Author Archives: Alastair Gilmour

Life imitates art

February 12, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour

What started as an in-joke between two cartoonists in Viz comic has transformed into a full English IPA brewed in


Five star review

February 12, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour

This announcement from the Mean Eyed Cat in Newcastle caught the Cheers eye. Regular TripAdvisor reviews of the St Thomas


Front runner sets off

February 12, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour

A couple who between them had been made redundant six times in ten years have decided to do things for


New vision’s on its way

February 12, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour

Sonnet 43 Brew Co’s senior craft brewer Alex Rattray has wasted no time in getting his sleeves rolled up to


Tapping into history

February 12, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour

Fierce loyalty to their home town is the major driving force behind Tyneside’s latest micropub. Luke Orwin and partner Abbie


The waiting game

February 12, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour

A Newcastle brewery should have been in full swing in its new premises weeks ago, but it isn’t because of


The Italian Job

February 12, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour

Fiano, Nero d’Avola, Vermentino – instantly recognisable Italian wines, right? Well yes, but they don’t necessarily have to be made


Let’s twist again

February 12, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour

The long-running debate over wine bottle closures – natural cork, synthetic, screw cap – has been joined by this simple


Hero’s slap-dash treatment

February 12, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour

A South Shields reader’s sharp eyes were alerted by the vagaries of nomenclature at Kirkpatrick’s in the town – or


Burmese daze

February 12, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour

Globe-trotting Cheers reader Nick Snaith has recently returned from Thailand and Myanmar (formerly Burma) where he took special note of



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