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Hi pals

I’m really excited about this weeks tasting at Jenius Social. I’ve been brushing up my skills in Belgium this week, tasting some of the world’s greatest brews. I’m suitably energised and inspired to share some stories and feed you some great beer. It’s going to be awesome.

Please join me and bring any of your friends who you think need some inspiration about what beer is really all about!

Hit the link below to take you to Jenius Social website to purchase tickets ūüôā



Sorry its been so long… haven’t you missed me? (ok don’t answer that).

September has been a quiet month on the tasting events side, since I’ve been concentrating on other things, but more of that later.

Never fear though, roll on October 16th when I am going back to basics for “Beer Tasting 101 – Introduction to Craft Beer”. ¬†This will be accompanied by a tapas tasting menu prepared by the chefs at Jenius Social:

Ham & salami
Bruschetta with salsa
Manchego cheese
If you’ve not been to Jenius Social before check it out here. ¬†It is a beautiful spot, perfectly geared up towards foodies! I’d love you to join, bring WAG’s, friends, work colleagues etc and join the fun! Tickets available from their website, grab them while they last!¬†
I’ll round up with a quick few things:
Saturday is the official launch party for The London Beer Factory… get down to check out London’s newest and ¬†coolest brewery!
If you want to know what i’ve been working on here is a sneak peak:¬†

Howdie guys.

If you missed the Independence Day tasting on 4th July or the incredible Rooftop Brewing event on 5th July then never fear as I have a feast of events coming up!

Argentinian Pizza and craft beer Supper Club
Speaking of feasts, I am shaking with excitement and incredibly lucky to be running an Argentinian Pizza and Craft Beer pairing on Thursday 24th July with Olly the singing pizza chef extraordinaire.

Say Ole to Oli from the critically acclaimed Argentinian Pizza Supper Club! This event will introduce you to some of London’s Best Craft Beers & Argentinian Empanadas, Original Pizza Recipes hand made right here in London.

The format for the evening will be as follows:
-Three (3) different Craft Beers to taste (330ml bottle)
-Three (3) different Courses
Optional Ticket Upgrade: Four (4) Craft Beers & Three (3) different Courses Plus Dessert.

August – London will be the beer capital of the world

In August this year, there are some mind-blowingly cool events happening in the name of celebrating beer. The countdown begins.

London Beer City August 9-16th August
Some great events this week including talks and tastings. I’m running a special event at London’s newest brewery, London Beer Factory where we will have a tour and tasting of their beer right in the belly of their beautiful brewery. Booking details to follow.

Great British Beer Festival 12-16th August
Established in 1977 and still going strong

Indie Ales presents “Dress Down Thursday” Thursday 21st August.
Let loose at Paper Dress Vintage in Shoreditch with craft beer and craft cocktails. So on trend. Booking details to follow.

Calling all foodies, chocoholics and craft beer lovers! This Saturday May 31st I will be holding one hell of a gourmet tasting… Craft beer and ethically sourced chocolate pairing in partnership with Co&Co Chocolates.

We haven’t quite hit our minimum ticket sales for this event yet, so I want to urge you to follow the link below and come join us for a very special and unique tasting event.

Connor from Co&Co is an expert chocolatier specialising in ethically sourced chocolate from around the world.  We have a mind-blowing craft beer and chocolate pairing menu to share with you for the ultimate saturday indulgence.

Perfect for guys and girls, we will share tit bits and stories behind each product and why we think beer and chocolate make such great bedfellows.

Please join us this Saturday (31st May) from 4-6pm where we have the run of the place at The Coach and Horses in Clerkenwell


More info on Connor and Co&Co here



Hi everyone

I just wanted to quickly remind you that if you are In London this weekend then there is no better place to enjoy your Saturday and Sunday nights than Brixton Cornercopia where A Grape Night In, Jimmy’s Underground Popup and I are running a two day popup to see in the summer. At Brixton Summer Party expect incredibly summery wine, awesomely tasty craft beer and a menu of wild rabbit, tunas, scallops and heritage tomato!

We will have the brand new Session IPA and Pilsner IN CANS from Fourpure (if you are unsure about cans then you just have to try it!) alongside beautifully summery wheat beer Wu Gang Chops The Tree by Pressure Drop and the stunning Saison (brewed with Mouteka and fresh lime) from Brew By Numbers. This will be spectacular.

Book early to get a table for only £10 (including free cocktail and nibbles) or just pop along for a casual beverage.

Beer & Chocolate Tasting
If you like beer or chocolate then you absolutely must book up our Saturday afternoon craft beer and gourmet chocolate tasting popup in Clerkenwell on Saturday 31st May. This is such a unique event it would be a real shame for you to miss it! We have some outstanding ethically sourced chocolate for you to taste which Connor from Co & Co will explain all about, paired with some rich, creamy, spicy and fruity beers!

The Earlybird discount for this runs out on FRIDAY. Don’t miss it!


Get your party hats on people. ¬†In a change to my usual tasting routine I’m going crazy and holding my next two events on a saturday. ¬†I have two incredible events lined up, back to back in May. ¬†Both of these will be great for those of you who love their beer, but there is also something in it for those wine lovers and chocoholics… read on.

Saturday 24th May – Brixton Summer Party

Brixton Cornercopia – Brixton Village, Brixton (65 Brixton Village Market, SW9 8PS )

Brixton Summer Party

This is going to be one hell of a celebration of incredible craft beer, beautiful wines and stunning food. ¬†This is a collaboration between myself, the lovely girls from A Grape Night In and the super talented Jimmy from Jimmy’s Underground Restaurant, one of the best popup restaurants in London. ¬†Both the girls from A Grape Night in and I will be working the room to bring you the stories¬†behind the incredible beer and wine and to help really bring them to life.

We are throwing a party to celebrate the start of summer with some of the best food and drinks around.  If you are in London over the bank holiday, I doubt there will be anywhere in London which will have better beer, food or wine over that weekend!

Tickets are available through Edible Experiences:

HE FIRST 60 TICKETS SOLD ARE ONLY £10!!! (Once these are sold standard tickets will be £12 ea)


Saturday 31st May РGourmet Chocolate and Craft Beer Tasting 

The Coach and Horses – Clerkenwell (26-28 Ray Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 3DJ)

Beer and chocolate tasting

The following saturday I’m teaming up with my friend Connor¬†Friesen, founder of Co&Co, to bring you a gourmet tasting extravaganza. ¬†Connor is an expert in sourcing ethically produced chocolate and pairing it with coffees, whisky, and teas. This time we are going one step further, delving intimately into craft beer and chocolate pairings. Intrigued? You should be. Do your mouth a favour and come along.

Earlybird tickets last until midnight on Friday 23rd May.  We expect this to be a sellout so get in EARLY!

CODE: “Chocolate”¬†


Check out Connor’s website at



Am I the only man waving the flag for St George? Call me patriotic but he was one helluva guy. You can read more about the lad’s exploits with Roman Armies, crusades and dragons here. Luckily a few people in the media picked up on the event, The Telegraph and Gizmodo, but more importantly 24 beer crusaders came down to taste and learn about some brilliantly patriotic brews.

We kicked off the evening with a blind tasting, something local, golden, refreshing and fruity. A nice sessionable ale to get the cogs whirring and the taste buds tingling. Brewed just around the corner by Sambrooks, their Wandle Ale (named after the River Wandle which joins The Thames at Battersea) worked excellently as a warm-up beer, served with a nice warm scotch egg. Yum.

English beer number two was a beautiful Grisette Saison by our friends Partizan Brewery. This was aged in burgundy barrels providing a wine grape like flavour and acidity, pleasant oaky flavours along with the dry estery, farmhouse flavours of a well made saison. The teeny tiny bubbles prickled your palate and provided a pleasant refreshing tonic for your tongue. This went down very well, especially with some of those in the audience more au fait with wine than beer. The delicate saison requires something equally refined as a food pairing. The smoked salmon bellini worked well, playing nicely with the light oaky character from the barell aged beer. I was sure to announce that the saison style and the technique of barrel aging beer are both set to shine over the coming months and years. Look out for these, as well as sour beers popping up on the beer menu’s around town.

Meantime Brewery in Greenwhich is one of the largest, most modern breweries in London (with a fantastic brewery tour) and it also makes some great beer. My favourite is the Yakima Red. This beer is less common than some of the other beers in their range, but it has great big bold fruity, nutty, caramel flavours. If you are looking for a beer which blances flavour, with drinkability but still has the refreshment you’d want from something a little lighter then this is a great choice.

Typically audacious flavours from The Kernel Pale Ale were next on my menu. Inspired by big US beers, the Citra, Centennial and Cascade hop combination is a great example of what an English brewery can do using some punchy US hops. I am rarely disappointed by these guys and their beers are always packed full of flavour and tropical aromas which is why I love to use them at my tastings. I can only apologise for any false advertising when it comes to this pairing. I’d never seen the vegetable kebab interpreted as ‘salad on a cocktail stick’ before. This failed to deliver the smoky and sweet flavours I had envisioned that a roasted vegetable kebab might bring to offset the citrus bitterness of the pale ale.

By the time of the fifth beer of the evening, the night had really got into its stride and so it was time to wheel out some of the big boys. The Fullers London Porter is an undisputed English beer champion having collected numerous awards over the years. It is currently rated number 4 in’s top English beers. The beer teases you with a variety of chcolately, smokey and coffee flavours whilst remaining quaffable and not overly intoxicating. There were plenty of nodding heads appreciating the combination with a juicy char grilled burger patty.

We rounded the evening off with Sam Smith’s Oatmeal Stout (rated number 8 in’s top English beers). The sweetness of this stout comes from the small addition of oats into the brew. This style is seeing a resurgence in popularity, thanks in part to Sam Smith’s who brought the style back from obscurity in the 1980’s having not been brewed since pre World War One! I particularly liked how this beer was smooth and velvety (due to the oats) but even more complex in flavour than the Porter.

I tried to bring some of the outstanding examples of a range of styles produced by some of the best English Breweries around. I think all in all there was something for everyone. If you attended the event, which one was your favourite? Would anyone volunteer a suggestion for any different beers to be included?

I’m thrilled that this month I’m holding a beer and chocolate tasting with my friend Connor Friesen from Co&Co Chocolates. This is on Saturday 31st May and I’d love to see some of you again at this event!

29 Cornwall Road

London SE1 8TJ

The White Heart, Waterloo.  Boozer worth seeking out

The White Hart, Waterloo. Boozer worth seeking out

I’m unsure which emotion to use when describing this place‚Ķ Part of me is ‘ahh, this place is so cosy, warm, inviting, historic I want this to be my local!’ kind of way, or ‘ahh! How have I never discovered this place before, it is aweseome!’.

I was brought here by a friend as we were looking for a place to dive in for a drink after a wander along the South Bank.¬† Located conveniently close to Waterloo as well as the¬†The South Bank, this is your perfect destination pub.¬† It’s in spitting distance of Waterloo, convenient for when trains are cancelled and easily walkable if you want a decent beverage and can’t face the tourist traps along the South Bank.

The pub itself is a Mitchells and Butlers’ owned establishment nestled in a cute back road amongst neat and pretty terraced cottages.¬† You can feel the history of the place even before you enter.¬† It skilfully toes the line between Oldy Worldy Dickensian character but is light and airy enough that you don‚Äôt need night goggles to see the person opposite. ¬†I liked the traditional central bar despite it taking up 80% of the potential seating space but it adds character and breaks up the room so every table feels like it is in its own little space.

The beer is also very good.¬† It has a large selection of taps (up to 20) serving a variety of good European pilsners and wheat beers alongside some of the larger London breweries like Camden and Meantime.¬† Mainstream craft beers from UK, Belgium and USA are attractive enough to bring in a younger crowd and satisfy most beer geeks. They also serve 3 Cask Marque real ales on rotation.¬† There was also some decent nosh available and I am told it’s a great place to graze on a hearty roast whilst absorbing the Sunday paper.

It’s a gem of a pub, heaps of character without being full of old codgers and completely unbeknownst to 95% of the commuters passing right by its door each day.  So now you know.

Not an example of drinking responsibly

Not an example of drinking responsibly


Hi everyone,

I just wanted to remind you that the 15% discount for the St George’s Day, English craft beer tasting runs out on FRIDAY (thats the 11th April).

This year St George’s day¬†falls on Wednesday 23rd April and¬†we will be celebrating this momentous occasion at The Phoenix Pub in Clapham North / Stockwell. ¬†This discount is exclusive to you brilliantly intelligent people who subscribe to my blog!

Ticket sales have been going strong this week, I have almost sold 50% already, I’m sure being mentioned in The Londonist’s Top 10 Foodie Popups in April on the homepage¬†may have helped ūüôā

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Remember this tasting is all about fantastic English beer. ¬†I will will be walking you through six of the best beers being brewed right now here in England and we will be enjoying it with some hearty, traditional, English food. ¬†Match made in heaven, imho. ¬†This will be great if you are just starting out on your journey of beer discovery or you¬†are ¬†looking to get your hands on some darn tasty beverages and raise a few drinks¬†to our Patron Saint. ¬†Educational, sure… fun, absolutely!

The direct link to the 15% discount is Here, if you were in any doubt.

Keep well and hopefully see you for a beer on the 23rd!







Cask Pub & Kitchen, Pimlico, SW1


Good for: great beer and good vibes with friends.
Food: Burgers

This pretty inauspicious looking bar is like your girlfriends ‘really pretty friend’. Not a great looker but great personality. You could easily walk past Cask without a second glance, but once you get over the awkward appearance and slightly unsightly exterior you’re sure to find a new BFF.

It has exactly what you’d expect from the guys from Craft¬†Beer Co. chain of bars, namely great beer. There are 10 real ales on cask and a further 15 craft beers on tap which tend to have the good UK beer from likes of Thornbridge, Magic Rock and Dark Star as well as many smaller breweries on rotation. They get a good selection of London bottled craft beer (the new stuff from Anspach & Hopday, Kernel, Partizan, Brew by Numbers, Weird Beard) and hundreds of import bottles from USA and Europe (regular size and Bombers). The sheer choice can be overwhelming and so can the ABV of some of the beers. Warning: It can be a challenge to find anything less than 5%!

What I like about this place is the atmosphere. It is consistently buzzing with the good vibes of people hanging out with friends. It feels a little like you have the run of a school classroom with chairs packed in and assembled haphazardly as people spin them around an assortment of tables, but with absolutely no danger of getting a ticking off from the teachers. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and seem to blend into the crowd. It doesn’t attract the hipsters and there aren’t too many pretentious craft wankers… Nobody judges you on what you are drinking or what you are wearing.

If your peckish, the menu is small but the burgers (brought to you by Forty Burgers) are impeccable. The smell of them wafting across the bar is almost impossible to resist.