Beergeek in London: Crisps, Nuts, Cracklins, and other Pub Snacks

Snacks are ubiquitous in pubs in the UK. And rarely is a round bought that doesn’t include a pack or two of snacks. Crisps (potato chips) are the most common with great flavors like Cheese and Onion, Ready Salted (just salted in the US), Salt and Vinegar, and Sweet Chilli (as best as I can guess an Thai influenced savory flavor). Other snacks include various forms of peanuts, pork rinds, and the ever famous Bacon Fries. Another interesting note, snacks are almost always shared among those you are with. The containers are split open on table like you see in…

An American Beergeek in London

Beer in the UK in general, and in London in particular has seen big changes in the past few years. CAMRA members may not be too happy about it, but beer lovers are seeing an ever expanding renaissance when it comes to beer styles available. Traditionally London has seen the standard selection of beer that came in two broad segments. Lagers (cheap Bud-like yellow fizzy crap) and traditional ales / real ales. There has always been a large variety in these ales — ranging from gentle milds to deep dark stouts to barleywines. With the rare exception, these beers were…