My writings are a personal reflection of the sheer enjoyment derived from a lifetime’s experience of drinking beer and visiting pubs, in a wide number of different locations, both here in the UK as well as abroad. I am a fully trained beer taster who has judged at several CAMRA beer festivals, as well as conducting several guided beer tastings.
I became a member of CAMRA back in the early 1970’s and played an active role in the organisation for many years. I cancelled my membership in late 2019, as although the campaign had achieved far more than its founders had ever thought possible, I felt CAMRA had lost its way, and was no longer relevant in a world that had changed out of all recognition to that which existed when the group was founded.
For several years, I was an accomplished home-brewer producing a wide range of full-mash beers, across an equally wide range of styles. I gave up brewing due to time constraints and increased work commitments but would like to get back into producing my own beer when I stop getting distracted by other projects
After selling the off-license, I travelled extensively visiting many classic European beer destinations, as well as places further afield. The latter includes Japan, the United States and most recently, China. As with beer, I write about my travel experiences, in order to inspire readers to check out and discover some of these places for themselves. Paul’s Beer Travels combines two of my main passions in life, namely beer and travel. Both these passions complement each other, as travelling to a new or interesting location, in search of, or specifically to find good beer is something which still excites me today.
In April 2021, I reached state retirement age, and six months later switched to part-time working, I now have a new position in the company, which is that of Safety Advisor. I now work just three days a week, a situation that allows more time for visiting new places new pubs and sample new and interesting beers.