A Golden Hopportunity
November 14, 2013

Hebridean Gold by Isle of Skye Brewing Company They’re a savvy lot, yon ­­boys on The Herald business desk. Always got an ear for a good story and a sound investment. They were eager to back my next project, confident it would repeat the (relative) success of my you-buy-I-review initiative. Investing a single bottle of […]

Spirited Away
November 4, 2013

Hallowe’en. It’s a funny old thing. It’s like beer. No, really. Both were invented in Scotland. Aye, they were. Then neglected. Then adopted and improved in North America, and exported back. And, like beer, once we’re done pouring Hallowe’en through the filter of tradition, it’ll be the best in the world. Aye, it will.   […]

Glasgow Beer Week – starts today!
November 1, 2013

Glasgow In A Can, by Simon Varwell Hey, guess what! Today is the start of Glasgow Beer Week. That’s right, the city that invented heavy engineering and alcohol is spending a whole week celebrating yon malts, hops, yeast, sugar and water thing. Sure, those boffins at Lonely Planet might reckon Scotland will be the place […]

Drinking up is hard to do
October 26, 2013

I do love you, so very much. See that bottle over there on the right? That’s the last bottle of my first batch of homebrew. The last one. I’m feeling a wee bit broken-hearted. This bottle marks the end of my first brew, and, you know, we’ve had a bit of a thing going these […]

Glasgow’s about to get very crafty
October 25, 2013

Pollokshaws Burgh Hall. Weekend after next is a special one. Not my birthday nor a brew day; it’s the Scottish Craft Beer Festival in Glasgow. It promises to be quite an occasion, with a good selection of beers and brewers on tap. A few exceptions, but it’s got a good geographical spread, from the Northern […]

The Brewed, The Mad and The Snugly
October 22, 2013

Evil Twin Brewery’s The Cowboy fits snugly in your hand. Everyone knows a cowboy’s favourite drink is whisky. Everyone. It can be rye whiskey, Irish whiskey or Scotch. Doesn’t matter. Everyone knows this. Everyone … Err, hello Evil Twin Brewing? OK, so everyone except Evil Twin Brewing knows that a cowboy’s favourite drink is whisky. […]

Call of Duty: Black Hops
August 14, 2013

Did you ever play Dungeon Master on Atari or Amiga, with its crappy graphics, naff sound, but awesome gameplay and characters like Gothmog, Sonya, Linflas and Wuuf? Remember how you felt when the dungeon’s gate opened for the first time and it was just you on the edge of 14 levels of darkness and days […]

Are you having a Laf?
August 11, 2013

Laf steam beer by Deeside Brewery Remember a few weeks ago, when it was blistering hot, when a part of you was thinking, it’s almost too hot, when it was blue skies and wispy clouds, when every cool pint was heaven (more so than usual), when you fantasized about rain, when the office was unbearable […]

Number munching
August 4, 2013

78’s set list was brought to you by the Letter J There’s a pub in Glasgow called The 78. You’d like it. It’s got a fire, dark wooden tables, long sociable benches and a clutch of quality ales on tap. It’s also one of the few havens for hungry vegans. I went there on Wednesday […]

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Writing for an Audience
August 4, 2013

Knowing who you are writing for is, in my humble opinion, the most important consideration you can make while writing or editing a piece of text. It’ll guide decisions regarding vocabulary, style, tone, rhetoric and content.

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Top Writing Tips
August 4, 2013

Good writing rocks. It’s a joy to do, and a pleasure to read. Good writing pulls you in, allows you to engage with whatever is being said, whether it’s simple story or detailed information. All you notice with sloppy writing, on the other hand, is the sloppy writing. You miss the message. As a communicator, that’s not good. Here are a few helpful tips to help you.

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Riverside Retrospective
August 4, 2013

Riverside Museum is architecturally striking with staggeringly complex engineering, but it’s the coherent relationship with the content – the world-class collection, intelligent interpretation and beautiful design – that puts Riverside into the museum world’s premier league.

Twistedmouth Beer blog
August 2, 2013

So, one of my main hobbies is beer, and I’ve been writing about the craft beer revolution since late 2012. Here’s the link to my beer blog  Or click on the banner which my mate James Lland did for me. Cheers!

Super Trooper
July 31, 2013

The bottle was EMPTY! OK? Iron Maiden clawed their way back into the headlines with the launch of their mighty Trooper beer a couple of months back. I got round to trying it just the other night. It’s a fine British beer, produced by Cheshire brewery Robinsons, with a strong malty taste benefiting from fruity […]

Houston, come in Houston
June 20, 2013

I’m way behind on my reviews.I haven’t done the one for the US tinned beer I had up Ben A’an with two of my best mates after an afternoon of climbing. I haven’t done the Traquihairymairy one I had when I was pished with my brother and his woman. I haven’t done the shitey cheapo Tesco wans I had the […]

Aldi anything for a beer
May 27, 2013

Selection of bottles in Aldi beer festival Buying beer is one of my favourite things to do. So it’s nice when a chain comes along and says, “Hey, do you like buying good beer? Well, we’re gonna do a beer festival, just for you.” So says Aldi, yon German market with the random crazy aisle. Kicks […]

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Columbus Discovery
May 23, 2013

Columbus by St Andrews Brewing Co The Number One sound you can ever hear is the sound of your children laughing.  I was minded that tonight, while sitting with my kids in the bath, looking forward to them going to bed and that quiet beer with my name on it. To think I was so focused […]

The mashers at Orkney Brewing Co have been talked down from a further bloodshed by receiving a nominated for a drink prize in the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards. That’s good news for Scotland’s A&E departments, obviously; but I do wonder just how much the decision was affected by the Orkney brewers’ propensity for violence […]