On the climb up to The Cheviot (815m), the highest point in Northumberland, it only seems appropriate to be carrying a bottle with the same name as the great fellwalker Alfred Wainwright. An all day walk starting and finishing at Kirk Yetholm following the Pennine Way to The Schill and Auchope Refuge before climbing to the summit.
THORNBRIDGE JAIPUR IPA
On a glorious day on Blackhall Hill (379m) in the Scottish Borders looking North/West towards Jedburgh. One of my favourite beers.
Overlooking Einsiedeln and the Sihlsee and beyond to the Glarner Alps on the first hike of the summer
BREW DOG LIBERTINE BLACK ALE
In front of the Boogg (Snowman) before it is set on fire as part of the Sechselauten Spring festival in Zurich.The head of the snowman figure is filled with explosives and tradition says that the time it takes from lighting the pyre to the main explosive charge detonating is an indicator of what the forthcoming Summer will be like. The longer it takes, the wetter the summer, but they do cheat and spray it with petrol if it looks like being a damp squib!
THEAKSTON OLD PECULIER
Watching the racing on the frozen lake in St Moritz with a Theakston Old Peculier. Every January/February there is racing on this track with a mixture of flat racing, trotters (pictured) and skijoring (skiers being towed by horses). For anyone interested in horseracing it is a must to come and see it.
ORKNEY BREWERY NORTHERN LIGHT
After the blizzard. Shovelling snow and riding out, then time for a spot of snowshoeing on the local hill with a Dachshund and a Northern Light
BELHAVEN McCALLUM’S STOUT
on the Hornli slopes above Arosa in Switzerland with a chilled Belhaven McCallum’s Stout