When we think of countries that produce real high quality white wine, we usually think of countries like France, Italy, Australia and South Africa. It’s rare that England will spring to mind.
Summer is fast approaching which means it's the perfect excuse to laze about in beer gardens with a refreshing pint to hand. However, if lager and ale is not really your thing then thankfully we have cider, and here in the UK, we do cider very well. So put the sickly mainstream cider to one side as this post will hopefully help you find your next favourite proper British cider.
Summer is fast approaching, which means there is no better time than now for perfecting your beer palette. But what do we even mean by that and more importantly where do you even begin? Well, when it comes to trying out new ale beers, often the easiest way to start is by looking at your current favourite and from there, picking out some subtleties of the flavour. Looking at the colour of the ale beer can be a great general indicator of the flavour, the beer brewing process and also the history behind it too.
The list of recognised beer categories seems to be growing every day. If the more obscure classics such as salty-sour goses and herbal fruits weren’t enough to bewilder beer newcomers, newly invented styles including India pale lagers and Black IPAs only continue to add to the confusion. However, if you go to the bar and just say the words “All I want is a beer” when looking at an overcrowded menu at your local pub, hopefully learning about these six beer styles will ensure you never freeze up in terror when placing your next beer order.
The beer brewing process has been around for a very long while, and although many of the techniques have changed over the course of time, the basic process has remained pretty much the same. We take you through the beer brewing process on a commercial level, however, homebrewers will perform the exact same steps as in a commercial brewery but just on a much smaller scale and using easily attainable equipment.
The art of winemaking has been around for thousands of years. It’s a natural process which requires very little intervention from humans, but each winemaker will guide the process through various techniques. Generally, there are 5 basic elements to creating wine: harvesting, crushing and pressing, fermentation, clarification, and finally, ageing and bottling. Winemakers will follow these five steps but often add in their own variations along the way to help create their own unique wine.
Rum is one of those drinks that never goes out of fashion. It’s something you can drink all year round, but perhaps it’s at its best during a heat wave through the summer months. Mix it with light ingredients and you’ve got a wonderfully smooth, refreshing drink.
Redh is the brainchild of two Sussex born guys; Richard Edwards and Douglas Howard - two great friends from school who have been known to enjoy an occasional drink or two!
Following an impromptu visit to a small, local brewery, they questioned why they had...
If there’s one spirit that has seen something of a revival in recent years, it’s gin.
The traditional ‘G&T’ has re-established itself as one of the most popular drinks combinations in the UK, with 47m bottles worth £1.2bn sold last year alone...
Like many of the gins we’ve come across, Sandhills began with a journey for Tom Bird, early in 2018, when he visited a gin bar in Hong Kong and tasted a re-distilled gin. It was different to anything he had tried before...