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Welcome to The Missing Drink. If you're looking for discussion on topics ranging from craft beer culture, the brewing industry and the business of beer to experiments in the world of cocktails and mixology, you've come to the right place! Grab a beer, get comfortable and come join the conversation! Iechyd da!

#BloggerBlackmail

#BloggerBlackmail

If you’ve not been keeping up to date with the latest debacles in the food and drink blogging world this week, then you missed a corker. It was called #BloggerBlackmail and was about a blogger seemingly blackmailing a shop. Does what it says on the tin. Bosh. What happened was...
A Wonderful Year for Welsh Beer

A Wonderful Year for Welsh Beer

Wales is often overlooked when writers analyse Britain’s broad brewing community, but 2015 can go down as the year Welsh Beer firmly announced itself to the rest of the UK. Back in 2014, Richard Taylor over at The BeerCast posted a list of breweries to watch – all from his...
Minimum Alcohol Pricing - The Great Debate

Minimum Alcohol Pricing – The Great Debate

Minimum Alcohol Pricing has been a sensitive subject in the alcohol industry for the last couple of years. About a week ago, the Welsh Government unveiled plans to introduce a minimum price per unit as part of a wider health bill. The debate was reignited, but I haven’t seen a...
Mont des Cats

Mont des Cats

Way back when I first started getting into beer I started a review blog, and one of my last big projects on it was a month of tasting all the Trappist beers. All of them. Well, as many as I could get my hands on – at least from each...
Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

It’s the 4th of July, so to celebrate the independence of the former colonies I thought it only appropriate to drink a beer from Delaware, the first state to ratify the Constitution of a new, independent United States of America. Dogfish Head is a highly celebrated brewery and their flagship beer, 60...
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Out Come the Brickbats for Brewdog

Out Come the Brickbats for Brewdog

“It’s the way in the UK, sadly, that once you have a modicum of success you get brickbats,” says Simon Webster, MD at Thornbridge. The Derbyshire brewery was recognised by Pete Brown as one of the UK’s first “craft” breweries alongside BrewDog in an article for Imbibe magazine on the founding geeks becoming the big guys...
Four Brews - Marks and Spencer Beer

Four Brews – Marks and Spencer Beer

Marks and Spencer has established itself as Britain’s best supermarket for craft beers. With a range from the UK’s best breweries and some really decent American stuff, it’s a dependable source an nearly every high street. In addition to the great range from some big names, M&S sell four of their own beers, brewed under contract by Meantime,...
Camden IHL

Camden IHL

What could be better for IPA-loving, lager-reviving hipsters? Take a lager, pack it to the brim with hops and whack India in the name. That’s just what Camden IHL is. And people love it. So I’ve decided to find out what the Hells all this fuss is about. First things first: presentation. It’s a lovely...
IOU Beer: Innis & Gunn Bonds

IOU Beer: Innis & Gunn Bonds

It’s time for what seems to be becoming a regular feature on The Missing Drink – Should I Invest in that Brewery? This month it’s Innis & Gunn that wants your money, so they can stop contract brewing in Glasgow and move all production activity to a site in the South East of Scotland. But...
Investing in BrewDog - When Punks get Punk'd

Investing in BrewDog – When Punks get Punk’d

Remember how I wrote about the Camden Town crowdfunding scheme a while back? They were looking to raise £1.5 million for 2% of the business. Well the campaign finished on the 21st of April, so there won’t be any more discussion on fundraising and investment in the brewing industry for a little while. Aaaaaaaaand that’s enough...
Siren Liquid Mistress

Siren Liquid Mistress

Siren Liquid Mistress is a beautiful bright red ale described as the brewery’s “femme fatale”. Her “sensualness” is apparently “biscuit, raisins, peach and grapefruit” and “Her devious hop hit” is listed as her particular danger. It’s a deep ruby red colour. A fluffy head looks like the tinged-brown froth of coffee. Held up to the...
Siren White Tips

Siren White Tips

From Siren Craft Brew comes White IPA (now called White Tips). Funnily enough, this is a White IPA, brewed with spices and citrus peel. So I’m expecting a wit with a hop kick. I do love a bit of fusion. After a very satisfying short hiss from the bottle, the beer is a crystal clear pale gold...
What if? Here's What: When Dogfish DNA Hit Town

What if? Here’s What: When Dogfish DNA Hit Town

A couple of weeks ago, Boak and Bailey imagined/foresaw a “strategic partnership” between two of the UK’s most polar brewing companies, BrewDog and Greene King. About two years ago, British beer nerds, including myself, got a bit up in arms about the arrival of Dogfish Head’s beer on our shores. Finally, one of the best...
Sláinte: Guinness, Terrior and the Aura of Beer

Sláinte: Guinness, Terrior and the Aura of Beer

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, which means one thing: beer bloggers will be discussing Guinness. The Black Stuff has long been the official non-official booze of the Catholic Holy Day/Arbitrarily agreed upon excuse for a global knees up. From LA to the Liffey, Irish people, people who claim to be part Irish (but can never accurately...
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