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Flower Pots Cheriton Porter

Flower Pots Cheriton Porter (500ml bottle, 4.2% ABV) In the early 2000s I remember stopping off at the Flower Pots Inn while walking in the countryside around Cheriton and being impressed by their beers. They seemed to be very much confined to the pub, a small-scale operation, but in recent years they’ve become much more widely available.…
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West Berkshire Maharaja IPA

West Berkshire Maharaja IPA (500ml can, 5.1% ABV) Taste is a funny thing, isn’t it? I’m not talking about taste in music or films or books. That’s simple – my taste is better than yours and that’s the end of it.* No, I’m talking about taste as in flavour. To give some examples: there is some evidence…
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Powder Monkey Drop Anchor

Powder Monkey Drop Anchor (440ml can, 4.6% ABV) Hello, there! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Brewhouse overlord Matt is resurrecting the beer blog, and we return with an absolute cracker. Powder Monkey is a new brewery in Gosport, named after the boys (usually 12-14) who, in the age of sail, ferried gunpowder from a warship’s magazine…
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Vibrant Forest Inaudible (440ml can, 5.0% ABV)

Ah, the hazy pale ale. So murky. So fruity. So fashionable. Inaudible is part of the ever-expanding roster of beers available from Vibrant Forest, who have always been unashamed about making hazy beer. I have to say, I agree with them. The taste of beer is far more important than whether it’s clear or not.…
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Velocirapture

Staggeringly Good Velocirapture (440ml can, 6.5% ABV, vegan) It’s hazy, it’s hoppy, it’s festooned with dinosaurs. It can only be another brew from Staggeringly Good of Pompey – their take on the American IPA. It pours a hazy orange with a rapidly dissolving foam. The aroma and flavour are dominated by the hops, with grapefruit, tangerine and…
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Kellerbier

Kellerbier

Yeovil Kellerbier (500ml bottle, 4.3% ABV, vegan) A kellerbier (‘cellar beer’) is a style of German lager that hasn’t been pasteurised or filtered. Those expecting the usual characteristics of a lager (a clear, golden colour with a thick, foamy head) might be disturbed to see how murky a kellerbier is. This example also has almost no head. This is not…
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Grizzly Pear

Vibrant Forest / Affinity Brew Co Grizzly Pear (440ml can, 4.3% ABV, vegan) ‘You’ve got to go outside your comfort zone!’ That’s what people say, isn’t it? But there’s a perverse part of me that wonders how good this sort of advice is. No matter how exciting it might be, I’m still not prepared to…
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You got this

You Got This

West Berkshire Brewery You Got This (440ml can, 4.1% ABV, vegan) With the onslaught of beers hopped with American varieties, it’s often easy to forget that there are other parts of the world that grow their own unique hops in abundance. New Zealand is one such country, with many native varieties, some of which have…
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Escape Artist

Escape Artist

Siren Craft Escape Artist (440ml can, 5.9% ABV, vegan) ‘Sometimes you need a last minute recipe that can get you out of trouble’ it says on the can of Escape Artist. What’s this? Evidence of a brew gone wrong? With all the experimental beers that Siren Craft make, I wouldn’t be surprised. Perhaps the powdered…
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Turkey’s Delight

Turkey’s Delight

Summerskills Turkey’s Delight (500ml bottle, 5.1% ABV) With a label that looks like it was designed in the 1970s by someone with red-green colour blindness*, Turkey’s Delight is a Christmas beer by Plymouth’s oldest brewery, Summerskills. They’ve decided to use Phoenix, one of Britain’s most unusual hop varieties. Phoenix is the only hop I know that has a…
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A Little About Richard

I try to write on a broad variety of topics, but I have a particular interest in technology, society, and personal philosophy, which all sounds very grand, but I’m also deeply concerned with writing stuff that entertains. An element of humour and/or irony often creeps in.

Some of my favourite writers include David Mitchell, Scarlett Thomas, Jonathan Coe, Kurt Vonnegut, Graham Greene, Dickens, Shakespeare … I could go on.

All of my novels are based in the fictional town of Strathurst, on the border between Hampshire and Surrey.

In my previous jobs I have worked as a civil engineer, software engineer, training instructor and technical writer.

Southwick Brewhouse, Southwick, PO176DX
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