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
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.
15-Jan-2013 - I had a brilliant Christmas and New Year, thanks for asking. As you might expect, a great deal of it was spent in the pub. This year I had the choice of more different beers in more decent pubs than I’ve ever had before.
12-Dec-2012 - When I worked in advertising, my life was full of smug aphorisms and parables. Creative directors especially loved to throw out comments that seemed unarguable, and then sit back like some coke-fuelled Buddha and watch you squirm.
28-Nov-2012 - The industry may be facing some ‘stinking issues’, but you need look no further than the George in Southwark to fully appreciate the tenacity and dauntlessness of the Great British pub, writes Pete Brown.
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