A grand tour of Hampshire at the Winchester Beer Festival 2017

Whether it’s traditional country inns, city bars or trendy micropubs, the Southampton, Winchester and Portsmouth area is blessed with many great places that serve Hampshire beer.

But there are still few better places to sample the best ales from Hampshire’s 30+ breweries than at a local beer festival.

After a break of a few years due to always forgetting to buy a ticket (doh), I headed to the first session of the sold-out Winchester Beer and Cider Festival at the city’s Guildhall last Friday afternoon.… Read more

Beer, boats and bayonets on a weekend touring Leeds’ craft beer pubs and bars

Find out how I got on when I spent the weekend visiting some of Leeds’ many craft beer bars and real ale pubs.

It’s Saturday morning in early March on the south bank of the Leeds and Liverpool canal a few hundred yards from Leeds city centre.

Jamie and I are treading carefully along the sodden towpath to pick up our friend, Robbie.… Read more

Opening night at Fallen Acorn Brewing Co’s tap room

Although I live close by, I’ve never really had much of a reason to go to Gosport.

In fact, apart from a trip to the submarine museum in my schooldays and skirting the town on a walk along the Solent Way last year, I’m struggling to think of another time I’ve visited.

That’s why I was feeling a little disorientated when I disembarked the Gosport Ferry at dusk after the five-minute crossing from Portsmouth.… Read more

Searching for Hampshire’s best burger at: The Boat House Cafe, Swanwick [review]

Boat House Cafe Burger

I’m guilty of not venturing too far from home in my search for Hampshire’s best burger.

It was no different on Sunday night because I can’t get much closer to home than the Boat House Cafe in Swanwick Marina.

The Boat House Cafe is close enough for us to walk to as we can cut across Manor Farm Country Park.… Read more

Are kegs taking some of the ‘craft’ out of UK craft beer?

keg-cask-craft-beer

Last week, I caught an article by beer writer Pete Brown on the varying quality of cask beer.

In the piece, which was aimed at the pub trade, Mr Brown says he’s mostly stopped drinking cask beer.

The main reasons?

Too often, the beer isn’t ready to drink or has been on sale too long.

Sometimes, this means it’s hazy when it shouldn’t be.… Read more