The Three Guineas at Reading Station

London brewery and pubco, Fuller’s, recently completed a major renovation at Reading Station’s Three Guineas and the pub has reopened with a whole new look. No matter what you may think of brewery tied pubs, Fuller’s deserves recognition for its investment in high quality venues at major transport hubs. Reading joins earlier station projects at King’s Cross; Paddington and Euston(more…)

Protecting Our Pubs: Assets Of Community Value

Following our return to the UK in 2013, after it became clear that the brewery-centric approach used in Seattle wouldn’t work here, we refocused the blog on CAMRA beer festivals and LocAle accredited pubs. Since that time we have found that except for its focus on cask ale and a different route to market, the UK brewery scene isn’t so different from our experiences in the US. This cannot be said, however, about the pub sector… (more…)

Bristol: The Next Beer Mile?

For some time Bristol has been recognized as a great destination for craft beer in cask and keg. The city is blessed with excellent breweries and the cluster of pubs and bars around Welsh Back and King Street is a destination by itself. However, a critical mass of breweries has formed in the industrial areas of St Philips and Easton and over two bank holiday weekends earlier this year they came together to form the East Bristol Brewery Trail; a beer mile with perhaps the potential to rival London’s Bermondsey Beer Mile (read about it). (more…)