Life inside a microbrewery

If you were to take a poll of the people you know and ask what their dream job might be, it is likely that working in a brewery would elicit considerable response. Adur Brewery in Steyning, West Sussex is just one co-operative that offers the chance to experience working – and even owning a share… Read more »

Life inside a microbrewery

Ale lovers may yet be tempted by good craft lager

Often shunned as a style associated with mass production, lack of flavour and irritating ubiquity by those seeking a more premium experience, craft lager has achieved renewed interest among discerning drinkers. Despite the occasionally sniffy attitude of the die-hard real ale lover and particularly in view of the unfortunate stereotypes associated with its consumers, lager… Read more »

Ale lovers may yet be tempted by good craft lager

Creating meaningful connections with your customers

It’s a safe bet that the reason people enter the pub trade is that it is a highly sociable profession. The conversation and the buzz of a busy bar make the long hours of preparation, stock control, endless housekeeping and accounts seem worthwhile. The connections you find easy to make on a personal level can… Read more »

Creating meaningful connections with your customers

Avoid the January slump

The pub trade always looks like the place to be during the festivities of Christmas and New Year when customers are eating, drinking and being merry. This can all look a long way off when in the midst of a January slump. Looking for ways to give your business a boost may well be keeping… Read more »

Avoid the January slump

Gluten free beer making headway in consumer choice

Whether out of necessity or dietary choice, the availability of gluten free beer has to be great news for consumers. If you are looking for a beverage to offer coeliac friends or wondering where to go for your own dietary needs, check out our list of top brewers that have perfected the art. With the… Read more »

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Get your Christmas business off to a flying start

With around three quarters of the population planning to eat out over the Christmas period, it is a time when pubs and restaurants are at their most stretched. We’ve compiled a checklist of tips to help you get a head start on the festive season. While potentially making up financially for the leaner months at… Read more »

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Art For Beer’s Sake

The opportunity to feast our eyes on a little colour while we enjoy our favourite beverage does not go amiss and whatever some may say about letting the beer speak for itself breweries must, of course, be able to differentiate themselves from their competition. Given the number of breweries vying for our attention it is… Read more »


A Good Hygiene Rating Is Vital To Pub Survival

High levels of hygiene in pubs and restaurants is fundamental to good practice but reports suggest that the Local Government Association of Council leaders in England is pushing for an extension to legislation which will see pubs as well as other food outlets forced to display their hygiene rating prominently. The ratings, issued by the… Read more »

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Glass styles to match your beer

More than simply a vessel for conveying liquid, the beer glass can be manufactured in a multitude of styles and is designed to maximise the enjoyment of certain characteristics in your beer. Beer lovers have never known a better time to sample different varieties in the wake of the craft movement. Some landlords have embraced… Read more »

Glass styles

5 Smart Phone Apps for Beer Lovers

A few weeks ago we featured our favourite beer bloggers, those who are renowned for their entertaining writing skills, their knowledge of the subject and their unshakeable commitment to the world of beer. As we said at the time, the internet has made everyone a critic with easy access to a forum; no longer are… Read more »

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