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

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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

Beer52 craft beer club [review and voucher code]

Beer52 is a monthly beer subscription service that specialises in modern-style UK and world beers. Read on to find out what I thought of the service and get a voucher code for £12 off your first order.

With the UK going craft beer crazy over the last few years, it’s easy to forget it’s not just in Britain where we’re seeing a glut of new breweries and beers.… Read more

A taste of Hampshire and beyond at some of Southampton’s newest craft beer bars

Find out how I got on when I did a mini pub crawl of some of Southampton’s newest craft beer bars and pubs – Olaf’s Tun, Caskaway, The Dancing Man, Belgium and Blues and Chalk Valley.

Southampton is fast becoming the south coast’s premier destination for craft beer and real ale.

Not only do you have many excellent pubs dotted throughout the city, but there are also several new bars and micropubs focusing on great beer, much of it from Hampshire’s 35+ breweries.… Read more

Chalk Valley, Southampton – burger review

Although I’ve enjoyed a few locally-sourced burgers made so far on my quest for Hampshire’s best burger, I haven’t visited anywhere so committed to serving local produce than Chalk Valley in Southampton.

This restaurant highlights everything on the menu that’s travelled less than 50 miles to land on your plate. Which isn’t too much of a challenge seeing as the beef for the burgers comes from Chalk Valley’s own herd of cattle near Stockbridge.… Read more

Belgian-style beers at the Unity Brewing Co preview night

Conflux pale ale - Unity

What will Hampshire’s newest brewery give to Southampton’s craft beer scene? I went along to the pre-launch preview night to find out about the brewery and sample the beers.

If you like good beer, Southampton’s never been short of decent places to drink.

And, in the last few years the Southampton craft beer scene has exploded with six micropubs, numerous beer bars and international chain Brewdog opening in the city.… Read more