Bottled Beers

  • March's Monthly Beer Club

    As the days get a bit longer, a bit warmer and a bit lighter, we’ve added some cracking pale and golden beers to our list for our March subscribers. We welcome back some old favourite breweries with Shropshire Gold, the multi award winning ale from Salopian in Shrewsbury. For a small producer, they have won a whole load of CAMRA and SIBA awards and I know they have plans to increase their bottled range. We’re lucky enough to live near three great pubs that stock this brewery’s beers and this is one of my all-time favourites.
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  • World Book Night

    The newest member of the Best of British Beer crew, Sara, came into the office with some exciting news last week. She’s been selected as a ‘giver’ for World Book Night. Now, I was familiar with World Book Day, through various nephews and nieces talking about the free books they’d got and the fancy dress costumes they’d worn to school.
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  • The Party Seven's Over

    My first ‘proper’ encounter with beer was getting blotto on Worthington E with my friends in our local ‘schoolboy friendly’ hostelry some 35 years ago. While this particular brew and other contemporaries have long since disappeared from my consciousness, they must still hold a place in some people’s hearts.
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  • Cupid's bow or poisoned arrow?

    I hope my wife doesn’t read this as I’m not sure she is exempt from criticism, but speaking as a bloke who has received a fair number of Valentines gifts over the years*, I feel I must complain about the overall standard of tokens of affection I’ve been given. At this point I should make it clear that I’ve never been a huge fan of ‘expected spontaneity’ and I usually don’t bother with such things, indeed, I consider myself an incurable romantic 24/7.
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  • A glass above the rest

    Having just got back from a City Break in Budapest, I feel a little bit cheated about my overall experience. While it may be a little unfair to compare Budapest with other popular European destinations, the local brewing industry cannot hold a candle to the likes of Amsterdam, Prague and Berlin.
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  • The Bitter End?

    Despite the drop in temperature over the last few days, we still seem to have a huge amount of slugs in our garden – easily enough for a large family of hungry hedgehogs to consider it an ‘all you can eat buffet’. While our closest relatives in the animal kingdom might be chimpanzees, we do share a few traits with the common or garden slug; one of these is a fondness for a glass of beer.
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