Celebrating the Craft of Beer, Spirits and Cocktails

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!

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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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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...
On Beer Snobs, Writing and Ignorance

On Beer Snobs, Writing and Ignorance

Yesterday, I wrote an article on craft beer and IPA being separate, with regard to a piece that appeared on The Guardian’s Comment is Free site. The piece itself was a call for the death of the “craft beer” culture which had apparently ruined “normal” “drinking culture” and with it, the experience of being in...
Craft Beer and IPA are Not Interchangeable

Craft Beer and IPA are Not Interchangeable

I would like to draw everybody’s attention to this moronic article, titled “Give me cheap beer, or give me sobriety. Just stop this craft beer ‘revolution’.” I don’t normally do things like call out a silly article, mainly because it’s not worth drawing attention to, and I do feel bad about calling it moronic (though...
When Camden Town Went on Dragons' Den

When Camden Town Went on Dragons’ Den

Disclaimer: The following is a fictional, tongue in cheek account and not meant to offend anyone at Camden Town or in the Dragons’ Den (I’m sure they have too much cash to be offended anyway.). Any national stereotypes or criticisms of business practices are not to be taken seriously but merely as the product of...
What Budweiser's Superbowl Adverts Say About Budweiser

What Budweiser’s Superbowl Adverts Say About Budweiser

February 1st 2015 saw the 49th Annual Superbowl take place from the University of Phoenix Arizona. The Superbowl is a four-hour extravaganza of Hollywood-budget advertisements before and after a concert by a pop superstar punctuated by short outbreaks of sport. The adverts are as anticipated as the silly sport that takes place around them (it doesn’t...
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