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Craft beer podcast hosted by me, Stephen, documenting my exploration of the craft beer scene. Join me as I am joined by breweries, brewers, fellow drinkers and bloggers as we discuss all things beer and beyond. Continue Reading >>
Craft beer podcast hosted by me, Stephen, documenting my exploration of the craft beer scene. Join me as I am joined by breweries, brewers, fellow drinkers and bloggers as we discuss all things beer and beyond. << Show Less
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Episode 44: Life & Death In The Premier League In this episode, Stephen and Aaron drink and rate the new Life & Death series from Vocation Brewery in Hebden Bridge. Called the Life & Death festival, these beers were brewed in celebration of the original's 7th birthday, first being brewed back in 2015. Since then, Life & Death has gone on to become Vocation's best-selling beer with the brewery now selling over 10 million pints in total per year, a long way away from the chicken shed they first started in! The three beers were a session version at 3.5%, a hazy version at 6.5% and a gold version at 7.4% all of which were drank and rated on the shows. 

Whilst drinking the beers, both Stephen & Aaron reflect on the incredible achievement that was the England Lionesses winning the 2022 Euros on home soil at Wembley in front of a record-breaking crowd. Beating Germany 2-1 in the second period of extra time, the women did what the men couldn't and finally brought football home and hopefully inspired a nation of young female athletes as a result. We consider the potential effects of this amazing achievement and what it could mean for the future of women's football. 

Before we close out the show, we give our thoughts on the upcoming Premier League season with Stephen being a Manchester United fan and Aaron being a Leeds United fan. The Ronaldo problem comes up in conversation, as does Leeds' selling of two of their best players, Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha, before pinning our colours to the mast and predicting where both will respectively finish come the end of the season. Did someone also say Cannonball Run?

If you like the show, or have any feedback, please do get in touch and send any and all to pointsofbrew@gmail.com or reach out on any social media channels. We are always happy to welcome guests onto the show and looking for venues to host us so we can record in the field, so if you think you could do that then let us know! To keep up with Aaron's antics you can follow him @basicbeerboy on Instagram and you can find Points of Brew on all social media channels.
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Episode 44: Life & Death In The Premier League In this episode, Stephen and Aaron drink and rate the new Life & Death series from Vocation Brewery in Hebden Bridge. Called the Life & Death festival, these beers were brewed in celebration of the original's 7th birthday, first being brewed back in 2015. Since then, Life & Death has gone on to become Vocation's best-selling beer with the brewery now selling over 10 million pints in total per year, a long way away from the chicken shed they first started in! The three beers were a session version at 3.5%, a hazy version at 6.5% and a gold version at 7.4% all of which were drank and rated on the shows. 

Whilst drinking the beers, both Stephen & Aaron reflect on the incredible achievement that was the England Lionesses winning the 2022 Euros on home soil at Wembley in front of a record-breaking crowd. Beating Germany 2-1 in the second period of extra time, the women did what the men couldn't and finally brought football home and hopefully inspired a nation of young female athletes as a result. We consider the potential effects of this amazing achievement and what it could mean for the future of women's football. 

Before we close out the show, we give our thoughts on the upcoming Premier League season with Stephen being a Manchester United fan and Aaron being a Leeds United fan. The Ronaldo problem comes up in conversation, as does Leeds' selling of two of their best players, Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha, before pinning our colours to the mast and predicting where both will respectively finish come the end of the season. Did someone also say Cannonball Run?

If you like the show, or have any feedback, please do get in touch and send any and all to pointsofbrew@gmail.com or reach out on any social media channels. We are always happy to welcome guests onto the show and looking for venues to host us so we can record in the field, so if you think you could do that then let us know! To keep up with Aaron's antics you can follow him @basicbeerboy on Instagram and you can find Points of Brew on all social media channels.
Episode 43: Into Orbit In this episode, Stephen is joined by Paul Spraget, head brewer of Orbit beers who are based in Walworth London. Stephen recorded this show as part of a mini series over the course of summer focussing on some of the UK's best sour beer producers, which Paul & Stephen discuss during the show. 

Paul discusses his employment history with numerous different breweries, and how he came to be at Orbit, bringing along with him the idea for a tzatziki sour which we drink whilst recording. We also try their basil sour, basziki, afterwards which Paul discusses and tries for the first time since bottling this new beer. Huge thanks to Paul for joining me on the show and Orbit for sending the beers out to me to drink whilst recording. The beers being sent of course did not affect my judgement of them and I can highly recommend both of the sours if you ever find them in a bar in London or if you visit their tap room. 

If you'd like to find out more about Orbit, you can do so by visiting their website or by searching 'Orbit Beers' in either Instagram or Twitter. Likewise you can find Paul himself on Twitter @MarshallStaxx. 

If you have any questions, comments or feedback for this or any other show, please send it to pointsofbrew@gmail.com or get in touch on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
Episode 42: Goosey Gander In this episode of the Points of Brew podcast, Stephen & Aaron head over to the Gaping Goose in Garforth as this was Aaron's first place of employment during his school years. The Gaping Goose has a great local reputation for its community-led approach and its well-kept cask ales, being recognised for its excellence by Timothy Taylor's themselves. During this show we drank Theakston's Best Bitter, Adnam's Broadside and Ossett's Yorkshire Blonde, all served on cask and in great condition too.

Being on the outskirts of Garforth, it is a distance from the main street but it is worth the trip over to check out what guest ales they are serving. We also discuss Aaron's recent trips to Spain and Halifax and the beer that he found there, followed by looking at Quirky's latest beer launches and finally our upcoming collaboration brew day. We will document this journey and can't wait to make it happen!  Huge thanks to Jo for hosting us and we look forward to returning in the future! 

You can find out more about the Goose by checking out their Facebook page. For all the latest details about the show, what we're drinking and where we are heading then search for Points of Brew on all social media channels or Basicbeerboy on Instagram for Aaron.
Episode 41: Clubland In this episode, Stephen is joined by award-winning author Pete Brown as part of the launch of his new book, Clubland. Stephen had the pleasure of meeting Pete recently at the Robin Hood in Pontefract where he did a talk about his new book and this conversation is a continuation of that talk. Having read Pete's previous books, it was a privilege to have Pete on the show. 

Pete explains how this book has been a project of his for a long time, almost exceeding his previous book from 2003, Man Walks Into A Pub which shares a similar theme. Clubland, however, focuses specifically on the important role working men's clubs played in our social history and how the upper classes attempted to control our movement, however this ultimately failed. This lead to the rise in popularity of the club and how they shaped our society, particularly in areas of industry in the North. 

If you'd like to learn more about the club movement, you can purchase a copy of the book at one of the following retailers; Waterstones, Amazon or Bookshop. Huge thanks to Pete for joining me, and we look forward to meeting and speaking to Pete again in the future.
Episode 40: Not For Twitter (NFT) In this episode, we wade into the muddy waters of discussing supermarket craft beer after Salt Beer Factory kindly sent us their latest addition to ASDA's shelves out to try; NFT IPA. A 6.5% IPA which incorporates the latest trend of buying and collecting digital assets also known as NFT's, this beer got people talking upon its press release being sent out and the beers being received.

We try this beer, brewed in collaboration with Gwei-Lo, on the show before comparing it against a non-supermarket beer; the latest release in Northern Monk's Thought Bubble series, a 7% DDH IPA. Our discussion sees us cover cost, availability, quality and the impact on the industry amongst other things as part of our assessment of supermarket craft beer. This show was recorded at Yorkshire Craft Beers and thanks to them for hosting us once more.

Aaron also tells us about his time spent dressed as a viking in York, along with a couple of other trips he has been on since we last recorded. I also explain a brief period of radio silence since my son, Sebastian, was born and how parenthood has been so far. We also look on to where we may be recording our next episode/s.

Huge thanks to Salt for sending this beer out to us and their sending of it in no way influenced our views on the beer nor did we request the beer to be sent out to us. For more info, and to buy it direct, head on over to their webshop
Episode 39: Papaya Don't Preach In this bonus episode, I chat with Chris & Ben from Pastore Brewing & Blending and Lee from Brew York as part of their collaboration brew day. The guys from Pastore travelled North to collaborate on their now released Berliner Weisse, Papaya Don't Preach, made using papaya, lemongrass and ginger. The beer is available from Brew York directly here.

As part of this special episode we discuss all things sour including the current nationwide demand for them, the increase in production costs and how the idea for this collaboration was formulated. This episode was recorded on site at Brew York's new brewery site at Handley Park which Nadia from their social media team kindly showed me around and invited me to their lunchtime barbecue afterwards! Huge thanks also to Chris, Ben and Lee for agreeing to have a chat with me and taking time out of their day to do so. You can find out more about Pastore and order their beers here.

As this episode was recorded on site, there is some background noise throughout so it may be best listening to this one through headphones.
Episode 38: Get Out, Drink & Have Fun In this continuation of the new format podcast, Aaron and Stephen visit the Market Tap in Castleford. Established between lockdowns in 2020, the Market Tap has successfully negotiated obstacles placed in its way and continues to serve a great selection of beers to its customers. 

Drinking from the bar this time, we drink two different beers whilst attending with Aaron drinking Cloudwater's 'Happy!' a session pale at 3.5% and Stephen drinking an Exercise In Friendship, a 6.2% NEIPA by Triple Point. 

In this episode, we continue to discuss how this new format will take shape and the places we hope to go both locally and further afield. We touch upon how Castleford having a professional rugby league team, Castleford Tigers, based in the town helps boost its appeal and also how Leeds United being in the Premier League also boosts the city's beer appeal. 

We hope that you enjoy this new format, and if you would like to send any feedback please do so by reaching out at pointsofbrew@gmail.com. Likewise, keep up to date with the latest info and updates on our social media channels; @points_of_brew for the podcast and @basicbeerboy for Aaron.
Episode 37: Transatlantic Pilot Welcome to the first in a new series and direction for the Points of Brew podcast as I am joined by new co-host Aaron Getliffe, brewer from Quirky Ales in Garforth. 
As part of this new direction and series of regular shows, we will be drinking beers out and about at various pubs, bars and breweries across Yorkshire and beyond (hopefully). This first episode sees us recording at Yorkshire Craft Beers in Castleford as it is not only the workplace of me, Stephen, but it is also where I met Aaron which we discuss on the show. 
Whilst there we drink the latest collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Adnams, Eastern Edge, a 4.8% Transatlantic Pale Ale. As part of this new format, we will also discuss a central theme or topic of discussion whilst we are at our recording venue. Sadly in this first episode we discuss the closure of some breweries in recent weeks including Kelham Island and Beatnikz Republic and the hardships which they, and everyone else, are facing right now. 
Thanks to Yorkshire Craft Beers for hosting us and we hope you like the new format and style! 
If you have any feedback, comments or suggestions as to where we should go next, please send them to pointsofbrew@gmail.com
Episode 36: Talkabout Walkabout In this episode I am joined by Josh from Turning Point Brew Co, who heads up their sales & events team. Josh has been with the Knaresborough outfit since 2019 and he tells me his history before joining them, and how his role has been in recent times.
Whilst the event was before the recording, and has since passed, we talk about their Stout Walkabout in York which they had organised. A stout heavy trail across the city of York with never-to-be-seen again beers must surely have appealed to all local stout lovers right? Josh explains some of the beers involved and it was no wonder the event was billed to be so popular!
Thanks to Josh for joining me on the show and for more information on Turning Point, head to their website, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter page.
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