I went along to the Montcalm Hotel for the Harpers Champagne Summit a few months back to taste the fabulous fizz on offer. The biggest highlight was most definitely getting a near private session with Stanislas Roccofort, Moet’s International Brand Manager as he took me through a vertical tasting of vintage Moet’s in magnum including my birth year 1975. An afternoon of tasting I will not soon forget.
I went along to the Shakespeare Pub in Carnaby St to try the new single hopped beers from Marston’s and do some “hop rubbing”. No it’s not code for some deviant social practices. It’s exactly what it implies. The rubbing of hops in the hands to release the aromas. The hop is a varied and fascinating plant. I learned a great deal and was amazed by some the smells that these magic herbs released.
The beers were equally interesting. The make single varietal wines. Beer should be treated no differently. Joining me were some of my favorite Beer folk Adrian Tierney-Jones and Marverine Cole aka Beer Beauty.
I was invited to attend this very special beer book launch & dinner at The Draft House last month. Very fun evening with some tasty grub and got to meet beer writer extraordinaire Garrett Oliver and Masterchef winner 2010 Tim Anderson. Result!
The Thatchers Arms in Mount Bures in Essex held a Beer Vs Wine Charity dinner where Beer went head to head with Wine to see which matched best with the 5 course menu. Representing Beer was famed journalist Adrian Tierney-Jones whose charity was Help for Heros and Wine’s Ambassador was the prolific Tim Atkin MW whose charity was Amnesty International. It was a superb evening of food drink and much fun.
This years awards banquet was held at the London Riverside Park Plaza Hotel where Ben McFarland was honoured by the guild as this year’s top beer writer. The evening was hosted by Tim Hampson & last year’s winner Simon Jenkins. It was a wonderful evening with good food great beer and even better company.