A Scottish Gin Tour – 10 Independent Scottish Gin Makers

Scottish Gin Tour

When most people think of Scotland, one of the first things that comes to mind is Whisky.  Distilleries have been warming hearts the world over for hundreds of years.  More recently Scotland has begun to make a bit of a name for itself in the world of Gin. When a new Distillery starts it takes a considerable amount of time for the ageing process needed to make great whisky.  Unless they have a huge pot of money to keep things ticking over while they wait patiently for 12 years, they…

Independent Scottish Gin Makers of Central Scotland

Central Scottish GIn

This is the second part of our story of 10 awesome independent Scottish gin manufacturers.  For this post, we head down into Central Scotland and start our journey in Perthshire before going across into Fife.  We then find the next 2 gins in and around Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh before we finish our Scottish gin trip in the wonderful city of Glasgow.   You can find the first part of the story here. In that last post, the 5 Gins featured were all from the Highlands and Islands in the Northern…

Wine and Chocolate – A Global Affair

Hernando Cortez Schokoladen WIne and Chocolate

It’s the first Friday of the month again and that means a trip to Wine and Chocolate at Hernando Cortez Schokoladen in Gertrudenstraße here in Cologne.  Every month Marco painstakingly researches 3 wonderful wine and chocolate combinations, which pairs some amazing chocolate with some fantastic wines. It’s the same procedure every month.  As any British expat in Germany will hopefully know, this phrase is a very important in Germany culture.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about then follow the link (here) and read more about the German phenomenon that…

Independent Scottish Gins of the Highlands & Islands

Harris Pub

The people of Scotland are an imaginative bunch who like a drink or two (no more mind).  It’s the only place where I have been to an inflatable pub in horizontal rain on a remote island.  The feature picture is of my Brother-in-law Iain and I enjoying the Northton Festival on the Isle of Harris. When most people think of drinking and Scotland, the first thing that comes to mind is Whisky.  Distilleries have been warming the hearts the world over since the late 18th century.  However, more recently Scotland…

Beer-Tasting At A Heavenly Beer Shop in Cologne

wolf-beer

I made a fantastic discovery this week.  Just around the corner from Jameson’s, our local Irish bar, I found a heavenly new beer shop that does beer-tasting as well.  I used to be a regular visitor to Jameson’s.  At least I was until Norwich City got relegated from the Premier League.  Now they are in the Championship, there aren’t so many reasons to go anymore. Anyway, if you turn left down the little alley to the right of Jameson’s (looking at the front of the bar) there is a fantastic…

Hernando Cortez – Wine and Chocolate Heaven

Marco Hernando Cortez

I’ve found loads of amazing independent cafes over the years.  One of our family’s favourite ever is in our home city of Cologne.  It’s called Hernando Cortez and not only do they serve warming hot chocolate and great coffee, but they also have a great selection of wonderful cakes.  Best of all, it also happens to be one of the most perfect and wonderful chocolate shops we’ve ever come across.  What makes it so special?  The main reason is the cafe’s owner Marco Mühlberg.  He doesn’t just sell chocolate, he genuinely…

A Royal Brew with a View – Phillips Brewery Victoria Canada

kolsch

With the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on a visit to Canada, it seems like a great opportunity to share one of my favourite Brew with a View pictures.  The royal couple arrived in Victoria, British Colombia on 24 September.  It’s possible they got the chance to sample some of the area’s wonderful craft beer.  Although I guess it’s unlikely that members of the royal family cry out for a cold beer as soon as they arrive somewhere like most of us do.  Either way, their visit provides me with…

Twisted Beer and Blackadder in the West Country

Wells Somerset Beer

Our summer tour of the UK continues in the West Country and for once, the weather is pretty decent.  Normally it rains the whole time I don’t have to sit in an office and then as soon as I have to go back to work the weather is glorious.  For the past few days, we have been staying in the lovely town of Westbury in Wiltshire.  It’s a very pretty little town that is a great base for exploring a wide area from Bristol and Swindon right down to the…

An Idyllic English Brew with a View – Chetnole Inn, Dorset

Brew View Dorset

The summer holidays are finally here!  We haven’t had a proper trip back home to the UK for a couple of years now so we are long overdue a UK tour to catch up with various people up and down the country.  We’ve started our trip in the idyllic Dorset countryside staying with Trudy’s friend who introduced us to each other almost 25 years ago.  I’d forgotten just how beautiful the villages of this part of the South-West of England are.   Today’s post is not only a Brew with…