Bourne Festival 2022 Real Ale & Cider List

We’re delighted to have helped the Bourne Round Table with the real ale and real cider selections for the 2022 Bourne Festival. There is a great mix that really supports our local producers as you would expect from ThirstBourne.  Forewarned is forearmed and so I have attached a copy of the beer list in excel […]

Autumn Browns

As autumn approaches and the leaves turn brown, many a seasonal beer drinker will turn to bitters and brown ales. This nurtures the annual craving for something a bit sweeter than the refreshing golden ales we have been enjoying all summer. So we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to review some of the […]

Pairing Beer with a Traditional Christmas Dinner

Food pairing with beer has become a thing in recent years mainly due to the greater diversity of flavour available within beers when compared to wine. I first came across food pairing in Bruges where a sweet brown beer suddenly popped its head up as part of a set menu with a baked camembert. We […]

Beer with Vegetarian and Vegan Diets

Beer is principally derived from cereal crops and the only living thing involved in the whole process is the Yeast. The question of a beer being Vegetarian and Vegan friendly usually relies on the use of lactose (as a sugar e.g. milk stouts) or the fining agent Isinglass. Isinglass is a processing aid that is […]

Gluten Free Beer

Beer contains gluten due to the principle grains that are used i.e. Barley, Wheat, Rye etc. and although not present in huge amounts, it is above the 20 ppm (parts per million) level that is required to legally call a product “Gluten Free”. In order to manufacture a gluten free beer, a further step is […]

How to Store and Pour Bottle Conditioned Beers

Bottle Conditioned beers need a little more care than filtered beers. Here we tell you all you need to know. The traditional method of bottling beer involves retaining a small amount of yeast and sugars in the beer as it is capped. The yeast then consume the sugars and this carbonates the beer i.e. makes […]

8 Beer Tasting Tips

Tasting Beer is a very different animal to drinking beer. Tasting is about trying to isolate and define the various sensations that a beer provides as opposed to just enjoying them all as a whole. Below we provide an introduction to testing beer with 8 top tips. I’ve been fortunate enough to taste food and […]