In The Drink with Paul Antrobus

Boutique breweries get crafty. . .

Boutique breweries get crafty. . .

Once upon a time, before motor transport and telephones, there were individual public houses in England’s towns and villages brewing their own beer on the premises for consumption by their own customers. Then brewing companies were established to supply all the pubs in the village – and beyond. Then there were mergers and the UK was down to six or ...

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A buoyant Vintage

A buoyant Vintage

Somerset Cider Revival DESPITE the floods, Somerset’s only cider-brandy distillery kept on going. “We are still heavily flooded and most of the roads to our farm shop are blocked. But we are still in business for ciders and cider brandy via our website, with a daily courier truck that gets through the one road that is passable and the distillery ...

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Vermouth revival

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Vermouth is back in style, helped by a resurgence of interest in cocktail drinking at home as much as in trendy bars. It’s essential to many classic cocktail recipes, from martinis to the Manhattan, while also regaining favour in its own right as a pleasant aperitif – its original raison d’être. The category is benchmarked by Italian Martini and French ...

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Going local

Going local

Be inspired to try something different from the micro brewing world The Belleville Brewing company of Wandsworth, South West London, founded January 2013, is an interesting micro brewery with a genuinely unique selling point: American style beers, billed as ‘beers from over there brewed over here’ and delivering distinctly different tastes. You might think of American beers as ubiquitous lager ...

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Special celebratory drinks gifts for sailors

Special celebratory drinks gifts for sailors

For festive tipples with a nautical twist, here’s All At Sea’s wish list The Hebridean Spirits & Liqueurs company of Helensburgh, West Scotland, has come up with a novel idea for its newest products: small and compact bottles just 10 centimeters cubed which will definitely never roll off the saloon table. Hebridean’s Ancient Mariner London Dry Gin is distilled in ...

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Tricks and treats for grown ups…

Tricks and treats for grown ups...

On Trafalgar Night and Halloween This is the month for Battle of Trafalgar annual dinners. There are traditional meal menus to follow but some thought, too, for the drinks will enhance the special occasion. Cornwall’s St Austell Brewery’s Admiral’s Ale, with its jolly Nelsonian ‘I see no ships’ pictorial label, is a good start. Flavoursome golden beer in the Tribute ...

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Rum punch reveries

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Autumn brings dreams of sailing the Caribbean and sipping brews from Barbados THE frenetic list of summer regattas is over, evenings are beginning to draw in and the PSP Southampton Boat Show is here again. It is only natural, then, that the shiny new yachts on show and enticing charter deals on offer turn our thoughts to Caribbean sailing – ...

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Small beers go large

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The latest low-strength ‘small’ beers are tapping into a health- and driving-conscious market of men and women and becoming a regular choice, thanks to their lower alcohol strength. With major and boutique breweries piling in to join the party and supermarkets offering a large choice of lagers and beers at 2.8 per cent or less on dedicated shelves, sales are ...

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Any time is cider time

Boutique breweries get crafty. . .

It’s even a real alternative for a gourmet dinner or a sunny on board buffet – especially now the sun has finally arrived Given its farm-based heritage, it’s easy to believe cider was born to go with food, worthy of far more than just the ploughman’s lunch. Earlier this year, a cider-versus-wine-for-dinner challenge was held at the Thatchers Arms near ...

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Bénédictine and Calvados

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Two good reasons for Normandy landings The Normandy Baie de la Seine is a popular cruising ground for UK sailors. At its eastern end is Fécamp, an achievable start point after a passage from the Solent for a summer cruise – thence on to Honfleur, Deauville and beyond. Fécamp has a visitor-friendly marina, a fishing museum and a beach but, ...

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