Egg Nog Stout

December 13, 2018

Fallen Acorn Egg Nog (500ml bottle, 5.3% ABV) Egg nog, eh? It’s as Christmassy as stollen, or mince pies, or crippling credit card bills. Although,…

St Peter’s Whisky Beer

St Peter’s The Saints Whisky Beer

November 22, 2018

St Peter’s The Saints Whisky Beer (500ml bottle, 4.8% ABV) Given the similarities between beer and whisky (both are made with fermented barley) it’s surprising…


October 25, 2018

Mead is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water, sometimes with  fruits and spices. In Norse mythology, the Mead of Poetry was crafted…

Firebrand Brewing Co NEIPA

Firebrand Brewing Co NEIPA

October 11, 2018

Firebrand Brewing Co NEIPA (330ml can, 5.5% ABV) This is a foamy one. As soon as I open it, the top of the can – and my fingers –…

Andwell Red IPA

Andwell Red IPA

October 4, 2018

Andwell Red IPA (500ml bottle, 4.5% ABV) I’ve written before about the widespread use of IPA for beers that aren’t pale, or strong, or even particularly…

Hanlons Stormstay

Hanlons Stormstay

September 27, 2018

Hanlons Stormstay (500ml bottle, 5.0% ABV) Hanlons used to be called O’Hanlons, but have dropped both the apostrophe (graphic designers seem to be allergic to punctuation)…

Quorum Brune

Quorum Brune Unity Brewing 

September 14, 2018

Unity Brewing Quorum Brune (330ml bottle, 5.5% ABV, vegan) There are plenty of breweries in Britain devoted to US-style craft ale, but Unity of Southampton is the…

Dark Star Imperial

Dark Star Imperial Export Strength Stout

September 9, 2018

Dark Star Imperial Export Strength Stout (330ml bottle, 10.5% ABV) Dark Star predate many of the new independent breweries, having been set up in the cellar…


Azores – Atlantic Brewery 

August 29, 2018

 Azores – Atlantic Brewery (500ml bottle, 4.2% ABV, vegan, organic) Azores? Surely a small cluster of Portuguese-speaking islands in the north Atlantic haven’t got in…

Wilde Geest

Wilde Geest – Wiper and True  / Siren Craft 

August 22, 2018

Wilde Geest  Siren Craft / Wiper and True  (330ml bottle, 7.2% ABV) You at the back – yes, you – put your phone down. How are you going to pass…