Despite my obvious interest in the beer industry, I only have limited experience working behind a bar. So far, I’ve poured pints at CAMRA beer festivals, my own Festival of Brewers and some other special events hosted by local breweries. So, when an opportunity to become a ‘Dog on Deck’ came up with Brewdog, I thought it was a good chance to really see the behind the scenes working of a busy City Centre bar.Continue reading A Dog on Deck
In Leeds, the number of Samuel Smith pubs rivals that of JD Wetherspoon pubs in the area. However, whilst it feels like you are constantly stumbling across Wetherspoon pubs, the Samuel Smith ones aren’t so obvious. I’ve recently spent time visiting Samuel Smith pubs in and around Leeds City Centre and I wanted to share my thoughts on these unique places.
The afternoon of day two of my brewery trip around Lithuania was wearing on. So, it was time to move on to my third and final brewery of the day, and of my visit. The final destination was Craft and Draft Brewpub in Vilnius.
After visiting the wonderful Sakiškių Alus on the outskirts of Vilnius, Tomas and I headed back towards the centre to visit our second brewery. One of two breweries in Vilnius centre, our next stop was Kuro Aparatūra.
After a long day one, visiting four breweries in Kaunas, the next day took me to a further three breweries. This time, though, Tomas and I headed to Lithuania’s capital city, Vilnius. Our first stop was Sakiškių Alus on the outskirts of the city, in a beautiful location.
Whilst the craft beer boom has matured in some major Northern towns and cities, it has been a little slower on the up take in others. On a recent trip to Blackpool, I visited West Coast Rock Brewery. Here, they are developing their craft, and bringing Blackpool drinkers along with them on the journey.
As day one drew to a close on my Lithuanian beer adventure, Tomas, Big M and I visited our fourth and final brewery. Having been to Apynys, Avilys and Genys, our last stop of the day was one of Lithuania’s oldest running breweries – Kauno Alus.
Another day, another new brewery in Leeds! Anthology Brewing Company becomes the latest new brewery on the scene, as Leeds continues to demonstrate it’s a hot bed for craft brewers and craft drinkers. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the new brewery and catch up with Owner and Head Brewer, Liam Kane.
Earlier this year, I began a series of articles about my trip to Lithuania and, specifically, a tour of some of its wonderful and varied breweries. Day one of my trip saw me start out in Kaunas, first at Apynys, and then Avilys. My third stop of the day would take me to a fascinating brewery that would not look out of place if it were part of the UK craft brewing scene – Genys Brewing Co.
In late June 2018, Festival of Brewers made its debut in Leeds. This was the first festival I’d ever led the organisation of. Having had some time to reflect on the experience, I thought I’d share with you what it’s like to be a beer event organiser!