Wassail! The pagan origins of a Yuletide cider festival

Reprinted with permission from “Ciderology” by Gabe Cook, Spruce 2018 If you happen to be in the West of England during January, you might catch sight and sound of some rather unexpected activities. Some rather pagan activities. For one month a year, an area famed for its tranquility and gentle nature packs away the tea … [ Read more]

IPA craze hits China after Xi has pint with Cameron

Two politicians walk into a bar. Suddenly, the world’s largest nation is clamoring for India pale ale. That’s the story from an official state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to England, where he ate fish and chips and drank a pint of Greene King IPA with Prime Minister David Cameron. President Xi enjoys a cult … [ Read more]