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October 18, 2016

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I didn't realise that a get together with some old mates would result in the split it did. What had I done? What had happened? Surely it wasn't my fault?

It was a Saturday morning in 2011 and I was preparing for a beer tasting at my place. Keen friends had been briefed...

October 4, 2016

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Back in my home city of Liverpool, I proudly strode across the impressive plaza in front of St. George's Hall on my way to a beer festival hosted by Liverpool Organic Brewery. It was a very temperate Friday night and, on making my way into the main hall, it is hard to...

September 21, 2016

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At 9.30pm, I was sitting down at a lovely warm pub sinking a pint with lemon and earl grey ale, whilst listening to live jazz emanating from the back room. It had all happened by accident and now it seemed like a dream. After I had clumsily booked the wrong dates for a...

August 31, 2016

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People who write blogs on the internet or make podcasts generally don't get invited to parties. But sometimes mistakes are made and invitations are posted and I end up at a party. If I'm headed to a party hosted by a beer enthusiast, then the choice of what to bring is...

August 23, 2016

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When I arrived in Melbourne for the first time in 2009, I struggled so hard to get my hands on a decent beer, I almost turned on my heels and went back home. I think my Australian mates were a little defensive that I preferred the 'warm, weak pommy piss' (their words n...

August 17, 2016

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The beers that dominate the landscape of most countries tends to be pale, bland lagers. Normally, there are at least five or six brands that occupy the same space and compete against each other, not on taste, but image. This technique has created the some of the world'...

August 10, 2016

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One of the best moments I had when turning from adolescence into adulthood was the first trip to the pub when I was officially 18 years old. There was a sense of belonging, a sense of going legit. I felt like wearing my driving licence on my lapel to show everyone that...

August 3, 2016

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I've been lucky to drink with many brilliant people over the years and I have always been interested in the way people approach drinking. I'm sure we've all experienced those who drink to get drunk, the slow and steady drinker, the enthusiastic quaffer, the minesweeper...

July 27, 2016

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Whenever I'm thinking of the role of the pub in a historical context, my mind goes to a relatively isolated pub on the Liverpool dockside. Due to the decline of the docks in the post war period, The Baltic Fleet pub that stands proudly on Wapping, always looked lonely....

July 24, 2016

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Of course, there are many, many things that I love about beer. The taste, the variety, the colour, the aroma, the history...I could go on (and given this is a blog, I probably should). But let's get to the point. 

The best thing about beer is it goes off. It stagnates....

July 17, 2016

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When living in the UK, it inevitably means catching bits of the many, inexplicably popular, soap operas such as Coronation Street, Emmerdale or Eastenders. One common theme with all British soap operas is the pivotal role of the pub. The Rovers Return, The Woolpack or...

July 10, 2016

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I'm a big fan of podcasts. Whether it be to super professional content smashed out by the BBC or the late night ramblings of comedians in a Fitzroy flat, I love to listen in to what makes people tick. To be able to legitimately eavesdrop on so many subcultures from aro...

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About me:

I'm Ian McNally. Creator and presenter of 'The Chosen Brew' podcast. A Liverpudlian based in Melbourne, Australia. I'm a passionate advocate for thoughtfully produced beer. Contact me via this website or on Twitter @thechosenbrew

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