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Hopinions 105 “Budvar, the Republic of Beer and the Rise of Czechia”

Image courtesy of Tim from Brewers Journal

Martin and Steve head to Czechia to sit down with Budweiser Budvar Head Brewmaster Adam Brož, Deputy Brewaster Petr Kosin, Trade Quality Jiri Pekhart and UK Marketing Manager Josh Smith to chat lager, history, tradition, harmony and trademarks

We also take a look back at our trip and some of the smaller breweries that we visited in Czechia, including Solnice and Pivovar Antoš

For more information on Budvar head to their UK website 

 

We were guests of Budvar on this trip and as such our travel, accommodation, food and drink was kindly covered. This didn’t influence any of our thoughts or views on Budvar’s beers or the other places that we visited.

Hopinions 104 “Fantasy Pints”

This week Martin and Steve dicuss the current state of the world, outrageous Portman rulings and talk about which living people we’d like to buy a pint.

Beers | Adamns / Camden Town ‘Camden On Sea’, Beavertown ‘One Of Own Own’, Yeastie Boys ‘Cosmic Liquid Kiss’ and Camden Town ‘Beer 2019’

Hopinions |  Which 5 living folk you’ve never met would you like to buy a beer for?

Links | Symmetry Brewing

 

Many thanks to Fergus at Adnams the couple of cans of Camden On Sea, Beavertown for the One of Our Own (and others) and Alastair from The Yeastie Boys Cosmic Liquid Kiss (and others). Although these beers were gifted to us this didn’t influence our thoughts. 

Hopinions 103 “The Chase”

This week we’re joined by fellow podcaster and all-round beery font of knowledge, Natalya Watson from Beer With Nat.

Beers | Broaden & Build ‘Jaunty’, Beavertown ‘Lupuloid’ and The Cheshire Brewhouse ‘Gibraltar Porter’

Hopinions | Is the constant pursuit of the ‘new’ killing the ‘old’ in the U.K. beer scene?

Links | Brewdog new branding in football kits |

Beer With Nat | Podcast | Twitter | Website | Book

 

Many thanks to Terry for the Broaden & Build beer, Beavertown for gifting us the Lupuloid (and others) and Shane from The Cheshire Brewhouse for the Gibraltar Porter. Although these beer were free this didn’t influence our thoughts.

Hopinions 102 “Weights and Measures”

We’re back at the Victoria Inn in Colchester for this week’s show where among other things we discuss Brewdog’s new branding

Beers | Adnams ‘Ghost Ship 0.5’, Grain ‘Redwood’, Broaden & Build ‘Prolific’, Duration ‘Dripping Pitch’ and The Kernal ‘India Pale Ale Mosiac Columbus’

Hopinions | Is the standard UK pint measure of 568ml simply too much? | What is your preferred measure when drinking out?

East vs West Midlands | Beers Without Frontiers | Men Beerhaving Badly

Links | Art By Volume

 

Many thanks to Rich Taylor at the Victoria Inn for hosting us for this show

Hopinions 101 “Plan B”

This wasn’t the show we planned to release this week, but it’s always good to have a back up plan. We take a look back at what’s been happening since our 100th show and look forward to what we’ve got coming up in 2020.

Beers | Five Points ‘Best’, Chelmsford Brewing Company ‘Poco Loco’ and Harvey’s ‘Old Ale’

Links | The changing names of hops

 

Many thanks to The Alehouse in Chelmsford for hosting us at such short notice.

Hopinions 100 “Vintage”

Image courtesy of @mjpo007

In this landmark episode, Martin & Steve are recording at our spiritual home, The Victoria Inn in Colchester where we’re joined by guest host Richard Taylor, Bar Manager at the Vic to look back over the last 100 episodes of Hopinions.

Beers | Fuller’s Vintage Ales 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 & 2012

Hopinions | Top 10 Hopinions Polls

Links | Fantasy Pub Crawl

We’d just like to take this opportunity to thank all of our listeners for your continued support and interaction with the podcast – with you, we are nothing.

 

Many thanks to Fuller’s for gifting us the 2013 and to David Dellar for gifting us the 2012 variations that we on this show, this didn’t influence our thoughts.

Hopinions Tryanuary Special | The Howling Hops Journey

In a slightly different show to usual, Martin and Steve recreate the journey of Howling Hops Brewery from their humble beginnings in the Southampton Arms, to their first brews in The Cock Tavern to their Tank Bar in Hackney Wick. Guiding us on this journey is Chris Hall from Howling Hops.

Beers | Howling Hops ‘Pale XX’, ‘Tropical Deluxe’, ‘New Old London’, ‘Howling Pils’, ‘Winter Hefeweizen’ and ‘Well Shot’

Hopinions | Where do you feel the most comfortable having a beer on your own | Should brewery taprooms serve

Chris Hall’s | Writing can be found here

 

Many thanks to Chris and Howling Hops for the beers that we enjoyed on this journey, this didn’t influence our thoughts.

Hopinions 99 “Review of 2019”

It’s the end of the year decade and we’re taking a look back at our beery highlights from 2019

Beers | Uncruliar Brews ‘Rhubarbley Wine’, Mad Hatter ‘Salted Caramel Quadrupel’, Camden ‘Beer 2019’, Thornbridge ‘Saint Petersburg’, Porterhouse ‘Devil’s Half Acre’ & ‘Celebration Stout’ and Fuller’s ‘Imperial IPA’

Hopinions | 2019 Beery Highlights

Links | Beers Without Frontiers podcast | Pub Chef Passion

 

Many thanks to Sean, Rob and the folks at Thornbridge & Porterhhouse for the beers, this didn’t influence our thoughts.

Hopinions 98 “Manchester Revisited”

In our post-Crimbo Crawl episode, we look back at our jaunt around Manchester.

Beers | Big Drop Brew Co collaboration world series ‘Going Swimmingly’ (with Harbour), ‘Jam Session’ (with Fyne), ‘Lil IPL’ (with Salt) and ‘Big River’ (with Fourpure)

 

Black Friday

It’s Black Friday and in what has become an annual tradition, the annual Goose Island Bourbon County Stout is now available.

We were lucky enough to get invited to the preview tasting and Steve had a chat with Goose Island’s Shoreditch Brewpub Head Brewer Andrew Walton about this year’s release.

 

We were invited to the preview launch by Goose Island’s PR company Zeitgeist and got to try the beers for free. This hasn’t influenced our thoughts.

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