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  • Ales by Mail have been at the forefront of championing the rise of craft beer in cans. Cans are convenient, light, and travel better than bottles. Indeed, a lot of the breweries that we deal with including Camden Town, Brewdog, Weird Beard, Beavertown and FourPure all produce canned beers which are incredibly popular.

    But for all the benefits of a can, some people do like the experience of opening and pouring from a  traditional beer bottle.

    For the past 12 months we've secretly been working with acclaimed Swedish designer Olaf Rolip to solve this problem, and we think we've finally found the solution. Continue reading

  • A few weeks ago I was able to visit Terry at his home in Wiltshire. Following that visit I began to write these words. Today, his death has been announced and I offer my thoughts on my friend.

    My friend Terry Pratchett is adrift. Finally snookered by the disease he spent his final years fighting. Valiantly attempting to keep one step ahead. Like the situations facing gunslingers in the westerns he loves, there isn’t a way out of this confrontation.

    When Terry Pratchett first met me he didn’t know who I was. The last time I was fortunate to spend time in his company, the same was sadly true. Ravaged by his embuggerance, his brave fight was coming to an end and the vicious bastard that is PCA had finally rendered him silent. Continue reading

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    Our friends over at the Beer O'Clock Show have been beavering away lately producing some exclusive audio reviews for us here at Ales By Mail - and this is our latest batch.

    Simply visit the page for each of these products (you can click the links, oh we make it so easy for you) and click the reviews tab to reveal the audio review.

    Crouch Vale : Amarillo

    Crouch Vale : Brewers Gold

    Five Points : IPA (featuring in a Twitter Tasting very soon!)

    If you've bought any of the beers and agree or disagree with the review - why not write or record your own and share it with us?

  • Here's another date for your diary. We will be holding our next #beerybits twitter tasting on Weds 25th March 8pm-9pm. Co-hosting the event will be our friends Daniel from Original Gravity% Magazine as well as the Five Points Brewing Co.

    In addition to the tasting of the beer we will also be giving away spot prizes of Five Points beer and other goodies. We'll also be challenging you with a cryptic picture quiz.  It should be a great night full of lively discussion as anyone who took part in our last one, with Dark Star, will agree!

    To help keep score, we'll supply you with a beer tasting card so you can rate the beers as you drink.

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    Our friends over at the Beer O'Clock Show have been beavering away lately producing some exclusive audio reviews for us here at Ales By Mail (thank guys!).

    We're going to be adding them to the site over the coming weeks - and the first 5 are available now!

    Simply visit the page for each of these products (you can click the links, oh we make it so easy for you) and click the reviews tab to reveal the audio review.

    Beavertown : Quelle Saison

    Camden Town : Hells Lager

    Beavertown : Smog Rocket

    Westerham : Scotney Pale Ale

    Celt : Bleddyn

    If you've bought any of the beers and agree or disagree with the review - why not write or record your own and share it with us?

  • Sambrook's Brewery Sambrook's Brewery

    It was another one of those cold grey February days. No snow, but a bit of sleet and random icy rain spitting down from the sky. We were feeling a bit depressed. So, to cheer ourselves up we headed to Clapham Junction Station and then a brisk 10-minute walk found us at Sambrook’s Brewery.  Time a for a tour and some talk about the growth of both Sambrook’s and the London beer scene. Which, by the way, Sambrook’s was one of the early pioneers of the 21st century rebirth of London brewing!

    Here’s what we learned. …

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