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Ramsbottom Beer Festival Starts Today

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Walking The Bermondsey Beer Mile

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The Bermondsey Beer Mile has quickly established itself as something of a cultural phenomenon in London. For those not in the know, this is basically a crawl of the six breweries located within a mile of each other in Bermondsey. Except, just as locally the Rammy Mile run was never exactly a mile, this one is that bit longer as well. But no matter; it’s not been going long but it is already drawing in crowds of hipsters, stag parties etc; a la Borough crawl. Now having been to some, but not all, of the breweries, it didn’t take much for me to agree to lead a raiding party there.

It really doesn’t matter which end of the crawl you start from, but I would suggest Fourpure at South Bermondsey first. The Northern Line will take you to London Bridge where you can swap to the overground service for a train to South Bermondsey. While you’re waiting you can admire a very close up view of the Shard. The journey only takes 5 minutes but you may wish to check if the mighty Millwall are at home. O…

Sierra Nevada@PSBH

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Recently there was a rather special meet the brewer at Manchester’s very own Port Street Beer House. I say special as it was of a transatlantic nature as the brewery concerned was Sierra Nevada. Yes, that Sierra Nevada from the land of movie stars and swimming pools: California. The guest speaker was Steve Grossman who is their Beer Ambassador. I know, nice work if you can get it, eh?. Actually Steve has more than a passing knowledge of SD as his brother, Ken, is the co-founder. And via a slideshow presentation, he proceeded to share some of that knowledge.

What Steve did very well was to bring across the drive and innovation that drove Ken on and what makes Sierra Nevada the powerhouse it is today. Ken became interested in homebrewing at a very young age; even before he could legally consume it and eventually opened a homebrew shop in Chico, California in 1976. Interestingly this was before Jimmy Carter removed all restrictions on homebrewing in 1978 which is when things really took …

Breakfast Beer Tasting: Kona Pipeline Porter

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It’s time for a quick trip across the Atlantic once again this morning. Kona are one of the American craft brewers that you can be fortunate enough to increasingly come across on this side of the pond either on draught or packaged in bottle or can. The brewery is located in Kaliua-Kona, Hawaii and was started by Cameron Healy and Spoon Khalsa in the spring of 1994. They are more known for their pale ales and IPAs over here, but this is a journey to the dark side with one of their seasonals.
It’s a 12oz bottle and is 5.3%. The not-so-secret ingredient here is the 100% Kona coffee grown at Cornwell Estate on Hawaii’s Big Island. It poured dark brown with a medium-sized tan head. The aroma was quite strong: roast malt, hazelnut, dark chocolate and yes, coffee. These flavours carry on into the taste and are joined by a faint smoky hue. The coffee starts to really build in the finish and leaves a roast coffee bean aftertaste.

Tyson says: This didn’t really float my canoe. It became too unbal…

Breakfast Beer Tasting: Kernel London Brick Collaboration Red Rye Ale

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Who can resist a red rye ale? Well me, for one. Obviously. For, as we know, rye in beer usually spells trouble. It’s ruined many a good beer and, combined with the word “red”, conjures up an image of a caramel/toffee bomb with rye thrown in for good measure. But wait. This is from Kernel and contains Simcoe, Centennial and Cascade. Is there hope for it yet?
It’s a 330ml bottle-conditioned affair and weighs in at 6.8%. It poured ruby-red with good carbonation and a medium beige head. Murky London lovers please note; it’s not murky at all. What is the world coming to? There’s a very pungent aroma: a work of beauty is the only way to describe it. Punchy C hops giving mango, pineapple, grapefruit and a slight floral tang with a hint of sweet malt. Very, very appealing. The taste didn’t disappoint either. This one comes at you fast and heavy. The initial flavour of liquorice, light spice and caramel is quickly blown away by a resinous C hop blast. Plenty of juicy citrus flavours here that bu…