Last Updated 18/09/2019
Moving into the top spot is Boak & Bailey’s Beer Blog. Jessica Boak and Ray Bailey started their blog back in 2007 to share their love of beer, taking their conversations from the pub to the screen. The pair have now taken Boak & Bailey’s Beer Blog offline, writing several books including Brew Britannia, 20th Century Pub and Balmy Nectar. Alongside craft ale reviews you’ll find the latest news from the pub scene covering controversial pub posters to big issues such as racism and sexism in the craft beer industry.
CAMRGB (The Campaign For Really Good Beer) was created by Simon Williams back in 2011 to share his frustrations at English kegged beer not being allowed at the Great British Beer Festival. CAMRGB continues to support and promote good beer, believing that it’s important to take beer seriously, but more important for it to be enjoyed. CAMRGB provides in-depth reviews of all types of beer, from stouts tasting of Belgian waffles to doughnut-inspired IPAs.
Moving up to third place is Protz On Beer, written by one of the world’s leading beer writers, historians, lecturers and tasters, Roger Protz. Author of over 20 books on beer, including best-selling 300 Beers to Try Before You Die, Roger has also edited more than 20 editions of the Good Beer Guide. Always on the hunt for a new beer, Roger travels the world in search of the perfect brew, reviewing beers from the US, Australia and Russia. Covering all things beer, from socially conscious breweries to the rising number of pub closures, Protz On Beer is an expert blog for anyone wanting to learn a little more about their weekend pint.
The Pub Curmudgeon describes itself as not a beer blog, rather as a view of life from the saloon bar and the change of pub life. While the author behind the blog chooses to remain anonymous, he has become the outspoken voice on the decline of pubs since the smoking ban and the effect this has had on the pub and beer industry overall. Each post on The Pub Curmudgeon gives a detailed review, transporting the reader to pubs around the UK, from his home town of Stockport to countryside inns in Kent.
Founded by Peter Alexander back in 2007, Tandleman’s Beer Blog is where he shares his thoughts and opinions on pubs and beer, both good and bad. Veteran beer lover and local CAMRA chairman and activist, Peter focuses mainly on the pubs and beer of the North West of England, supporting the northern methods of beer dispense. Tandleman’s Beer Blog covers brewery buy outs and takeovers, reflecting on how the industry is changing and if this is a good thing.
6. Beer Insider
Beer Insider is the creation of Glynn Davis, editor and lover of beer who wanted to give a voice to all those in the beer and pub industry. With a mix of contributors including bar owners, brewers, beer writers, bottle shops and beer lovers, Beer Insider looks beyond the obvious looking into the business side of the industry and the struggles they face. Alongside the latest news is insightful beer travel posts, from sampling ale in Leipzig to a beer pilgrimage in Bavaria.
Martyn Cornell is the brains behind beer blog Zythophile. Created back in 2007, the blog was intended as a place for Martyn to tell the history of his favourite drink and banish the myths surrounding beer. Zythophile now posts a mix of posts, exploring Martyn’s own history with ale involving a 50th anniversary pub crawl to historical tales of The Great Manchester Beer Flood of 1831. Zythophile is perfect for history and beer lovers and fans can even buy Martyn’s book Gold & Black covering the history of Britain’s great beers.
8. Look At Brew
Look At Brew is the creation of Rachael Smith, keen beer drinker and lover of abstract artwork on beer bottles. An active member of her local Sussex beer scene, Rachael is also a regular contributor to Beer Imbiber magazine and even sells her own handmade gifts and artwork influenced by modern beer. Look At Brew also features interviews with breweries around the UK alongside tips on how you can be environmentally friendly with your beer choices.
Paul Bailey is a beer enthusiast with over 40 years’ experience of beer, pubs and brewing and is the creator of Paul’s Beer & Travel Blog. Author of two guides to pubs in his homeland of Kent, Paul also used to own a real-ale off licence and is a qualified beer taster. Paul’s Beer & Travel Blog combines his two passions, beer and travel, from discovering the pubs and history of Poland to sharing his highlights of the Great British Beer Festival.
A brand-new entry to our beer blog ranking is beerleeds.co.uk. Originally created by Richard Coldwell, who sadly passed away this year, he started his blog as an outlet for his passion for writing and to post about his love for pubs and beer. Teaming up with fellow beer bloggers to explore the pubs of the UK, beerleeds.co.uk has explored the hidden gems of Rugby with The Pub Curmudgeon, reviewing the pubs and beer on offer. beerleeds.co.uk has also travelled further afield sampling the beers of China.
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Vuelio’s blog ranking methodology takes into consideration social sharing, topic-related content and post frequency. Profiles of these beer blogs and their authors can be found in the Vuelio Media Database.