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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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Insert Bad Dalkeith Pun Here

  I’ve just posted a couple of old blogs about beery things at the more extreme end of the spectrum and to be honest, it’s quite easy to bang out a few hundred words about your full-on, top shelf, adjunct-packed, esoteric beers: there’s just so much to talk about. But sometimes, I feel the need […]

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Viva Espana

I hold a gentleman called Chris Bain largely responsible for the very worst hangover I’ve suffered in my adult life. He was taking me on a quick jaunt around Rioja and after a full day of winery visits we ended up in a rough little rum bar. Debauchery (and pain) ensued. So I was somewhat […]

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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 enough […]

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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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