Will Hawkes

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

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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
Deck the stalls: the Christmas market

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

A pub crawl with a great deal of stout

As excuses for a pub crawl go, it was a cracker. The Somerset brewery, Moor, took seven casks of their porter, Amoor, to London last week and handed them to seven different pubs.

Garden centre: outdoor drinking

More to Munich than Oktoberfest

Industrial-scale drinking at the city's beer festival is all very well, but what about a quieter brew? Will Hawkes goes in search of Gemütlichkeit

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