Craft beer: a guide for beginners

Once there was real ale. It was safe, steady and you knew where you were with it. But now ale has a hip young cousin: craft beer. It even has its own festivals, such as this weekend’s Liverpool Craft Beer Expo. So what’s craft beer all about, beyond fashionable beards and American beers? For novice

Ten Amazing Facts About Beer

When it comes to trivia nights, or a friendly game of Trivial Pursuit, our very own mixologist and sommelier Kim Spence knows something about everything. Game night starts with a fight over who gets Kim on their team because he never lets us down with the fascinating facts he knows about all kinds of stuff.

Everything about Icelandic Beer

Many visitors to Iceland are surprised to discover a plethora of Icelandic breweries and artisan micro-breweries, seemingly, an impossible number for such a small population. There is even an Annual Icelandic Beer Festival.

My personal favorite? Einstök Hvítt, an award-winning craft white ale, brewed in Akureyri by Ölgerðin Egils Skallagrímsson. I no longer have to miss

Beer Types and Styles

So, you want to know more about beer… Well, pour yourself a cold one and get comfortable because there’s a whole lot of great stuff to learn about your favourite beverage.

Beer Types


Brewed with top fermenting yeast at cellar temperature, ales are fuller-bodied, with nuances of fruit or spice and a pleasantly hoppy finish. Generally robust

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