In this, the second in my series of posts exploring real ale pubs beyond Reading’s central core (red markers), we venture to the area immediately west of the concrete moat known as Reading’s IDR (A329). This is where we find three pubs each with individual character including Reading CAMRA’s Pub of the Year 2013, 2014 and maybe […]

Reading is currently enjoying a cask ale renaissance. This is evident in the central core where CAMRA stalwarts the Alehouse and the Allied Arms have been joined by the Greyfriar and the Three Guineas (blue markers). Then we have the longstanding trio of Wetherspoon pubs (yellow markers). However the hottest area (red markers) is just […]

If Chawton’s most celebrated spinster and feminist before her time was alive today I would love to believe she would have the sense and sensibility to participate in a Fueled by Beer circular pub walk. That’s because Jane Austen’s Hampshire home, with its neighboring villages of Upper and Lower Farringdon, presents an excellent opportunity with […]

Recently our local branch of CAMRA received an invitation to tour Fueled by Beer’s favorite local brewery, Wild Weather Ales. This was our first chance to visit since the newly installed mezzanine level made space available for a taproom on the brewery floor. We had to tag along…

This upcoming festival was a topic of conversation at both of the recent events in Cambridge and Ely so I thought a heads up in the blog would be in order. The festival is set to run 18-21 February…

Hot on the heels of Cambridge CAMRA’s recent winter ale festival the Ely & District branch held their winter beer festival this past weekend. Since Ely was one of our favorite festivals of 2014, this year’s event was eagerly awaited and definitely warranted another Fueled by Beer trip. So, with a fresh dusting of snow on the […]

Judging by all the hysteria in the blogosphere and social media you’d think the sky was falling. I was just as surprised to hear about AB-InBev’s recently announced acquisition of our beloved Elysian Brewing but come on, shouldn’t we just wait and see…