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24/07/2017

A Lovely Summer and the Birth of Fine Beverage

I was at something of a low point in my life when Samantha and Bob so very kindly requested my presence on a short summer break they were taking with their fine boys. It had been some years, I am afraid to say, since I had visited the sea side, felt the sand between my toes and dined on soggy fish and chips. I was rather looking forward to it! Eastbourne was a favourite stop on Bob’s journeys with Punch & Judy and he had decided to return to this lovely seaside town on a brief break from his life as a publican and brewer. Samantha made me an incredible scotch egg for the journey, which signalled to me that this was going to be a trip to remember.  What can I tell you about our first trip together? Well we ate fish and chips from the Dolphin Fish Bar, served in newspaper...
31/05/2017

Hop To It! What are Hops?

Finding the right hops is key to brewing good craft beer and, though not the only ingredient, it is the hops that seem to be the star of the show.  So, what are hops?  Hops are a cone-shaped flower that has become integral in beer-making.  While beer has existed long before the use of hops, most beer today is flavored with hops, which add a bitter and also preservative quality to our favourite tipple. Hops are the cone shapes flowers of the hop plant known as Humulus Lupulus.  Hops grow all over the world with each different landscape providing its own unique flavour.   Hops are generally used during the boiling process on a brew day. the earlier the hops are added into the boiling process the more bitter the taste will be.  Adding hops late on will contribute to...
07/07/2015

The day I hopped to it

Let me start my introducing myself for those who do not know already (shame on you).  My names is Charles.  I have a title but I don’t want to lord it over you so Charles will do. Or Charlie if I have given you permission and we have shared a drink or two together.  I have to say I was rather honoured when Bob asked me to write a little piece about how I came to meet him and his fine wife, Samantha (she is always asking me to call her Sam but she is a lady so I refuse).  Given how much I have come to adore these two fine people and the story of our meeting is now legend, it is a pleasure to share the story with the world (for those of you who have drunk a staggeringly good beer or two with me over the years will have heard this already but it is good tale so listen...