Will Hawkes works on The Independent's Sports Desk. He writes about beer in his spare time.
31 January 2015 12:00 AM
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.
03 January 2015 12:00 AM
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.
05 December 2014 11:30 AM
With a historic drinking scene, Philly's the perfect place to pick up a pint, finds Will Hawkes
29 November 2014 12:00 AM
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?
25 October 2014 12:00 AM
Common sense dictates that drinking and swimming pools don't mix – a maxim that's hard to argue with, unless its early October and you're in Manchester. That's when IndyManBeerCon – by common consent, the best of Britain's new wave beer festivals – takes place at Victoria Baths in Chorlton-on-Medlock, a quirky venue for an impressive event.
22 October 2014 12:00 AM
27 September 2014 12:00 AM
30 August 2014 12:00 AM
If you want to find great cask ale in London, ask an Italian. Well, one Italian in particular: Alessio Leone, who mans the bar and the cellar at the Gunmakers Arms in Clerkenwell. One lunchtime not long ago, he served me the best pint of ale I've had all year: the nutty, perfectly-bitter Harvey's Sussex Best.
26 July 2014 12:00 AM
London is abuzz with beer. Next month brings the Great British Beer Festival to town and to coincide with that, there'll be the first-ever London Beer City. Its organiser Will Hawkes reveals the highlights
28 June 2014 12:00 AM
I didn't expect to run into an almost forgotten English classic when I went to Philadelphia last month. But there it was, on the menu at Monk's, the city's foremost beer bar: Gale's Prize Old Ale, a classic of a now virtually disappeared English strong old-ale tradition.
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