Brewhouse Beer Blog

by Richard Salsbury


XT 9- more like a Star Wars droid than a beer

XT 9 (500ml, 5.5% ABV) Sounding more like a Star Wars droid than a beer, XT 9 is something of an enigma. The bottle describes it as ‘Black’. So, is it a stout, a porter, a strong mild, a black IPA, or none of the above? Brewed with no fewer than nine malts (I wonder…
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Curious IPA – The taste is a surprise

Curious IPA (330ml, 5.6% ABV) A winemaker brewing beer? Has the world gone mad? It’s like cats and dogs living together. But that’s exactly what Chapel Down Winery has done. Not content with that, they make cider and brandy too. What’s next – a gin distillery, an absinthe laboratory? All of their beers come under…
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Denmead Beer Festival 2016

Denmead Beer Festival 2016

18th Annual , Denmead Community Centre, Sat 29th Oct 2016 As the only event of its type within staggering distance of my house, I’ve been going to the Denmead Beer Festival for years. It’s a fairly typical setup – a variety of beers, classic and new, local and distant, plus grub (hot dogs, burgers, roast…
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Emsworth Brewhouse

Emsworth Brewhouse Flotilla

Emsworth Brewhouse Flotilla (500ml, 4.4% ABV) Very new, very local and very green. That would be a good way to describe the Emsworth Brewhouse, a new, award-winning business which features a solar powered brewery and zero emission delivery of its products. It’s the brainchild of Grant Thomas, who works at IBM and has graduated from…
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Brewhouse & Kitchen Brewery Experience Day (Part 2)

  Brewhouse & Kitchen Brewery Experience Day (Part 2), Portsmouth, £85, 10:00-17:00 Fri or Sat Read part 1 here. The fact is, I have to drive home at the end of the day, so I sadly refuse some offers of ‘a bit more beer’. Oli uses a laptop and some software to keep tabs on…
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southampton airport

Southampton Airport beers

  Southampton Airport.  Priority Lounge customers at Southampton Airport are now in for a local treat whilst they wait to board their flight. Bottles of Old Dick,Skew, Liberation or Land of Hop and Glory are on offer among a range of other local refreshments. Like Suthwyk Ales,  it has an important heritage of it’s own. In 1936 the first test flight of the Supermarine Spitfire took place at the airport, making the Liberation and Land of Hop & Glory ales an appropriate fit. Unlimited WiFi, refreshments, comfortable seating, high chairs  and desks, laptop and mobile charge points are available for all Priority Lounge customers.  http://www.southamptonairport.com/
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Brewhouse & Kitchen Experience Day

Brewhouse & Kitchen Brewery Experience Day (Part 1), Portsmouth, £85, 10:00-17:00 Fri or Sat Brewhouse & Kitchen is a chain of pubs that brew their own beer on the premises. They also offer a Brewery Experience Day in which you can get your hands dirty and assist them in brewing up a batch. Sounds good…
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Hammerpot Ripa 5% Black IPA

Hammerpot Ripa Black IPA (500ml, 5.0% ABV) The Hammerpot Brewery is located east of Arundel and has been brewing beer since 2005. Rather than aiming at the traditional English market, or making newer American style beers, they sort of do both, with some Aussie influence thrown in for good measure. I’ve long been a fan of their…
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The Golden Lion

The Golden Lion, Southwick Something a bit different this time: a pub review! After all, where better to find beer than in its natural habitat? From the Southwick Brewhouse you can’t fail to spot the Golden Lion, given that the two share a car park. In the interest of a fair review, Helen and I…
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Skinners Hops ‘n’ Honey

  Skinner’s Hops ‘n’ Honey (500ml, 4.0% ABV) Hello, I’m Bob the Bearded Bee! That’s me, just below the logo of Skinner’s Hops ‘n’ Honey. You think I’m looking a bit forlorn? You’re not wrong – I’m the hardest working bee in the whole of the hive. And yet, despite all my efforts, no one’s…
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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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