Beer Festival stays put

Planning for the 2017 Lincoln Beer Festival started last October. And I’m pleased to report that we have lots of local CAMRA members keen to get involved in organising this major event.

One of the first issues we discussed was where to hold the festival. At popular times, customers usually have to queue to get in to the Drill Hall. To ensure the comfort and safety of everyone there, we are not allowed to have more than 500 customers in the venue at any one time. So, once we hit that limit, it’s “one out, one in”. Continue reading “Beer Festival stays put”

Pubs and wellbeing

No doubt there are plenty of Echo readers who are taking part in Dry January. I hope they raise lots of money for their chosen charities and feel better for doing it. However, you may not be surprised to learn that I’m not joining in.

While most studies warn of the health risks of alcohol consumption, new research published in the journalΒ “Adaptive Human Behaviour and Physiology” shows that moderate alcohol consumption with friends at a local pub may be linked to improved wellbeing. Researchers at the University of Oxford have looked at whether having a drink may play a role in improving social cohesion, given its long association with human social activities. Continue reading “Pubs and wellbeing”


Hops – they are one of the key ingredients of beer. And I can’t believe that I haven’t written about them before.

Beer is one of the oldest prepared drinks, dating back thousands of years to when humans first started cultivating cereals. Over the centuries, the biscuity-sweet drink produced by fermenting the dissolved sugars derived from grains has had numerous flavourings added. A wide variety of herbs, flowers and fruits have been used, including dandelion, marigold, heather and dates. Continue reading “HOPS”

A Fishy Business

When it comes to beer, the received wisdom in this country is that crystal clear is good but cloudy is bad. I’ve seen plenty of drinkers hold their pint up to the light and take it back to the bar if it’s a bit hazy.
There are plenty of excellent beers in Belgium and Germany that are intended to be cloudy. So when did our obsession with clarity begin, and what has a fish product to do with it? Continue reading “A Fishy Business”

Bar Billiards

The Joiners Arms nestles among the hillside terraced houses on Victoria Street, off West Parade. From the outside, it is fairly unremarkable. But inside, there is a feature that is unique among Lincoln pubs.

Tucked into one corner is what looks like a small pool table. On closer inspection, you see that there are no side or corner pockets. Instead, there are nine holes in the playing surface itself. No, it’s not an ancient version of the seaside arcade game where a furry rodent pops up through a hole and you have to bash it with a mallet. It’s bar billiards. Continue reading “Bar Billiards”

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