Selecting an unknown beer to try can be a difficult business. But when the pumpclips run the length of the bar and the fridges are cluttered with colourful bottles competing for your attention, sometimes that decision can be a shallow one. Sometimes – and I hate to admit it – the beer with the prettiest label is the one that will first fill my glass for the night.
This weekend I began preparations to grow my own hops. The first crucial step to making my own beer. The rather unattractive, dark green, vine-like plant produces flowers (these are the hops), which contribute a bitter flavour to the brewing mix and offset the sweetness of the malts. You wouldn’t want to use them for anything else; however, they taste absolutely disgusting.
What does the future hold for the British pub? As well-worn a question as that is, satisfactory answers are hard to come by. Up to 25 pubs are still closing evey week* and everyone thinks they know why. Britain has changed and lots of pubs haven’t. The smoking ban [...]
In this episode Peter Amor visits the historically important family owned Elgood’s Brewery in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire and Pete Brown reviews some of the East’s finest British cask-conditioned beers
at The Fat Cat Free House in Norwich, Norfolk.
February’s British Beer Video Blog was filmed at the Brewing Industry International Awards, held in the historic home of British brewing, Burton Upon Trent.
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