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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?
Next beer book - now called 'Miracle Brew' - is finished! You can still subscribe to it here.
You can still listen to The Apple Orchard on BBC iPlayer radio
I'm taking the pub on tour - four dates between now and Christmas.
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Events Diary

Coming soon to a festival, bookshop or upstairs room in a pub near you. Listed in reverse date order, with future events at the top. Scroll down for more!


The Apple Orchard at CiderCon
4.15pm, 9th February 2017
CiderCon, Hilton Hotel, Chicago
Delighted to be invited to the annual convention of North American cider makers. My talk will be around the theme of 'The Apple Orchard - Reality vs. Mythology,' and I'll have books to sign. I'll also be around all week for cider drinking. More info on how to register for CiderCon here.

The Pub - on tour
I'm taking my new book back to the places where it was written. Join me to explore the elements of the pub's unique atmosphere, try a very difficult pub quiz, identify crisps and play virtual darts.
Monday 12th December, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, NOTTINGHAM, 7.30pm
Wednesday 7th December, The Baltic Fleet, LIVERPOOL, 9.30pm
Friday 2nd December, Small Bar, BRISTOL, 6pm 
Wednesday 30th November, the Bridge Tavern, NEWCASTLE, 7pm
Admission free but tickets need to be booked in advance here.

Why Do Guitars Taste of Hops? at Louder Than Words
6pm, 12th November
The Palace Hotel, Oxford Street, Manchester
I'm ridiculously excited to be taking my beer and music matching  extravaganza back to Manchester. After a sell-out show as part of the Manchester Science Festival last year, I'll be reprising a version of the show that pairs music from Manchester's astonishing legacy with beers from the rapidly improving local craft beer scene as part of the brilliant Louder Than Words music-themed literary  festival.
More details and tickets here.

The Apple Orchard at the RHS Taste of Autumn Festival
2pm, 22nd October
Taste of Autumn, RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB
I'll be celebrating harvest time by giving a talk and Q and A about my new book, The Apple Orchard, and signing copies.
More details and ticket info for the Taste of Autumn weekend here.

The Apple Orchard at the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Festival
7pm, 25th October
The Beacon, Portway, Wantage OX12 9BX
I'll be reading from and talking about the Apple Orchard with a tasting of coders and apple juices as part of this literary festival.
Tickets £8 (including several drinks) available here.

Five Points Brick Field Brown Launch and Talk
6pm, 18th October 
The Harp, Covent Garden, London
Five Points is launching a new craft beer and I'll be helping celebrate the event, talking about the style and squeezing in some chat about The Pub: A Cultural Institutions, in which The Harp features.
Tickets £10 available soon.

The Apple Orchard at the National Apple Festival
2.30pm, 15th October
The National Apple Festival, Brogdale Farm, Kent
Brogdale Farm is home to the UK's national apple collection, and at this year's festival there'll be 1000 different varieties to sample. I'll be doing a talk and signing books.
More details about the Brogdale Apple Festival and ticket info here.

The Apple Orchard at the Chelmsford Opening Festival
6.30pm, 13th October
Foyles, 86 Bond Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1GH
I'll be reading from and talking about The Apple Orchard, and tasting a bit of cider.
Tickets £5 including complementary cider available here.

Comparative Beer Tasting: British vs American Styles
4pm, 12th October
Bar Convent Berlin, Station Berlin, Germany
I'll be facing off against beer expert and US Brewers Association Sylvia Kopp in comparing and contrasting British and American beer styles. It's not all about the hops, you know.
Conference details here.






*PAST EVENTS*



The Pub: A Cultural Institution
7.30pm, 4th October
Off the Shelf Festival in Association with Hop Hideout 
Hallam Hall, Owen Building, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, S1 1WBThe first public event for my new pubs book! I'll be doing readings, chats and more about why the British pub is unique (answer - its atmosphere) and explaining why there are more pubs in the book in Sheffield than anywhere else. The ticket price includes three beers sourced by the excellent Hop Hideout. 
Tickets £12 available here.

The Pub: A Cultural Institution
4pm, 3rd October
Bar & Pub Hub, the Pub and Bar Show, Olympia, London

I'll be chatting pubs and why they matter in the context of my new book: The Pub: A Cultural Institution.
Show ticket and registration details here.

Green Man Festival
18th to 21st August
Brecon Beacons
My beer and music matching at Green Man has turned into a regular gig and one of my favourite events of the year. With 100 beers and ciders in the beer tent and a wonderfully eclectic line-up across the stages, I'll be kicking off Green Man 2016 at noon on Friday by pairing the beers and performers of the festival.
Tickets for Green Man available here.

Beer Boot Camp
2nd and 9th July
Johannesburg and Cape Town
Hello South Africa! Beer Boot camp is a one day conference with a difference - it goes on tour! I'll be chatting beer ingredients and my forthcoming book to brewers and beer enthusiasts in Jo'burg in the 2nd and Cape Town on the 9th.
More information and tickets here.

Glastonbury Festival
22nd to 26th June 
Free University of Glastonbury stage
Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset
Ridiculously exciting to be making my gigging venue at the big daddy of festivals. At 3pm on the Friday, I'll be talking apples and tors, orchards and Celtic myth, and about how ridiculously excited I am to get to see Phillip Glass's Heroes Symphony live.
More info here. Tickets? Good luck!

Pubs, Parks and Postcodes at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival
2pm, 5th June 
Ryan's Bar, Stoke Newington Church St, London N16
My friend and fellow N16 author Travis Elborough has written a fine book about the role of parks in shaping, enhancing and defining our communities, and we thought pubs - the other great people's institution - had a lot in common with that, and I have a new book on pubs coming out in the summer. The affable and engaging Mark Mason's new book looks at Britain by postcode, and how they shape the way we think of an area. The three of us had a chat on stage at the festival three years ago and everyone wanted it to carry on in the beer tent afterwards, so we're all back with our new books this year to carry on. According to the official programme, we're Stokey's literary boy band. Terrifying.
Tickets £4 available here.

London's Brewing at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival
6pm, 4th June
Stoke Newington Town Hall, Church St, N16
Is London's brewery boom showing the first signs of slowing down? Are we getting bored of Citra hops yet? Is our love affair with craft beer turning sour? Or are we set for an ever-expanding beery universe after London brewing's 2010 Big Bang? Such questions can only be answered with a beer in hand, which is why I've invited a cross-section of London craft brewers to come and join me in the town hall to chat over a few beers. Redemption (who have sponsored Stokey Litfest since its inception) London Brewing Co (who are helping us run the festival bars this year) 40FT (who are possibly the closest brewery now the Stoke Newington) and Brewed by Numbers (who are currently making my favourite London beers) will each be bringing one of their beers along for you to taste while they share their thoughts. We did a similar event at Stokey Litfest three years ago. It sold out, and people are still talking about it.
Tickets £5 (includes 4 beer samples) available here.



Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine 2016
I'm doing two events at this weekend-long celebration of food and drink writing.
Hops & Glory 
11.30am, Sunday 22nd May 2016
Drink Theatre, Ballymaloe House
I'll be talking about India Pale Ale and revisiting my sea voyage to India with a barrel of the stuff, with Caroline Hennesesy, author of the excellent Bibliocook blog.
Tickets £16. More details and tickets here.
Irish Craft Cider
9.30am, Saturday 21st May 2016
Drink Theatre, Ballymaloe House
I'll be taking part in a panel discussion on what is fast becoming the most dynamic cider making region in the British Isles.
Tickets £16. More details and tickets here

Why Do Guitars Taste of Hops at the Edinburgh Science Festival
8pm, Wednesday 6th April 2016
Dissection Room, Summerhall, Edinburgh
Your ‘five senses’ are not what you think they are. Your brain is not being straight with you. And you can hear the difference between bitter and sour beers. A unique mix of beer, music, neuroscience and comedy. My beer and music matching event was born out of discussion that took place at the Edinburgh Science Festival four years ago. I'm delighted to bring it back home now it's all grown up.
More details and brochure here

The Laugharne Weekend
3pm, Saturday 2nd April
Downstairs at the Keith's Head, Laugharne, West Wales
This weekend-long literary festival has been taking over the peaceful, beautiful town of Dylan Thomas's birth each April for nearly a decade now. I'm delighted to be opening the festival on the Friday afternoon, probably with a talk about my forthcoming book, The Pub, due out in the autumn.
More details herehttp://www.thelaugharneweekend.com/news/.

AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Launch of Stone & Wood's new season Pacific Ale
5pm, 17th March
Brewsvegas, Archive 100 BOUNDARY ST, WEST END QLD 4101

A Q&A session about my books and the world of craft beer generally, with the entire Stone & Wood beer range in tap.
More details here.

What Are you Drinking?
6pm, 12th March 2016
Preachers, 5 Knopwood St, Hobart 7000, Tasmania
Take a journey through the alchemy of beer as I preview some of the stories from my forthcoming book about hops, barley, yeast and water. there'll be a flight of six beers to taste that highlight each ingredient, as well as hop rubbing and malt tasting. I'll also be talking about this year's hop harvest in Tassie.
Free event

Why do Guitars Taste of Hops?
6pm, 10th March 2016
The Rainbow Hotel, 27 St David St, Fitzroy, Melbourne
Your ‘five senses’ are not what you think they are. Your brain is not being straight with you. And you can hear the difference between bitter and sour beers. A unique mix of beer, music, neuroscience and comedy.
More details here.

Craft Beer Rising
26th February 2016
Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London
Back for its fourth year already! I'm doing a talk on the trade day about the under-appreciated virtues of good cider. If you think cider only offers a sweet, sugary alternative to lager or dark, pungent scrumpy, think again. I'll be presenting a flight of premium, high juice content ciders that have as much in common with wine as beer, plus a special character all of their own.
Tickets and more details available here.

London is Drinking
7.30-9pm, Monday 30th November 2015
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL
Join beer experts Pete Brown and Melissa Cole, gin-historian Richard Barnett, and London brewers and distillers for a celebration and discussion of London and it’s drinking history and culture; from the taverns to the gin craze, to craft brewing and beyond. Londonist and Conway Hall Ethical Society are proud to present an evening of ale, gin, pubs, conversation and a tipsy toddle through our fantastic city’s history and life.
Tickets £8 (£5 concessions) available here.

Hopped in Music at the Manchester Science Festival
7pm-9pm, Wednesday 28th October 2015
Kosmonaut, 10 Tariff Street, Manchester, M1 2FF
Beer and Music Matching comes to the Manchester Science festival. Given the location, I'll be looking at matching music from the city with some of the great craft brewers there.
Tickets £12.50 available here

Craft Beer Calling
25th October 2015
The Boilershop, Newcastle upon Tyne
Sixty of the world's leading craft breweries under one roof - and a cellar full of cider! I'll be doing a talk and tasting on the Sunday afternoon of this weekend-long festival. 
Tickets available here

What Are You Drinking at Off The Shelf
8pm, Thursday 15th October
The Greystones, Greystones Road, Sheffield S11 7BS
Take a journey through the alchemy of beer as I preview some of the stories from my forthcoming book about hops, barley, yeast and water. there'll be a flight of six beers to taste that highlight each ingredient, as well as hop rubbing and malt tasting.
Tickets £15 (£14 concessions) available here.

What are you drinking at the Abergavenny Food Festival?
11:00-12:00, Saturday 19th September
Take a journey through the magical alchemy of beer as Pete Brown showcases the diversity of flavour and character created by beer's four main ingredients: hops, barley, yeast and water – with tasters along the way.
Tickets £8 available here

It's the Drink Talking at London Beer City
6pm-8.30pm, Saturday 15th August
The Hack & Hop, 35 Whitefriars St, London EC4Y 8BH
My new pub-based chat show which I debuted at this year's Stoke Newington Literary Festival. each evening I invite three guests, including at least one brewer or other drinks wizard, to chat about pubs, drink and drinking, to enjoy someone tutored tasting with the audience and to take part in the already legendary meat raffle. Guests are still to be announced but we'll be discussing London Beer City and its various works, the highlights of the week, and anything else that takes our fancy.
Tickets £5 available here.

What Are You Drinking at London Beer City
2-4pm, Saturday 15th August
Brew Dog Shepherds Bush, 15-19 Goldhawk Road, London, W12 8QQ
Help shape the direction of my next beer book! I'm currently travelling the world of beer to dig deep into the secrets of hops, barley, yeast and water - the four primary ingredients of beer. Come along and hear me tell short stories about each ingredient, and decide which ones you'd like to see in the book. We'll be tasting a flight of beers that highlight the properties of each ingredient.
Tickets available soon.

Beer and music matching the Great British Beer Festival?
Friday 14th August, 18:00-19:00
“Your brain is lying to you. You have more than five senses. And you can hear the difference between bitter and sour.” Join Pete Brown as he pairs the beers of the Festival with music that complements, enhances and even changes their flavour. Part-neuroscience, part-memoir, part-comedy, with real-time scientific experiments.
See more at: http://gbbf.org.uk/tastings#sthash.N1iHYR9U.dpuf

Food Meets Beer Festival
24-26th July 
Borough Market, London SE1
I'll be talking beer ingredients on the Sunday at 2pm the festival of food and beer in one of the world's best food markets. Lots of other talks, events and demos are happening over the three days.
Tickets available here - use the code PETEBROWN for a 40% discount - expires Thursday at midnight.




It's the Drink Talking
Saturday June 6th and Sunday June 7th, 8pm
Upstairs at The Prince, 59 Kynaston Road, London, N16 0EB
For this year's Stoke Newington Literary Festival, I'm trialling a new chat show concept that revolves around drink and pubs, over the Saturday and Sunday nights of the festival weekend. My guests will include brewers, cider makers, writers from the festival and other interesting people who love a tipple. There'll be tutored tastings, true confessions, random chat and possibly even a meat raffle.
Tickets £5. More information and tickets available here.

Nerd Nite: “Why do guitars taste like hops?”
Wednesday 20th May, 7.45pm
Paper Dress Vintage, 114-116 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3AH

From the Nerd Nite website: websiteNerd Nite London is a monthly event where three speakers give 18-21 minute fun-yet-informative talks across all disciplines, while the audience drinks along. This month,Beer blogger and ale expert Pete Brown returns to present an exploration of how our senses overlap and influence each other. Using beer and music, his presentation will provide new insight into how we perceive both flavour and sound, and how one can and does influence and even change the other.
Tickets £6, available here.

Beer and Book Matching at the London Brewing Co Northern Line Beer Festival
Thursday 23rd April 2015
The Bull, 13 North Hill, Highgate, London, N6 4AB
A festival co-organised by the excellent Bull and Bohemia pubs and their in-house London Brewing Company. I'll be doing a tutored tasting of beers and reading from books including Shakespeare's Local. More info and tickets here.

The Beer Marketing Awards
Tuesday 14th April 2015, 5.30pm till midnight
Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London EC1
I'll be compering these inaugural awards. More details and tickets available here.

Pete Brown presents 'The Anatomy of Beer'  - Book Reading & Signing
Venue: The Sheffield Tap, Sheaf Street. S1 2BP
Website: www.sheffieldtap.com
Date: Thursday 19th March
Time: 19:00-20:00
Cost: free
Buses: all serving Sheffield Interchange
Trams: Sheffield Station (Blue or Purple route)

"Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink on the planet, but very few people have any idea what it is made of. We all know that wine is made by fermenting pressed juice from grapes, and cider comes from pressing apples. But what about beer?

Beer is traditionally made from four natural ingredients: malted barley, hops, yeast and water, and each of these has an incredible story to tell."

Pete will share secrets and stories behind our nation’s favourite drink during the evening. Prepare to be taken on a journey across countries with a cast of characters who reveal the magic of beer; and celebrate the joy of drinking it. To support and pledge towards Pete's forthcoming book head here: http://unbound.co.uk/books/what-are-you-drinking

How to write about beer with Pete Brown

Date: Tuesday 10 February 2015 | Times: 6.30pm-9.30pm
Price: 
£49
Book tickets here
The ever-increasing interest in craft beer means that there’s a growing thirst for good quality beer writing. If you want to turn your passion for ales into sparkling prose, this evening seminar will show you how it’s done. Expert beer writer and Cask Report editor Pete Brown explores all angles of the craft – from blogging to books – introducing the essential elements you need to get started. 
Suitable for writers of any level of experience, this refreshing course covers the basics of establishing a successful beer blog, including how to find an original angle, source stories and use social media to find an audience. You’ll learn the best ways to build contacts within the industry, promote your work effectively and monetise your writing. You’ll also learn how to pitch your work to specialist and mainstream publications, and even how to create professional pitches for long-form beer books that will grab the attention of publishers. Perfect for the enthusiastic hop-head who wants to share their knowledge and passion for beer with the world.

This course is for you if...

  • You’d like to start writing about beer, regularly or professionally, but aren’t sure where to begin
  • You’re already blogging about beer and would either like to reach more people or make money out of it
  • You already write professionally but would like to extend your writing into new areas

Course description

This large-scale event covers the essential creative and professional aspects of beer writing, including audience and industry engagement, and how to source original stories. Topics covered on the evening include:
  • Setting up a blog: finding an angle and an audience
  • Ten approaches to writing stories about beer – and their pros and cons
  • Writing resources: how to build contacts and source stories
  • Freebies and full disclosure: the ethics of beer blogging and writing
  • Marketing your blog and yourself: building your profile and potential sources of income
  • Pitching your work to magazines and newspapers: how to get published and paid
  • Developing a proposal for a book, and options for getting it published

Why Do Guitars Taste of Hops?



Thursday 27th November, 7.30pm
The Wenlock Arms, 26 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7TA
Your ‘five senses’ are not what you think they are. Your brain is not being straight with you. And you can hear the difference between bitter and sour beers. A unique mix of beer, music, neuroscience and comedy at this legendary great beer pub.
Tickets £12, including tutored tasting of six beers, available from the pub.

Borough Market Beer Launch
Thursday 20th November, 4.30pm
The Globe, Borough Market, London SE1
Borough Market has been growing hops in the market itself, and now those hops have been used to brew a special beer. It's being launched on Thursday 20th November at the Globe pub in the market. I'll be there with the person who won the competition to name the beer, pulling he first pint and signing a few copies of Shakespeare's Local, the story of Southwark as told through its pubs. Afterwards, we adjourn to the Rake for a tutored beer and food tasting with fellow beer writer Melissa Cole and Utobeer's Mike Hill
Free - apart from the beer of course.



Apple Day!
Saturday 25th October, 7.30pm
The Salutation Inn, Ham, Gloucestershire
To celebrate Apple Day I'll be giving a tutored cider tasting and talking about our book World's Best Cider. Tickets are £10, more information here.


Why do Guitars Taste of Hops?
Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd October
Craft Beer Co, Brighton

Your ‘five senses’ are not what you think they are. Your brain is not being straight with you. And you can hear the difference between bitter and sour beers. A unique mix of beer, music, neuroscience and comedy. My first beer and music residency - let's rock! Tickets £15 (includes samples of five beers) available here.

Why do Guitars Taste of Hops? Beer and Music Matching at the Abergavenny Food Festival
21st September, 12.30pm
Abergavenny Food Festival, Abergavenny, Wales
Your ‘five senses’ are not what you think they are. Your brain is not being straight with you. And you can hear the difference between bitter and sour beers. Now with added multimedia, neuroscience and real-time experiments for a beer tasting unlike any you have witnessed before.
Tickets £12 including a flight of beers available here

Matching the Beers and Bands of the Green Man Festival
15th August, noon
Green Man Festival, Glanusk, Wales
Following a successful event last year, I've been asked to return to this fantastic music festival that feels today like Glastonbury did before it became an event in the establishment's seasonal calendar. Green man has the best beer and cider range of any music festival I've been to. I'll be pairing a selection of drinks with the bands playing that weekend - from those announced so far I'm looking at the Waterboys, Anna Calvi and Toy...
Festival tickets £135 available here.

Why do Guitars Taste of Hops?
Wednesday 13th August, 7pm
The Kings Arms, Bethnal Green
Your ‘five senses’ are not what you think they are. Your brain is not being straight with you. And you can hear the difference between bitter and sour beers. A unique mix of beer, music, neuroscience and comedy.
Tickets £15 including a flight of beers, available here.

Why do Guitars Taste of Hops?
Sunday 10th August, 7pm
The Bull, Highgate
Your ‘five senses’ are not what you think they are. Your brain is not being straight with you. And you can hear the difference between bitter and sour beers. A unique mix of beer, music, neuroscience and comedy.
Tickets £15 including a flight of beers, available here.

Why do Trumpets Taste of Hops? Beer and Music Matching at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival
Sunday 8th June, 7pm
Stoke Newington Library Gallery, Edwards Lane, N16 0JS
Your ‘five senses’ are not what you think they are. Your brain is not being straight with you. And you can hear the difference between bitter and sour beers. I debuted this event at this festival two years ago. Now it's back in a bigger venue, with added multimedia, neuroscience and real-time experiments for a beer tasting unlike any you have witnessed before.
Tickets £6 (including beer samples) available here.

The Craft Cider Revolution, at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival
Saturday 7th June, 4pm
St Paul's Church Hall, Stoke Newington High Street, Stoke Newington N16
Cider – once the equivalent of champagne, more recently the choice of the park bench alfresco drinker – has enjoyed a recent boom. Our book World’s Best Cider – the first ever global overview of cider, recently declared Drinks Book of the Year at the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards. Here I'll be discussing discusses the world’s most misunderstood drink with the help of Aspall, Hallet's and London Glider, who make cider in using apples foraged within London.
Tickets £6 (including cider samples) available here.

Reassuringly Drinkable: a journey through classic beer advertising
Thursday 15th May, 6.30pm 
The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising, 2 Colville Mews, Lonsdale Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 2AR
Going back to my roots, with a look at how beer advertising helped shape not just our drinking habits, but also our popular culture. I'll be talking through a reel of great beer ads from the ones that inspired me to get into advertising to the few great ones that still somehow manage to slip through the net today. Come and learn why people really do drink beer that has little or no discernible flavour. The museum is also open late, and there will be a few nice beers on at the bar.
Tickets £10 (plus £1.25 booking fee) available here.

Why do Trumpets Taste of Hops? Beer and Music Matching
Thursday 8th May, 8pm
The Ivy House, Nunhead, London SE15
Very excited to take my beer and music matching show to a pub that hit the headlines after it was bought and saved by a group of locals. An historic music venue with a great selection of craft beers - it had to happen!
Tickets £15 including beer and nibbles, available here.

BBC Radio 4's A Good Read, live from Bristol Food Connections
Sunday 4th May, 5pm
Radio tent, BBC Bristol Food Connections Festival Site Waterfront Square, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5LL
In this special edition of the Radio 4 literary programme, recorded live in front of a studio audience, I'll be joining presenter Harriett Gilbert and presenter and cook Aasmah Mir to talk about favourite books with a foodie theme.
Tickets free on a first come first served basis - apply here.

Cider: A Celebration of Apples, Land and Heritage
Friday 2nd May, 4.45pm
The Stable, Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5UH
My second event for Bristol Food Connections. The blurb says, "There has never been a better time in the history of mankind to drink cider than right now. The quality and variety available to consumers has never been better: cider is on fire, and Bristol is at the very epicentre of the UK’s booming cider scene. This is a unique opportunity to sit down and let some of Britains top cider experts guide you through an hour of tasting and food matching at the The Stable, Bristol’s biggest and best cider venue which showcases over 85 ciders and have created in our brilliant city a mecca for all lovers of the true amber nectar. This is a tutored tasting of four top UK ciders picked by the panel, comparing and contrasting some of the different styles available. And because cheese is such a natural partner to cider, the ciders will be matched with superlative pizzas made with four different British cheeses.
Tickets £12.50 to include generous cider samples, four slices of pizza and a voucher for any of The Stable’s draught ciders afterwards at the bar. Available here.

Ale and Sound: How to drink with your ears
Friday 2nd May, 12.30pm
Bristol Food Connections at the Tobacco Factory Theatre Bar, Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1TF
The first of two events I'm doing for Bristol Food Connections, a new food festival that's happening around the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards. This is the latest iteration of my Beer and Food Matching talk. A show that began as a bit of whimsy a few years ago has become something of an obsession, and now spans everything from how we really taste, to why the Pixies should have been Belgian, to the latest discoveries in areas of study with names like neurogastronomy and crossmodal perception, to the effect of memory on taste. This session will assert that what you listen to can change the flavour of what's in your mouth, and if you buy that, it means certain beers taste better with certain songs. It may change your life. Or you may think it's a load of bollocks. Opinion is currently split. Either way, it's an hour of tasting awesome beers while listening to cracking tunes.  
Tickets just £5, available here.

Guardian Masterclass: How to launch an independent brewery (and make good beer)
Sunday April 13th, 10-5pm
The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU
The first course last month was so oversubscribed they're doing another one - and have asked me to host the whole thing! I'll be joined by brewers from Sambrooks, Beavertown and several others who will give valuable advice for anyone wanting to take home brewing to the next level.
Tickets £99 available here.

Pub Science (Edinburgh Science Festival Gastrofest)
Friday 11th April, 8pm
I'm giving my presentation on 'Why beer is the root cause of civilisation and everything good within it at this: 'The pub is a cornerstone of British culture and Pub Science is a cabaret-style celebration of this uniquely British experience. Discover beer’s role in our civilisation, explore (and sample!) what makes the perfect brew and find out if beer goggles are a real phenomenon. With psychologist Dr Amanda Ellison, beer writer Pete Brown and Dougal Sharp, founder of The Innis & Gunn Brewing Company. Hosted by science songstress Helen Arney.'
Tickets £10/£8 (includes beer samples) available here.

Sensation (Edinburgh Science Festival Gastrofest)
Saturday 5th April, 7pm
I'm doing beer and music matching as part of this: 'A theatrical dining experience that explores the science behind the flavours, textures, shapes and smells of our food. Working with scientists, food and drink producers, artists and thinkers, Edinburgh-based food pioneers Jelly & Gin create a feast like no other. Eat up and explore scrumptious installations that will both confuse and delight your senses. Choose which shape is sweeter, chew on the taste of words and sample the bitterest of beers in the company of Oxford University’s Prof Charles Spence, University of Birmingham’s Dr Jennifer Norton, beer writer Pete Brown, Andrew Barnett of Barney’s microbrewery and top mixologists Zoe Burgess and Max Venning from London’s 69 Colebrooke Row/Drinks Factory. Price includes a 3-course meal and a glass of something special. Please note: due to the nature of this event we will not be able to cater for dietary requirements. A pescetarian meal will be served.'
Tickets £45 available here.

Guardian Masterclass: How to launch an independent brewery (and make good beer)
Sunday March 9th, 10am-5pm
The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU
"If you'd like to develop your own artisan ale and bring it to wider attention, this course will show you how. This refreshing seminar offers a comprehensive guide to the practicalities of bringing your personal speciality to market, and also offers tips on how to improve your brewing." I'm joining Mark Tranter from Burning Sky, and people from Beavertown, Five Points, Pressure Drop and Harbour Brewing, amongst others, for a day of chat on how to launch a microbrewery. 
Tickets £99 available here.

Beer and Music Matching
Thursday Match 6th, 7pm
The Pit, 9 Merrion Street, Leeds City Centre, LS1 6PQ
I'm continuing to explore the relationship between beer and music, how what we listen to affects what we taste, and learning more of the neuroscience behind it. Some people will find this revolutionary. Others will scoff that it's a load of bollocks. Either way, the tunes are good and the beer is excellent!
Tickets £20 (includes six beers) available here

World’s Best Cider
Wednesday 4th December, 7.30pm
Toppings, The Paragon, Bath, Somerset BA1 5LS
Bill and I will be chatting World’s Best Cider (and hopefully tasting a few) in this amazing independent bookshop.
Tickets £8 available here

The UK Craft Beer Revolution
Friday 22nd November, 7.30pm
Saltaire Brewery Beer Club
At a dinner run by the fabulous Saltaire Brewery, I’ll be talking about the revolution in British beers and doing a tutored tasting of eight of the best.
Dinner tickets £40, available here

World's Best Cider @ Stoke Newington Bookshop
Monday 18th November, 8pm
Stoke Newington Bookshop, 159 Stoke Newington High StreetLondon N16 0NY
I've launched every single one of my books at my local bookshop and can't make an exception for this one! My home gig always has a great atmosphere, and we may well proceed to the pub afterwards to drink more cider.
Admission £3 (includes a glass of cider), more details here

World's Best Cider @ The Queen of Hoxton
Saturday 16th November, 5pm
The Queen of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX
A free tutored cider tasting and chat about World's Best Cider as part of the Republic of Somerset extravaganza, which also features over 30 ciders, bbq, games, music, all sorts!
Free admission, more details here

Shakespeare’s Local @ The Write Idea Festival 
Saturday 16th November, 2pm
Dance Studio, Idea Store, Whitechapel
As part of a great literary festival I’ll be talking about the history of the George Inn, Southwark, and how to understand it properly we need to look at the philosophical conundrum of Sugababes, the teachings of Aristotle, the history of the theatre and the essential ingredient of any successful soap opera.
Admission Free, more details here

World's Best Cider with Bristol Cider Shop
Thursday 14th November, 6pm
Bristol Cider Shop, 7 Christmas Steps, Bristol, BS1 5BS
Live in Bristol? Then why not pop in on the way home from work for a free tutored cider tasting and chat with me and Bill in one of the best cider shops in the UK?
Admission free, more details here

Gastrosalon
Monday 4th November
Somewhere in the City of London, EC1 (full location revealed on booking!)
Chaired by Rachel McCormack of Catalan Cooking and panelist on Radio 4's The Kitchen Cabinet, the Salon is a culinary flight of fancy where guests tell tall tales of the fish that got away, the pint that wasn't finished, the restaurant that never got built. I'll be a guest at the second Gastrosalon along with Andreas Georghiu, owner of Andreas Veg in Chelsea and one of London's top veg suppliers, and the excellent Lucy Inglis, author of Georgian London.
Tickets £8.50, available here.

World’s Best Cider event with Aspall Cider
Saturday 2nd November, 7pm
The Thatchers Arms, Mount Bures, Essex
I’m teaming up with Henry Chevallier Guild to do a tutored tasting of ciders (not all Aspall’s!) and talk about the world of cider.
Tickets £7.50 available here

World's Best Cider at Birmingham Beer and Cider Festival
Friday 1st November
Second City Suite, Sherlock St, B5 6LT 
Just confirmed - more details soon.
More information available here.

Apple Day: World’s Best Cider 
Saturday 19th October, 1.30pm
Stoke Newington Farmers’ Market, St Pauls Church, Stoke Newington High St, London N16 7UY, 020 7502 7588
Talking about my new book, World’s Best Cider, with a tasting of London Glider Cider.

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