The Kernel sails on almost serenely

He’s very modest so he’d almost be embarrassed if you suggested he possibly runs the UK’s best brewery in the country. Reality is, this might just be the case on certain measures. My own measurement is whether a brewery releases any duff beers and on my personal calculations The Kernel Brewery does not produce duff…

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Beer Travels with Adrian Tierney-Jones

Late Monday morning, and after a walk through the washed out January streets of the Vinohrady district of Prague, past patches of dirty snow and skeletal droppings of ice, it’s early doors at the Vinohradský Pivovar restaurant. Tables are already occupied with diners, including one where a chef in whites looks like he’s studying the…

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In search of the craic

Seated at the expansive bar counter of the new Irish Exit bar in Moynihan Train Hall in mid-town Manhattan in New York City, early evening was a joyous experience in what is undoubtedly one of the best station bars or pubs I’ve encountered during my travels. With around 250 covers, it is a pretty extensive…

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The Breal Deal

Many years ago my parents lived next door to a successful businessman who I befriended – Swiss-born Mario Halbeisen (RIP) who set up Marcrist Industries and who was for a period the sole importer of diamond drill bits into the UK. He made a bit of a killing and like many people with money burning…

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Q&A with Felix James, co-founder of Small Beer

Before moving ahead with my questions – relating predominantly to low ABV beers – Felix clarified that Small Beer isn’t technically a ‘low ABV’ brewery and brand. The company is championing a ‘new’ category of small beer while acknowledging this style is about a thousand years old. ‘Low alcohol’ describes a beverage of 1.2% and…

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Happiness in hospitality

Apparently drinking alcohol is very unfashionable. Try telling that to the people increasingly packing out the recently opened Devonshire pub in London’s Soho between 11am and noon, before most pubs in the area now choose to open. The reason for this is because renowned landlord Oisin Rogers, co-owner of The Devonshire, reckons the particular guests…

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Beer Travels with Adrian-Tierney-Jones

My pint of Purple Moose’s ruby-red, malt-accented Dark Side of the Moose was rich in its symphonic harmony on the palate and a perfect Bach-like counterpoint to the serene and tranquil atmosphere of The Albion Ale House on a Friday afternoon in November. I was in a pub in the castellated town of Conwy, which…

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Book review – Historical Pub Crawls Through London

Since my early years in London I have largely managed to navigate my way around the city by pub because when I first arrived in the capital I made it a mission to undertake numerous pub crawls that took me to all corners of London. It was therefore with great interest that I received a…

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