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James Dowdeswell – Author of The Pub Manifesto

James Dowdeswell at The Attic brewery in Brimingham. Here at the Laughing Sole we are very excited to come back to our home in Stirchley where it all began... We are even more excited to be running from one of our favourite Brewery's in Stirchley, The Attic. With a different format from our British Oak days, On Thurs 7th Nov, The Laughing Sole brings you the fabulous James Dowdeswell! What better comedian to book for our first night running in a brewery than a beer superfan!! James Dowdeswell is a comedian, actor and author. He has appeared on numerous TV shows including...

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CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2020

Featured in the Good Beer Guide 2020 Beer Drinker of the Year 2019 Jodie Kidd writes about how we can save pubs from closure "The Half Moon has always held a special place in my heart. It’s a pub that I’ve grown up in, one that has been home to countless celebrations and fond memories. When I heard it was up for sale and earmarked for residential conversion, I had to step in to save it." - Jodie Kidd, Good Beer Guide 2020 Beer Writer of the Year 2018 Emma Inch discusses how diversity has enriched the world of beer "Thousands of years...

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Heritage Pubs of the Southwest

WHAT SHAPED PUBS IN THE SOUTH WEST? written by Paul Ainsworth Is there such a thing as a ‘typical’ South West pub? Given the large and varied nature of the region and the fact that its pubs have taken shape over many years, the answer, essentially, is‘no’. By and large, pubs developed in much the same ways as in the rest of the country, though with only one large city (Bristol), the South West is short on the grand late-Victorian edifices which adorn the likes of London, Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester. On the other hand, the area is especially rich...

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A new title in the Pub Heritage series is due for publication

Unspoilt pubs, is there really such a thing, time capsules of days gone by or simply hidden gems that have become so familiar that their provenance has been forgotten? The Pub heritage group have been traversing the UK in search of pubs that really are national treasures and they have provided definitive guides to the nation's most important historic pub interiors. Since the 1960s few pubs have escaped major changes but the Pub heritage Guides will help you seek out the best historical examples we have left and by association, you may be able to help them spot a hidden...

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“CAMRA’s Essential Home Brewing” Author at the Great British Beer Festival 2019

GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE GREAT BRITISH BEER FESTIVAL HERE >> ANDY PARKER Essential Home Brewing - Thursday AUGUST 8th 2019 @ 1.30pm Ever thought about brewing your own beer? With such a wide range of equipment and ingredients out there, taking your first steps in home brewing can seem daunting. Andy Parker went from home brewer to the owner of multi-award winning microbrewery Elusive Brewing. Author of CAMRA’s Essential Home Brewing, join him and sample some of his brewery’s beers whilst learning about how to start making your own brews. Add-on, entrance ticket needs to be purchased additionally.

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