The Bristol Craft Beer Bowling League

Some people don’t like ten pin bowling.  They are, of course, idiots.  Ten pin bowling is awesome. Problem is, bowling alleys in this country aren’t generally very nice, easy to get to or full of the people you particularly want to spend a Friday night with.  Thankfully, there has been a bit of a resurgence … Continue reading

BrewDog Bristol – A Big Step Forward

I have a bad habit. I get far too excited about things before they happen. Then I often have to persuade myself they’re as good as I’d hoped they would be when, quite honestly, they’re not. BrewDog Bristol did not suffer this plight. The bar “soft” opened on Friday night. A slightly bizarre concept that … Continue reading

The Blagger’s Guide to Beer Geekdom

It’s fair to say that at least one of your friends is a beer bore who spends more time in the pub tapping away on Twitter and taking photos of their beer than engaging in proper conversation. You don’t like them much, in fact you’re actively avoiding them. But, just once, before you delete their … Continue reading

Wild Thang

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to spend a day at Bristol Beer Factory (you can read about it here). I spent some of the time with Brett Ellis, a very likeable Californian ex-chef who upped sticks from the OC (I don’t actually know if he is from the OC, it just sounds cool) … Continue reading

Always Look On The Craft Side of Beer

For too long now, we have been brawling like small children over the term “Craft Beer” and what it means.  The only way to put this juvenile argument to bed is with a little song. (To the tune of “Always Look On The Bright Side of Life”, if that wasn’t obvious) If its brewed with … Continue reading

BrewLab – An Education

How many amateur brewers does it take to open a microbrewery? 19 to do all the hard work and one to sit around on his iPhone tweeting and logging beers to Untappd. 20 beer enthusiasts were present at the microbrewery start up course at BrewLab’s slick new training building this week. One of them wasn’t … Continue reading

BrewDog Goes West

Say what you like about BrewDog. Go on, really, they won’t mind. In fact, in a world where bad publicity is very rarely actually bad publicity, they’ll probably thank you for the freebie. They’ve certainly ruffled a few feathers along the way with their, er, unique brand of self promotion, but the number of people … Continue reading

Bristol Best Pub Crawl?

Bristol has always been a great place to visit for beer drinkers.  It has more Good Beer Guide listed pubs than you can shake a stick at.  With Bristol Beer Factory and Arbor Ales making a real impact on the national “craft” market, BrewDog setting up shop in October and the Euston/Sheffield Tap people searching … Continue reading