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Alastair Gilmour writes about beer and breweries and pubs and people from a variety of perspectives. Media outlets include The Journal, Newcastle upon Tyne; Brewers’ Guardian, and Cheers North East.

A BEER FOR… JAMES BOND?

Just about 65 years ago, Ian Lancaster Fleming was sweating over a typewriter in Jamaica, desperately trying to get his new hero’s drinking habits into shape.

Today we are very familiar with his main character, Bond, James Bond – Agent 007 of the British Secret Service – lapping up Oddjob, SMERSH, Miss Moneypenny, M, Pussy Galore... [READ MORE]

A BEER WITH… IAN RANKIN

Inspector John Rebus is a cryptic character. He’s complex and hung-up yet straightforward and unpretentious. He’s dour but witty and phlegmatic though intense. The clue’s in the name – Rebus is Latin for “picture puzzle” – and his creator Ian Rankin enjoys the closeness of his creation in the same way as he keeps him at arms’ length.[READ MORE]

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A BEER WITH… RAYMOND BLANC

Every sense gets a look-in on the long, straight path leading to Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons.  

The brush of lavender on leg, the glow of honey-coloured manor house, the aroma of woodsmoke merging with roast lamb, the dribble of saliva and the purr of Jaguar.

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A DAY IN BRUGES

Tourists on bikes, students on bikes, kids on bikes, businessmen on bikes – bikers with nary a Lycra-clad thigh, aerodynamic helmet, wraparound shades or any sign of all-terrain, multi-geared flashiness flit everywhere in Bruges, Belgium. 

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A WHIRLWIND SWISS TRIP

The water in the whirlpool bath is hot; there’s a metre of snow outside; you’re completely naked, but you’re perfectly relaxed and utterly content, so what is the Swiss spa masseuse about to do with her huge pitcher of organic beer?

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AUGUST 2019

IT'S ABOUT EVERY AGE GROUP

More than ever we need pub owners with the vision and determination to do something that will persuade people to venture out on a wet Tuesday when Holby City might seem the better option. We have plenty of them around the North East and the better ones are doing very well, thank you very much.

Entrepreneurial publican Dave Carr is one such chap.

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THE PUB POET

Your pint takes a moment to settle, you make yourself comfortable and you savour its malt and hop elegance. You nod acknowledgement towards the pub’s friendly faces whilst congratulating yourself on a fine choice of ale. So, what happens next?

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A TOUR OF BRUSSELS

If Belgium wasn’t already famous for beer and chocolate it would be almost famous in a variety of other fields. Perhaps its geographic position rubbing shoulders with big brothers Germany and France has given it an inferiority complex, but its citizens seem to delight in detailing their “nearly” exploits as much as crowing about what we envy...

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ABOUT

Meet and Drink writer Alastair Gilmour regularly conducts beer events throughout the UK and internationally – tours and tastings that have included a platform suspended 30 metres above the River Tyne and a real ale festival in a Moscow nightclub – and was for several years on the judging panel of the Pilsner Urquell International Master Bartender programme. [READ MORE]