There's nothing ruder than firing away loudly in English ignorantly, as you point at the beer taps in some countries. So don't look like a buffoon to the locals - learn how to order a beer in their native language.
It was with great pleasure that I joined beer writers GH Hurel and Arezki Yaïche from Top of the Hops to attend the first day of Salon de l’Agriculture in Paris. I was at the event to delve deeper into French craft beer.
Held in Stoke Newington’s Abney Hall for it’s second year, 'Stokey Beer Fest' is run by the local Seven Sisters brewery, who made sure the venue was jam-packed with local breweries as well as more unfamiliar names from further afield.
As dry January neared it's conclusion, in a moment of sober impulsiveness I signed up for a beer-fuelled half-marathon. It was not long before I braved the cold and trekked south of the river to Wimbledon Common for Street Child’s inaugural Craft Half.
In the name of science, fitness and Christmas weight gain I’ve gone dry for the whole of January, especially as I've begun training for the London Marathon. With this in mind, I’ve been trying a variety of non-alcoholic beers to see if any can fill the void.
As it is constantly dark and dull in the UK this time of year, it reminded me of how around this time last year I’d just got back from an incredible 3-week trip to sunny Australia. I'd spent a very different Christmas over there. No turkey in sight!
I've had a fantastic year, and I've really enjoyed setting up and working on the blog over the last 12 months. One of the goals I had when I started the year was to post at least 52 blog entries, which I've just about managed to achieve. Here's a round up of five of the most notable posts this year.