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Hopinions 33 “Spoons”

This week we’re on location recording from The Battesford Court Wetherspoons in Witham.

Beers | Adnams ‘Mosaic Pale Ale’, Uprising ‘Treason’, Oakham ‘Green Devil’ & Six Point ‘Resin’

Hopinions | Wetherspoons?

#PrizelessPrize | This week the big box of nothing heads back into the hands of Son0vagun

Part II | Of our Rhythm & Brews crossover is now available here

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Hopinions 32 “#CraftBeerHour”

This week, we hosted #CraftBeerHour running live polls and drinking beers from the supermarket. Here’s the result…

Beers | Flying Dog ‘Numero Uno’, Harbour ‘Little Rock IPA’, Hitachino Nest ‘White’ Ale, Northern Monk ‘New World IPA’ & Redwell ‘Kofra Stout’

Hopinions | Supermarket buying choices – check the polls out here

#PrizelessPrize | The big box of nothing goes to first time winner Joe Hill

Links | Craig Garvie on RateBeer | Discounts on your beer from some great independent stockists |

Listener Survey | We’d really appreciate 10 minutes of your time to complete our listener survey. This will help us continue to tailor the podcast so that it’s exactly what you want to hear

 

Craft Beer Hour is the brainchild of Tom and runs on Twitter every Tuesday between 9pm & 10pm, to get involved use #CraftBeerHour. You can sign up for samples and check the full schedule of hosts on the website here. We’re grateful to Tom for letting us bring Hopinions ‘live’ to Craft Beer Hour this week.

Hopinions 31 “Mining”

This week we’re drinking beers from Siren Craft Brew, chatting about clandestine purchases for the purpose of data mining and having fun with the monthly CAMRA letters page.

Beers | Siren ‘Yulu’, ‘White Tips’, ‘American Oak Brown’, ‘Broken Dream’ and ‘Acid Jam’

Hopinions | This week we’ve heard that ABinBev purchased a % of Ratebeer last year. What do you think?

Prizeless Prize | This cracker of a shot from Gregor J takes home the great big box of nothing this week

Links | Beer Nouveau’s Crowd Funding Campaign | Good Beer Hunting article on ABinBev’s investment into RateBeer | Mark Johnson’s post on the discussion we were denied | #CraftBeerHour Supermarket Sweep details | Dogfish Head RateBeer statement

Listener Survey | We’d really appreciate 10 minutes of your time to complete our listener survey. This will help us continue to tailor the podcast so that it’s exactly what you want to hear

 

We were given these beers for free from the folks at Siren Craft Brew but this hasn’t impacted on our thoughts of them. 

Hopinions on Films | Back to the Future

Here we go then folks… strap yourselves in, crack open your Hippo Beers Behemoth Box and floor the accelerator until you hit 88.8mph.

In our first Hopinions on Films special we ‘pair’ the following beers with Back to the Future, a timeless classic about the time travelling adventures of Marty Mcfly. We chose to drink the beers along with certain scenes to see if that made any difference to the beer or the film, we’ve included our selection and reasoning below, but feel free to enjoy in any way.

Marble ‘Ember City’ | intro scene & Marty goes to school / a beer from the Marble Metal series seemed to make sense here. You know why.

Drakes ‘IPA’ | after school / here we get to see more of Hill Valley which is quintessentially American. Made sense to drink with an American IPA.

Yeastie Boys ‘Pot Kettle Black’ | Twin Pines Mall / this is a night time scene, which felt right for a dark porter

Basqueland Brewing Project ‘Arraun’ | 1955 / there’s a lot going on in the time when Marty first makes it back to 1955, so we thought a beer that describes itself a complex red ale would make perfect sense

Omnipollo ‘Mazarin’ | Marty meets Lorraine / some of the best time travel paradoxing goes on during this scene, so we thought an easy drinking beer would work perfectly

Cromarty ‘Kool Runnings’ | the skateboard chase / the name of this beer lends itself perfectly to one of the most memorable scenes from the film

Jolly Pumpkin ‘ Calabaza Blanca’ | going to the ball / arguably one of the most uncomfortable sequences in the film, matched perfectly with a wild saison with orange zest & coriander

Weird Beard ‘Sadako’ | the end of the ball and back to 1985 / the film has a big memorable finish, and what better way to see it out than with a big impy stout?

 

We were sent this box for free by Hippo Beers but this hasn’t influenced our thoughts on any of the beers or on just how great Back to the Future is.

Hopinions 30 “Music” (Part I)

In our latest crossover episode, we sit down with Luke & Andrew from the Rhythm & Brews podcast to discuss whether music makes beer taste better.

Beer | Brewdog ‘Live East Coast Crush’, ‘Jackhammer’ and ‘Nitro Jet Black Heart’

Hopinions | Is your drinking experience heightened by the right music?

Prizeless Prize | The big box of nothing comes back to the UK with this stunner from Gammon Baron

Part II | Check out Rhythm & Brews podcast due to be released on 20 June. In the meantime, why not check out their back catalogue here.

Listener Survey | We’d really appreciate 10 minutes of your time to complete our listener survey. This will help us continue to tailor the podcast so that it’s exactly what you want to here.

 

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.

Hopinions 29 “London Calling”

This week we’re drinking beers from St Austell in Cornwall and chatting about if London is still considered as the epicentre of the UK beer scene.

Beer | St Austell ‘Baobab’, ‘Korev’ and ‘Eureka’

FABQ | Check out Tasting Nitch’s original video here

Hopinions | Is London still at the forefront of the UK beer scene?

Prizeless Prize | Two in a row! Son0vagun keeps the big box of nothing in Ireland

Links | More details on Beer Nouveau’s barrel funding project |Pete McKerry’s “Let them drink (crappy) stout” | Mark Johnson “Living with beer & mental health (part 3)”

Listener Survey | We’d really appreciate 10 minutes of your time to complete our listener survey. This will help us continue to tailor the podcast so that it’s exactly what you want to hear.

Hopinions on Films | Get your behemoth box from Hippo Beers here

 

We were given these beers for free from the folks at St Austell but this hasn’t impacted on our thoughts of them. Many thanks also to Ginger Wildheart for giving us permission to use part of “If You Want To Live In London Town” in this week’s show.

Hopinions 28 “Berkshire”

This week we’re joined once again by Ruth Mitchell to guide us through the beery delights that Berkshire has to offer. We also place our bets on who we think will be the next UK buy out as well as covering two polls. It’s a long one folks…

Beers | Renegade ‘Craft Lager’, Elusive Brewing ‘Plan B’ & ‘Level Up (Level 6)’, Wild Weather/Weird Beard ‘Kwantum State’ and Binghams ‘Vanilla Stout’

Hopinions | When you say “dank” what are you referring to? & Do you overlook your local breweries?

Prizeless Prize | For the first time in a while, the big box of nothing leaves UK shores and heads to Son0vagun in Ireland

Links | Beer Nouveau’s crowd funding plans | NE Sippin Forecast podcast | Carlsberg plans to buy a UK craft brewery | Our Facebook page

 

Apologies for the slight issues with the sound/background noise in this episode. We were unaware of the audible hum in the room until the edit.

We are grateful that some of the breweries gave us these beers for free to feature on the show and this did not impact on our thoughts on them.

Hopinions 27 “Keep It Clean”

We’re back from a few weeks off with a mammoth show  where we chat about what we got up to during our break and have a look at the latest news.

Beers | Fyne Ales ‘Nice’, ‘Naughty’, ‘Ragnarok’ and ‘Mills & Hills’

Hopinions | Following Sam Smiths ban this week, what do you think to swearing in pubs?

Prizeless Prize | Back with a first time winner with this picture from The Beer Beard Guy

Blogs | Read about Martin’s trip to Beerz in Cherbourg here

 

We were given these beers for free from the folks at Fyne Ales but this hasn’t impacted on our thoughts of them. Check out information and ticket details for Fyne Fest here.

Hopinions 26 “Geekery”

It’s our season finale… Martin recaps a recent trip to Coventry and Steve gets a bit angry about Brewdog. Again.

We also get our geek on and spend a LOT of time talking about Marvel & DC’s cinematic/television universes

Beer | Deya ‘Steady Rolling Man’, Burning Soul ‘Oct IPA’ & Adnams ‘Both Barrels’

Hopinions | Geekery – Is yours just limited to beer?

Prizeless Prize | A first time winner for the last big box of nothing of the season, congrats to The Ale Lady

Blogs | Good Beer Hunting looking at the Yeastie Boys contract brewing issuesMidlands Beer Blog original post about The Wolf in Birmingham & Martin’s thoughts on his trip to Coventry

Hopinions 25 “Ratings”

This week we’re chatting about using ratings to guide our choices while also dipping into the Hop City 2017 line up and asking if Brewdog’s equity scheme is really equitable.

Beer | The White Hag/Kinnegar ‘Irish Coffee Nitro Stout’, Vliegende Paard Brouwers ‘Prearis Quadrupel’ and ‘Prearis Quadrocinno’

Hopinions | Has an Untappd rating/score ever impacted on your decision to buy a beer?

Prizeless Prize | Normal service has been resumed this week as Northern Beer Geek takes the honours

Blogs | More about Brewdog’s recent investment announcement from Glynn Davis at Beer Insider

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