Why all beer drinkers should reject minimum pricing.

Happy Tapster Beer, Campaigns, Gossip, News, Pubs 3 Comments

So, Scotland set poised to introduce a minimum retail¬† (I am assuming it is only retail?) price of alcohol of 50p a unit (already increased from a previously proposed 45p). Now, as pubs retail alcohol at well over the minimum pricing level* this policy, should it be introduced in England, should give us responsible pub-goers no concern whatsoever, right? WRONG! Be afraid. Be very afraid! Regardless of the for-and-against arguments of minimum pricing, here are some thoughts from a publican …

What should we call Black IPA?

Happy Tapster Beer, Gossip Leave a Comment

Cruella, a 4.8% Black IPA brewed by Brewsters brewery, went on sale last night and prompted at least an hour’s worth of heated debate! I think most discerning drinkers know what style of beer Black IPA – love it or hate it – pertains to be. Basically it is a black beer so heavily hopped (in the IPA styleee) that it obscures the roast malt character from the flavour. It is the name the style has adopted, that of Black …