Ale review: Southpaw, gipsy hill brewing company

Described as ‘disarmingly punchy’, this beautiful amber ale certainly didn’t disappoint. Exceptionally full flavoured for a 4.2%. A creamy head and a smokey aftertaste, this was satisfying and warming, and would be perfect… Continue reading

Beer review: Lord Almighty IPA

God, this packs a punch. Wonderfully refreshing, for me this is the first IPA that was most certainly made to be quaffed from an elegant chilled glass. There’s a deep orangey tone, which made… Continue reading

Bar review: Hop Alley Brew Pub

Independent breweries are on the rise in the US, though access to market remains a challenge. Some stats I’ve seen ( suggest that across the states there remains to be a higher proportion of… Continue reading

Ale review: Squashed, brains craft brewery

In a departure from normal procedure, this ale review features a picture of the brewery itself, taken from the 7th floor room of my Cardiff hotel whilst on a business trip on a dingy… Continue reading

Ale review: red ale, brockley brewery

I had a hard time turning down Hobgoblin at the bar in the interests of being adventurous, but was very glad I did. I’ve had a few ok pales from Brockley Brewery in… Continue reading

Restaurant review: The Bricklayers Arms, Flaunden

This cosy country pub nestled in the Hertfordshire countryside is the perfect place to pass away a wintery evening. The ivy covered building and swinging sign make this inviting and unstuffy, and the… Continue reading

ale review: native storm, celt experience

Much as I love Brains, it is great to see a few more beer wizards come out of my homeland. Based out of Caerphilly, Celt Experience have what it takes to put Wales… Continue reading

Bar review: Omakase + Appreciate

Kuala Lumpur may be a long way to go for a cocktail. But if ever you’re in the neighbourhood, I suggest you give this place a try. Concealed behind a hidden door a few… Continue reading

Ale review: Gin Lane, Brains Craft Brewery

If pale ale was a perfume… Honestly? I was a little disappointed by this. But only because Brains Craft Brewery usually knocks my socks off, and the name of this beer built a… Continue reading

Beer review: Magisch Dunkel, Ganter brewery

Well when in Germany… Last week’s border hopping in the Basel area took me to Freiburg, a charming town near the black forest. The Ganter brewery founded in 1865 is based here, and… Continue reading