Author Archives: James Wrobel

Rhone Goals

  I appreciate this is very short notice, but it’s been a while since we’ve done one of these. We’re heading back to The Walnut on Monday 29th May Big Mike Stewart from Liberty wines will be hosting again, this time giving us a run through of the wines of the Rhone valley. I’ve been unlucky […]

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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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Cloudwater Friday

Great news! We have another really exciting tasting coming up (no, not this one) Like us, there’s a damn good chance that you were too late to snap up tickets to the big tasting with the guys from Cloudwater that the Salt Horse are hosting next week. Fortunately James and Paul have asked if they […]

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Oops! We did it again.

A week may be along time in politics, but brewing moves at a much more sedate pace. So when trying to knock out a beer with a satirical bent, the trick is to not be left looking embarrassingly behind the times. Still, with all the nonsense happening at the moment, it seems daft not to […]

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IN YOUR FACE

You know that feeling when you take one look at something and know instantly that it just isn’t for you? You might be missing out on something, but there is a tiny sense of liberation when you realise that you can now devote your time, effort and brain cells to other pursuits. Things that I […]

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Last Orders

I’ve written about him quite a bit already and I’m certainly not alone in hailing his merits, but it’s sadly time for one last column about Stuart McLuckie, Scotland’s (maybe even the UK’s) best brewer. Despite (or perhaps because of) his lack of self promotion, the tiny batches of beer that emerge sporadically from his […]

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Reduced For Quick Sale

Running a shop is an inexact science and loath as I am to admit it, sometimes I balls up. Some drinks don’t find the audience they deserve, others catch us by surprise and sell out before we can secure the stock. You would think that a range of top shelf, highly regarded, experimental Brewdog beers […]

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Get a Grip

It’s the middle of a bank holiday weekend and somewhat belatedly the Holyrood election campaign has kicked up into high gear, as two parties chase their core votes in a neck and neck race for second prize. (surely, nobody doubts who will be coming out on top) It might be something to do with the […]

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WAKE UP SHEEPLE!

  I’m going to attempt to write the next 600-odd words without slipping into paranoid, tinfoil hat wearing, conspiracy-speak, but I understand that some of you might find what I’m about to say a teensy bit alarmist or melodramatic. After a few days pottering around the Netherlands, my Missus sent me out for supplies with […]

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