The great keg beer rip off?

Why is keg craft beer more expensive than cask beer and ale? To find out, I asked some of the south’s top brewers and publicans. Here’s what I learnt.

Kegs – through their association with bland, mass-produced beer and lager – used to be a dirty word when it came to quality beer and ale.

Not so anymore.

While some real ale stalwarts will only drink draught beer served from a cask, savvy drinkers recognise that there are now lots of decent craft keg beers available in the UK.… Read more

Behind the scenes at the Flower Pots Brewery, Cheriton

See how I fared when I joined head brewer David Mackie to find out how the Flower Pots Brewery in Cheriton near Winchester turns humble ingredients into award-winning craft ales.

The Flower Pots Brewery in Cheriton near Winchester is only 11 years old. So it’s easy to forget it’s one of Hampshire’s oldest breweries, coming before the recent boom in craft brewers in the county.… Read more

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┬áserve 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┬áspent 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