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Best beer and travel writing award 2015, 2011 -- British Guild of Beer Writers Awards
Accredited Beer Sommelier
Writer of "Probably the best book about beer in London" - Londonist
"A necessity if you're a beer geek travelling to London town" - Beer Advocate
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"Very authoritative" - Tim Webb.
"One of the top beer writers in the UK" - Mark Dredge.
"A beer guru" - Popbitch.
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Beer sellers: Best Damn Beer Shop, San Diego

San Diego, California, USA: Best Damn Beer Shop and no bull.

You have to have a huge amount of self confidence – or possibly hubris – to name your business the best damn anything. But Sid and Omar Mikhail clearly have the knowledge, youthful enthusiasm and determination to set false modesty aside and ensure […]

Stone Arrogant Bastard and Oaked Arrogant Bastard

Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale

Best Damn Beer Shop

ABV: 7.2% Origin: Escondido, California, USA Website:

Stone is the original bad boy brewer, with brand values that deliberately risk alienating certain groups of potential customers in order to boost the affinity of others. Offset by an obvious sense of humour and backed up by […]

Green Flash Trippel

Green Flash Trippel Ale

Best Damn Beer Shop

ABV: 9.7% Origin: Vista, California, USA Website:

Created to mark the brewery’s third anniversary in 2005, the curiously spelt Trippel has the traditional looking ingredients list of a Belgian abbey beer, with added sugar, Styrian Goldings and Czech Žatec hops and Trappist yeast, but nonetheless […]

Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter

Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter

Best Damn Beer Shop

ABV: 6% Origin: San Diego, California, USA Website:

Underlining the vital link between commercial craft brewing and homebrewing around which the vibrant beer culture of San Diego flourishes, the Ballast Point brewery actually began in a homebrewing supplies shop. Opened in 1992, Jack White’s […]

Alpine Pure Hoppiness

Alpine Pure Hoppiness.

Best Damn Beer Shop

ABV: 8% Origin: Alpine, California, USA Website:

When you think about it, “Pure Hoppiness” is such an obvious punning name for a hop-focused beer, it’s surprising someone didn’t grab it years ago. Instead, it’s fallen to a very small but high achieving craft brewery in the […]

AleSmith Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale

AleSmith Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale

Best Damn Beer Shop

ABV: 10% Origin: San Diego, California, USA Website:

I first heard about the buzz around beer in San Diego from some itinerant locals who struck up a conversation with me at Belgium’s Zythos Bierfestival in 2008. They also very kindly gave me a […]