November 2nd, 2013
It was back in March I wrote about the lack of posts on this blog and that it was not what I wanted it to be…. Captain John H. Behan & ebuzzing rankings.
As I said then I had been extremely busy and that anyone who knows me will know I don’t, in the words of the Captain do half assed. I promised to make a real effort and that if I couldn’t get things together then it may be time to call it a day. I hoped not, but as in life all good things as indeed all shit things, must come to an end.
Well I made a real effort until late July since when I see I have made only one post! My Ebuzzing ranking has consequently suffered, having fallen faster than Justin Bieber’s pants. That in itself is not an issue but after a meeting this week with our web designer guy it means the lack of new material on the blog and our website news section means less traffic to the brewery website. We are updating the website over the next few months so it will be more responsive to mobiles and tablets etc., and in conjunction with these changes brewery news items will now also feature on the blog. Read the rest of this entry »
October 4th, 2013
All Gates’ ‘Road to Wigan Beer’ Festival runs from Thursday 3rd October to Sunday 13th October.
At All Gates we occasionally have photos posted on Twitter of our customers enjoying our beers in their favourite pub and so we thought The Road to Wigan Beer Festival was a great excuse to run our second photo competition.
So starting from tomorrow Saturday 5th October we invite you, to submit your photo from an All Gates pub featuring a festival pint. It matters not whether it is you simply supping a pint of beer, or sharing a few pints with your mates or relaxing by the bar with a pint and an attractive lady; although the latter will definitely benefit your chances, all we ask when you post the photo is that you advise us which beer it is, which pub and the date. Photos must be shared to Twitter using the hashtag #AllGatesPhoto, to be entered into the competition. Read the rest of this entry »
July 26th, 2013
This weeks Desert Island castaway is Charlie McVeigh founder and director of London based, The Draft House. Charlie’s Twitter profile describes him thus. The best and mostest beer. The Yolk. The Smoke. And The Poke. And we’re (on) Seething now.
The Draft House is a small group of Public Houses which their website says aim to do for beer what our culture has done for food and wine over the past twenty years. His Draft Houses, now number six; Goodge Street, Northcote Road, Lordship Lane, Battersea Bridge Road, Tower Bridge Road and the newest, Seething at Tower Hill, close to the Tower of London.
The Draft House concept is built around a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, high quality pub food and as suggested by the brand name, interesting draught beers. Read the rest of this entry »
July 21st, 2013
Several weeks ago I wrote about my latest thoughts of a saturated brewery market and asked where was it all going to end but said, as always, the market would decide.
I intended to start this post with a quote from Charles Darwin but have since found the quote I wanted to use was a paraphrase by a Leon C. Megginson; but who was writing about Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’.
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, or the most intelligent, but rather the one most adaptable to change.”
The Giraffe v The Acacia Tree. The sight of a giraffe browsing on the leaves of an acacia is synonymous with Africa and giraffes have a fondness for them that is unrivaled by any other species. Read the rest of this entry »
July 19th, 2013
This weeks Desert Island castaway is Logan Plant – Head Brewer and founder of Beavertown Brewery.
Duke’s Brew & Que restaurant, in Hackney, was until recently the nerve centre of Beavertown brewery, which was set up in 2012 by Logan and Byron Knight, from Los Angeles. They named their brewery Beavertown as this is the old cockney name given to its location – De Beauvoir Town – which was famed across Victorian London for its local breweries and ale houses.
Beavertown beer use to be brewed in the kitchen at Duke’s and then the rest of the production and bottling took place in a nearby lock up. However in March this year the brewery moved to Beaver Towers in Stour Rd, Hackney Wick, Bow, a move which no doubt pleased the chef’s at Duke’s. Read the rest of this entry »
July 12th, 2013
This weeks Desert Island castaway is Andy Moffat, brewer & director, Redemption Brewing Company Ltd, Tottenham, London N17.
The road to Redemption wasn’t an overnight one for Andy. Rewind five years to a very different brewing landscape and the 40 year old (banker by day and avid home brewer by night) was busy trying to find a compelling enough reason to abandon his outlandish idea of starting a microbrewery in north London. What happened was the opposite though. After a year of serious research, the Glaswegian exile couldn’t find a strong enough reason not to take the plunge. Andy quit his 9-5 job on the 4th July 2009 (Independence Day, no less), promptly found premises in Tottenham and started building work on north London’s very first brewery in a generation. Read the rest of this entry »
July 5th, 2013
One of the great things about being a beer drinker in London at the moment is the vibrancy of its beer and brewing scene. Our next series of Desert Island castaways is therefore based on Old London Town and kicks off this week with Peter Linacre. Peter’s Twitter profile describes him thus. MD of NPC; owner of 7 top pubs.#rugby & #cricket mad. #liverpoolfc. Francophile, cheese eating oenophile. Ale, malt whisky, books, theatre, movies & history. London ·
NPC is New Pub Company, Peter’s latest venture, an enterprise currently numbering seven pubs in and around the capital, leased from Heineken UK’s, Scottish & Newcastle Pub Company and which were originally taken on by Peter operating as Glasshouse in 2005. They include the well known and award winning The Camden Eye. Read the rest of this entry »
July 4th, 2013
Football is a global brand. A few years ago I was in Nouakchott, the capital and by far the largest city of Mauritania and one of the largest in the Sahara. I was asked several times by children, Wheeeeree yooou frommm? ………..‘England ’, there would be a pause, a gentle nodding of the head, then ‘England – Wayne Rooney, ’…… yes ‘thank you’.
The whole of the shimmering Continent is consumed by football. It is all over the place; it is as marketing men would say, by far the biggest brand in Africa; football then Coca-Cola and The BBC World Service. Go into any bar in Mauritania, Mali, Nigeria or Cameroon etc and there will be football on the TV. Read the rest of this entry »
June 30th, 2013
Next week we will again be brewing our traditional Pilsner – it’s a beer we’d love to brew more often but simply don’t have the tank space. We aim for a traditional take on the style with a soft mainly Pilsner malt body, characteristic sharp bitterness and the earthy herbal aroma of German hops.
There are a few challenges for us in making a beer like this and we are keen to do things as correctly as possible taking into account the limitations of our brew-kit. We source the correct malts; Lager, Munich and Cara to create the pale golden colour with light perlage and classic backbone plus great German/Czech hops; Magnum for the first addition, Perle for the second and finally Hallertauer Hersbrücker and Saaz for the third and last additions; a final whack of Saaz hops before final maturation give it a big aroma and refined bitterness and the characteristic herbal hit. Read the rest of this entry »
June 23rd, 2013
A beer festival for the 21st Century – This was the header of an article in the Liverpool Daily Echo, the day after the Expo. That was exactly what it was, a celebration of modern craft beers and passionate brewers. There were some 40+ UK craft brewers from all over the UK there to bulldoze your taste buds and play havoc with your gustatory areas, with both keg and cask beers; big IPAs, rich stouts, bold reds and zesty sours. The idea of these events is to place the new wave of keg beer on an equal standing with cask beer.
I wrote here about my anticipation of the event last Saturday morning on the way to it – given the hype.
The Indy Man Beer Festival in Manchester last October set the bar high in the Craft Beer festival stakes, but I think the Liverpool Craft Beer Expo last weekend out Fosbury’d the Indy Man. For this was another beer festival with a difference. There were older people there for sure, myself included, but it was mainly younger folk: craft beer is after all now hip, of the moment and it was certainly in fashion at the Expo; as the Friday evening and both Saturday sessions sold out well in advance. Read the rest of this entry »