Springhead Holds Beer Festival. 2

Springhead Brewery will be holding its 1st Annual Beer Festival on Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th April at the Robin Hood site in Laneham, Retford, Notts. The fest will run from 12 noon to 11pm  (Thurs 26th 1-5pm for Trade & VIP’s. Sun 29th £1 a pint while stocks last!). Over 40 quality real ales & ciders from top micro-breweries across the country, including six of their own brews as well as food and entertainment. Entry is £2 per day […]

Southwell Beer n’ Folk festival 1

A Real Ale Festival where you can enjoy singing, dancing, arts and crafts, to which you can take the family and all have a good time. Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? Well it’s true and it is happening this June 10th – 13th, in the grounds of the magnificent National Trust Southwell Workhouse. The Gate to Southwell Folk Festival offers top rank live music and a host of real ale and ciders to suit all tastes. The […]

St Georges day 23rd April

The Malt Shovel will be holding a St Georges day ale day on Friday 23rd April featuring many appropriatly named beers, including Crusader, Lions Pride, Bombadier, Hook 303AD to name but a few. Two of the beers will be on sale at £2 a pint, there is free Yorkshire pud with beef & gravy in to all customers. In the evening there is live entertainment with a Madness tribute band.

Say no to cold beer!

I picked up a beer mat in Nottingham on Saturday that instructs ‘Say no to warm beer’. The beer mat in question is for Carling ‘Extra Cold’. What the hell are the ‘brewers’ thinking of? The tiny bit of flavour Carling might have had, even after filtration and pasteurisation, will certainly not be detectable after it’s served at just above freezing. Or perhaps that is the point? Seriously, the trend for beers to be served at ever more cold temperatures […]

Bass decline

I was dragged into the Old White Hart last night for a Christmas social and meal. The food was very nice as it happens, albeit in micro-portions, but I was disappointed to find the single hand pump on the bar standing redundant. I asked the young chap behind the bar if he sold anything resembling beer and, fair do’s, he pointed to the ‘Bass Smooth’ font. I politely declined and opted for a bottle of Tyskie. I didn’t even realise […]

Ghost serves free beer. Yeah, right!

The following story appeared in the BelgianShop Newsletter this week ( ================================================ Pub owners displeased by a ghost serving clients beer free of charge. A Hampshire pub landlady plans to call in an exorcist to get rid of a ghost that keeps topping up drinkers’ glasses, The Telegraph posted last week. Janice McCormack, of the Apsley House in Southsea, says the spectre is costing her a fortune as he gives away her beer. Ms McCormack, 60, said: “It happens when […]