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WRITER, CONSULTANT AND BROADCASTER SPECIALISING IN BEER, PUBS AND CIDER. BEER WRITER OF THE YEAR 2009 AND 2012

What's new?

What's new?
Pledges for my new beer book - Miracle Brew - are now closed. Book is out 1st June and available for pre-order here.
I've been accused of attacking cask ale. Here's what I actually wrote - decide for yourselves.
News about my next books!
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Consumer Press

I’ve been published in newspapers including The Guardian, Independent, Times and Mail on Sunday, and occasionally in magazines including Fire & Knives, All About Beer, Word, Q, The Idler, Radio Times and Waitrose Kitchen Magazine. Here is a collection of links to the pieces that are available online.


Beer: the drink Tuscan food has been waiting for
19th November 2014
In September 2014 I was given the chance to spend a week exploring the Tuscan craft beer scene. Here's my take on what happens when you introduce beer for the first time to a culture celebrated for food and wine.
http://allaboutbeer.com/tuscany-beer/

Surviving being over-entertained
17th November 2010
Contemplations on the hangover.

Mythbusting the IPA
1st November 2009
Some of the things I learned on my sea voyage to India with a barrel of India Pale Ale

Blind eyes, bribes and beer on the high seas
1st November 2009
More reflections, this time of a personal nature, on my IPA voyage.
http://allaboutbeer.com/article/blind-eyes-bribes-and-beer-on-the-high-seas/

Burton-on-Trent - the world's most important beer town
1st March 2007
A trip around the legendary, inspiring and often frustrating spiritual home of British beer.
http://allaboutbeer.com/article/burton-on-trent%E2%80%94the-worlds-most-important-beer-town/

Burton beers today
1st March 2007
A sidebar to the above piece tasting some of Burton's traditional brews.

Rounds and reciprocity
1st November 2005
Don't become known as dave-who-never-buys-his-round.
http://allaboutbeer.com/article/rounds-and-reciprocity/




Why are pub landlords in low spirits?
29th March 2014
In a recent survey, publicans and bar managers came bottom out of 278 different professions listed in order of happiness. Here's why.

In Britain, beer is much more than just a drink
22nd March 2013
A look at the history of beer legislation in the UK following George Osborne’s decision to axe the Beer Duty Escalator in the 2013 budget.
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/mar/22/george-osborne-beer-cultural-value

Britain's bingeing on beer! Actually, it's not
23rd March 2012
Attacking the media’s biased, inaccurate representation of Britain’s supposed drink problem.
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/mar/23/beer-britain-liver-disease

Traditional cider polishes its apples
24th February 2012
First part of a look at the cider revival

A short guide to British cider
24th February 2012
Second part of a look at the cider revival

Cider around the world
24th February 2012
Third part of a look at the cider revival.
http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2012/feb/24/cider-around-the-world

On the apple sauce
23rd September 2011
A craft cider trail of new England
http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2011/sep/23/cider-trail-new-england-usa

Atlantic sailing holidays
13th June 2009
My experience crossing the Atlantic on a tall ship as part of Hops and Glory.










Fifty Best Beers
10th August 2012
I contributed a few to this round-up

Cask ale, ancient and modern
27th March 2010
A potted history of beer

Cask ale: as British as the Royal Family
Appreciation of our national drink, which is helping keep pubs alive.




(paywall protected)

More power to your Elbow
20th October 2011
I get to interview my favourite band about a beer they brewed!

Local hero: Nick Otley
15th July 2010
Profile of the Welsh craft brewer

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