International Women’s Day: Women in the Beer Industry

Is beer really a “Man’s Drink”? Well, did you know that beer was invented by women? Without women, beer may not exist. Since ancient times, up until 150 years ago; when Western Society portrayed brewing as a male-orientated industry; beer production was predominantly carried out by women. Looking through history, the first piece of solid […]

Cooking with beer – some of our favourite recipes

The best way to cook with beer, of course, is to have one while you cook.  And then, of course, another while you eat. But that wouldn’t make for a very interesting blog post. There are many more creative ways to add the drink of the gods to your culinary concoctions; it’s a surprisingly versatile […]

Dry January – why do it, and what are the alternatives?

How’s your new year going? Broken any resolutions yet? Or have you stuck to your promises, setting the example for healthy living? (Or maybe you’re carrying on as usual. That’s fine too.) ‘Tis indeed the season for lifestyle upheaval, with many folks choosing to put down the pint glass and pick up a kettlebell instead. […]

Beer gadgets: a hoarder’s guide

There are very few people who don’t like a gadget. And there are some who like far too many. When it comes to beer, we do feel that far too many is probably the happy medium you should plump for. We have quite a few of our own (available in our online shop, of course). […]

The world’s best beer festivals

What could be better than getting to taste the world’s finest ales, surrounded by your fellow beer enthusiasts? The beer festival is pretty much the best idea for a gathering ever invented. But some fests can be a little flavourless. Whether they’re decked out in mega-corp mainstream beers or just a little too stuffy and […]

I’d rather have a pint of Coco Pops!

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?” “What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?” “I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said. A.A. Milne Now, we’re […]

And the award goes to…

We’re delighted to announce that we won two awards at the eleventh annual Salford Business Awards at the beginning of November! The first award was the Innovation Award which recognised our imaginative collaboration with Kellogg’s. In partnership with the cereal icon, we have created three delicious beers that make use of cereal that would, otherwise, […]

Can beer be part of a healthy diet?

Believe it or not… yes it can! When we’re talking about diets and nutrition, things can get a little vague.  Chocolate cake can be part of a healthy diet. So can deep-fried Mars bars, really, but you wouldn’t see Jamie Oliver try to get them added to school dinners. Any dietitian worth their salt will […]

Giving the gift of beer: the weirdest and best beer gifts ever

Beer. It’s the best gift you could ever give. Probably. As we approach the festive season and start to feel more charitable, it’s a good time to think about what kind of gifts we can get for the important people in our life – especially the beer lovers.  From fun beer tat to multimillion-pound treats, […]

The craft beer movement – where it all came from

At some point, we’ll have to stop calling it a movement. Surely one of the fastest-growing food and drink phenomenons in modern history, craft beer took a thirsty world by storm and is now a mature, vibrant scene bursting with creativity. First, a definition: craft beer is individually brewed batches of beer. Smaller scale, usually […]

Beer and food – how to make a perfect pairing

Sadly they’re often overlooked as a couple. ’Never the twain shall meet’, the thinking goes, while wine gets all the attention as the eater’s drink of choice.   Well, we’d like to change that. Not only does beer have an amazing range of flavours in itself – from crisp and bitter to rich and chocolatey […]