LITTLE LOOKS – Fentimans Alcoholic Ginger Beer

Little Looks are the reviews of brews that may be new to the market, a local beer I want to shout about, or simply a classic revisited.    The Lowdown: Story has it that it all started in 1905 when Thomas Fentiman found himself in a loan deal with a tradesman. When said deal was […]

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REVIEW: BEER52

Subscriptions have changed from the usual book, wine or chocolate clubs from a few years back. Gin, snacks, vegetables, geek- merch, socks (?!)…you can pretty much obtain anything on a weekly or monthly basis simply by signing upto one of the many subscription boxes out there, and the world of beer has not been left […]

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Destination: Mallorca 

Words – Rach Smith | Photos – Rach Smith, Mike Smith.  We’ve traded in the gloom, both the weather and the news items, for scenery exposed through hair-raising hairpin bends; the scares outweighed by the big sun in the bigger sky; impaled by jagged mountain; deep blue filling the spaces in between. Orange juice is […]

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Problem with Hipsters? Let it go.

Hipster. It’s a label being banded around a lot of late, a term that’s entered pop culture, crikey- there’s whole pubs full of ’em, yet nobody admits to being one. It’s a term being associated a lot with the beer scene- goodness knows why. I personally don’t like it, especially when it’s being used in a […]

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REVIEW: Adnams’ Jack Brand- Innovation

Name: Innovation Brewed By: Adnams Jack Brand Style: IPA ABV: 6.7% Country: UK Web: adnams.co.uk Adnams, one of the UK’s biggest cask ale producers, have been playing, experimenting and creating a whole new range of beers. Back in 2010 they had a cellar clear out to make way for their spirits production and discovered some crates of old bottled beers….Jack […]

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REVIEW: BLACK TOKYO HORIZON

Name: Black Tokyo Horizon Brewed By: BrewDog, Mikkeller, Nogne o (triple collaboration) Style: Stout (a blend of each breweries’ signature stouts) ABV: 15-17% Country: UK/Denmark/Norway Web: brewdog.com / mikkeller.dk / nogne-o.com In 2010 Brewdog teamed up with pals Mikkeller and Nogne-o to collaborate on a very special blend of their signature stouts – Tokyo, Black and Dark Horizon respectively. The […]

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REVIEW: Odell Brewing Co. – 90 Shilling

Name: 90 Shilling Brewed By: Odell Brewing Co. Style: Scottish/Amber ABV: 5.3 % Country: USA Web: odellbrewing.com This is Odell’s flagship beer, their take on a Scottish ale that they introduced way back in 1989. It’s smooth, it’s medium-bodied and it can be found in their Classics range. Vintage, Old World graphics in a muted tone lend perfectly to the style […]

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REVIEW: The Ilkley Brewery Co. – The Mayan

Name: The Mayan Brewed By: The Ilkley Brewery Co. Style: Stout ABV: 6.5 % Country: UK Web: ilkleybrewery.co.uk At the start of 2013 Ilkley Brewery took on the concept of a chili – chocolate stout, and The Mayan was born. This is a bold beer with massive flavours. The real chocolate hits you at first, […]

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REVIEW: Bad Seed Brewery – Espresso Stout

Name: Espresso Stout Brewed By: Bad Seed Brewery Style: Stout ABV: 7% Country: UK Web: badseedbrewery.com Bad Seed have burst onto the scene with an impressive array of core beers, in 330ml bottles, with bold labelling to match the bold flavours. The branding could be described as stark, but it’s boldness helps it to stand […]

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