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Hello and welcome to the Around The World Blog.

Our blog is hosted by Neil Kiddie, who back in February won our competition to become the official #Biertaster. All it took was a thirst for beer, a large accumulation of bottle caps and a little luck. Neil has a real passion for beer having worked in the industry for some time and brewed his own for over 2 years now.  Having been fortunate to try a range of weird and wonderful brews, he will be sharing his experiences of all things beer related ranging from new discoveries, brewery tours, festivals and any interesting news coming from within the industry. Comments are welcome and we look forward to hearing your experiences. Keep an eye out for our competitions with prizes ranging from brewery tours to bar tabs to be won. All reviews are Neil’s own. We hope you enjoy reading.

Brewdog – Bourbon Baby

29th July 2016

Scotch Ale • 5.8 % ABV • Abverdeenshire, Scotland   Yet another week down and a moment to kick my feet up and get another #biertaster session underway. With the release of Dead Pony Club in a new live beer offering and further news still to come, my next beer comes from a craft brewery company who aren’t […]

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Chimay Brewery – Gold (Dorée)

28th July 2016

Belgian Ale • 4.8 % ABV • Baileux, Belgium Opting for something a little traditional this evening, I’ve decided take a gander at Chimay Brewery who were founded nearly 152 years ago back in September 1862. Based in Scourmont Abbey in Belgium, they are one of eleven breweries in the world that produce Trappist beer which is […]

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Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival 2016

26th July 2016

Over 140 Different beers from all over Wales as well as a small selection from London. Over 60 different ciders from Wales and a small section from the South East. An incredible selection of artisan food stalls and the Champion Beer of Wales Competition (CBOW) all in a friendly inviting environment. Full listing here. The 22nd, 23rd […]

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Kona Brewing Company – Big Wave

Golden Ale • 4.4 % ABV • Kailua Kona, Hawaii USA   Kona Brewing company are a brewery based in Hawaii and kicked things off back in 1994. A father and son unit by the names of Cameron Healy and Spoon Khalsa had a dream to produce “Fresh, local island brews built with spirit, passion and quality”. With […]

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Against the Grain – 35K

20th July 2016

Milk Stout • 7.0% ABV • Louisville, Kentucky USA Following on from my fruity option, I’m moving onto something which I know Brewdog themselves are very excited about. With a tap takover coming up in Cardiff at the end of the week and a can of my next breweries beer contained within my recent beerbox delivery, I have a […]

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Liefmans – Fruitesse on the Rocks

Fruit Beer • 3.8% ABV • Oudenaarde, Belgium The sun is baking at a high 28° and everyone looks to be doing every thing they can to keep themselves cool whilst enjoying the awesome weather. Me on the other hand, I’m sat stuck on the sofa nursing sore back after a pretty bad fall at a recent […]

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Brewing at the Brains Craft Brewery

15th July 2016

As a huge fan of the beer scene from both a drinking and a homebrewing perspective, Its always been brilliant to tell people that I work in a local and well respected brewery. My roles revolves mainly around fixing computers and supporting other technical issues as opposed to working in the brewing side of things itself. […]

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Cardiff Brewfest 2016

14th July 2016

BrewFest is Cardiff’s only independent Beer, Cider, Food and Music Festival. Organised by Brad (Tiny Rebel) & Nick (Otley), started in 2015 and now its showcasing again this year! The Depot, Cardiff Friday 26th- Sunday 28th August 12pm-11pm. Breweries Announced so far: Cloudwater Brew Co, Weird Beard Brew Co,Tiny Rebel Brewing Co, Otley Brewing Company Limited, […]

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To Øl – Baltic Frontier

10th July 2016

IPA• 6.5% ABV • Copenhagen, Denmark Another entry from To Øl’s Tobias Emil Jensen and Tore Gynther who were lucky to be given the opportunity to brew from the kitchens facilities of Det Fri Gymnasium where they were studying. After discussing with their then teacher Mikkel Borg Bjergsø of Mikkeller Beer fame about the state of beer from Danish brewers. […]

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To Øl – My Pils

Lager • 4.0% ABV • Copenhagen, Denmark Delving into my recent Beer52 delivery and enjoying the recent Mikkeller options, I pulled out a couple of bottles from To Øl who also come from Denmark. They operate as a “Gypsy Brewery”. This means that they don’t physically have their own brewery but produce their wears at breweries that have a […]

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