The Friday Pint 2015 #19 – Strike

At the time of writing, Network Rail workers have just announced plans for a 24 hour strike to start from 5pm on Thursday 4th June. For the many Manic Street Preachers and One Direction fans who will be travelling to Cardiff for the gigs on the Friday, this isn’t good news.

Whilst there’s a chance the strike action may still be called off, I’ve decided to book an extra night’s hotel, and head up early. This does of course mean that I’ll be stuck in Cardiff having to find things to do.

I’ve already found a gig to go to for £6, so that should occupy me for half the evening. If only there was somewhere like the Urban Tap House that I could go and drink a few beers in.

Oh wait, there is.

On a related subject, I have also found out that the Manic Street Preachers’ Cardiff Castle gig will have local food stalls, and Newport’s Tiny Rebel beers on the bar.

They might just sell eight million pints during Of Walking Abortion…


The Friday Pint 2015 #18 – Three days off, hoorah!

For a lot of people in the UK this weekend is a long one, with Monday’s bank holiday providing an extra day to visit the pub. As a result, many pubs are holding beer festivals this weekend, including The White Horse in Hedgerley.

This is where I headed to earlier today, the first day of my three day weekend. (I’m one of the many people who have to work on Monday). The pub is about five and a half miles from where I currently live. I could have walked it, but chose to take the bus. Even then, there is a one and a half mile walk from the main road.

The beer list for this weekend’s festival is populated mostly with beers and breweries I’m unfamiliar with. Of those I am familiar with, only Salopian and Twickenham’s beers were on. As it goes, these two were probably the better of the five I drank whilst I was there. As for the other three, lets just say my least favourite of them both had the word “little” in their name.

Also on the list this weekend are a few names that will be on the beer list at the Bash in July. These are Fixed Wheel, Green Duck, Sadlers, Track, Wharfebank, and Beer Bash Director David Shipman’s Otherton Ales. Unfortunately, none of these were available when I was there earlier. I guess it’s a good excuse to return tomorrow.

If you want to buy tickets for the Beer Bash, you can from here. You can also sign up to be one of the awesome volunteers by clicking on the volunteer link up the top and filling out the form.


The Friday Pint 2015 #17 – It’s Miller Time…

It would be easy for me to write this post, complaining about the imminent takeover of the small breweries by the big boys. I could write about how the beer will suddenly change taste overnight, and won’t be as good as it used to be.

I could, but I don’t believe that will be the case.

Sure, the recipe and taste of some of Meantime’s beers may be subject to changes as those above request that money be saved to maximize profits. Even if this is the case, I doubt that many would notice the change. I certainly doubt I would.

When I first saw the news, my first thoughts weren’t of dread or disappointment. My first thoughts were of export, specifically the USA where I will soon be living, and where my London Lager loving fiancee currently lives.

Whilst the focus of the press release was expanding the brand into Europe, it wouldn’t surprise me to eventually see more exports going across the Atlantic as well. I’ve already seen a couple of Meantime beers on the World of Beer tap and bottle lists, so it’s not as if the brand will be completely new to the American shores.

This takeover could end up being a bad thing for the world of beer. It could just as easily be a good thing. Rather than make assumptions either way, I’m going to see how things pan out, and judge them after a few years.



The Friday Pint 2015 #16 – The Second Great Birmingham Beer Bash Brewery Announcement Post.

By the time most of you lot read this, you should have already seen the latest bunch of brewery announcements made via the @birminghamcubed Twitter account. In case you missed this (and last months) announcement, here’s a round up of all of the brewerys announced since February and March.


Alphabet Brewing Company (@AlphabetBrewCo) – First up is a new brewery out of Manchester. A brewery so new and unfamiliar to me I had trouble researching them. It turns out it’s much easier when you know what the ABC of the logo is actually short for.

Bexar County Brewery (@BexarCountyBrew) –  Bexar County are based in Peterborough. Amongst the beers they had at last year’s Beer Bash was a Gose made with squid ink. Brewing for one of this year’s beers began this week.

Buxton Brewery (@BuxtonBrewery)  – Based in the Peak District. They produce some rather tasty beers, including the delicious Axe Edge

Fourpure Brewing Co (@FourpureBrewing) –   I sold a bunch of Fourpure cans when I was working on the bottle store at last year’s bash. Despite this, I don’t think I’ve actually tried any of their beers. I probably should do at this year’s bash.

The Kernel Brewery (@kernelbrewery) – One of the older of the London breweries, Kernel’s simple brown label branding, and no thrills naming conventions will be making a very welcome appearance at this year’s Beer Bash.

Left Handed Giant Brewing Co. (@LHGBrewingCo) – Left Handed Giant are the first brewery on this list that I have so far had no experience of at all. They are one of many breweries based in Bristol, and any information I could tell you about them would only be obtained from their website, which you can read by clicking on the link there.

Liverpool Craft Beer Co. (@craft_beers) –  The LCBCo guys will be returning to Digbeth once again. This means I can once again try their beers, and not remember a single thing about them.

Mad Hatter Brewing (@MadHatBrew) – Mad Hatter Brewing are also from Liverpool. I guess they make beer. If I’m honest, I haven’t really been keeping up recently.

Northern Monk Brew Co (@NMBCo) –  I’ve tried some of NMBCo’s beers. I quite liked them. Especially the first one. They’re from Leeds, which is up north. Unless you’re from north of Leeds of course, in which case Leeds is down south.

Offbeat Brewery (@offbeat_brewery) –  Offbeat Brewery have been at the Beer Bash before. I have also drunk their beer before. Several times. Should I say here that beers are like people. I know I’ve met them before, or the name sounds familiar. Actually, thinking about it, have we met before?

Pilot Beer (@pilotbeeruk) – Pilot are based in Leith, Scotland. I’m led to believe that Scotland is often cold and wet, mainly due to it’s lack of proximity to the equator. Countries based around the equator are often rather warm, and dry. Scotland also has whisky. Scotland wins. Also, I don’t particularly like hot weather.

Purity Brewing (@purityale) – Purity helped us get the first Beer Bash off the ground. It would be foolish of me to say anything bad about their beer, so I won’t. I actually quite like Mad Goose, though I haven’t had any in a while. Saddle Black was okay as well.

Quantum Brewing Company (@QuantumBC) – A quantum is the minimum amount of any physical entity involved in an interaction in physics. Apparently. I could be wrong. I did just copy and paste that from wikipedia.

Sadlers Ales (@sadlersales) – Have I ever mentioned that I love Mud City Stout? It’s rather quite nice you know. In fact, I’m hoping Mud City Stout isn’t one of the beers that we’ll be having as it will be difficult for me to drink anything else.

Steel City Brewing (@steelcitybrew) – Steel City are based in Sheffield. A city in the north built entirely out of steel. I may or may not have made one of the previous statements up.

Thirst Class Ale (@ThirstClassAle) – Oh hey look, it’s a funny play on words. Thirst sounds like first you see. First Class Ale means it’s really good, and a thirst is what people have when they haven’t drunk anything for a while. It’s clever see. Clever and funny. A pun. Puns are funny. I know absolutely nothing about their beer. It might be good. Who knows. Try it, or don’t. I’m not the boss of you.

Thornbridge Brewery (@Thornbridge) – I like Thornbridge. You like Thornbridge. We like Thornbridge. Thornbridge like us. It’s what comes when a company gives us beer, and we give them money for it. Capitalism makes me feel all warm and fuzzy sometimes. Wait, no, I’m confusing capitalism with beer again, and that warm and fuzzy feeling with being drunk.

Twisted Barrel Ale (@TwistBarrelAle) – Twisted Barrel come from Coventry. 2 Tone started in Coventry. There’s a museum there. Coincidentally, this year’s Beer Bash will be “the in place to be”.

Weird Beard Brew Co (@WeirdBeard_Brew) – At last. I’m done. Do you know how difficult it is to write one of these things when you know absolutely nothing about a lot of the breweries on the list. I do actually know about Weird Beard’s beers. I’ve tried them and enjoyed them. I just can’t be bothered at this point.

Anyway, here’s all of the breweries so far in a nice picture…


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Also, if you can spare some time over the weekend, why not volunteer. There’s a ton of benefits in doing so.


The Friday Pint 2015 #15 – Something something beer bash something

Another week has passed, and with it there’s now a week less in which to buy tickets, travel and accomodation to this year’s Birmingham Beer Bash. If you’ve been waiting for the advance ticket window to open before booking your train, you should be able to buy your tickets soon. That being said, it shouldn’t have stopped you from already having bought your festival tickets and accomodation.

This year I’ve been placed in charge of the volunteers, the wonderful group of hardworking people who without, we couldn’t put on the Bash. We need plenty of volunteers again this year and you can sign up here if you want to be part of a great weekend.

Next Saturday will be the 9th of May, and so I suspect there might be another round of announcements coming your way. As ever, I recommend keeping your eyes on the twitter and Facebook feeds. I’ll be doing a second big round up of all the breweries that have been announced since February and March after the announcements have gone out.

That’s it from me this week. Things are getting busier. I still have a shelf full of beer to drink at home, and not much time left to drink it. I’m sure I’ll struggle through it though.