A vicar walks into a pub....

“A vicar walks into a pub” sounds like the first line of a joke but this vicar is Revd. David Stephenson and he’s here to build a tradition. For the second year in a row, he’s going to taste the first pint of Sweet Baby Jesus. The pub is the Bullfinch Brewery tap room and the beer is a festive stout made with a whole Christmas pudding and lots of cocoa.

David had just celebrated ten years at All Saints church in West Dulwich and we reckon he had earned his pint. We had two questions. Did the beer hit the spot and what did he make of calling it Sweet Baby Jesus?

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Danish Svaneke craft #beer

By Guest Reviewer, Professor Jason Box in Copenhagen

Our Guest Beer is Professor Jason Box, based in Copenhagen and studying the A-Z of the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS). Professor Box has been reporting that the GrIS is currently beyond its’ "threshold of sustainability" and is losing ice mass due to global warming at a ferocious rate.

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Under the arches with Bullfinch

Autumn demands a comfort beer and Parkin Brown Ale from Bullfinch Brewery fits the bill. First, InDulwich earned its pint by interviewing the affable owner, Ryan Mclean about all things craft beer. In this first clip, he talks about how Bullfinch came to be.

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Civic-minded brewery and recent beers

On a walk from Guildford to Silent Pool, I discovered that Pewley Down had been donated to Guildford by Friary Brewery. The land had been earmarked for development but in 1920 the brewery decided it should remain a public space and dedicated it to the memory of those who died in World War One. Friary Brewery is long gone but its legacy remains. Perhaps other businesses might be inspired.

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