So much has happened in 2016 it's difficult to know where to begin when trying to review the year. But all we're really bothered about is the important stuff - beer and music. So, with just two weeks left until 2017 we're all picking our top 5 records and beers from the last 12 months. And then, next week, we'll have our complete guide to the best albums of 2016. In our opinion of course.**
Charles Bradley - Changes
David Bowie - Blackstar
Animal Collective - Painting With
NOFX - First Ditch Effort
The Monkees - Good Times
Northern Monk - Dark Arches
Stone Brewing - Stone IPA
Beavertown - Lupoloid
North Riding - Waterpistol
Ska Brewing - Modus Hoperandi
Suede - Night Thoughts
Band of Skulls - By Default
School of Seven Bells - Sviib
Bloc Party - Hymns
Jack White - Acoustic Recordings
Flying Dog - Carolina Reaper
Yeastie Boys - Gunnamatta
Magic Rock - Salty Kiss
Wild Beer - Millionaire Milk Stout
Mad Hatter - Tzatziki Sour
David Bowie - Black Star "A wonderfully planned, emotional album"
Divine Comedy - Forever Land "A reminder of growing up'
Violent Femmes - We Can Do Anything
The Dandy Warhols - Distortland
Charles Bradley - Changes "Just great"
Durham Brewery - Framboise "A refreshing summer drink, which reminded me of 'monkey blood' on ice cream sundaes"
Sonnet 43 - Create These Moments " Christmas in a glass"
Northern Monk - Eternal "A great refreshing drink"
North Riding - Rum and Raisin Porter "Does exactly what is says on the label'
Wild Beer - Millionaire "A sweet, lovely pint. Just fantastic"
Divine Comedy - Forever Land "Having not listened to them for years, it was wonderful to hear that Neil Hannon can still make witty and exciting music"
David Bowie - Black Star "Extraordinary"
Temperance Movement - White Bear "Straight up rock album. Love it!"
Seasick Steve - Keepin' The Horse Between me and the Ground " There's something raw, haunting about this. It's what I imagine him playing by himself before he became famous"
Biffy Clyro - Ellipsis "The stand out album of 2016. No band is more exciting and experimental. Seeing them live this year was a special moment"
Wild Weather - Strawberries and Dream "My favourite dessert turned into a beer, so it was always going be a winner"
Northern Monk - Eternal "Go to beer. What ever the mood, a half of Eternal will sort you out"
Vocation - Life and Death "Wonderful beer. Full of flavour, and at 6.5% it'll put hairs on your eyeballs"
Sonnet 43 - Bourbon Milk Stout "Simply one of the finest dark beers I've ever had"
Bull Finch - Alpha West Coast IPA "It's got a kick like a mule"