Last Updated 19/09/2018
Keeping top spot in our ranking is CAMRGB (The Campaign for Really Good Beer). Created back in 2011 by Simon Williams in response to English kegged beers not being allowed at the Great British Beer Festival, the blog has now grown from one man to a group of likeminded people. Reviewing beers from across the UK, including pumpkin stouts and hoppy IPAs, CAMRGB stays true to its beliefs, especially that beer should be enjoyed and celebrated with good humour. Keeping track of the latest breweries and beer festivals, CAMRGB is a great place for beer lovers and those looking to broaden their taste buds.
Jessica Boak and Ray Bailey started Boak & Bailey’s Beer Blog back in 2007 as a way to share their love of beer and to continue the conversations they had in the pub. Now with two books under their belt, Boak and Bailey have become respected voices in the beer blogging world. Boak & Bailey’s Beer Blog covers everything from beer reviews to uncovering pubs from the past, commenting on their history and décor, complete with photographs that transport the reader back to the pubs themselves.
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.
Although the author of The Pub Curmudgeon prefers to remain anonymous, it hasn’t stopped this blog becoming one of the leading voices on pubs and beer. With many of the posts discussing the increasing closure of pubs around the UK and the possible reasons behind this, The Pub Curmudgeon goes beyond beer reviews and looks at the industry as a whole. Discussing Government initiatives to encourage responsible drinking and the increasing price of a pint, The Pub Curmudgeon gives a no-nonsense view of every issue it covers.
Taking fifth place in our rankings is Tandleman’s Beer Blog. Created back in 2007 by Peter Alexander, a veteran beer lover, beer activist and local CAMRA chairman, he uses his blog to share his love of beer and pubs, especially those in the North West of England. Sharing tips with the reader about what to look for when choosing a pint or a pub, he also looks to the past, recalling stories of pub culture in Liverpool and the revival of old breweries. Tandleman’s Beer Blog is a respected part of the beer blogging world, with Peter sharing his thoughts on other beer blogs in the community.
A brand-new entry to our rankings is Beer Culture with Des de Moor. Started back in 2009, Des de Moor shares his views and opinions on the latest beers and breweries around the UK, especially London. Author of The CAMRA Guide to London’s Best Beer, Pubs and Bars, and an accredited beer sommelier, Des also runs his own beer tours around London, helping people uncover the hidden gems of the city and discover their own love of beer. Providing in-depth reviews of the breweries he visits; Beer Culture with Des de Moor brings the beer to the reader.
Another new entry is Zythophile, a beer blog created by Martyn Cornell back in 2007. Focused more on the history of beer and the stories behind this beloved drink, Zythophile tells stories that you’ll want to share at the pub, from the beer Michael Jackson drank that inspired a Yorkshire delicacy to the historic brewery site in trendy Shoreditch no-one is aware of. Busting ale myths from history and setting the record straight, Martyn goes into great detail about the part beer has played in our past, from its association with food to UK brewers using US hops.
8. Beer Insider
Entering our rankings for the first time is Beer Insider. Founded by Glynn Davis as a way to provide a platform for a variety of voices to share their opinions on the world of beer. Contributions range from bar owners and brewers to people who just love beer. With this mix of opinion, Beer Insider aims to look behind the obvious and shine a light on the nooks and crannies of the beer world, encouraging readers to do the same. Keeping up to date with changes in the world of breweries and the constantly evolving pub industry, Beer Insider makes sure its readers are informed of the latest news.
Paul Bailey is the man behind Paul’s Beer & Travel Blog, an avid fan of beer, member of CAMRA and home-brewer. Combining his love of beer and travel, he shares his quest for the perfect pint as he explores the UK and beyond. Reviewing pubs he visits on his travels and sampling the local ale, Paul is passionate about keeping the pub industry alive, providing detailed posts about the establishments he visits.
10. Look At Brew
Our final new entry into the rankings is Look At Brew. Created by Rachael Smith to share her passion for great artisan beer and the beautiful design on bottle labels, Look At Brew is a blog where she can do both. Based in Horsham, Rachael has worked with a number of Sussex brewers and is keen to support the local creative scene. Look At Brew also posts about beer, breweries and pubs further afield and provides detailed reviews of beers that are new to the market or simply one of Rachael’s favourites.
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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.