Beer Review: Hawkes Alcoholic Ginger Beer

Having just written about Germany’s ‘beer purity law’, here’s a beer that wouldn’t fly over there: Hawkes Alcoholic Ginger Beer, from London. The guys at Hawkes were good enough to send me a bottle. Its name derives from the original ginger beer sellers of Victorian London, the Hawkers, and started … Continue reading

German Beer Review: Naïv, Frankfurt

This month, my work took me to Frankfurt. The city sticks in my mind for two reasons: 1) firstly, it’s where I (twice now) have broken my ‘land speed record’ with cab drivers hitting 170kph plus on the autobahn (I wouldn’t mind so much if the car in front wasn’t … Continue reading

Beer Review: 60°North and Skipper’s Ticket by Lerwick Brewery

What comes to mind when you think of Shetland; The eponymous detective series, perhaps? Stunted ponies and burning Viking boats, maybe? What about beer? I recently interviewed Shetland’s Lerwick Brewery about the challenges of making and distributing beer from an island closer to Bergen, Norway, than it is to Edinburgh. … Continue reading

Drink beer, fight cancer

Here’s some good news: now you can drink beer and fight prostate cancer at the same time. Win, win! The makers of the golden beer Aurelio, Two Fingers Brewing Co., claims it is the only beer in the UK which uses all of its profits to fight prostate cancer. The beer will be … Continue reading

French Beer Special: La Brasserie de la Goutte d’Or, Paris

I’ve always said that the only thing that holds France back from being the ultimate country was its lack of decent beer. On a recent visit to Paris, that barrier was eliminated all thanks to La Brasserie de la Goutte d’Or. France: culture, wine, language, beaches, mountains, great trains (Paris … Continue reading