Treating beer with the respect and irreverence it deserves since 2003. Dubbed the "Beer drinkers Bill Bryson", and author of four best-selling books, Pete is the current Beer Writer of the Year and has his own blog
28-Feb-2014 - The figure for the so-called 'cost of alcohol' to the UK economy is simply a will-o’-the-wisp, says Pete Brown.
30-Jan-2014 - JDW’s new motorway site does not help in the fight to portray pubs in a positive light, argues Pete Brown.
17-Jan-2014 - Pete Brown prepares reluctantly to take on the role of the trade’s devil incarnate.
05-Dec-2013 - Last week I was talking to a friend who works as a wine critic for a national newspaper. She was excited because she was on her way to the Liberty’s Christmas Shop to buy stuff for a photo shoot for a Christmas wines feature. It’s a job she does every year, and I got the sense that, for her, this was the start of Christmas.
21-Nov-2013 - The final weekend at the Alma on Newington Green was fairly typical. As a wet November Sunday gave in to an early dusk, the main bar filled. The large family birthday party, complete with surprisingly well-behaved toddlers, was getting ready to move on, their seats enviously eyed by newly arrived late afternoon drinkers.
07-Nov-2013 - Something is troubling me about my regular days in town when, between meetings, I need to find somewhere to sit and tap out emails for an hour or so. Increasingly, I’m finding that pubs are shut before 4pm or 5pm, says Pete Brown.
25-Oct-2013 - The best way forward for the cider category is to reveal the magic of premium brands, argues Pete Brown.
15-Oct-2013 - How JW Lees got innovative and turned to a group of cool, anorak-clad dancers to help promote Manchester Pale Ale.
04-Oct-2013 - The latest Cask Report presents yet more evidence for the importance of cask ale, says Pete Brown.
06-Sep-2013 - Pete Brown takes the Good Pub Guide editors to task over their controversial claims on pub closures
23-Aug-2013 - Making the best of your pub’s outside spaces shouldn’t be limited to when the sun decides to shine, says Pete Brown.
29-Jul-2013 - Despite a couple of flaws, Pete Brown says the thinking behind a new campaign that glories in the magic of beer is spot-on.
15-Jul-2013 - Pete Brown takes a trip back to South Yorkshire to celebrate Acorn Brewery's 10-year anniversary.
01-Jul-2013 - The PMA’s feature on cider the other week reminded me of a conversation I had recently with one of the most talented bar managers I’ve ever met. She runs a craft-beer bar, and whenever someone comes in and asks for a fruit cider, she wants to say (but doesn’t, because she’s very good): “Yes, we’ve got some lovely ciders made out of APPLES. They’re a fruit, you know?”
21-Jun-2013 - Pete Brown recalls how his hosting skills were tested to the limit at a beer launch with Madness
03-Jun-2013 - Iron Maiden’s frontman Bruce Dickinson has turned his talents to beer by linking up with Robinsons to create a delicious new brew. Pete Brown hits the road to find out more.
20-May-2013 - The reaction to the latest pub-closure stats was negative and, in some cases, short-sighted, says Pete Brown. We must accentuate the positives and remind people what’s great about the pub.
06-May-2013 - We should celebrate the diversity of the beers we have and not get caught up in needless debates, Pete Brown argues.
22-Apr-2013 - Brains’ micro ‘test plant’ is allowing free rein for experimentation. Pete Brown gets stuck in.
09-Apr-2013 - Why must we put up with this relentless tide of poorly-researched scare stories about binge drinking, asks Pete Brown.
25-Mar-2013 - The misinterpretation of Mintel’s cider category research left me wanting to cry into my pint, says Pete Brown.
11-Mar-2013 - Pete Brown samples the buzz, and some of the beers, at the International Brewing Awards.
20-Feb-2013 - Claiming a new idea is revolutionary when it’s not ultimately stifles true innovation — which is something that beer badly needs, argues Pete Brown.
11-Feb-2013 - As someone who loves pubs and thinks we spend too much time drawing attention to what’s wrong with our industry and not enough championing what’s right, I always feel a bit bad about using this column to criticise pubs.
28-Jan-2013 - As overall alcohol consumption and binge drinking behaviour continue their long-term decline, the campaign against drink is getting increasingly creative in its attempt to convince us that Britain is drinking itself to death.
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