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Hopinions 16 “Festival Overload?”

As the aftershocks of #CaskGate continue to rumble on, this week we turn our attentions to the growing number of craft beer festivals in the UK.

Beer | Hawkshead/Cigar City ‘Tiramisu Imperial Stout’ & Siren/Cigar City ‘Barrel Aged Caribbean Chocolate Cake’

Hopinions | Is the UK reaching craft beer festival saturation point?

Blogs | Pete Brown, KM Flett, Connor Murphy & The Malting Floor

Prizeless Prize | Cask ale features heavily in this big box of nothing winning effort from Million Bevs

Letters | Our new listener-only letters (by which we mean tweets) section features contributions from @CraftBeerGeekUK, @SilanderGraham & @Katrinnas

Hopinions 15 “Looking Forward”

We’re back for 2017 with a huge show to get the year going! Will it all be #CaskGate and Murk Bombs?

Beers | Theakston ‘Distiller’s Cask Range’, Wylam ‘Solar Terminator’ & Brewdog ‘Hop Shot’

Hopinions | What do you think will be the biggest beer trend this year?

Blogs | #CaskGate – this handy round up by Pete McKerry

Prizeless Prize | A cracking effort from regular winner Shaun Smith

 

Many thanks to Mark Johnson for provided our new tag line for the website, social profiles and most importantly, the start of the show!

Golden Pints 2016

A while back, I made the decision that I wanted our content to be ‘exclusively audio’, after all as a podcast, that’s what we’re most known for. There are many good writers and bloggers out there and me adding to that didn’t seem necessary, not when we already had an outlet for communicating. So this year, we made our Golden Pints awards across the last three Hopinions shows of the year.

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Hopinions 14 “Trilogies”

file_000099It’s the final part of our Golden Pints 2016 Trilogy and in this mammoth episode we look at Best UK Brewery, Best Overseas Brewery, Best New Brewery of 2016, Best Pub/Bar/Taproom, Independent Retailer of the Year, Online Retailer of the Year and Beer Festival of the Year.

Beer | Fullers Past Masters 1910 Double Stout & Vintage Ale 2015

Hopinions | Can you name your brewery of 2016 & Can you name your favourite pub/bar and/or taproom of 2016?

Blogs | Matt Chinnery’s Beery Advent & the Irish Beer Snobs #BeeryChats

Prizeless Prize | Congrats to our podcasting pals Beernomincon for a first time win of the big box of nothing

Coming Soon | #12BeersofXmas – everything you need to know about getting involved

Interview | Dave Stone from Wylam Brewery

We’ll be back in 2017 with more #Hopinions, thanks to all of our listeners for your continued support and engagement throughout 2016.

Hopinions 13 “Train Beers”

file_000In our latest show we’re joined by guest and friend of the show Clayton Chisholm as  we look back at an amazing Crimbo Crawl in Newcastle and discuss train beers.

It’s also the second part of our Golden Pints trilogy in which winners for #TrainBeer, Supermarket, Branding, Blog/Website, Beery Podcast and the Simon Johnson Award for Best Beer Twitterer are decided.

Beer | No beer this week, just hangovers with tea & coffee

Hopinions | #TrainBeers – best place to get them

Blogs | Myles Lambert on #TrainBeers

Prizeless Prize | We left the big box of nothing in Newcastle for Myles Lambert

Hopinions 12 “Beer of the Year”

file_000-2This week is all about the trilogy! We start off our Golden Pints by looking back at our beers of 2016.

Beer | Northern Monk Trilogy ‘Yeast’ (with Cigar City Brewing), ‘Hops’ (with Epic Brewing) and ‘Malt’ (with De Molen)

Hopinions | Can you name your beer of 2016?

Prizeless Prize | Congrats to first time winner Andrew Henderson

Podcast | Check out the Beernomicon episode with Northern Monk for more insight on the trilogy series

Blog | Another cracker from Pete McKerry

Flavour of the Month 09 – Stille Nacht

file_000-1Our latest Flavour of the Month with Little Leeds Beer house is a Christmas Special!

Steve is joined by Hopinions host Martin as we try ‘Stille Nacht’ from De Dolle Brouwers. Not just one bottle, but we’re lucky enough to try the 2016 and 2015 versions.

We’d be keen to hear your thoughts and what beer’s you’ll be drinking this Christmas.

Merry Christmas folks!

 

This show is supported by Richard & Bryony from the Little Leeds Beer House. They’re great folk and they give us this beer for free, but that doesn’t affect our opinions the shop or the beer. If you’re ever in Leeds make sure to pop in, say hi and enjoy a beer in the wonderful surroundings of the Corn Exchange. Extended Christmas opening hours from 1 December – Wednesday until 8pm, Thursday until 9pm & Friday until 8pm.

LLBH

 

Irish Beer Report 02 – Rascals

file_000-1In the latest Irish Beer Report we feature  a couple of beers from Rascals Brewing Co from Dublin.

| Wunderbar IPA

| 8:01 Mint Choc Stout

 

We’ve been sent these beers for free by the folk at Ireland Craft Beers but this hasn’t influenced our thoughts on the beers that we featured.

 

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Hopinions 11 “Craft”

file_000In an episode that closes our current story arc, we discuss whether there really needs to be a definition for craft beer in the UK.

Beers | Nobby’s Brewery Best Bitter & American Pale Ale

Hopinions | Does craft beer really need a definition?

Blogs | Mark Johnson, Pete McKerry and Sarah Finney

Link | Relief from Alcohol Products Tax for beer produced in qualifying microbreweries

Prizeless Prize | Sparkrite is back on form to claim his second big box of nothing in recent weeks

Interview | We chat to Spencer & Richard from Hofmeister

Hopinions 10 “Rites of Passage”

image1-2This week we’re talking about the Rites of Passage through beer. What does you journey look like and is it important?

Beers | Fullers ‘Black Cab Stout’, Bob & Sarah Maxfield’s homebrewed DIPA & Liberty Brewing Co ‘Knife Party IPA’

Hopinions | If you go back to the start of your beer journey knowing all that you know now, would your journey be different?

Blogs | Mark Johnson, Pete McKerry and Matt Curtis

Prizeless Prize | Some people will literally go to the ends of the earth to win this thing. Congrats Clayton Chisholm for this stunning pic.

Next week | Do we need a definition for craft beer & beers from Nobby’s Brewery

 

The Maxfields gave us their hombrew DIPA and it was amazing. The fact it was given to us didn’t change our opinion on just how good it was.

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