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5 showstopping ways to serve beer at your event

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So I'm not sure about you, but I do get a little nervy when the group invite goes out for someones big BBQ bash of the year.  Not because I don't like the company or that I'm worried about part cooked chicken, it's the fear of the awkward social etiquette of either having to turn down or drink out of politeness, dreadful flavourless beer.  Then there are the jeers from the lager boys when you try and sneak in your mini cask of flavoursome beer, without a fuss.   This terror isn't unique to BBQ's, I've attended many a social...

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Simon Williams' review the American Craft Beer Tasting Evening

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Cellar Door: An Evening Of American Craft Beer Posted on November 16, 2014 by Simon Williams Last Wednesday I presented an Introduction To American Craft Beer at a lovely, and rather intriguing, little off licence just outside Sutton Coldfield.The place is called Cellar Door and is run by Simon and Jen. Not just an off licence, Cellar Door has a warm and friendly atmosphere. Though it is officially an off licence it has tables and chairs and a couple of beer lines that allows people to taste products on site meaning that the atmosphere in the evening is actually more akin...

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5 Beers to fend off the chill

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So the evenings are drawing in, the leaves are turning brown and there's a sharp chill beginning to bite in the air.  It feels like that time of year, when it's time to put down the pale ales and ciders, and reach enthusiastically for the porters, ambers and best bitters.  The reasons for selecting my beer go from needing to be refreshed, to needing to be warmed from within. Not everyone chooses their beer depending on the seasons, a third of beer drinkers stick with the same style all year round, but for me the thought of a Saison in deepest winter fills me...

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Cans, the new Screwcap?

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  So when you think of beer in a can, do you think of super-strength or cheap lager and that though of the taste of rust on your lips as the last sip of ambient flat beer forces it's way down? Well it's time to think again, as more and more craft and micro-breweries invest in the format that premium beers have been giving a wide birth for decades. For so long the debate raged in the Wine world about the benefits of sealing wine in screwcap, with the traditionalists happy to accept up to 5% wastage rate from issues including...

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Van Steenberge, brewer of St Stefanus

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   The Van Steenberge brewery is located in the small town of Ertvelde, just north of Ghent.  Jef Versel, a 6th generation brewer is the current head of a family operation that dates back to 1784, surviving two world wars and a monumental change in beer culture across the developed world.  At its peak, the province of East  Flanders housed over 650 breweries, but due to the decline in family brewing, Van Steenberge are the only remaining independent brewer in the region. Belgium has a deep history of brewing with 6 of the 7 Trappist, beers being produced by Belgian...

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