Cheese, Chocolate & Cuckoo Clocks

So, I draw Switzerland in the World Cup Beer Sweep, organised by fellow Tweeters BeerReviewsAndy and markdredge. That’ll be easy thinks I, Switzerland, it can’t be that difficult to get hold of some Swiss beer in the UK…. First port of call – the internet. Ah-ha, BeerHERE do a World Cup mixed case and there’s a Swiss beer included. But hold on a minute… Do I really want to buy a case of 20 beers, when I rarely drink at home?, and anyway, isn’t Hurlimann brewed in the UK by Shepherd Neame? A quick visit to Beer Genie would seem [...]

Wakefield (CAMRA) Beer Festival 2009

Another weekend, another beer festival, this time a short train journey away, in Wakefield at the Light Waves Leisure Centre. A short walk up Westgate took us past The Black Rock, thinking it rude to pass by without popping in, an excellent pint of Tetley’s was enjoyed – Two guest beers were available as well. Suitably refreshed we descended on the beer festival. Four pounds entry (free for CAMRA members), including a NON-REFUNDABLE festival glass (Two pounds for CAMRA members)…. Didn’t I read somewhere that glasses at all CAMRA festivals should be refundable? Then tickets for beer, priced at 1.20 each [...]

Jennings Brewery Tour

It is always a concern when a small independent brewery is taken over by a larger concern. This was the case for Jennings when in 2005 they were taken over by Marston’s Plc (nee Wolverhampton & Dudley). Any fears we had were eased after an informative brewery tour, conducted by our knowledgeable guide. After a brief introduction in the bar, we had a 45 minute walk through the older part of the brewery, up many stairs, ducking under old beams, some of which our delighted host told us were once ships timbers. Although the tour was informative – we even [...]