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 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

Searching for Hampshire’s best burger at: 7Bone Burger Co, Portswood, Southampton [review]

Judging from the messages I’ve received over the past year or so, a search for Hampshire’s best burger isn’t complete without a visit to 7Bone Burger Co.

The birth of 7Bone was the subject of an episode of the BBC TV show, “Restaurant Man” in 2014. It now has restaurants in Southampton, Bournemouth, Camberley and Reading.

We finally headed to the Southampton branch in Portswood last week for an impromptu night out to celebrate my birthday.… 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