‘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

Bar & Restaurant Review: Wild Beer Co. at Wapping Wharf

Wild Beer at Wapping Wharf, Units 6-8 Gaol Ferry Steps Bristol BS1 5WE 01172395693. Meal for two (with drinks): ¬£45 Bristol has always been one of my favourite places in the UK. I hold fond memories of the city from my university days, in which we would often take the train from Exeter and embark … Continue reading Bar & Restaurant Review: Wild Beer Co. at Wapping Wharf

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

Ich bin ein Berliner (Weisse) – A beery tour of Germany’s capital

Bleary-eyed and barely recovered from post-Glastonbury flu, I find myself in the departures room at Gatwick South Terminal at half five on a Thursday morning. In a bout of spontaneity a month earlier, I had booked flights to visit an old university friend in Berlin; not even bothering to consider the implications of needing to … Continue reading Ich bin ein Berliner (Weisse) – A beery tour of Germany’s capital

Ne bois pas de la Kro – A guide to good beer in France

When my brother and I booked tickets for the Euro 2016 football championships back in July of last year, good beer wasn't really on the agenda. The location of the tournament seemed an obvious obstacle; previous trips to France having been dominated by the grape rather than the hop. Nonetheless, with a little help from … Continue reading Ne bois pas de la Kro – A guide to good beer in France