Episode 9 – Sam McGregor

Welcome to Episode 9 with Sam McGregor, Co-Founder of Signature Brew.

Beer and music are a great match. But they aren’t often presented well together – why is the beer always terrible at gigs and festivals?

This was a question that Sam was trying to answer when exploring the concept of their brewery. We explored this and more in a very candid chat.

Sam was honest, philosophical, engaging and not afraid to give his opinion, which makes for a great conversation. Listen in.

SouthWestLondon BottleShare | #ShareTheRare

Beer is the most social drink in the world. Fact.

And a BottleShare is one of the best ways to bring this to life. The concept is simple, you all put in a tenner, which goes towards buying some great beers for you to all share.

I’ve been fascinated by this idea ever since I uncovered these events existed for a few reasons. One is that is defied modern beer drinking trends which is either pints at the pub or beer at home, which is increasingly shared online. The concept of sharing the good stuff in person sounded magical.

There was a catch, however, in that none of the great events were anywhere close to where I live. So I decided to start my own, with a little help from my friends. Charlie Pountney, Beer Sommelier and alround nice guy, who I met recording Episode 2 of my podcast, was also keen on the idea. So together we created the SouthWestLondon BottleShare and we want you to join us.

Its being held at Out of Office in Battersea on Wednesday 8th June.

You can find all the details here. 

Hope to see you there to #ShareTheRare


Episode 8 – Matt Curtis

Matt Curtis is a thinker, an obsessive, and envelop pusher. He’s also one of the best and busiest beer writers in the country. Whether its commissions in magazines, beer events or more impressively the fact he was handpicked by Michael Kiser to be the UK storyteller for Good Beer Hunting.

Matt is also a talker and in our time we covered a lot –his days in a band, the story behind why he’s known as Total Curtis, his journey to beer writing, his take on CAMRA and the opportunities and challenges for the industry.

I also found out about what he’s really interested – an emphasis on modern beer culture in the UK in addition to the beer itself. In that respect Matt is one of the thought leaders in the UK beer scene.