Published on June 5, 2018 | by Alastair Gilmour



We’re covering an awful lot in our rip-snorting, upcoming July/August publication – among which is a look inside the new Hop Knocker bottle shop in Durham. Judging by the reports we’ve been getting, it’s hitting the spot in Gilesgate. We’ve also been chatting with beer writer Stephen Beaumont about his new book Will Travel For Beer: 101 Remarkable Journeys Every Beer Lover Should Experience – and with quotes like “I’ve had dried cabbage and corned beef IPA in Ontario” it promises to be a rattling read.

Then there’s the unbelievable talent that’s turning up for the Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate. T&R Theakston, the Masham, North Yorkshire, brewery is sponsoring the event for the 15th consecutive year. Somehow, a dark, strong, mysterious beer is just the perfect companion for a weekend of crime or an evening curled up on the settee; crime book in hand, beer at hand, and perhaps a dram at hand. Just don’t look round…

JULY 19-22

Old Swan Hotel (“the home of crime”), Harrogate, North Yorkshire
The world-class, award-winning Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival returns to the magnificent Old Swan Hotel this summer. Celebrating the very best in crime fiction, the festival is a firm date in the literary calendar and has achieved international acclaim for its programming, organisation and atmosphere.
Join the likes of Denise Mina (The Long Drop), John Grisham interviewed by Lee Child, avid crime reader Richard Osman, Nicci French, Val McDermid and Don Winslow as they reveal who dunnit. Or leave us in suspense. Then there’s a set from The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers Val McDermid, Doug Johnstone, Chris Brookmyre, Luca Veste and Stuart Neville as they murder Johnny Cash, Elvis, Talking Heads and Bruce Springsteen.

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