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Best beer and travel writing award 2015, 2011 -- British Guild of Beer Writers Awards
Accredited Beer Sommelier
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Little Valley Organic Hebden’s Wheat

Great British Beer Festival 2011

ABV: 4.5% Origin: Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England Website:

Little Valley Organic Hebden's Wheat

My day of sampling British cask beers at this year’s Great British Beer Festival turned out to be rather lacklustre, but one pleasant surprise was this tasty organic Belgian-style wheat beer from the South […]

Duvel Moortgat Vedett Extra White

Top Tastings 2008. A shorter version first appeared on facebook January 2009.

ABV: 4.7% Origin: Breendonk, Antwerpen, Vlaanderen Website:,

Duvel Moortgat Vedett Extra White

Previously Duvel Moortgat’s wheat beer offering was Steendonk, produced in partnership with Palm, but the partnership ended this year and this beer, DM’s very own replacement, came as […]

Sharp’s Chalky’s Bite

First published November 2007 as part of a piece about beers stocked by Booths supermarkets.

ABV: 6.8 per cent Origin: Rock, Cornwall, England Website

Sharp's Chalky's Bite

If you’re a speciality bottled beer enthusiast, the chances are you’ll have heard of Booths Supermarkets even if you live a long way outside its Lancashire […]

O'Hanlon's Goldblade

Great British Beer Festival Real Ale in a Bottle Bar 2006; also featured as an ale to win lager drinkers in BEER February 2009.

NOTE: This beer was originally briefly reviewed under an earlier name, Double Champion.

ABV: 4% Origin: Clyst St Lawrence, Devon, England Website:

O'Hanlon's Goldblade

This is one of several […]

Hop Back Crop Circle

ABV: 4.2% Origin: Downton, Wiltshire, England Website:

CAMRA North London tasting February 2010

Hop Back Crop Circle

Hop Back have grown into one of the major British craft brewers with an innovative but cannily targeted range of speciality ales led by the trendsetting Summer Lightning, and a strategy that pursues the takeout trade […]

St Austell Clouded Yellow

Originally published in What’s Brewing September 2004

Origin: St Austell, Cornwall, England ABV: 4.8 per cent Buy from Supermarkets, brewery’s pubs, mail order Website

St Austell Clouded Yellow

Clouded Yellow from St Austell, Cornwall’s only surviving traditional family brewery, must have one of Britain’s most evocative beer names. The clouded yellow is a […]

Hoegaarden Witbier

Originally published in What’s Brewing September 2002

Origin: Hoegaarden, Brabant, Belgium ABV: 5% Buy from: most supermarkets, beer shops

Hoegaarden Wit

Unfiltered ‘white’ beers were once the local speciality of the northeast corner of Brabant. Brewers here used unmalted wheat, giving a very fruity, phenolic and distinctively wheaty flavour, and spiced their beers with […]