Brewer For A Day

“Timing is key, y’know”. Josh Staines – one of the brewers at Malt Shovel – is keeping a careful eye on the temperature gauge to make sure the boil isn’t too vigorous. He notes down the time the wort starts to boil to ensure hops are added at the correct time in order to maximize…

Freshest of the Fresh

For those lucky enough to have travelled, there’s a general consensus: That wherever you go there will be new cities, people, customs, languages, and foods to experience, and a new appreciation and interpretation of personal space, patience, and hygiene. Fantastically, travelling also introduces you to a plethora of local alcoholic beverages. Sangria in Spain, Port…

Cesky Pivni Festival

Naturally, the biggest, brashest, busiest, and best beer festival in the world is Oktoberfest. Or so I’ve been told. One day I will experience the glory of that sacred drinking turf, but not just yet. Instead, I may have found a worthy replacement complete with similar style and similar drunkenness – the Czech Beer Festival.…

Guinness Factory

Let’s play some word association. I write one word, you say whatever pops into your head first. Got it? Ready? OK. Ireland Let me guess: Leprachauns, potatoes, shamrocks, Guinness, green, rain. Am I close? I know, psychic abilities right?! The drink that speaks for Ireland – whether or not they want it to – is…

Brewdog Bar Edinburgh

There’s a healthy brewing scene in Edinburgh, but unfortunately many of them aren’t open to the public for walk-in visits. However, as a sleep-deprived, coughing, no doubt liver-damaged survivor of a whirlwind 21-day Contiki tour of Europe I was in need of sustenance and a beer that wasn’t cheap lager. On a typically (or so…

Rugen Brau Spezial Dunkel

I want you to close your eyes and let your imagination run wild for a moment. Invisage stark, sheer cliffs surrounded by snow-capped Alps. Waterfalls cascading from hundreds of metres up, shooting thousands upon thousands of tonnes of water from the precipice, the glacial melt halting airborne for mere moments before rushing downwards to the…

The Mad Bishop & Bear

Not a beer, rather the first pub I visited in London. Mind you, The Mad Bishop is a great name for a beer…..(Note to self: Check if said beer exists, then create it) After two flights, 22 hours in the air, and 17 000 kilometres covered, I found myself at Paddington Station. As seems to…