Hawkshead Brewery

6.0% abv

These bottles were given to me by one of the nicest people in brewing Matt Clarke the Head Brewer at Hawkshead Brewery. They’ve had a storied life, travelling to Manchester, getting on the wrong bus, walking through a dubious housing estate in the rain (it always rains in Manchester), back […click the heading to read more]

Pine Belt Pale

Southern Star Brewing Co.

6.3% ABV

Reviewed by RD

A murky beer that is sandy orange in colour a lovely creamy head that was a pale beige colour. The nose is pithy orange and juicy Jaffa oranges, strawberry plants, apricot jam, a musty pine hop quality. Sweet candied raspberries and a malt softness that […click the heading to read more]

Buxton Brewery double-bill: SPA and Buxton Gold

Buxton Brewery

Reviewed by RD

As we move towards the end of October I’m reminded of dinking wonderful hoppy pale ales in the sun and no other beers say “Summer” to me more than these two bottles from Buxton Brewery. I’m lucky enough to live near an independent off license that have recently started […click the heading to read more]

Ghost Ship


4.5% ABV

Reviewed by RD

A while ago when the Citra hop was the new kid on the block everyone was talking about two British beers: Thornbridge LarkSpur and Ghost Ship from Adnams. From my viewpoint they appeared to be two of the earliest beers that used this much herald new US hop.

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Wold Top Brewery double-bill: Angler’s Reward & Golden Summer

Wold Top Brewery

Reviewed by RD

As the summer says goodbye should our palates move from pale ales and lagers to porters and stouts? As much as I like to drink seasonal beers and I certainly will continue to enjoy pale ales and IPA all year round.

These two beers from Wold Top Brewery […click the heading to read more]



The Sparrow … On Tap is a regular (weekly I hope) feature. The Sparrow is a new beer bar in Bradford, I work in Bradford and love to visit this fabulous bar. They offer a great range of beers and in The Sparrow … On Tap I will highlight one of […click the heading to read more]

High Wire West Coast Pale Ale

Magic Rock Brewing Co

5.5% ABV

Brewed in West Yorkshire, influenced by the West Coast

Reviewed by RD

Magic Rock Brewing Co are a new brewery based on the outskirts of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

Owned by two brothers Richard and Johnathan Burhouse they found a kindred spirit in the shape of brewer Stuart […click the heading to read more]

Camden Pale Ale

Camden Town Brewery

A simple pale ale that hits the mark

4.5% ABV

Reviewed by RD

Camden Town Brewery are a relatively new brewery based in North London. Over the last few years brewing and drinking in the capital has improved no end and Camden are one of the most interesting new […click the heading to read more]

Kernel Pale Ale – Centennial Chinook

Kernel Brewery


5.3% ABV

Reviewed by RD

Kernel Brewery is one of the most exciting British breweries around at the moment. They produce beers that are both new and are pushing the boundaries forward like their Coffee IPA and London Brick but also recreate old traditional recipes for Export Stouts and London Porters. […click the heading to read more]

X – Extra Pale Ale

Alesmith Brewing Co.


5.5% ABV

Reviewed by RD

Appearance: Poured from a “bomber” marked with a big white X this appeared a very pale golden ale with a small head of soapy white foam.

Aroma: The little aroma that I could detect was a light scent of clementine, lemon, white grapes and summer […click the heading to read more]