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Beers of the World Issue 20

Published on 26/09/2008

Beer Tastings



ESB. Sponsors of The Beer Forum Winning letters receive an ESB Rugby Shirt A lament (or whinge) Dear BOTW, I thought I’d pencil you a few lines on my latest rant about noisy pubs. I regularly meet up...

By Sally Toms in the section


France has wine shows. Germany has its Oktoberfest. Belgium has beer festivals. Mention that you’ve frequented Belgian beer fests to a fellow enthusiast and you may get some envy or respect – for good...

By in the section


The world of cask ale is famed for its beards and belly-stretched T-shirts, so it’s something of a shock to find Tony Hadley opening a beer festival in the East Anglian market town of Bury St Edmunds....

By Nigel Huddleston in the section


There’s no getting away from it: Tadcaster smells. Fortunately, the little North Yorkshire town, midway between Leeds and York, smells of brewing. The glorious aroma of warm moist grain hangs allurin...

By in the section


In a quiet Bruges sidestreet, there’s a little corner of beer excellence that remains firmly embedded in the hearts of thousands of beer hunters – and this year it celebrates its 25th anniversary. ‘t...

By Jeff Evans in the section SPOTLIGHT


You can have too much history. Just ask the Baltic States: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. In the past few centuries these three have been battlegrounds for a variety of foreign armies from the Teutoni...

By Adrian Tierney-Jones in the section International Focus


We think of lager as a modern style of beer, made possible by the industrial revolution of the 19th century that brought with it pale malt and ice-making machines. But is it possible that lager is alm...

By Roger Protz in the section International Focus


Will Beckett Will Beckett, director of Underdog consultancy, is one of the UK’s most successful pub and bar entrepreneurs and, alongside his mother Fiona Beckett, is the coauthor of An Appetite for A...

By Sally Toms in the section


RABBIT SUET PUDDING WITH JENNINGS CUMBERLAND ALE From Mark Cockbain,The Wheatsheaf Inn, Lorton, Cumbria, a Marston’s Pub Company pub INGREDIENTS 1.8kg diced rabbit 1lb black pudding (cubed) 2 large c...

By Sally Toms in the section


Cool jobs According to, the exclusive provider of job listings and services to, being a brewmaster is one of the coolest job in the world. (We could have told them that). I...

By Sally Toms in the section Beer Matters


No fan of British beer needs to be reminded of the importance of the West Midlands in its history. Burton-upon-Trent in Staffordshire is, of course, is pretty much its anchor and the towns of Wolverh...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section


Amsterdam has always had a good line in pubs with its celebrated bruine cafés oozing traditional gezelligheid (cosiness, homeliness). But a couple of decades ago you’d have been lucky to find anything...

By Des de Moor in the section SPOTLIGHT


We have all been there. It’s your turn to be the designated driver, but now you’re at the bar you really want a beer. So what do you do, go for the soft drink option or order a low alcohol beer? Let’s...

By Daniel Cooper in the section


As the British countryside disappears under motorways, housing estates and fields of oil seed rape, the notion of a beer style known as ‘country ale’ seems risible. Yet there was a time when a deep di...

By Roger Protz in the section


With prestigious colleges bearing names such as Amherst, Smith, Williams, Mount Holyoke and Hampshire, Western Massachusetts is truly a fermenting tank of higher education. But while many here are ear...

By in the section BEER JOURNEYS


The beer scene in Scotland has changed dramatically in recent years. The changes have been much like the curate’s egg: good and bad in parts. The English influence has resulted in a new variety of pa...

By Roger Protz in the section Beer styles


Maker profile Green Valley Cider, Clyst St George, Devon Darts Farm Village is a farmers’ market turned upmarket lifestyle emporium south of Exeter, but don’t let that put you off. For amongst the wa...

By Adrian Tierney-Jones in the section


How did you first get involved in beer? I was 17/18 when I fell in love with beer. In fact love is probably not a strong enough word. If beer was a woman I’d probably be subject to a court restrainin...

By Sally Toms in the section Last Shout

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