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Hopinions 66 “Gluten Free”

Image courtesy of @gingerdaniels13

This week we’re exploring the world of gluten free beers and for once the big news happened on recording day!

Beers | La Binchoise ‘New Era’, Brewdog ‘Vagabond’, Wold Top ‘Marmalade Porter’, Magic Rock ‘Fantasma’ and Arbor ‘Mosaic’

Hopinions | Is it ok for pubs & bars to increase prices for big matches?

Gluten Free | Many thanks to Matt (@GlutenFreePint) for his input into the show and helping us out with some GF facts. Check out the Facebook page here.

 

Many thanks to Brandon from Inkling for sending us the New Era to try on this show, this didn’t influence our thoughts.

Hopinions 65 “Refreshes The Parts”

This week, we dig into the only news from the past fortnight – Heineken’s investment into Beavertown. Also, as a follow up to our last show, we sit down and talk to The Portman Group.

Beers | Heineken ‘lager’, Beavertown ‘Neck Oil’, ‘Gamma Roy’, ‘Smog Rocket’ & ‘Lord Smog Almighty’

Hopinions |  We’re all still going to drink Beavertown beer right?Do you think Heineken’s investment in Beavertown is bad for the independent sector?

Links | Roger Protz on Beavertown

Interview | We chat to John Timothy, CEO of The Portman Group

Hopinions 64 “Regulation”

We’re live from our new recording home this week – Dave’s Beer Cupboard – as we dig into the world of regulation in the drinks industry.

Beers | Abbeydale ‘Heathen’ & ‘Nelson Sauvin DIPA’, Fallen ‘Double Barrelled Chew Chew (Red Wine Edition) & ‘Branch Line’, Eden River Brew Co ‘Ragnar Rasperry’ & ‘Li Jing Lemon’ & Emmanuales ‘Last Supper’

Hopinions | Does the beer industry need The Portman Group?

Links | Formal Shark Portman podcast | Licensed Trade Charity

 

Many thanks to Laura from Abbeydale, Linda from Eden River, Paul from Fallen and Nick from Emmanuales for sending us beers to try on this show for free, this didn’t influence our thoughts.

Hopinions 63 “Cannonball Run 2018”

It’s that time of year again folks! Magic Rock’s annual release is out in the wild and for your listening pleasure we take on the whole Cannonball Run…

Beers | Magic Rock ‘Cannonball’, ‘Neo-Human Cannonball’, ‘Human Cannonball’ & ‘Un-Human Cannonball’

Hopinions | Do you still get excited by annual release beers | All in tickets | Favourite Cannonball

Links | The Ale In Kaleigh’s view on ‘all in’ festivals | Mind The Beard | Boak & Bailey make a startling prediction

Also listen to | Men Beerhaving Badly & NE Sippin Forecast who are also doing the Cannonball Run on their podcasts

 

Many thanks to the folks at Ales By Mail for gifting us these beers for the show, this didn’t influence our thoughts on just how great they were.

Hopinions 62 “Are We Coping?”

This week we’re in Deptford, in the Hop Stuff Brewery’s Taproom talking to owner James Yeomans about mental health in the workplace. We also got to sample a few of Hop Stuff’s beers and enjoyed a cracking pizza.

Beers | Hop Stuff ‘Pilsner’, ‘Renegade’, ‘Freudian Slip’ & ‘Woody Barrelson’

Hopinions | Should the drinks industry do more to support the mental health & wellbeing of its workers?

Perkbox | Full report can be found here

Episodes | Previous interviews with Hop Stuff can be found on episode 45 & episode 54 of the Beer O’clock Show

 

Many thanks to James from Hop Stuff for giving up his time to chat to us. The beers & pizza that we tried were on James but this didn’t influence our thoughts.

Hopinions 61 “Manchester”

In our latest show we enjoy a few beers while taking a look back at our recent trip to Manchester and discussing the future of CAMRA

Beers | Cloudwater ‘Small Citra Simcoe Pale’, The Kernel ‘Pale Ale Citra’, Magic Rock ‘Hedonic Escalation’, Lagunitas ‘The Waldos’ Special Ale’ and Beer Nouveau ‘Salacia Cabreuva’

Hopinions | Is Manchester now the beer capital of the UK? | In light of yesterday’s CAMRA vote what does this mean for its future as an organisation that represents beer drinkers?

Beer Festival Links | Lock & Key Beer Con | Festival of Brewers | London Brewers’ Alliance Craft Beer Festival

Blogs | Mark Johnson | Boak & Bailey

The Ale Lady |  Said this…

 

Many thanks to the folks at Lagunitas for sending us The Waldos’ Special to try for free, this didn’t influence our thoughts on the beer. Thanks also to Liquorice in Shenfield for letting us use their tasting room to record this week.

Hopinions on Films | Avengers Assemble

Suit up, grab a beer and join us for one of the greatest superhero movies of all time. This time we get stuck into Marvel’s Avengers Assemble as we work our way through a selection of beers that we’ve put together for this episode.

We tried to drink the beers in the most sensible(?!?) order, potentially linking them to the film at points…

Yellowbelly ‘Citra Pale Ale’ | Available from Honest Brew*

Summer Wine ‘Diablo’ | Available from all good bottle shops/online stores

Rodenbach ‘Grand Gru’ | Available from Beer Merchants

Weird Beard ‘Collabageddon 17’ | Limited release, probably not available any more

Unity ‘Amalgamation’ | Available from Honest Brew*

Tring ‘Death or Glory’ | Available from Tring Brewery

Weird Beard/Time & Tide | Limited release, probably not available any more

Signature Brew ‘Anthology’ | Available from Honest Brew*

Carlsberg ‘Special Brew’ | Available from all good corner shops, offies and park benches

 

*These beers were sent to us for free by Honest Brew but this hasn’t influenced our thoughts on them or on just how amazing Avengers Assemble and the entire Marvel Universe is.

Outro from The Screen Team, check out the full version and more on YouTube here

Image courtesy of @Clayfiish

Hopinions 60 “Rewind”

After a recording break, we’re back with a mighty show covering all of the big news stories, four (count em) polls and some beers from Signature Brew.

Beers | Signature Brew ‘Studio Pilsner’, ‘Roadie’, ‘Backstage IPA’, ‘Nightliner’, ‘Treble’ and ‘Anthology’

Hopinions | Should breweries/pubs push St George’s Day like they do St Patrick’s Day?With beer festival season well underway what’s your thoughts on children at beer festivals?Are supermarkets letting things slip in relation to how they look after beer?When you see DIPA what’s your current expectation?

 

Many thanks to the folks from Signature Brew for sending us these beers for free, this didn’t influence our thoughts on the beer. 

Hopinions 59 “The Pub”

This week we are back at the Victoria Inn in Colchester where we are joined by landlord and landlady Andy & Sheena and their bar manager Richard. We talk all things pub and almost forget about the beer that we’re drinking.

Beers | East London Brewery ‘Cowcatcher’ (cask)

Hopinions | What do you look for in a pub?

Sparklers | Episode can be found here

 

Thanks to Andy, Sheena & Richard for letting us use their pub to record this week. We didn’t have to pay for the space and the beers were on the house but this didn’t influence our thoughts on what a great pub the Victoria Inn is or just how sessionable the Cowcatcher was. Even if it was on cask. If you’re ever in Colchester, make sure to visit the Victoria Inn and follow them on Faceboook for up to date news and events.

Hopinions 58 “Sessionable”

This week our focus is on the lower end of the ABV scale as we feature 5 beers ranging from 2.9% to 4.2%.

Beers | The Kernel ‘Table Beer’, Summer Wine ‘Pico Diego’, Gipsy Hill ‘Simcoe’, Track ‘Sonoma’ & Adnams ‘Blackshore Stout’

Hopinions | Are there enough good session beers around or is it just about the big ABV now?

 

Thanks to Liquorice in Shenfield for letting us use their tasting room to record this week.

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