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Lump Of Coal

Lump of Coal

Ridgeway Lump of Coal (500ml bottle, 7.5% ABV) Dark beers, perhaps more than any other, have their fair share of forbidding names: Harvieston’s Old Engine Oil, Hambleton Nightmare, RCH Old Slug. ‘Edible things shouldn’t be black,’ these beers seem to be saying, ‘but we know you love us anyway.’ You can add Ridgeway’s Lump of Coal to that roster – a beer named…
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Land of Hop and Glory

Land of Hop and Glory

Suthwyk Ales Land of Hop and Glory (500ml bottle, 4.5% ABV) One hundred. The temperature of boiling water. A century in cricket. The age at which you get a telegram from the Queen. Yes, in case you hadn’t guessed, this is my 100th blog post for the Southwick Brewhouse. Blimey. Where has all the time gone? Where has all…
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Unity Fresco

Unity Fresco (400ml can, 5% ABV, vegan) Fresco is a wheat beer in the Belgian style (a ‘witbier’, or white beer) but with a couple of twists. Rather than the usual orange peel and coriander that characterises a wit, this version uses locally foraged lemon balm and spruce tips. Who knew that Southampton was such a bonanza of…
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Siren Craft Broken Dream

Siren Craft Broken Dream (330ml can, 6.5% ABV, Vegetarian) Welcome, Ladies and Gentlemen, to the fifteenth meeting of the Hampshire Temperance movement in this, the year of our Lord, 1852. Now, I know that many of you have been concentrating your efforts on reducing the consumption of gin – or ‘mother’s ruin’ as we prefer to call it – but you may be…
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Star gazer

Yeovil Star Gazer (500ml bottle, 4.0% ABV, Vegan)

Yeovil Star Gazer (500ml bottle, 4.0% ABV, Vegan) There’s a long tradition in Britain of naming beers after the effect they might have in the event of overconsumption – Tanglefoot, Old Thumper, even Riggwelter. Star Gazer seems like it might be in this category, but at only 4.0% it’s pretty easy on the constitution. Perhaps Yeovil Ales were more aiming…
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Farmageddon Gorse IPA (440ml can, 6.4% ABV, vegan)

There’s nothing quite like a bubble bath at the end of a busy, tiring day. But you wouldn’t drink it, would you? Or would you? It’s fair to say that Farmageddon’s Gorse IPA is going to split opinion. Coming out of the can, it foams like a bubble bath. It tastes of soap, but in…
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Brass Castle Monsters of the Deep

Brass Castle Monsters of the Deep (440ml can, 6.5% ABV, vegan, gluten free)

Experiments are the foundation of modern science, and therefore a wonderful thing. But experiments can go horribly wrong. Just ask my A-Level Physics teacher. Fortunately Brass Castle’s Monsters of the Deep is an unmitigated success. Along with the promised monsters, the can features windmills, lighthouses, runes and Hull. What does it all mean? It’s part…
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Tarrant Street

Arundel Brewery Tarrant Street (330ml can, 3.4% ABV, vegan)

You would be hard-pressed to find a more unassuming beer than Arundel’s Tarrant Street – a low alcohol brew in a small, largely white can. Can this possibly be as enticing as those bigger bottles and tins, bestowed with bonkers names, and festooned with funky artwork? Like many breweries, Arundel have split their range into…
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Hobsons Old Prickly (500ml bottle, 4.2% ABV)

Graphic design is a funny thing. Something about the label of Hobsons Old Prickly – or perhaps its description as a ‘Snuffly Hedge Grog’ – made me think it was a cider, and I haven’t been a great fan of cider since a certain … ahem … episode at University. But no, it’s definitely beer.…
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Padstow Brewing Padstow Pride (568ml bottle, 4.5% ABV, Vegetarian)

Padstow Pride pours a dark amber, heading towards a reddish brown. The aroma is unusually rich in malt and has a hint of peppery hops. Down the hatch, and … that’s where my problems begin. Sometimes it’s very hard to describe the taste of a beer without (a) calling it a blend of malt and…
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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.

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