Posts tagged ‘brewers’

April 2, 2012

Cannonball Run Returns: Hop Shoot Festival

 

There’s less than a month until the inaugral London Hop Shoot Festival and if you haven’t heard of it yet you’re in for a treat. This isn’t just another beer festival. It’s a collision of town, country, social media and hops with the spirit of Cannonball Run thrown in for good measure.

The Draft House team in action

The weekend of 27th April will see an assorted group of hop heads picking Kentish grown hops on the farm of Chris Lilliwhite. Crop picked and bagged they will divide the harvest and head back to London. From Trafalgar Square the race to get the hops onto the table then begins as teams from venues signed up race to serve up the first dishes. You can follow the build up and action throughout the festival on Twitter through @londonhop and #londonhopfest.

Possible venues participating are from across London so if you’re in the Capital you are unlikely to be disappointed. They include:

The Draft House (Battersea, Clapham & London Bridge), Old Red Cow (Smithfield), The Clifton (St Johns Wood), Crown & Anchor (Chiswick), White Swan (Twickenham), The Botanist (Kew), Ben’s Canteen (St John’s Hill), The Bull (Highgate), The Euston Flyer (Euston), The Victoria (Bayswater), Duke’s Brew & Que (Hackney), Horseshoe (Hampstead)

It’s another innovative initiative from the beer and food community of London and I for one can’t wait to see what’s served up.

January 24, 2012

Q&A: Sid Boggle

This weeks Q&A brings us back to London to speak to Egomaniac and exposer of Spoogebeerians, Mr Sid Boggle.

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Your blurb…

Londoner who moved seamlessly from lager lout in late teens to lover of good beer by middle age. Nowadays, a retrosexual scruffy bastard who is thankful London re-joined the world of beer at just the right time, or I’d have a lot less to blog about.

Beer epiphany…

Ooo, good one. Went to work in Germany in 1989 as a Guinness drinker, came back two years later with a love of German beer and desire to learn more about our native ales. I can still be transported with a few sips of altbier. The next bit of foundation-shaking happened on the first US trip in 2002, when I drank my first American IPA. I woke up dreaming hops for months after.

Best beer find of the last year…

In a broad sense, Brodie’s. I didn’t know them at all before the 2010 London Brewers Showcase, but this year I’ve tried loads of their beers and enjoyed pretty much all of them. They’ll win this year’s Boggle Award. For a one-off beer, and this will give ammunition to those people who think I’m an extreme beer fanboy, but Oakham Untouchable Double IPA was fantastic.

What sounds are to be heard while blogging…

Flatulence, BBC News Channel, occasionally I listen to music, usually something electronic or industrial. Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle are favourites.

What brought you to blogging…

Egomania. And to warn the world about spoogebeerians.

What have you taken from blogging…

Some nice comments from friends, the occasional compliment, a few knocks, and of course a month as Number One Beer Blogger thanks to my musical idol Frank Sidebottom.

Are beer bloggers frustrated brewers…

Well, since blogging seems to provoke invites to brew, there might be something to that. Personally, when I have time then I mean to eventually homebrew. That’d probably do for me.

Which brewers would you hold up as the way it should be done…

Controversial. I’m not sure whether I’d say one brewer was an exemplar over another. I remember visitng Cantillon a few years back. A couple of months before that I’d been at Victory Brewing in Pennsylvania. One was a virtually a working museum, the other a brand new shiny brewhouse with computer control and heat recovery systems. But as brewers, how far apart would they be in attitude? I suppose if you mean setting the bar high for quality, then Kernel. I also really like their ‘non-brand’

Pub heaven…

No bloody kids.

Pub hell…

Bloody kids.

Favourite local pub…

Zeitgeist in Black Prince Road.

Favourite non local pub…

Tricky. I love The Rake, The Harp, Cask… London’s doing really well for good pubs so choosing places to go is a happy problem.

What advice would you give any aspiring blogger…

Pick a distinctive name that is easy to remember so you come top in a Google search.

What’s on the horizon…

The Shard. It’s nearly finished, you know…

Finally, can you tell us a joke about beer…

Beer isn’t funny. However, Johnny Depp did this one on the telly the other week. Skeleton walks into a bar, says to the barman, I’ll have a beer and a mop.

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