Will Hawkes

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

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Gale's Prize Old Ale is a classic of a virtually disappeared English strong old-ale tradition

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.

Partnerships reflect not only US craft brewing's congeniality, but also its creativity

I went looking for a beer in Leeds the other week. Not a difficult task, you might think, but I wanted one in particular: a Farmhouse IPA, by local boys Magic Rock in collaboration with the Norwegian brewery Lervig.

Moeder Lambic

It's beer o'clock on a Brussels daytrip

With an early Eurostar departure from London, Will Hawkes takes a whistle-stop tour of the city's best breweries and bars
Three to try: Schlenkerla Marzen, Beavertown Smog Rocket and Lovibond's Henley Dark

Golden touch: Pilsner is on its way back

A large crowd gathered in a small east London bar the other week. Well, free beer will do that. The Strongroom was celebrating the arrival of unpasteurised Pilsner Urquell, a version of this original golden lager several leagues better than the stuff you'll find elsewhere.

That’s my boy: Will Hawkes and son Fraser

Paternity leave: Look who's balking

Fewer than one in 50 fathers take their full parental leave, fearing for their careers. Will Hawkes did four months and developed a strong bond with his son – but says never again

Hop across the pond: The best American beers

It used to be simple: there was Budweiser and Miller and Coors and they all tasted of, well, not very much at all.

Three to try: Harviestoun Ola Dubh; Fyne Zombier; Brewdog Old-World IPA

Will Hawkes: 'You should try some Scottish beer even if you don't like haggis'

Plenty of whisky will be drunk to celebrate Burns Night, which is all well and good. But would it be treasonable to suggest that Scottish beer is worthy of as much attention as its world-famous cousin?

Lighten up: The best low-strength beers

I've never really understood why people give up alcohol for January. Of all the months to avoid hooch, why choose the grimmest, darkest, most spirit-sapping of all? It's the time of year when a glass is most welcome, particularly if it involves a warm pub and some friends.

48 Hours In: Tallinn

A winter's break in the Estonian capital reveals snowy scenery, a Christmas market and small craft stores for picking up one-off gifts, says Will Hawkes
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