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MBW17 Manchester Beer Week

In the final Manchester Beer Week special, Steve is chatting to Connor & Jai, the masterminds behind the week.

Find out what they thought of the week and how their plans are shaping up for 2018.

MBW17 Summer Beer Thing

In the second Manchester Beer Week bonus episode, Steve chats to Becky from The Pilcrow Pub about the Summer Beer Thing festival.

MBW17 Galway Bay

In the first of three Manchester Beer Week specials, Steve talks to Will Avery from Galway Bay and Will France from Vertical Drinks.

We chat about the brewery, plans for the future and the introduction of Galway Bay beers to the UK market.

Hopinions 34 “Come Dine With Me”

This week we’re chatting about taking/serving beer at dinner parties.

Beers | And Union ‘Sunday P/Ale’, Fourpure ‘Indy Lager’ & Belching Beaver ‘Peanut Butter Milk Stout’

Hopinions | Would you consider taking beer to a dinner party?

#PrizelessPrize | The big box of nothing stays in Ireland and goes to first time winner Mark The Beer Trawler

Links | Part II of our Rhythm & Brews crossover | Paste Magazine article on RateBeer

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 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

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 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. 

#CraftBeerHour

Thanks to James @gammonbaron for the use of this image

On Tuesday 13 June, Martin & Steve will be bringing Hopinions to #CraftBeerHour. The theme of the evening will be ‘Supermarket Sweep’ so we’re encouraging everyone to go to your local supermarket* of choosing and grab whichever beers take your fancy and then drink along with us while getting involved.

We’ll be running live #Hopinions polls during the evening for you to get involved in and if that wasn’t enough, we’re going to be recording the whole thing and releasing it as that week’s podcast.

 

*We’re not advocating to only ever buy from supermarkets folks, make sure to support your local independent and online beer emporiums too. To help with that, we’ve discounts with a number of online suppliers that you can use to make your future #CraftBeerHour beery purchases.

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.

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