“It’s often said that brewers make only the wort: it’s the yeast that makes the beer. Of course, since Emil Christian Hansen discovered how to isolate individual yeast strains, brewers have gained much more control over those single-celled organisms. But creative homebrewers in Great Britain are challenging the notion that yeast must be tamed and have produced a unique blend that draws on science, history, and the very ground on which they stand.”
Check out my account of the Great Brettanomyces Megablend in the July/August edition of Zymurgy, the magazine for members of the American Homebrewers Association.
“I’ve pushed open a lot of pub doors. The flush of warm air, the growing babble of chatter, and the scent of beer-tainted wood have rushed towards me many thousands of times. But, as I stand on the threshold of an unfamiliar venue, even before my eyes adjust to the yellowed light, even before I lift my palm away from the door handle, the feeling that most engulfs me is often not one of comfort, but one of ‘will I be safe here?’”
You can read my most recent essay for Original Gravity Magazine right here.
Brighton and Hove Albion FC are one of the few football clubs in the top flight of English football that serve cask ale at every match. With the number of pints served sometimes topping 9000 a game, that makes them a contender for the title of one of the biggest real ale outlets in the world.
In this edition of Original Gravity Magazine, I reflect on what makes Harvey’s Best and The Seagulls such a wonderful combination.
You can read and download the article (as part of Original Gravity – Issue 15) by clicking here.
The October 2017 issue of the US homebrew publication, Brew Your Own Magazine, featured my story and photographs about the contemporary London beer scene on the front cover. I explored the diversity of the London scene and highlighted how the beer and brewing environment has grown and developed over the past ten years.
I also discussed the burgeoning London homebrew scene and its symbiotic relationship with commercial brewing, and supplied four homebrew-scaled recipes from some of the most exciting breweries in the capital.
You can read my article in full by purchasing this issues of Brew Your Own Magazine via this link.
The August edition of Diva – Europe’s biggest selling lifestyle magazine for lesbians and bi women – contained a feature by me about the contemporary beer scene and the women at the heart of it; women like Robyn Bell, tank manager at Manchester’s Cloudwater, Sarah Hughes, head brewer at Newport’s Tiny Rebel, and Sophie de Ronde, brewer at Burnt Mill Brewery in Suffolk, and the driving force behind International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day.
In addition to featuring some of the lesbian and bi women involved in the brewing industry, I also highlighted some of the best places for lesbians and bi women to drink great beer across the UK.
You can read my article in full by purchasing back issues or subscribing to Diva Magazine via this link.