Beer and Loathing

Glass Class

                The first time I truly saw the difference that glassware can make to the flavour of a beer was a little over ten years ago. I was living with a friend of mine and, at the end of a long bottling day, I had come home with a couple of staffies* of a pepperberryContinue reading “Glass Class”

Flying Blind

Babu Ji Lager Cavalier Brewing A unique opportunity to experiment with beer tasting presented itself the other week: tasting it while robbed of that particular sense by Covid. There’s a great deal of complexity around what actually constitutes the sense of taste – it’s not just a catalogue of mentally registered flavours, a cerebral RolodexContinue reading “Flying Blind”

Why We Do What We Do

or: Self-Reflexive Hollywood Bullshit Here’s a question for you: why do you do the things that you do? And I’m not going to try to delve into the evolutionary biological roots of that. In one sense, there are answers to that question that are stultifyingly complex and yet also, ultimately useless. But when we haveContinue reading “Why We Do What We Do”

Covid Diaries

I woke up this morning with a sore throat. I thought nothing of it. Perhaps it was too cold last night and the soft membranes of my sinuses dried out and became infected. It’s happened before.                 I rolled over and willed myself back to sleep. But it hurt more than it should have. ItContinue reading “Covid Diaries”


            People have been prepping for the apocalypse for as long as we’ve been intelligent enough as a species to abstract the end of all things. It has taken myriad different faces. There were any number of ancient cultures who thought that ritual would stave off the long dark; European Midwinter Solstice sacrifices to scareContinue reading “2022”

Tyranny of Choice

When I was a teenager, buying beer was the easiest thing in the world. It wasn’t because I had a good friend who was 6’10” and never got carded, though that didn’t hurt. It wasn’t because no-one was checking ID’s – being the young’un of the group, I missed several 18th birthdays held (finally) atContinue reading “Tyranny of Choice”


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