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No More Heroes XIII – Früh Kölsch

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No More Heroes XIII – Früh Kölsch

Recently, after a particularly strenuous day, I headed in to Hop Burns & Black for a couple of beers, as you do. Choosing one beer when presented with a breadth of quality as in a shop such as this can be tough – but not on this occasion. I was hypnotised, almost instantly, by the red and white spirals that wrap themselves around a can of Früh Kölsch. Kölsch as a beer style is often criminally overlooked, for me at least. I’m pleased to see that UK brewers such as Thornbridge and Orbit are having a crack at producing their own interpretations...

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In support of the Celia Hammond Animal Trust

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In support of the Celia Hammond Animal Trust

Walking through Peckham yesterday reminded me of the great work done by the Celia Hammond Animal Trust. Back when I had a real job, every morning I'd walk past the car park between Rye Lane and Choumert Grove on my way to the Overground, always keeping an eye out for the feral cats that have made it their home. Occasionally I'd catch a glimpse of a woman in a motorised wheelchair, laden with cat food, zipping across the car park, a trail of cats scrambling in her wake - Peckham's own Pussy Pied Piper, if you will. I cut through the car...

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The Beer Lover’s Table: Rose Panna Cotta and Boon Framboise

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The Beer Lover’s Table: Rose Panna Cotta and Boon Framboise

When it comes to beer pairings, desserts don’t always get a whole lot of love (apart from a token nod to chocolate stout paired with, you guessed it, anything chocolate). Instead, we gravitate towards beer’s savoury pairing potential, from burgers and pies to cheese and roast meats. That’s not wrong, of course, but think of it this way: swapping out your Moscato allows you yet another opportunity to enjoy beer at the dinner table. I’ve always found rose to be a captivating flavour, and, clichés acknowledged, it seems a particularly appropriate choice for February. So, I turned to this panna...

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No More Heroes XI – Northern Monk New World IPA

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No More Heroes XI – Northern Monk New World IPA

Last week saw the ingeniously named US beer-rating site RateBeer hand out its annual awards. Finally, all of the brewers who had spent the last 12 months complaining about the bad reviews their beer had received on the site were able to finally sing its praises as they collected their medals at the ceremony. Now don’t get me wrong, RateBeer can be a useful resource, especially if you’re visiting an area for the first time, and you want to know some of the best places to grab a decent beer. However, despite a select few young breweries receiving a collective pat on...

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A New Zealand beer odyssey

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A New Zealand beer odyssey

Glenn and I were lucky enough to undertake a little Down Under beer odyssey in January, when we returned to the country where we spent our formative years. The New Zealand beer scene is going from strength to strength and we've felt extremely privileged to have been able to play a part in its quest for world domination. In the few years since we moved back to the UK, the NZ scene has exploded, so our trip was a journey of discovery in many ways. We were fortunate to meet with nine of the top Kiwi brewers during our travels (plus...

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