In conversation with… Gianni Rotunno, head brewer at Brewheadz

Following a dream often requires sacrifices, and the young Italians behind Brewheadz have sacrificed more than most in pursuit of opening a brewery. To finance the cost of their four-barrel kit and eight-barrel fermenters, the four friends all moved into a one bedroom flat in Angel, brewing in the kitchen and taking it in turns … Continue reading In conversation with… Gianni Rotunno, head brewer at Brewheadz

‘Good beer takes time’: How a trip to Flanders dispelled the myth that fresh is best

Around 90 per cent of all Belgian hops are grown in the hop fields of Poperinge, a quaint municipality in the province of West Flanders. The surrounding countryside contains over 275 hectares dedicated to the growth of Humulus Lupulus plants, stretching ever-higher towards the skyline. The region's association with the famous plant goes back as far … Continue reading ‘Good beer takes time’: How a trip to Flanders dispelled the myth that fresh is best

The ticking time-bombs facing Britain’s pubs

*N.B. This was an issue feature written as part of my Masters degree and is aimed at a more national, less specialist audience* With business rates climbing ever higher, Brexit forcing up the price of imported drinks and young people drinking less than ever before, could this be the end of the British pub as … Continue reading The ticking time-bombs facing Britain’s pubs

In conversation with… Jack Hobday, co-founder of Anspach & Hobday

Situated under a cramped railway arch in Southwark, Anspach & Hobday doesn’t look much like the location of a brewery currently selling beer to Italy, Belgium and across the UK. In just over three years, owners Paul Anspach and Jack Hobday have transformed themselves from aspiring homebrewers to the owners of a brewery with the potential … Continue reading In conversation with… Jack Hobday, co-founder of Anspach & Hobday

Gueuzing in Ghent – 48 hours in Belgium’s student capital

Belgium will always hold a special place in my heart. It was, after all, a trip to Bruges in 2013 that kickstarted my love affair with beer in earnest. I was a naive 19-year old who knew they didn't really enjoy drinking mass-produced commercial lager, but had little idea of the sheer variety of beer … Continue reading Gueuzing in Ghent – 48 hours in Belgium’s student capital