Following a week of intense lobbying by over 8,000 CAMRA members, MPs from all parties yesterday voted inĀ Parliament to introduce a market rent-only option for licensees tied to large pub companies. Unfortunately our Reading MPs, both Tories, chose to side with big business, but the government was defeated 284 votes to 269…

I was truly saddened by the results of last week’s US midterm elections. Not surprised though; what went down merely reinforced my belief that our decision to leave America when we did was the right one for our long term economic and social security, and a better future for our daughter…

It recently occurred to me that four years have passed since I first saw Brighton indie trio Esben and the Witch open for Foals in Seattle. Even then, with only a self-released EP and limited issue single to their name, and the ink barely dry on their Matador Records contract, they were impressive. So much […]

With the recent passing of Jack Bruce all I can say is that there must be one hell of a blues-rock band setting up in the afterlife. During my lifetime quite a few musicians have made a major mark on me only to leave us before their time is up. While many were casualties of […]

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: craft keg is not the enemy! If only CAMRA would accept this, then the fastest growing segment of Britain’s craft beer industry could reach a wider audience and the Campaign’s beer festivals would be all the better for it. Take last week’s Oxford event for example…

On the surface Oxford’s annual beer & cider festival appears to follow the now familiar CAMRA format but it has an interesting twist. To find out what that is Mr & Mrs Fueled by Beer recently attended the 2014 event at Oxford’s magnificent Town Hall…

When Mr & Mrs Fueled by Beer made their most recent trip to Hackney it was specifically to visit the taproom at London Fields Brewery. We arrived last Saturday, around 2:30 pm; unfortunately it didn’t go quite the way we wanted…