Beer Review Rating System

It has been a good few years since I drank beer with any degree of regularity and so I am completely out of touch with what is available. When lockdown began in the UK I decided to sample the beers available from my local supermarkets. I’ll be concentrating on IPAs as these are what I have found myself drinking in recent years, mainly Brewdog’s Punk IPA and a range of since forgotten others drunk while at boardgame conventions. The rating scale I’ll be using for rating beer is derived from the board game rating scale over at boardgamegeek.

  1. Outstanding – will always enjoy drinking and expect this will never change
  2. Excellent – always enjoy drinking it
  3. Very good – enjoy drinking and would suggest it
  4. Good – usually willing to drink
  5. Ok – will drink if in the mood
  6. Average – take it or leave it
  7. Not so good – maybe would drink this again if desperate
  8. Bad – probably won’t drink this again
  9. Very bad – won’t drink ever again
  10. Awful – undrinkable

Beavertown Neck Oil

Fun creepy artwork on the can, but disappointing lack of blurb.

Initially tasted off, but quickly realised that was because I had recently brushed my teeth!

After this initial fumble I found that this was a really tasty session IPA and at 4.3% it didn’t knock me sideways like some of the stronger ones do.


Stock Image Resources

Here are a few sources of free high-definition photographs that are free to use, both for personal and commercial projects, and without the need for attribution.

Panorama of vintage car and corn field from pixabay.com


Pixabay is one of the largest sources of free photos, illustrations and videos. There are over a million images available for download.

Photographer in snowy conditions from unsplash.com


Over 200,000 free high-resolution photographs from a large community of photographers.

Stunning landscape photograph from pexels.com


Another growing collection of free high-resolution photographs

Photograph of person in rabbit costume on bridge


Quirky selection of photography by Ryan McGuire.

Owl Portrait from libreshot.com


Large collection of free to use high resolution photographs by Martin Vorel.


Free images for anyone and any use

Colour Palettes

Generate a colour palette

coolors.co is an excellent free resource for exploring and generating colour palettes. I recommend creating an account there so that you can save palettes for future reference.

Customising the colour palettes within wordpress

Once you have decided on a colour palette for your website Using a plugin like Code Snippets it is then possible to add in code to customise the colour palettes available in WordPress

Customise Palette in GeneratePress

The following code will customise the theme colour palette in GeneratePress. You can have a variable number of colours, but they are only given the same amount of space regardless so if you specify too many the palette blocks will become very small. Seven or eight colour blocks is about right.

add_filter( 'generate_default_color_palettes', 'tp_custom_color_palettes' );
function tp_custom_color_palettes( $palettes ) {
	$palettes = array(
	return $palettes;

Customise Palette in Gutenberg Blocks

The code below will customise the colour palettes within the Gutenberg Block Editor in WordPress. As far as I know there is no restriction on the number of colours that can be specified here.

add_action( 'after_setup_theme', function() {
    add_theme_support( 'editor-color-palette', array(
            'name'  => __( 'Black' ),
            'slug'  => 'Black',
            'color' => '#000000',
            'name'  => __( 'Charcoal' ),
            'slug'  => 'Charcoal',
            'color' => '#264653',
            'name'  => __( 'Persian Green' ),
            'slug'  => 'PersianGreen',
            'color' => '#2A9D8F',
            'name'  => __( 'Orange Yellow Crayola' ),
            'slug'  => 'OrangeYellowCrayola',
            'color' => '#E9C46A',
            'name'  => __( 'Sandy Brown' ),
            'slug'  => 'SandyBrown',
            'color' => '#F4A261',
            'name'  => __( 'Burnt Sienna' ),
            'slug'  => 'BurntSienna',
            'color' => '#E76F51',
            'name'  => __( 'White' ),
            'slug'  => 'White',
            'color' => '#FFFFFF',
    ) );
} );