Pubs. Pints. People.
Season 1, Ep. 19
This week we're talking about pub as the original grassroots venue for live music. We sit down with Bev Whitrick from the Music Venue Trust along with the award-winning live music band the Harp & Monkey. You cansupport this podcastby visiting:https://supporter.acast.com/pubs-pints-peopleMake sure to follow the podcast for all the latest on Twitter @PubsPintsPeopleYou can discover more by joining the campaign for just £26.50/year - visithttps://join.camra.org.uk/
Season 1, Ep. 18
This week we're learning about Belgian beers. We sit down with John Clarke, Chairman of CAMRA's Stockport and South Manchester branch who talks us through the different types of Belgian beers out there. We also get to speak with Tim Webb, author of the Good Beer Guide Belgium and dive into the archive to learn a bit more about monastery brewing from the late Michael Jackson.You cansupport this podcastby visiting:https://supporter.acast.com/pubs-pints-peopleMake sure to follow the podcast for all the latest on Twitter @PubsPintsPeoplePlease also fill out a survey about the podcast here:https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CAMRApodcastfeedbackYou can discover more by joining the campaign for just £26.50/year - visithttps://join.camra.org.uk/
The Veggie/Vegan Special
Season 1, Ep. 17
This week it's the veggie/vegan special! We are sitting down with Channel 4's Beer Expert Mark Dredge to discuss cooking veggie and vegan dishes with beer, along withPhil Saltonstall from Brass Castle Brewing who will chatting about their range of vegan and gluten-free beers.You cansupport this podcastby visiting:https://supporter.acast.com/pubs-pints-peopleDon't forget - this week we're sponsored byTrack Safely, a simple and easy way to use Track and Trace in your pub. Visitwww.tracksafely.co.ukfor more information.Make sure to follow the podcast for all the latest on Twitter @PubsPintsPeopleYou can also fill out a survey about the podcast here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CAMRApodcastfeedbackYou can discover more by joining the campaign for just £26.50/year - visit https://join.camra.org.uk/
Experimental v Traditional
Season 1, Ep. 16
This week we're learning all about experimental versus traditional brews! We'll be sitting down with Andy Leman to discuss Timothy Taylor's iconic 'Landlord' brew, and chat with Daniele from Ora Brewery in London to learn about their Italian infused beer creations. We'll also chat about beer cocktails and find out how CAMRA campaigning saw John Smith start brewing real ale once again for their Yorkshire pubs in 1984.You can support this podcast by visiting:https://supporter.acast.com/pubs-pints-peopleEnjoy a tasty discount for your next beer case courtesy of HonestBrew! Get £10 off a beer case by visitinghttps://honestbrew.co.uk/camra10/Make sure to follow the podcast for all the latest on Twitter @PubsPintsPeopleYou can discover more by joining the campaign for just £26.50/year - visit https://join.camra.org.uk/
Cooking with beer
Season 1, Ep. 15
Join Katie and Ant in welcoming Stella Sims to the show while correspondent Matt Bundy is on holiday! Katie, Ant and Stella will be learning all about cooking with beer as well as beer and food pairings. They’ll be sitting down with Melissa Cole, author of The Beer Kitchen, and Runaway Brewery in Manchester, which is well known for the exciting beer pairings.You can support the podcast by visiting: https://supporter.acast.com/pubs-pints-peopleMake sure to follow the podcast for all the latest on Twitter @PubsPintsPeopleYou can discover more by joining the campaign for just £26.50/year - visit https://join.camra.org.uk/We also have a tasty discount for your next beer case courtesy of HonestBrew! Get £10 off a beer case by visiting https://honestbrew.co.uk/camra10/
Season 1, Ep. 14
This week we're going to learn a bit more about how breweries can become a bit more eco-friendly. We'll be sitting down with Farr Brew and Purity Brewing to hear about their initiatives, and why CAMRA campaigned to 'ban the can' back in December 1979!We also have a tasty discount for your next beer case courtesy of HonestBrew! Get £10 off a beer case by visiting https://honestbrew.co.uk/camra10/We also have a new recipe this week for you from Sue Nowak - Devilishly good pancakes, available below and at wb.camra.org.uk You can support the podcast by visiting:https://supporter.acast.com/pubs-pints-peopleMake sure to follow the podcast for all the latest on Twitter @PubsPintsPeopleYou can discover more by joining the campaign for just £26.50/year - visit https://join.camra.org.uk/UPDATE: Since the interview James Minkin (Jim) one of the founder of Purity Brewing has passed away. Jim was the driver of Purity's eco credentials and was very proud of the developments they had made in this area. Purity is raising money for Pancreatic cancer - you can donate here.Devilishly good pancakes - by Susan NowakI KNOW, I know, and I’m sorry, right? Fourteen weeks you’ve stuck with this darn column and in all that time I’ve never featured a Belgian beer. For many, the greatest brewers on the planet; centuries of turning hops, malt and yeast into ambrosia that might carry on fermenting in darkened cellars for years to become the equivalent of a vintage champagne or brandy. Brewers who know more than brain surgeons, create richer notes than a Stradivarius, greater poetry than Shakespeare, but are they good enough for Ms Nowak? The woman’s a philistine. Happily, I can put that right with just one little word. Duvel. See? I’m forgiven. And during Lockdown uncapping those dumpy little bottles has released a genii rather than the ‘devil’ for whom it’s named – apparently for no more sinister reason than that when it was created around 120 years ago one of its delighted alchemists yelled: “Wow, this is devilishly good.” Though at 8.5 per cent this smooth talking charmer, teasing the tongue with cloves, pepper and spice, could seduce an innocent. This classic golden ale was first made at Moortgat brewery in the 1870s, something like 120 years before we coined the term here. It wasn’t until 2007 it gained a sibling, Duvel Tripel Hop, at 9.5 per cent even stronger than big brother. However, the Tripel does not refer to its strength but to the fact that it contains three hops: Saaz-Saaz, Styrian Golding and one other that changes every year. In 2016 that third hop was Citra grown in Yakima Valley, Washington, bringing hints of grapefruit and tropical fruit to the party; it quickly became clear that Citra was the ultimate tripel hop so Duvel Tripel Hop Citra is now permanently in the range. Beer improves every sort of batter from Yorkshire pudding to fish ‘n’ chips, and here the original Duvel lightens some rather posh pancakes made with both wholemeal and plain flour, wrapped round smoked salmon and asparagus. That legendary ‘beer hunter’ the late Michael Jackson, who was passionate about Belgium’s beer culture, called Duvel “the world’s most beguiling beer” - so I’ve served it in his glass.Devilishly good pancakes (makes around half a dozen)20g each of plain and wholemeal flour; a grind of black pepper, grating of nutmeg, pinch of mixed spice (to echo the beer’s spiciness), and half a teaspoon of salt. One large egg, 100ml buttermilk (or ordinary milk), 200ml Duvel, around 200g sliced smoked salmon, 8-10 trimmed asparagus spears, small tub crème fraiche, lard and butter for frying; red salad leaves and sliced lemon to garnish.Put flour and flavourings into a mixing bowl then add the egg, buttermilk and Duvel, stirring to create a pancake batter. Leave to chill for at least an hour - you may find the batter slightly too thicken by then, if so add a drop more Duvel. Whilst the batter is chilling parboil the asparagus then drain. Heat a smallish frying pan (around 25cm diameter), add a knob of lard, heat until melted, then the same amount of butter, and let that melt until it is quite hot (though be careful not to burn the butter). Put 2 tbsps pancake mix into a cup, then pour into the frying pan to cover the base; cook until it starts to bubble then flip over. When the pancake is golden brown on both sides transfer to a plate and keep warm in a very low oven. Repeat until all the mixture is used up. Spread a dollop of crème fraiche across each pancake and top with a slice of smoked salmon. To create a little variety roll up half the pancakes with asparagus poking out of both ends and fold the others in half; serve on warm plates with remaining asparagus spears scattered on top, and garnish with a dollop of crème fraiche, red salad leaves and lemon slices.
A collab with Pop Culture Brews
Season 1, Ep. 13
Join us for a special one-off podcast collaborative with Pop Culture Brews to celebrate the pubs reopening in England coinciding with America's Independence Day! In this episode, Katie has an in-depth chat with hosts of Pop Culture Brews, Andrew and Tyler, about the difference between American and British beers. Pop Culture Brews is Denver-based podcast where the two hosts brew beers to match specific pop culture references.You can find them at: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/pop-culture-brews/id1477714941 or on Twitter @PopCultureBrewsDon't forget - there's just a few short days left to vote for us in the Listener Choice Awards - visit https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/vote before 6 July and vote for Pubs. Pints. People.You can also support the podcast by visiting: https://supporter.acast.com/pubs-pints-peopleYou can discover more by joining the campaign for just £26.50/year - visit https://join.camra.org.uk/
American craft beer
Season 1, Ep. 12
This week we're learning all about American craft beer by chatting with Lotte Peplow, the Craft Beer Ambassador to Europe from the Brewers' Association in America, and Rooster's Brewery well known for their 'Yankee Brew'!If you like this episode, don't forget to tune in on 4 July for a special footnotes episode where Katie will be sitting down with the Pop Culture Brews podcast to chat more about the American beer market to celebrates our pubs re-opening and of course America's Independence Day.Please also drop us a vote for the British Podcast Awards!! Votes close on 6 July so get your vote in this week - just type in 'Pubs. Pints. People.' in the drop down and confirm your email address: https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/voteYou can discover more by joining the campaign for just £26.50/year - visit https://join.camra.org.uk/Sue Nowak's recipe this week is a Hunter's Chicken and Chestnut Pie, available here: https://wb.camra.org.uk/2020/06/29/beer-recipe-hunters-chicken-and-chestnut-pie/Also copied below:Hunter's Chicken and Chestnut Pie - by Susan NowakI don’t like to boast – well, I do like to boast but I haven’t really got that much to boast about. However, I do boast a very fine cellar; not so much the contents (though I have a few Trappists I wouldn’t kick out of bed) but the structure itself, built by my husband Fran with his own fair hands. It was no small endeavour; he excavated it out of the raised ground at the back of our house creating a cavern that stays blessedly cool even in the hottest summer. The back wall forms a wine rack, while three massive stone slab shelves provide the ideal place for storing beer; I can keep fruit, veg and cheese out there, too. It even has a few obligatory spiders’ webs.Anyway, due to Lockdown our beer cellar was running low so my brave hunter/gatherer took his own fair hands on a beer hunt; naturally, I put a St Christopher round his neck, my lucky pebble in his pocket and made him chew a couple of raw garlic cloves before he left. Hunter/gatherer turned out to be the mot juste because he came back with several different ales, including two I’d not tried before, from award-winning Hunter’s Brewery at Bulleigh Barton Farm, Ipplepen, Devon – not a million miles from us. Apart from being a normal brewery, 60-barrel brew length with 4,000 gallon fermenting capacity, they have a dedicated conditioning room and can turn out 3,000 bottle-conditioned beers an hour. And, listen up, they bottle-condition all their beers – yes, all nine of them. I am seriously impressed, and place them carefully in my cellar to carry on conditioning.One of them is Half Bore, which the brewer describes as an amber coloured session ale (4.2 per cent ABV); rather intriguingly, the ingredients include both honey and golden syrup along with malted barley and wheat, suggested pairing bangers ‘n’ mash. But I thought that hint of sweetness might be just what I needed for a chicken and chestnut pie and so it proved though, sadly, when I carefully opened the (unshaken) bottle it spurted over my kitchen floor, so the glass I poured was less like amber nectar and more the colour of our famous Devon mud from the brewery farmyard… However, the flavour was there, rounded and nuanced, hops coming through on a lingering aftertaste. And I trust their Old Charlie – “good malt feel in the mouth; dry, tangy, bitter finish” – proves a less lively lad when he’s uncapped. Incidentally, when he’s not doing DIY or out hunting, my own likely lad, Fran, photographs my beer dishes. And eats them.Hunter’s chicken and chestnut pie (serves 4)Around 225g pack diced chicken or four skinned thighs cut into chunks; two pork chipolatas, sliced into rounds (that’s my nod to the brewer’s bangers ‘n’ mash!); oil/butter for frying; half a pint of Half Bore (or medium dark session bitter); sprig of tarragon if available (I picked mine wild the other day); two large potatoes, peeled and sliced (though not too thinly); two medium leeks, thickly sliced; 50g chestnut mushrooms, wiped and cut into chunks; 50g tinnedchestnuts, halved (also available in pouches); ready-made puff pastry (I lazily got mine ready-rolled, too); one beaten egg for glazing the pastry.Lightly sauté chicken and chipolatas in a little oil and butter to seal; add half a pint of malty bitter and around a quarter pint of water, then simmer for around 30 minutes; if used, add tarragon for final 2 minutes then remove it and discard. Meanwhile, boil spud slices until half cooked, then drain. Separately, boil leek chunks briefly – about 3 minutes – then drain. Drain chicken and chipolatas, reserving beer stock. Place sliced potatoes in bottom of pie dish, mix together chicken, chipolatas, mushrooms and leeks then spread over the potatoes; lastly, dot chestnuts on top of the mix then pour in enough beer stock to come about halfway up the pie dish. Allow to cool, then top with puff pastry and brush with egg wash. Bake just above the centre of a medium hot oven (200C, gas mark 5) for around 30 minutes, raising oven temperature to 210C, gas mark 6 for final 10 minutes until the pastry is risen and glazed golden brown – though check during cooking and if pastry starts to over-brown cover with a piece of foil. Thicken any remaining beer stock to make gravy, and serve with a green vegetable.
The pubs surviving lockdown
Season 1, Ep. 11
This week we will be speaking to the pubs surviving lockdown by sitting down with Jen Dalby, landlady at the Hand in Hand in Brighton and Angela and Gary Morton from the Hail to Ale pub in Wolverhampton. You can learn about CART - the Campaign for Real Takehome in 1984 and a review of supermarket brews from 1975. We also have a new recipe from Sue Nowak of beer baked bramleys available at What's Brewing and below: https://wb.camra.org.uk/2020/06/22/beer-recipe-beer-baked-bramleys/You can discover more by joining the campaign for just £26.50/year - visit https://join.camra.org.uk/Beer Baked BramleysEVERY Monday lunchtime, regular as clockwork, a smiley bloke wheels a trolley up our path bringing our weekly shop. This is an entirely alien concept for me. I like to shop haphazardly, choosing what’s in season, what’s BOGOF, what’s half price due to sell by date. I love delis, farmers’ markets, the old-fashioned butchers and bakers in Tavistock, the wet fish shop getting its catch direct from a Plymouth trawler. The sort of shopping many of you probably enjoy too, especially if it includes a pub stop for a pint and a pasty, perhaps a game of dominoes. Do you miss pub games? (Incidentally, my brother and I have invented a brilliant game to while away lockdown: we call it Best Films Ever Poker. So, I e-mail him: “I’ll see your On the Waterfront and raise you Gone with the Wind…” But I digress. I’m indebted to the Tesco deliverers, the more so because we don’t live near one of the stores and I don’t actually know where these guys come from. Ordering online is, er, interesting. On the whole they do a great job though we get the odd surprise. My request for a Savoy cabbage was met with frozen shredded; this is not a successful product. I wanted a few leeks and, boy, did I get ’em – three monsters that would have won giant leek at any horticultural show. On the other hand I asked for root ginger (fiddly to peel and chop), and instead received a fragrant little jar of their Crushed Ginger, ready to use. Tesco’s Chief Executive must have been up half the night making that; cheers, sir, I won’t forget. Speaking of my brother, he’s their biggest fan. He shops there so much his Tesco points apparently pay most of the cost of his annual French leave in a gite. (Not this year, Little Bro, you’ll have to drive a camper van to a Tesco carpark near the sea.) Last week I put mincemeat on the list thinking I’d make a nice shepherd’s pie or chilli; lo and behold I received a jar of mincemeat as in mince pies. Was I bovvered? Nah. I’ve run out of dried fruit so I’ll use it to stuff baked apples with a liberal slurp of dark spicy ale – as it happens I’ve got McEwan’s Champion, a big, fruity number (7.3% ABV), winner of a national Tesco beer challenge I helped judge many moons ago, hence the name. Every little helps.Beer-baked BramleysOne cooking apple per person; mixed dried fruit (or mincemeat); a few chopped, stoneless dates and walnut halves (if you’ve got any); dark spicy ale; a little soft brown sugar.Put dried fruit (or mincemeat) in a bowl with dates, if used, add enough ale to cover, and marinate overnight; drain retained liquor. Core apples and cut a line round middle of each with a sharp knife. Stir a little brown sugar into fruit mix and use to stuff the apples; place in an ovenproof dish and pour over retained liquor, scattering any leftover filling mix around. Bake in the centre of a hot oven (200C/gas mark 6) for around 45 to 60 minutes, until the apple puffs up to soufflé softness, the caramelising ale creating a toffee apple effect. Pop a walnut half where the apple stalk was, and serve with thick yellow cream. Cheers – and bon appétit!