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Time to put beer on the top table

Time to put beer on the top table

Jane Peyton calls on the government to promote our national drink by making it available at parliamentary and embassy dinners and events. The French, she says, wouldn't serve imported wine at official functions yet all too often British government event serve wine rather than home-grown beer. Sign her petition!

Added: Thursday, October 30th 2014

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Shipwreck beer brought back to life

Shipwreck beer brought back to life

Beer found in a shipwreck off the Finnish coast has been dated back to 1842 and has been recreated by brewing scientists at the University of Leuven in Belgium. Research shows the beer was made by spontaneous fermentation and probably came from a Belgian lambic brewery

Added: Sunday, October 26th 2014

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Surrey Hog bristles with chocolate delight

Surrey Hog bristles with chocolate delight

Hogs Back Brewery in Tongham, Surrey, has joined forces with renowned chocolatier Montezuma to produce a lager with a dash of real chocolate. The beer flies in the face of the convention that chocolate, with its fat content, can't be added during the brewing process. The beer is lagered for five weeks and offers both malt, hops and chocolate -- just in time for National Chocolate Week

Added: Saturday, October 11th 2014

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Beer drinkers say 'eye-eye' to Cyclops

Beer drinkers say 'eye-eye' to Cyclops

Cyclops, the beer accreditation scheme, is getting greater recognition and support from both beer drinkers and publicans. Drinkers say they would try more cask beers if some indication of aroma and flavour was displayed on pump clips.

Added: Thursday, September 25th 2014

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Cask ale forging ahead says Brown report

Cask ale forging ahead says Brown report

The 2014 Cask Ale Report, compiled by Pete Brown, says real ale is the beer of the moment, with new breweries opening on almost a daily basis and pubs offering a vast range of beers. But perceptions need to change, the report adds, as many publicans still believe cask beer is drunk by "beardie weirdies". And publicans are criticised for selling cask ale too cheaply -- almost £1 a pint less than craft keg.

Added: Thursday, September 25th 2014

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New Scots ale to delight & unite UK

New Scots ale to delight & unite UK

Edinburgh-based Innis & Gunn aims to heal the referendum divisions in Scotland with a new oak-aged beer, Rare Oak Pale Ale, that uses oak hewn from forests in the Scottish Borders. Sweet Gale is added to hops to give a spicy and refreshing flavour

Added: Tuesday, September 23rd 2014

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Kent Green Hop beer heads to Belgium

Kent Green Hop beer heads to Belgium

Eddie Gadd at Ramsgate Brewery will take a special beer brewed with the first hops of the harvest to a Belgian beer festival hosted by ground-breaking craft brewery De Molen. Back in Kent, all the county's brewers will parade Green Hop beers at a festival in Canterbury

Added: Monday, September 22nd 2014

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Craft: the word on every drinker's lips

Craft: the word on every drinker's lips

So what is "craft beer"? Georgie Denny and Deborah Finding of design research agency The Big Picture find out how drinkers define -- and choose the beer of the moment, such as BrewDog with its redesigned labels

Added: Monday, September 15th 2014

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Victorian beers come back from the grave

Victorian beers come back from the grave

Beers from a Hatfield brewery in Hertfordshire that closed in 1920 have been recreated by the 3 Brewers and will feature at the St Albans beer festival this month. Pryor Reid was a major brewer and the biggest employer in Hatfield but closed following the death of the chairman's son in WWI. Now Petar Zivkovic (seen left) with Mark Fanner and Petar's brother Nick have recreated a mild and a porter using Pryor Reid's recipes

Added: Sunday, September 14th 2014

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Up with the lark for first hops of harvest

Up with the lark for first hops of harvest

Rooster's head brewer Oliver Fozard made a dawn dash from North Yorkshire to Worcestershire to pick up the first Phoenix hops of the harvest from Stocks Farm then hurried back to the brewery to make a Fresh Hop beer. He believes it's the first time a beer using harvest-fresh hops has been made in the north of England.

Added: Wednesday, September 10th 2014

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