The Beer O'Clock Show

Hopinions 06 “Follow the Bear”

urqThis week we chat about old beers coming back, branding and when re-branding is done well.

Beers | Adnams ‘Dry Hopped Lager’ and Pilsner Urquell

Hopinions | Hofmeister is back as ‘craft’. Are you going to try it and what other beers would you like to see make a comeback?

Blogs | Mark Johnson, Yes! Ale Blog and James Beeson

Prizeless Prize | Another first time winner as Million Bevs takes home the big box of nothing

Next week | Keep an eye out for 3 polls next week as part of a very special show that we’re planning…

Big Beery Night 2016


What started off as a brief exchange last year with Phil Hardy ended up becoming the ‘Big Beery Night’ and in the process raised £3128.82 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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Flavour of the Month 08 – Double Heathen

double-heathenThis month’s hottest new release is ‘Double Heathen’ from Northern Monk Brew Co.

‘Double Heathen’ follows hot on the heels of the popular ‘Heathen’ and ‘Heathen Mango Lassi’ that NMBC have released this year.

Will this 10% double IPA be too much for Mark to handle?


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.




Hopinions 05 “Indy Man”

file_000This week it’s all about the Independent Manchester Beer Convention, or Indy Man as it’s know to most of us.

Beers | Brewdog ‘Born To Die 04.11.16’

Hopinions | How was your Indy Man?

Prizeless Prize | Congrats to first time winner Mrs Beer Snob #McKerryBomb

Interview | Steve chats to Jonny Heyes from Indy Man about the event

Hopinions 04 “Are You Being Served?”

file_000This week we’re chatting about supermarkets and the role that they are playing in (craft) beer.

Beers | Odyessy Brew Co ‘Ego Wars No 2’ and ‘Double Zombie Blood’

Hopinions | With the advent of craft beer sections in supermarkets are new drinkers being duped by cheap/macro impersonators?

Blogs | A Female View, The Telegraph & Seeing The Lizards

Prizeless Prize | Congrats to Hopzine Rob on claiming his first ever great big box of nothing

Interview | Martin talks to Duncan Sambrook about the development and role that Sambrook’s have played on the brewing scene in London


You can check out Steve’s appearance on the Irish Beer Snob’s ‘BeeryChats’ here and also a blog about the visit to Sambrook’s from last week’s guest Matt Chinnery

Hopinions 03 “Pictures”

h03In a sudden change of plan due to rail problems, Martin, Steve and guest Matt Chinnery find themselves downstairs in Brewdog Shoreditch recording this week’s show.

Beers | Matt – Brewdog ‘Doodlebug’, Brewdog ‘Live Dead Pony Club’, Celt Experience ‘Battle of the trees’ & Brewdog ‘Ship Wreck’ / Martin – Stone ‘Citrusy Wit’, Hammerton ‘Pentonville Stout’, Redchurch ‘Lemon & Sage Saison’ & Brewdog ‘AB:21’ / Steve – Brewgooder ‘Clean Water Lager’, Brewdog ‘Super Blueberry Blitz’, Brewdog ‘Ace of Chinook’ & Brewdog ‘Hardcore IPA’

News | Link to the World Beer Awards winners is here

Hopinions | Should beer ‘communicators’ ask permission of people/pubs/festivals before taking pictures? A link to the article that we mentioned is here.

Blogs | Beer Is The Answer, The Half Pint Gentleman, All About Beer & Shortlist

Prizeless Prize | Goes to first time winner Michelle for this picture of our new podcast mascot Dave the bulldog, who may or may not have given his permission for the picture to be taken.


We’re really grateful to Brewdog Shoreditch for helping us out with the space for recording this weeks show. Next time you’re in the area, make sure to pop in for a beer. Thanks also to Sparkyrite for supplying the filler at the end…

Flavour of the Month 07 – Lupuloid IPA

lupuloidHe’s back! Mark returns to the airwaves to bring you the latest Flavour of the Month from Little Leeds Beer House.

This month we’re drinking the beer that everyone is talking about, the latest addition to Beavertown’s core range, ‘Lupuloid IPA’


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.


Irish Beer Report 01 – White Hag Brewery

img_9175We’ve teamed up with the folk at Ireland Craft Beers to bring you monthly reviews of some of the great Irish craft beer that’s now making it’s way to the UK.

For the first show our focus turns to The White Hag who are based in County Sligo, North West Ireland.

We were sent over three beers to try and we hope you enjoy our thoughts on them…

| Bran & Sceolan Irish IPA

| Beann Gulban Irish Heather Sour Ale

| Black Boar Imperial Oatmeal Stout

Many thanks to Mark Hibbett for the groovy theme tune ‘Leaping Hare in Broadgate’


Hopinions 02 “Alcohol Free”

img_1495For this week’s Hopinions, we drink 4 beers, all without alcohol and chat about whether they’re actually any good.

Beer | Beck’s ‘Blue’, St Peter’s ‘Without’, Brewdog ‘Nanny State’ and Erdinger ‘Alkoholfrei’

Hopinions | Alcohol free beers (we’re talking 0.5% and below)…

BlogsThe Ale Trail, Beervana and the Pub Curmudgeon

Prizeless Prize | Congrats to Gregor J on winning this week’s big box of nothing

Bonus | Martin & Steve finish the show by gaining their Untappd ‘Elite’ badge with a very special beer


Many thanks to the folks at St Peter’s Brewery for sending through samples of Without and to the checkout assistant at a well-known supermarket for taking our money for the other two. Neither experience has influenced our thoughts. 

Hopinions 01 “Drink Fresh”

Hopinions.2The first ‘proper’ Hopinions show is packed full of news, 3 great beers fresh from the US and some chatter about labelling and freshness.

Beer | Cigar City Brewing Invasion Pale Ale, Jai Alai IPA and Jai Alai IPA aged on white oak

Hopinions | Should breweries include bottled/canned on dates as well as BBD?

Blogs | Justin Mason, Pete McKerry & Mark Johnson

Prizeless Prize | Congrats to Gammon Baron on winning the first ‘new’ big box of nothing

Interview | Steve talks to Neil from Cigar City Brewing

T-Shirt | Get your limited edition Hopinions t-shirt before 29 September here


Many thanks to the folks at  Cigar City Brewing for the hospitality shown when I visited the brewery. These beers weren’t gifted but were hugely discounted but that didn’t influence our thoughts. 

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