Author Archives: James Wrobel

Every Little Helps

Another month, another new brewery, another range of beer to acquaint myself with. Usually this (not particularly arduous) task consists of cracking open a couple of gaudily branded tins of the latest pale ale, but sometimes a brewery comes along that has a slightly more idiosyncratic approach. The Little Earth Project from way down in […]

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Shake The Room

  They were barely heard of a decade ago, but sour beers are now thoroughly ensconced in the Scottish drinking scene. Any high street offie worth a damn will have a selection and they’ve even been known to grace the shelves of decent supermarkets and the odd corner shop. Whether we’re talking fruity Berlinerweiss styles, […]

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Hope

Just before Christmas, we were gifted couple of cases of surplus beer from Paul at Campervan brewing. Not enough to make a song and dance about, but it felt wrong just to punt it out and make 100% profit on something we had zero input into. So I shoved it to one side, thinking that […]

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Sim(ply) Having A Wonderful Christmas Time

  I’ve been blethering a lot in the run-up to Christmas, so something Miles wrote… Here’s an anecdote for Christmas. The other day, one of these gloriously sunny, marvellously frosty days we’ve been having lately, my cockerspanial George was taking me for a long hike up The Crags. Having worked up a lather stomping through […]

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Winter is coming

I have made a habit in recent months of wandering off topic and filling this blog with my thoughts on politics, card transactions, recycling and dog food: for the simple reason that I’ve been trying to cut down my drinking and sampling new beers just to have something to write about didn’t seem like the […]

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Milk Money Tasting This Friday

Tried to think of a witty header for this, but I’m a wee bit rushed right now. Anyway, as I was saying, this Friday from 6pm, James the head honcho from Milk Money drinks will be here, pouring samples and chitting chat. If you don’t know Milk Money, they are the local mixoligists behind the […]

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This is slightly embarrassing.

  We are all fallible: Sometimes we bugger things up royally and the mistake is immediately apparent and quickly rectified. Other times we make a small mistake and the damage is less obvious, it just festers away unnoticed, nibbling away at the¬†margins, but never being severe enough to necessitate any action. Well it’s a quiet […]

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Christmas Piss-Up

  It’s that time of year again:¬†We need to push a load of new wines. You need to sample a load of new wines. There’s a big end of year festival round the corner. What more excuse do you need for a party? Because it worked so well last year (and because I’m lazy) we’re […]

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All Back to Sours

  It’s been a while since we’ve done something like this, but a week on Friday we’ll be welcoming the guys from Petrus into the shop to sample, blend and chat about all things sour and funky. It’s all quite casual and off the cuff, just pop in if you want a gobful of some […]

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Can you dig it?

  I’ve been lucky enough to be sunning myself on a wee jaunt around Rioja this last week, so to be honest it’s hard for me to get my head around the concept of beer at the moment. Spain does have some good beer, (most of it is still shite though) but right now my […]

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