Author Archives: James Wrobel

Get the beers in.

      Just a quickie. The guys over at Alechemy will be undergoing a rebrand in the new year and have asked us if we’ll help them shift some of their old stock. To that end we are now selling wee slabs of their Photon IPA for £18 a pop That’s just £1.50 a […]

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Mexicanned Beer

I don’t eat pineapple: Not that I really have anything against it, it’s just that it’s hardly the most user friendly fruit: Being too large, covered in spines and rather pricey. Which means I very rarely have one of the prickly bastards squatting in my fruit bowl. I’m also not really a fan of pineapple […]

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Shore Thing

There was no parade, or announcement in the local press, so it may very well have passed some of you by, but LEITH HAS GOT ITSELF A NEW BREWERY! When Paul Gibson of Campervan Brewing found he could no longer meet demand operating out of the back of his garage in Comely Bank, he invested […]

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Up The Swannay

  There are no Scottish breweries that deserve success as much as Swannay brewing up in Orkney: Yet despite brewing Scotland’s best dark beer (Orkney Porter) and Scotland’s best drink of any kind (Scapa Special on cask), they never seem to feature in any of those “what’s hot” listicles or colour supplement features. This is […]

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Mistletoe and Wine

I’m writing this at the beginning of October, so forgive me if it’s a wee bit premature, but we really need to start thinking about Christmas. Primarily because in December we’re all going to be too busy to sort out any of this nonsense, but also because we’ve had an idea that might need a […]

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Port Y’All

Just over a year ago we were lucky enough to have Marta Mateus from Marta wine visit us to give the rundown of her varied (and frankly rather fantastic) Portuguese wines. The event turned out to be our fastest selling wine dinner ever.and a bloody good evening to boot. Well, she’s visiting Edinburgh again in […]

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Golden Balls

  It is an intractable part of human nature to compartmentalise and categorize. Placing useless information in an arbitrary order helps us make sense of the sheer volumes of “stuff” that assaults our ageing and booze addled synapses. In the world of beer, this amounts to deciding whether to assign bottles to shelves marked “IPA” […]

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Tin Tin Dinner

  Still on a high from the previous nights wine dinner at the Walnut, Joe of James Clay tweeted at us suggesting we do a beer dinner with him. As we were in good spirits and clearly not in our right minds we agreed*. Joe suggested a Belgian extravaganza and after checking that the Walnut […]

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A Hoppy Accident

Beer should be a lot less reliable: It is a product subject to the whims of the market, the talents of the brewer and the provenance of the ingredients. Brewing itself, being one of those disciplines that sits slap bang in the middle of the Venn diagram between Science and Art. These competing factors, make […]

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Bread and Better

Well, this is going to be tricky: I’m sitting in my office on a warm spring day, knocking back a beer (for qc reasons obviously). I’m going to try to sell you the beer, because I think it’s really bloody good. The only problem being, all the similes and descriptors I have scrawled in front […]

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