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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!

BrewDog's Punkectomy

BrewDog’s Punkectomy

The fact that I write about BrewDog is both a good and a bad thing I guess. They’re doing a lot worth talking about, a lot of it a bit controversial (but that’s how they got where they are) and it shows just how much they are bringing craft beer...
Book Review: The Comic Book Story of Beer

Book Review: The Comic Book Story of Beer

I’ve been trying to write a book about beer for quite a while. I wanted to write something that would explain the story from start to finish with a focus on the early history – the part that gets overlooked a little bit. Had the Comic Book Story of Beer been...
The end of Craft Beer? There never was Craft Beer

The end of Craft Beer? There never was Craft Beer

Earlier this week, esteemed British Beer writer Roger Protz wrote in the Publican’s Morning Advertiser, warning that the end may be nigh – the purchase of our young, beloved craft breweries by big brewers and mega corps could be the death of them all, leaving only the largest with their heads...
Christmas Gifts for the Prospective Beer Hipster

Christmas Gifts for the Prospective Beer Hipster

Craft beer continues to grow, even while the wider beer industry is shrinking. That means more people are becoming curious about craft beer. Some of them are going full-on with their bandwaggon jumping and have turned into overnight beer wankers. So if there is someone in your life who has...
In the Meantime, Pure Speculation

In the Meantime, Pure Speculation

London craft brewer Meantime, bought by SABMiller just seven months ago, will be put up for sale by new owners AB InBev. The Brazilian-Belgian megabrewer agreed a deal for their closest rival last month, but it seems that Meantime will not be part of their plans going forward. What that means...
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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...
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...