Posts Tagged: beer sommelier

The BeerStash Chronicles 3: “But why’s it called wine?”

Ridgeway Brewing Imperial Barley Wine 2012

An excellent question. Why is a barley wine called a wine, when it’s so very clearly and marvellously a beer? For a detailed study of the history of the term, let’s look no further than this excellent exposition by my friend and colleague Martyn Cornell The Campaign for Real Ale, meanwhile, tells us that… Read more »

The BeerStash Chronicles 2: Fresh thinking

Courage Imperial Russian Stout pour

Beer is best drunk when it’s freshly brewed*. There, I’ve said it. It may not be the most sensible contention to make at the outset of an article which sets out to assess the merits of a beer that’s been knocking around for years, but it’s probably worth setting out my stall. It is, I’d… Read more »

“A beer sommelier? So, is that a real thing?”

Bombardier beer tasting at Dads Network Live

The query, which I was most recently asked when I hosted a beer tasting for delegates to the Dads Network Live event in London recently, isn’t that uncommon in in one form or another. Even people familiar with the role a wine sommelier plays in the on-trade – and that’s far from everyone  – can… Read more »