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My New Online Project: the Greater Manchester Ale News Network 9 Jan 2013 | 09:02 pm

Posted in Articles Just a very quick note to say that whilst Folk & Ale still remains in hiatus for the foreseeable, I have started up a new beer-related online project: the Greater Manchester Ale Ne...

Time, Ladies and Gentlemen, Please! 2 Jul 2012 | 04:00 am

Posted in Articles I’m calling time on Folk & Ale. Maybe just for a few months, maybe permanently, I don’t know. I’ve been blogging here – or, originally, at www.blogobeer.com – since June 2008. In ...

Beer Notes: a St Austell Selection 26 Jun 2012 | 11:47 pm

Posted in Articles Last summer I was sent – completely out of the blue – a box of beers from Cornish brewery St Austell. I’ve been somewhat lax in writing them up (for values of ‘somewhat lax’ equati...

Album Notes: Levellers – Static on the Airwaves 22 Jun 2012 | 11:25 pm

Posted in Articles The Levellers are back with Static on the Airwaves – their first new studio album in four years, released on Monday June 25th – and thanks to their PR people, I’ve been able to lis...

Beer Notes: Wychwood King Goblin 8 Jun 2012 | 11:36 pm

Posted in Articles I heard about Wychwood King Goblin a while back and being a bit of a fan of the standard Hobgoblin I was keen to try it. But I hadn’t seen it anywhere until Jo brought me a bottle ...

New Model Army’s Tour Equipment Stolen 7 Jun 2012 | 11:21 pm

Posted in Articles I’ve been a huge fan of New Model Army for a little over 20 years now (and have the well-worn 1991 tour t-shirt to prove it). They’re one of the best live bands in the country, bar...

‘A Brief History of the Great Pubs of London’ by Lavie Tidhar 6 Jun 2012 | 10:29 pm

Posted in Links http://www.darkfictionmagazine.co.uk/stories-of-the-smoke/a-brief-history-of-the-great-pubs-of-london/ Well worth a listen: the audio version of Lavie Tidhar‘s short story ‘A Brief H...

Beer Notes: BrewDog Abstrakt:09 1 Jun 2012 | 06:27 am

Posted in Articles The latest in Brewdog‘s artisan Abstrakt series, Abstrakt:09 is an imperial “cranachan” stout, with raspberries and honey, as an homage to the Scottish breakfast dish. It’s very d...

Folk & Ale: Spiers & Boden, Bury Met, 19.05.12 23 May 2012 | 03:24 am

Posted in Articles Jo and I were out celebrating last Saturday: it was the 20th anniversary of our first date (it was a Salford University student union band night at The Pav – I have absolutely no i...

Beer Notes: Dark Star Victorian Ruby Mild 22 May 2012 | 09:48 am

Posted in Articles Jo and I met up in town on Friday after I got back from a day at the Nottingham office. We each had a very nice rib-eye steak at Kro Piccadilly and then wandered on up to Port Stre...

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