The last ever London Drinker Festival occurred last Friday during 'London Beer Week'. I decided to check out what we'll be missing, as well as meeting brewers from ELB at a tutored tasting of their beers.
Porto is the place for discovering wines from the Douro and Port, but I still managed to find time to check out beers from the burgeoning craft beer scene - as well as discovering how to order beer correctly!
You'd be a either a fool or teetotal to visit Porto without tasting the Port wine on offer - so I duly obliged. Over several days I managed to fit several different tastings into the schedule to understand and explore the complexities of the different styles which exist.
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.