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Fuller's & Friends: Galleon
Fuller's & Friends: Galleon

Brewery: Fuller's, Fourpure
Abv: 4.8%
Rating:
Contains Beer!
Although the brewer in me knows that 'lager' is, ultimately, nothing more than a technical term I'm also aware that, in mainstream UK terms, 'lager' is a fairly specific thing - it's light and crisp and generally fairly subtly-hopped. It's somewhere that's usually safe to go when a non-beery friend says "oh just ...
Fuller's & Friends: Peat Souper
Fuller's & Friends: Peat Souper

Brewery: Fuller's, Hardknott
Abv: 7.0%
Rating:
Contains Beer!
I've been quite a fan of Fuller's for some years, ever since I worked out that my initial lack of enthusiasm was caused not by the beer itself, but by the lacklustre cellarmanship of our local Fuller's pub which had made me think that Pride was this bland and slightly funky tasting pint. After visiting ...
Hackney Coffee Kingsland

Country: El Salvador, Nicaragua
Brand: Hackney Coffee Co
Rating:
Contains Coffee!
The Hackney Coffee Company has only been in business for a couple of years, housed in a family-owned premises that has over the years seen service as a garage, depot and even brewery before entering the world of coffee. Their coffee blends are all named for local landmarks or history, which certainly helps root them ...
Hackney Coffee Kingsland
Greenall's London Dry Gin
Greenall's London Dry Gin

Distillery: G&J Distillers
Abv: 40.0%
Rating:
Greenall's is produced by G&J Distillers, who claim to be the oldest distiller in Britain - although if I had a bottle from every distillery that said that, I could open a bar. The original recipe - still in use today - was created in 1761 by Thomas Dakin, which certainly predates any distillery ...
CaféDirect Tarrazu Reserve

Country: Costa Rica
Region: Tarrazu Valley
Brand: CaféDirect
Rating:
Contains Coffee!
CaféDirect have had a bit of a rebrand recently; the packaging certainly looks crisper and more modern, and they've dropped the rather curious "made the small way" slogan that bemused me so much when I reviewed their Colombia coffee a few years ago. Then again, they've replaced it with "Ridiculously Good Coffee" which is, ...
CaféDirect Tarrazu Reserve
Liverpool Gin
Liverpool Gin

Distillery: Liverpool Gin
Abv: 43.0%
Rating:
Liverpool Gin started life as a small independent gin distillery in 2013, set up by John O'Dowd and Mark Hensby (of the Liverpool Organic Brewery). By 2016, it had become part of the Halewood International empire; a large drinks producer and distributor that already had a number of gins in its portfolio, along with vodkas, ...
Empress Ale
Empress Ale

Brewery: Empress Ale
Abv: 4.5%
Rating:
Contains Beer!
I have to admit to being nervous whenever I hear that a beer has been designed for a specific market or niche. Experience has taught me that the resulting drink often bears all the hallmarks of being created by a committee composed of the Marketing Department and the Finance Department resulting in, well, ...
Bridgehead Bytown Boom

Brand: Bridgehead
Rating:
Contains Coffee!
One of the great pleasures of travelling is exploring local food and drink; for obvious reasons my focus tends to be more on the drink than the food! Local beer is always top on my list, but often there will be local wines, spirits and - increasingly - coffee to be explored too. ...
Bridgehead Bytown Boom
Magic Spells Brewery Tour At Home

Brewery: Magic Spells
Contains Beer!
Magic Spells Brewery are a new East London brewery, very firmly at the 'craft' end of the beery spectrum. They have a familiar enough backstory, starting with (a rather substantial 1/2 barrel) homebrewing background 3 years ago and finally going commercial at the start of this year. At the moment they're still 'gypsy brewing' ...
Magic Spells Brewery Tour At Home
Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin
Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin

Distillery: Masons
Abv: 42.0%
Rating:
Masons are one of the new generation of gin distillers, having been founded just 4 years ago - they launched their first gin on World Gin Day 2013. A few years ago, Karl Mason sent his wife a message via Facebook asking her to have a G&T ready for him when he got ...