Keeping it real … Real Ale
Beer Blogger – Leyton Orient fan
Member of the British Guild of Beer Writers
Essex Inhabitant – Brewhead
Matt Chinnery is a beer blogger, member of the British Guild of Beer Writers and committee member at the multi CAMRA award winning Leyton Orient Supporters Club. Matt recently started blogging his beer adventures on The Half Pint Gentleman beer blog, writing about the places he had visited, beers he had tried and beer events he had taken part in. Matt started the blog as a hobby and the blogs main aim was to put together profiles for pubs, bars and breweries to visit while beer travelling, hopefully encouraging new people to try something a bit more interesting than the large commercial beers.
Ever since his first trip to Belgium Matt has been a huge fan of their beer and the Belgian culture which has lead to several more visits over the last few years. Beer travel is a big feature on his blog with posts covering some of the best pubs and beer bars he has visited from many different European beer scenes, previous trips have included looking into the new and exciting French beer scene in Bordeaux, visiting the many great brewpubs and beer bars in Barcelona and discovering the secret Lithuanian beer culture in Vilnius.
Although often seen sampling the pubs and bars of London Matt hails from Essex and has recently reconnected with Essex beers. Leyton Orient was never a choice growing up but getting older watching Orient has meant Matt was educated on beer in the Leyton Orient Supporters Club and has always enjoyed different real ale from all over the country. After nearly a decade of drinking in the supporters club pre and post match Matt decided to join the voluntary committee in 2013 as he saw it was time to give back to the unique football supporters club. You can often find Matt behind the bar pre or post match or at one of the many brewery events held at LOSC.
“I was asked recently ‘Why do you blog?’… My main reason for this is to give an insight to people looking at trying new beer, it is always great when someone puts down a commercial large brewed lager or beer and dives into the world of real ale or craft beer etc. Also whenever I am going to a new place, especially in a different country, I always try to see if anyone has blogged the best places to go to drink and what to drink, so if I can help someone else find somewhere cool to drink on their travels then that is awesome!”
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