I’m talking about roast suckling pig or trotters stuffed with chicken mousse. The kind of pig you’d eat at a feast.

By | Dish of the Day | Tuesday, 21 May 2013 at 4:20 pm

Dish of the Day: Beer matching menu – Part 2 – The Starter, Dish of the Day

Dish of the Day: Beer matching menu – Part 2 – The Starter

Choosing a beer to match your starter can be more difficult than selecting the aperitif – which for me, usually fulfils the simple requirement of being just the lightest, most refreshing beer on the menu. Starters can be varied: a fresh seafood starter could just as easily warrant a stout as it could a bitter.

By | Dish of the Day | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 at 1:34 pm

Dish of the Day: Beer matching menu – Part 1 – Apéritif, Dish of the Day

Dish of the Day: Beer matching menu – Part 1 – Apéritif

Last week I looked at the basic principles of matching beer with food; complementing, contrasting and cutting. For the next few weeks I’m going to going to look in more detail at specific food and beer pairings that are particularly delicious. So, from the beginning, this week will be the aperitif.

By | Dish of the Day | Tuesday, 7 May 2013 at 6:06 pm

Dish of the Day: Beer is the new wine, Dish of the Day

Dish of the Day: Beer is the new wine

Beer is the new wine. Fine dining no longer requires an accompaniment of the grape variety; discerning drinkers are increasingly opting for a glass of craft over chardonnay.

By | Dish of the Day | Tuesday, 30 April 2013 at 2:29 pm

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