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Pete Brown

Treating beer with the respect and irreverence it deserves since 2003. Dubbed the "Beer drinkers Bill Bryson", and author of several best-selling books, Pete is a multi award-winning beer writer and has his own blog

Big boys hit craft beer trail

22-Oct-2014 - Writer Pete Brown has just finished a trade show tour in which he had the enviable job of telling people exactly what he thinks about beer.

Pete Brown: Hop to it - get planting

09-Oct-2014 - UK hops may have looked in terminal decline a couple of decades back but, as Pete Brown finds, the future's looking rosy for Homulus lupulus.

A new sense of hope and purpose around pubs

10-Sep-2014 - Pete Brown looks at why pubs being valued as community assets gives reasons to be both concerned and optimistic.

Forget the debates, let's just drink to good beer

22-Aug-2014 - Pete Brown reflects on changing attitudes at - and of - the Great British Beer Festival.

Learn to be a bit more (Brew)dog

30-Jul-2014 - BrewDog is streets ahead of other bars with its edgy but welcoming style, Pete Brown pops in.

The beer world is like a big family

16-Jul-2014 - Thornbridge’s Peak District beer festival highlights community values at their best. Pete Brown enjoys a spot of camping and discovers more.

The drive for profit is killing pubs

03-Jul-2014 - Developers are destroying the very thing people want to buy into – Britain’s quirky charm, argues Pete Brown.

Not the time to be unclear about cask beer

24-Jun-2014 - Cask ales have come a long way but, to ensure it doesn’t revert back to its fusty past, education of staff and customers is key, argues Pete Brown.

Dismiss craft beer at your peril

11-Jun-2014 - How a newspaper article predicting the imminent decline of ‘trendy’ brews left Pete Brown hopping mad.

My round... what you having?

20-May-2014 - Come on, it’s a simple enough question. Or is it? asks Pete Brown.

Beer and music simply belong together

07-May-2014 - The overlapping influences of our senses play a key role in our choices of drinks and music, says Pete Brown.

Don’t be scared of niche beer

25-Apr-2014 - Some brewers and retailers still think drinkers need to be eased in gently when trying craft brews. Not so, argues Pete Brown.

Speak up if you're suffering

11-Apr-2014 - Depressed and overworked licensees should seek help, argues Pete Brown.

Ham is where the heart is for dynamic duo

28-Mar-2014 - Pete Brown reports on why Anthony and Clare Kitching’s splendidly simple cheese and charcuterie outlet - Friends of Ham - is a winner.

The trade is alive and kicking

18-Mar-2014 - The number of pub closures may be on the up but innovation is rife in the industry, says Pete Brown.

Happy 10th birthday £21bn alcohol cost estimate!

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.

The US sure has a thirst for cider

13-Feb-2014 - Ever the professional, Pete Brown misses out on ‘cider karaoke’ in Chicago to share his thoughts on the US craft cider scene.

Wetherspoon's motorway pub is a PR own goal for the industry

30-Jan-2014 - JDW’s new motorway site does not help in the fight to portray pubs in a positive light, argues Pete Brown.

Why my Dry January means I'm Publican Enemy No.1

17-Jan-2014 - Pete Brown prepares reluctantly to take on the role of the trade’s devil incarnate.

’Tis the season of good beer

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.

The Alma eviction: A community’s heart is broken

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.

How pubs can seize the day

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.

The craft at the core of cider

25-Oct-2013 - The best way forward for the cider category is to reveal the magic of premium brands, argues Pete Brown.

Mancs for the memories

15-Oct-2013 - How JW Lees got innovative and turned to a group of cool, anorak-clad dancers to help promote Manchester Pale Ale.

Why cask ale is the foundation of a great pub offer

04-Oct-2013 - The latest Cask Report presents yet more evidence for the importance of cask ale, says Pete Brown.

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