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A Brief History of Big Beer

A Brief History of Big Beer

Once upon a time, women would brew beer at home to sustain her family. Any excess would be sold to her neighbours, to provide a little cash. It’s a far cry from the £69 billion deal that could see one company brew 27.8% of the world’s beer – 542.9 million hectolitres. 54290000000 litres. Or enough...
BrewDog Nanny State

BrewDog Nanny State

I’ve written a lot about BrewDog recently, so I thought it appropriate to actually take a look at one of their products. But not one of the usual suspects. Oh no. That would be dull. I’m going for the low alcohol beer introduced in the wake of the furore around high ABV monster Sink the...
The Name's Bond. BrewDog Bond.

The Name’s Bond. BrewDog Bond.

Remember a few months ago I wrote about investing in BrewDog? Remember, they announced the fourth round of their crowdfunding scheme Equity for Punks, that sought to raise £25million and valued the company at £305million? Remember how I called the scheme out because there were no clear ways on how you would make money on...
#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 some woman asked if she...
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 native Scotland and, of course,...
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 huge amount written about it....
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 of the seven breweries. Since...
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 Minute IPA, is one of...
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...