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

Searching for Hampshire’s best burger at: Chalk Valley, Southampton [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

Searching for Hampshire’s best burger at: The Railway, Ringwood [review]

I’ve fancied visiting The Railway in Ringwood since I heard of it when I was compiling my list of places to buy real ale to take away in Hampshire.

I finally got my chance on Sunday when we met up there with friends for lunch.

The pub, which dog-friendly and child-friendly, doesn’t usually serve burgers on Sundays. I was lucky in that they made an exception for me this time!… Read more

Beer tasting tips for beginners from some of Hampshire’s top brewers

Learn some quick beginners’ tips for real ale and craft beer tasting with contributions from some of Hampshire’s top brewers.

Since the Government introduced a scheme to give tax breaks to smaller breweries in 2002, the number of breweries in the UK has almost tripled from around 500 to more than 1,400.

And with the average brewery producing eight varieties of beer, the Campaign for Real Ale estimates there are more than 11,000 different UK beers and ales on the market.… Read more