Archive | May, 2013

Is the launch of ciders from the big beer brands good or bad for drinkers?

Walking into a supermarket and you’d be forgiven for thinking that cider is the nation’s new favourite beverage. The aisles are packed with apple, pear and other fruit variants. For many Strongbow, Magners and Bulmers are the main names they’d associate with cider. More surprising is the arrival of ciders from the big lager producers: […]

Don’t be a lager snob… it can be alright!

Since starting my journey into the world of ale I’ve found myself becoming a bit of a snob when it comes to lager. For my sins I used to be a Stella drinker until  the talented guys at Purity Brewing  tickled my fancy with their Mad Goose. I now feel confident, and ever so slightly proud […]

Supporting micro and craft breweries

As beer fans there’s no shortage of great ales, porters and stouts to sample and enjoy. Our recent discovery of  the beer treasure-trove that is Stirchley Wines has also opened our eyes to the sheer range of fantastic British beer. This has its downsides though as a visit to the supermarket beer aisles are disappointing […]

Spanish cider in the sun

After my first experimentation outside of my usual cider choice hadn’t gone so well, I was hesitant to try the others I’d picked up on my first trip to Stirchley Wines. But the sun has finally decided to put its hat on which only means one thing, its cider time! So last Tuesday afternoon as the rays […]

The dirtiest beer on earth Cantillon Gueze

The dirtiest beer on earth Cantillon Gueze A visit to the Craven Arms is always full of surprises – not just due to the ever changing ales but also some characters we’ve met since the re-launch earlier this year. On this particular Friday night we were met by the ever enthusiastic landlord who was keen to draw our […]