‘The Place of Brewing’ – Zymurgy Magazine – July/August 2018


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“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.

‘Safe’ – Original Gravity Magazine – Issue 17 – July 2018

“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?’”

Original gravityYou can read my most recent essay for Original Gravity Magazine right here.

‘Real Ale Hero: Carola Brown – Local Hero’ – Beer Magazine – Summer 2018




A ‘real ale hero’ if ever there was one – I profile brewing pioneer, Carola Brown, on the eve of her retirement from Ballard’s Brewery.

“As she prepares to pass her brewery into another woman’s hands, Carola should be rightly proud of the legacy she leaves behind.”


‘Facing a Shining Future’ – Brew Your Own Magazine – March/April 2018


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When a determined homebrewer like Simon Pipola decides to organise a Home Brew Convention – the first of its kind in the UK – nothing is going to stand in his way…


“As every homebrewer knows, understanding more about how beer is created enhances the enjoyment of each and every glass.”


Check out my ‘Last Call’ column for US publication, Brew Your Own Magazine right here.

‘Brighton Rocks’ – Original Gravity Magazine – Issue 15 – November 2017

Harvey’s Brewery and Brighton and Hove Albion FC are two of my most favourite things. And, a few weeks ago, I was given the chance to enjoy both on behalf of Original Gravity magazine.

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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.


‘London Calling’ – Brew Your Own (BYO) Magazine – October 2017

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.

‘Make Mine a Pint’ – Diva Magazine – August 2017

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.


World Beer Awards – July/August 2017

In July and August 2017 I was very pleased to be selected as a Taste Judge for the prestigious World Beer Awards. I spent three days in Norwich, living alongside my fellow judges – a mix of national and international brewers and beer experts including Adrian Tierney-Jones, Jess Mason, Josh Rubin, Katrien BruylandTim Hampson, and Will Hawkes.

The World Beer Awards began 5 years ago with around 300 entries. This year there were more than 2000 entries from all across the globe. As World Chair of Judges, Adrian Tierney-Jones, says, “it holds a mirror up to the growth of beer culture today.” And, at the final judging session – held at the Hilton Olympia in central London – it was apparent that global beer scene is a thriving, challenging and exciting environment.

There were some very worthy winners from breweries of all sizes, some very familiar to me, others somewhat less familiar. The full list of winners can be found on the results page of the World Beer Awards website, but here are some of the highlights:

World’s Best Dark Beer: Novo Brazil Brewing (USA) – Cookie Monster (12%)

World’s Best Flavoured Beer: Olgerdin Egill Skallagrimsson (Iceland) – Surtur 8.2 (14.5%)

World’s Best Lager: Familienbrauerei Bauhöfer (Germany) – Bauhöfer Ulmer Pilsener (5%)

World’s Best Pale Beer:  Cameron’s Brewing Company (Canada) – Cameron’s Where the Buffalo Roam Barleywine (11.2%)

World’s Best Sour Beer: Rügener Insel-Brauerei GmbH (Germany) – Rügener Insel-Brauerei Seepferd (5.6%)

World’s Best Speciality Beer: Hook Norton Brewery (UK) – Hook Norton Red Rye (4.7%)

World’s Best Stout & Porter: Hideji-Beer Brewery (Japan) – Kurikuro (9%)

World’s Best Wheat Beer: Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu Glauner GmbH & Co. KG (Germany) – Alpirsbacher Weizen Hefe Hell (5.5%)

IMG_2542Although my body might quietly complain when being presented with yet another flight of strong beers half-way through the third day of judging, being able to taste this quality of beer is a real privilege, one overshadowed only by the honour of meeting some of the wonderful people who created it. And you can hear me talking to some of those people (Johnny Clayton from the UK’s Big Drop Brewery; Crystalla Huang from Singapore’s Red Dot Brewery; Salo Maldonado from Brazil’s O Motim Brewery; and Monty & Tyler from Canada’s White Sails Brewery) on the August 2017 edition of Fermentation Beer & Brewing Radio. Catch up here on Podomatic or via iTunes.

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