Will Hawkes works on The Independent's Sports Desk. He writes about beer in his spare time.
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.
31 May 2014 12:00 AM
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.
11 May 2014 12:00 AM
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29 March 2014 12:00 AM
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.
12 March 2014 12:00 AM
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
22 February 2014 12:00 AM
It used to be simple: there was Budweiser and Miller and Coors and they all tasted of, well, not very much at all.
25 January 2014 12:00 AM
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?
28 December 2013 12:00 AM
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.
07 December 2013 12:00 AM
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
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories
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