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
03-Dec-2014 - Pete Brown finds the funny side of customs at British pubs - and tries to explain them to an American.
02-Dec-2014 - Many have turned their noses up at the idea of low-alcohol beers in the past. Pete Brown takes a look at how such tipples may be back to stay this time.
24-Nov-2014 - Pete Brown finds that you can't assume you are one of the best brewing nations in the world. You have to prove it.
06-Nov-2014 - Get the core details right and you could reap the benefits of commemorating the UK's Apple Day.
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.
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.
10-Sep-2014 - Pete Brown looks at why pubs being valued as community assets gives reasons to be both concerned and optimistic.
22-Aug-2014 - Pete Brown reflects on changing attitudes at - and of - the Great British Beer Festival.
30-Jul-2014 - BrewDog is streets ahead of other bars with its edgy but welcoming style, Pete Brown pops in.
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.
03-Jul-2014 - Developers are destroying the very thing people want to buy into – Britain’s quirky charm, argues Pete Brown.
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.
11-Jun-2014 - How a newspaper article predicting the imminent decline of ‘trendy’ brews left Pete Brown hopping mad.
20-May-2014 - Come on, it’s a simple enough question. Or is it? asks Pete Brown.
07-May-2014 - The overlapping influences of our senses play a key role in our choices of drinks and music, says Pete Brown.
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.
11-Apr-2014 - Depressed and overworked licensees should seek help, argues Pete Brown.
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.
18-Mar-2014 - The number of pub closures may be on the up but innovation is rife in the industry, says Pete Brown.
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.
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.
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.
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