Will Hawkes

Will Hawkes works on The Independent's Sports Desk. He writes about beer in his spare time.

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A good IPA is a wonderful thing, but variety is even better

Without the addition of local character and regional diversity, we're back where we started, says Will Hawkes

Three to try: Bristol Beer Factory Milk Stout, Moor Raw, Arbor Breakfast Stout

Bristol Beer Week: The city's food and drink culture leaves other more feted cities standing

If you were designing a brewery, you wouldn't make it like Bristol Beer Factory's. There's a motley selection of brewing vessels tucked into various nooks and crannies, and the building itself has seen better days. It's the sort of place that would give some brewers nightmares. But Bristol Beer Factory (BBF) makes fantastic beer. It works.

Street smart: food vendor in Chinatown

Kuala Lumpur's street food: Not a 'scene', more a way of life

It's getting easier to enjoy Kuala Lumpur's food with new flights taking off from London this week. Will Hawkes gets stuck in.

The big UK retailers have raised their game when it comes to the type of beer they offer

Marks and Spencer has recently started carrying a whole new range of products, and the company is following in the footsteps of two other chains

Great Scottish Beer Celebration: Glasgow's beer is beginning to match its first-class pubs

The event demonstrated the city's thirst for flavoursome beer

Open-mindedness has made Thornbridge a key player in the British brewing revolution

The brewer, 10 this year, now produces a startling variety of different beers

Top of the hops: It's time that malted barley got a bit more love

In 1966, as any English football fan will attest, was a very different world. The Rolling Stones were young, there were 240 pence to the pound and a new malted barley – Maris Otter – had just emerged on to the market.

The best strong ales coming to a pub near you this January

At Im Füchschen, one of Düsseldorf's famed brewhouses, you don't get a choice of draught beer. It's either their Alt – a clean, bitter, undeniably delicious copper-coloured ale – or nothing. Except on Christmas Eve. That's when their Weihnachtsbier, a Christmas beer, bumps Alt out of the spotlight for a day.

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Philadelphia beer: Hop over for a master brew

With a historic drinking scene, Philly's the perfect place to pick up a pint, finds Will Hawkes

An obsession with a beer's style can obscure rather than illuminate

Beer drinkers are obsessed with style. Not sartorial style, by and large (I can hear the snickering about beards and sandals from here), but beer style: that is, what category a beer fits in to. Is it an IPA or a pale ale, a Weissbier or a Witbier?

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