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Gift Guide – Beers of the World

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Gift Guide – Beers of the World

Posted on 15 December 2014 by Chris Ford

There’s a new trend of giving beer boxes as gifts with lots of companies popping up offering international selections but at a premium, why not put something together yourself for that last minute gift?
Below I list some of my international favourites in the beer world :


Beavertown Gamma Ray – There are many London based breweries popping up producing some amazing beer but I keep coming back to Gamma Ray, this big, hoppy and fresh beer is full of juicy American hops giving it a heavy floral aroma full of hibiscus, passion flowers and grapefruit.


Oddbins No. 4 – produced by inventive West London-based brewery, Moncada. A beer reminiscent of a Belgian style wheat beer in body and flavour, complemented by the hoppy notes and bitterness produced as a result of being brewed using traditional IPA techniques.



Brew Dog Punk IPA – this light, golden classic has been subverted with new world hops to create a devastating explosion of flavour. With bursts of caramel, tropical fruit and an all-out riot of grapefruit, pineapple and lychee, before a spiky bitter finish.

Oddbins No  3 (3)

Oddbins No 3 – another Oddbins collaboration, Alechemy Brewery who have teamed up with Oddbins to brew Oddbins No 3). A rich and well-balanced black IPA that combines all the hoppy characteristics of a traditional IPA with a fuller body and a hint of roasted malt.


Estrella Damm – Brewed in Barcelona for 130 years. Balanced & hoppy with a clean, dry finish the number one choice for a sunny day on the beach, refreshing and beautiful ice cold and one of my favourite lager type beers.


Kirin Ichiban – Ichiban Shibori is a process by which beer is made from a single first pressing of the finest ingredients, giving you the sweetest, most flavoursome beer every time.
Only Kirin Ichiban is made with this process resulting in sweet yet refreshing beer.


Anchor Steam – Full of citrus, fruity goodness Anchor Steam gets its name from its uinuqe brewing processing in steam baths over in San Francisco , my go to US beer.

Czech Republic

Pilsner Urquell – The Czech Republics number one export and for good reason, this is the original Pilsner and under the right conditions is the most divine thing in the world, hands down the best Pilsner out there today in my opinion.



Affligem – Winner of numerous awards and international tasting sessions
Brewed in the Flemish village, of Opwijk, this top-fermenting Belgian Blond beer is still brewed according to the original recipe. Well balanced, with a sweetish, refreshing fruity

Stella Artois – Yes its not a typo, your humble Stella Artois, when it’s done right in a good pub or fresh out a ice cold bottle into a equally ice cold glass there is nothing like It.
Talking of Stella for Christmas the classic Stella Artois chalice has gone over a bit of a Christmas makeover, which is rather clever of them, what better way to toast your Christmas day feast?


If you would like your own Christmas Chalice head over to the  Stella Artois Chalice Shop


Soft Drinks….
Ok if you must Ive got you covered, sick of all non-alcoholic beers tasting terrible? Well here’s a tip give Soft Brew a go, its probably the best tasting non-alcoholic beer I’ve tried and I have tried most of them!




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Posted on 04 November 2014 by Chris Ford

In the latest of the Stella Artois CONNOSSIEURS SERIES  videos  Actor/Director Jon Favreau talks about how cinematography has changed and the influences this has had on him and the industry as a whole, stating that he always wants “to blow people’s minds”. The screening of Chef was supported by the Stella Artois bursary programme, a scheme which is designed to support stand out film.

Previous videos in the Stella Artois Connoisseurs Series include tennis legend Henri Le Conte, renowned polo player Jamie Morrison, directors Wim Wenders and Shane Meadows and MasterChef winner Shelina Permalloo.


Tom Aikens Serves Steamed Mussels for Stella Artois UK

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Tom Aikens Serves Steamed Mussels for Stella Artois UK

Posted on 04 September 2014 by Chris Ford


Belguim is famous for its beer steamed mussels so I thought this was an interesting take on that from chef Tom Aikens, here he uses Stella Artois Cidre Raspberry


For the parsley shallot mix:

350g finely diced shallots
2 bay leaves
8g chopped thyme
8 cloves garlic finely chopped
300ml cider

For the mussels:

2kg of prepared mussels
200ml cider
50g cold Butter diced
4g Chopped parsley
10 turns milled pepper


1.Place the shallot mix into a pan and reduce to nothing so the mix is almost dry

2.Place the mussels into a hot pan then add the cider and the shallot mix

3.Cover with a lid, steam for 2 minutes till they just open and then stir in the butter, parsley, stir this in and serve in a large white bowl, sprinkle with chopped parsley

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

For more Stella Artois recipe videos click here

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Ian Poulter Trick Shot

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Ian Poulter Trick Shot

Posted on 17 July 2014 by Chris Ford

Thought Id share this cool video of British golfer Ian Poulter as he attempts to skim the head of a beer from a Stella Artois Chalice. Captured using a Phantom Flex slow motion camera the results are visually stunning.

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Stella Artois Launches “The Chalice Symphony”

Posted on 17 March 2014 by Chris Ford

Stella Artois the rather lovely Belgian beer have launched The Chalice Symphony – a year-long collaboration between craftsman Andy Cavatorta and indie rock band Cold War Kids exploring the beautiful sounds of the signature Stella Artois Chalice.
Inspired by his previous work with singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Björk – where music was created by harnessing forces of nature with new technology – Andy Cavatorta has crafted a quartet of instruments inspired by elements of Stella Artois’ signature glassware. These include:

• The Hive which takes its name from the instrument’s unique shape and sound, resembling a soft xylophone.
• The Pyrophone which adds depth to the symphony with a deep whistling sound, like a boat horn.
• The Star Harp which uses robotics to play a harp-like sound using strings and the Stella Artois Chalice. “Stella” means “star” in Latin.
• The Violina which leverages a higher-pitched string sound, resembling a violin for the symphony.

This month, iconic rock band Cold War Kids have debuted the instruments in a new single called “A Million Eyes”, a soulful ballad which incorporates the unique sounds from the Stella Artois Chalice.
The music video and story behind the concept and craftsmanship have been captured in a stunning series of short films which are available to watch at www.youtube.com/user/stellaartoisuk. The “A Million Eyes” track is available for download at www.stellaartois.com/en/global/coldwarkids, iTunes and Spotify.
The results are pretty amazing, I was already a fan of Cold War Kids but I;m truly impressed by what they have achieved with Andy’s fantastic instruments.
Visit www.stellaartois.com for more information and additional content on the Chalice Symphony.

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The Christmas House of Stella Artois

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The Christmas House of Stella Artois

Posted on 06 December 2013 by Chris Ford

The Christmas House of Stella Artois is open the week before Christmas for three nights only between 6pm and 10pm, Wednesday 18th December to Friday 20th December.


Guests will be invited to enjoy a Chalice of Stella Artois, attend a premium beer masterclass, and, if they wish, purchase a limited edition Crystal Chalice adorned with Swarovski elements. Only twelve Crystal Chalices are available to purchase in the UK from The Christmas House of Stella Artois, priced £300, thats probably the most luxurious beer glass I have ever seen! no doubt a perfect gift for every discerning gentleman you thought had everything this Christmas.

The pop up event can be found at 20 Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DP where you can enjoy a complimentary Chalice and canapés with friends, but The Christmas House of Stella Artois has a first-come, first-served admission policy so early arrival is advised.

Stella Artois masterclass sessions will be held at the following times:

· Wednesday 18th December:
18:30 – 18:45 = session 1
19:15 – 19:30 = session 2
20:30 – 20:45 = session 3
21:15 – 21:30 = session 4

· Thursday 19th December:
18:30 – 18:45 = session 5
19:15 – 19:30 = session 6
20:30 – 20:45 = session 7
21:15 – 21:30 = session 8

· Friday 20th December:
18:30 – 18:45 = session 9
19:15 – 19:30 = session 10
20:30 – 20:45 = session 11
21:15 – 21:30 = session 12

See you there!

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Allen Leech | Stella Artois Connoisseurs

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Allen Leech | Stella Artois Connoisseurs

Posted on 04 December 2013 by Chris Ford

Actor Allen Leech is focus of the latest installment of The Stella Artois Connoisseurs Series, offering insights into Allen’s time on the set of Downton Abbey and In Fear, his preparations for taking on new roles and his interpretation of the craft of film and filmmaking.

The Connoisseur Series is intended to offer a unique look into the world of renowned quality craftsmen, from Oscar nominated directors such as Wim Wenders and Shane Meadows, to stars of the sporting world such as Henri Leconte, highlighting their individual craft, capturing their passion and vision. Each film explores the role of rituals in their profession and how this has helped their success and allowed them to meet the highest standards in their field.

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Posted on 15 November 2013 by Chris Ford

The UK premiere of In Fear took place at the ICA in London this Tuesday , the debut psychological thriller by Jeremy Lovering.


The Stella Artois bursary programme aims to financially support exceptional creative talent and bring smaller releases to a wider audience, providing unique cinematic experiences to film fans. In Fear was the seventh film Stella Artois has supported since the bursary programme began in August 2012.

In Jeremy Lovering’s chilling debut, a young couple fights to survive one night-turned-nightmare. Driving to a music festival, Tom and Lucy have plans to stay at a countryside hotel. But with hotel signs leading them in circles and darkness falling, they soon become lost in a maze of country roads, and the target of an unknown tormentor.


Reminiscent of vintage psychological thrillers and bolstered by newcomer Iain De Caestecker, along with Allen Leech in its main roles, In Fear plays out in real time and hinges on a claustrophobic, unrelentingly tense horror thriller.

“In Fear is a wonderfully crafted masterpiece which is sure to keep viewers on the edge of their seats.  We are delighted that our bursary programme has given the film the chance to have the premiere it deserves.” said Phil Pick, UK Marketing Manager for Stella Artois. “The Stella Artois bursary enables film makers to showcase their rich talent by offering opportunities that were previously not possible, such as premieres and director Q&A’s.”

The In Fear premiere is the latest instalment in a series of events funded by the Stella Artois bursary programme which has been set up to support stand-out film.  Previous support has enabling premieres for Sightseers and A Field in England.


I was lucky enough to attend the premiere on Tuesday along with three pair of lucky competition winners and thoroughly enjoyed the film, we met the stars of the film and also the awesome Simon Pegg was amoungst the stars who turned up to see the film.

I highly recommended you check In Fear out.


Win Tickets to the ‘In Fear’ premiere, courtesy of Stella Artois

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Win Tickets to the ‘In Fear’ premiere, courtesy of Stella Artois

Posted on 07 November 2013 by Chris Ford

Gentlemen’s Goods is teaming up with Stella Artois to give readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to the UK red carpet premiere of In Fear, the debut psychological thriller by Jeremy Lovering.


The exclusive premiere of In Fear will take place at the ICA, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH on Tuesday 12th November. We have three pairs of general admission tickets up for grabs.

Those lucky enough to secure a pair of tickets to the screenings will get to attend the UK premiere of the film.


To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is email your name, date of birth and contact telephone number to enterthecomp@gmail.com.

Terms and Conditions

In Fear Premiere Ticket Giveaway (the “Promotion”)

No purchase necessary. Prize draw

7.11.2013 – 09.11.2013


1.       The promoter is Gentlemen’s Goods (www.gentlemensgoods.com) (the “Promoter”). The prize is provided by AB InBev UK Limited (Company number: 3982132) of Porter Tun House, 500 Capability Green, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 3LS (the “Prize Provider”).


2.                   This Promotion is open to persons aged 18 or over and resident in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), excluding employees of the Promoter or the Prize Provider, and their immediate families, associated agents or anyone professionally associated with the administration of this Promotion. Entries from agents, third parties or consumer groups will not be accepted. Bulk entries will not be accepted.


3.                   The Promotion opens at 13.00pm on 7th November 2013 and closes at 10.00pm on 9th November 2013 (the “Promotional Period”).


4.                   There are three pairs of general admission tickets available to be won for the premiere of In Fear, at the ICA, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH at 7.30pm on Tuesday 12th November, three separate prize draws taking place at 10.00am on 10thNovember 2013:


Each pair of tickets is a “Prize”.  There are 3 pairs of tickets available to be won in total.


5.            To enter the Promotion, individuals should email details of their name, date of birth and contact telephone number to enterthecomp@gmail.com (“Entry”).



6.            Three participants will be chosen at random via a randomised computer programme from the prize draw from all the participants who validly submitted their personal details and correctly answer the question in accordance with paragraph 5, who will each win a Prize (“Winners”). There will be three (3) Winners in total. Each Winner will be notified that they have won a prize by email by 11.00am on 10th November 2013 to the email address they supplied on Entry (“Notifying Email”). Winners must respond to the Notifying Email no later than 24 hours after the time the Notifying Email is sent (as per the time stamp on the sent email) confirming their acceptance of the Prize, agreement to the Terms and Conditions, and the name and date of birth of their guest. If Winners do not reply to the Notifying Email within 24 hours, that Winner forfeits their Prize and a replacement winner will be drawn in their place from the entries received during the Promotional Period. Once the Winner’s acceptance of the Prize has been received by the Promoter, he or she will be sent a confirmation email no later than 24 hours prior to the screening providing further details about the Prize including the time of screening, location of cinema and where to go to on arrival at the cinema. Upon acceptance of the Prize by email in accordance with this paragraph, the Prize Provider will add the Winner and their guest’s name to the Stella Artois guest list.  Upon arrival at the ICA, Winners and guests should ask for the guest list queue and state their name to ICA staff who will check their name against the guest list they have been provided.


Terms and Conditions apply (see below), 18+ only, closes 10pm 9 November 2013

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Henri Leconte | Stella Artois Connoisseurs

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Henri Leconte | Stella Artois Connoisseurs

Posted on 05 September 2013 by Chris Ford

Continuing their fantastic ‘Connoisseurs’ series Stella Artois speak to  tennis legend  Henri Leconte  about inspiration, preparation, character and more, interesting stuff!


The series  highlight’s the featured connoisseur’s individual craft, capturing their passion and vision, revealing the hidden inspirations and motivations behind achieving excellence in areas such as film and sport. Each film explores the role of rituals in each personality’s profession and how this has assisted their success, allowing them to meet the highest standards in their field of expertise.

Viewers can discover the Stella Artois Pouring Ritual** through the Connoisseur Series which will be hosted on the newly launched Stella Artois UK YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/stellaartoisuk) and will be unveiled throughout the summer and autumn.





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