Adventures In Pubs: Craft Beer, Wine & Pubs

I started Adventures In Pubs a few years ago to help me remind myself which craft beers, real ales, wines, spirits, pubs and bars really stood out to me. It was all too easy to go on a night out to really enjoy what I was drinking and where I was and then totally forget what it was called or where it was the next day. This blog helped me not only to remember, but also to define and develop my tastes where previously my knowledge or awareness of what I was drinking was lower. Since then it has evolved and is a place where I can highlight and hopefully help promote all of my favourite vineyards, breweries and artisans. As a result, there are no negative reviews, no guest bloggers and no sponsored posts. I hope you enjoy it.

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Craft Beer & Real Ale

The huge craft beer explosion worldwide has produced some truly excellent microbreweries and has fundamentally changed the way that I both drink and view beer. These are just a few of those that I have found so far.


Red Squirrel Brewery – Redtail Citra

The Red Squirrel Brewery’s Redtail Citra golden ale is the jewel in their crown. I love Citra based beers and this is a shining example of why.

It is fruity, full flavoured, easy to drink, not too […]

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Einstök – Icelandic Pale Ale

A wonderful American-style (or should I say Scandinavian-style) pale ale that I came across recently at Taste London 2012. Einstök Icelandic Pale Ale is crisp, refreshing and light, yet also hoppy and full of flavour. The […]

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Devilfish Brewery – Apachi – American Pale Ale

Apachi is a fantastic American Pale Ale that I found on draft in The Antelope from the Devilfish Brewery. It is full bodied, hoppy, tasty and akin to Adnam’s American Style IPA. This flavour and style […]

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Dark Star: Ardennes Pale

As with my last post I was recently introduced to the gorgeous Ardennes Pale, one of the Monthly Specials from the Dark Star brewery based in West Sussex at the Craft Beer Co in Clerkenwell.  After one […]

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Tiny Rebel – F.U.B.A.R. – A Pale Ale

Great name, great artwork, great beer! I was immediately drawn to Tiny Rebel F.U.B.A.R. at the Craft Beer Co and 3 beers in decided to try it. I had already had a Kernel Pale Ale and a […]

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The Kernel: India Pale Ale – Chinook

Fantastic beer brewed in South East London! I have seen these bottles in more and more places recently and because of the interesting looking ‘brown paper bag’ style design, really wanted to try one. My […]

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Thornbridge: Kipling – South Pacific Pale Ale

Kipling – South Pacific Pale Ale by the Thornbridge brewery is a lovely, lovely beer. My wife chose it for me in Waitrose based on the name, style and brewery and has hit on an absolute […]

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Saranac White IPA

Initially I wasn’t sure about trying Saranac White IPA when I was recommended it at the Great British Beer Festival 2012. It didn’t really sound like something I would enjoy. But I’m glad that I didn’t […]

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Wine

For a long time I was overwhelmed by wine, the sheer breadth of options and a perceived snobbery. In recent years by trial and error as well as recommendation I have found some simply amazing wines from stunning wineries and vineyards across the globe as well as my own ways of describing them.


Mudbrick Reserve Chardonnay 2013 (Waiheke Island)

This is the best Chardonnay I’ve ever had. Mudbrick Vineyard’s Reserve Chardonnay 2013 is simply perfect. The location is unbeatable on the gorgeous Waiheke Island and this wine is even better.

I traveled to New Zealand for […]

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‘2 Up’ 2012 Shiraz

Beautifully smooth, fruity and tasty, this 2 up Shiraz from my favourite wine region, Australia’s McLaren Vale is now one of my stock wines after trying a coupe of bottles from Majestic Wine.

From first taste it is […]

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Marques de Montino Rioja Reserva

A really yummy red wine off the shelf from Sainsbury’s. Normally Marques de Montino Rioja Reserva is £12 which is ok for its quality but it is currently £6 which makes it an amazing find! It […]

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Chapel Down – Bacchus 2011

2011 was a strong year for now World-leading British wines and the Bacchus from “England’s leading wine maker”, Chapel Down is no exception! I bought 6 bottles at the recent Taste London event for Christmas […]

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Sacred Hill – Orange Label – Sauvignon Blanc

A lovely white wine from the Marlborough region of New Zealand that a friend introduced me to after seeing it on offer in Sainsbury’s. Sacred Hill’s ‘Orange Label’ sauvignon blanc is crisp and full of flavour but not […]

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Le Merle aux Alouettes – Domaine Alain Chabanon

Easily one of the best red wines I have ever had. Le Merle aux Alouettes by French wine producer Domaine Alain Chabanon is simply gorgeous and I do not say this lightly. I was introduced to it […]

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Oscano – Carini – Colli del Trasimeno

Oscano was our house wine (and chosen by us based on the look of the bottle alone) on a recent trip to Umbria and for me symbolises everything that I loved about the trip. I did not […]

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d’Arenberg – The Stump Jump – Shiraz

The Stump Jump – Shiraz is a fantastic wine from one of my favourite wine producers, d’Arenberg, based in the McLaren Vale, South Australia. It is very drinkable with or without food. I found it smooth, full […]

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Pubs

I have been to many bad pubs in my life and when you find a great one you have to cherish it. Drink and spend time there and it will buck the trend and survive the large scale recent pub closures. I no longer tolerate bad pubs. Poor beer selection, awful atmospheres or terrible staff. These are some amazing pubs and you should visit them.


Brothers Beer (Auckland, New Zealand)

Brothers Beer is an amazing craft beer lounge and brewery in the centre of Auckland, New Zealand hosting 18 taps and 200+ bottles from all over the world!

On a recent trip to Auckland for a friend’s […]

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The Royal Standard of England

The Royal Standard of England is the oldest freehouse in England, and a brilliant one too. Wonderful choices of local ales and fantastic food. It also looks the part with its exposed wood and hanging […]

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Euston Tap

One of the most unique pubs in London, the Euston Tap stocks 8 rotating cask ales, 20 keg beers, 150 bottled beers and all in an incredible building (one of the gatehouses) outside Euston Station.

The Euston Tap […]

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Graveney & Meadow

Very welcoming bar in Tooting Broadway, South London, the Graveney & Meadow is a lovely bar, restaurant and coffee shop all in one. Perfect for the area which is awash with students, families, young professionals […]

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The Clarence

My first date with my wife was at The Clarence in Balham, where she bought the first round and I knew it was going to be a good date! It quickly became our local as […]

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The Craft Beer Company – Clerkenwell

A fantastic find in the heart of Clerkenwell, London, The Craft Beer Company has 16 cask ales available at all times, sourced from the UK’s finest independent micro breweries plus numerous fridges stocked full of […]

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The Great British Beer Festival 2012

“The World’s Biggest Pub” returns for the annual Great British Beer Festival, this time held at Kensington Olympia (as it has in the past) instead of Earls Court because of the Olympics, which has a […]

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Open Baladin

On my recent holiday in Rome I had to find Open Baladin, a little gem of a bar hidden in the centre of the city boasting “40 draught beers made by the best craft breweries in […]

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Spirits

I’m not a spirits drinker, but I would like to be. I have found precious few that are really standout enough and that I have truly enjoyed. These are the lucky ones.


Highland Park 12 Year Old

A lovely whisky and my first foray into single malts. I have always wanted to get into whisky drinking but was put off by my own lack of knowledge and the high cost of buying […]

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Scapa – The Orcadian – 16 Year Old

For me, this is something a bit special. I do not pretend to be a whisky connoisseur, having little knowledge of what I like or what is available. But it is something that slowly, tasting session […]

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