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American home-brewers honour Obama

American home-brewers honour Obama

Barack Obama has been awarded life membership of the American Homebrewers Association for brewing beer in the White House -- the first American president to make beer in Washington's seat of power. The AHA says the president has done much to elevate the importance of home-brewing in America's customs and traditions. The home-brewers' body has also honoured Chef Sam Kass at the White House who developed recipes for Honey Ale and Honey Porter

Added: Wednesday, December 17th 2014

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Beer range honours great explorer

Beer range honours great explorer

Six beers have been launched by The Shackleton company in Norfolk to commemorate the life and work of the great Anglo-Irish Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. The beers are named after ships and shelters from Shackleton's expeditions in the Edwardian period

Added: Sunday, December 14th 2014

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Island monks restore abbey ale habit

Island monks restore abbey ale habit

Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight was destroyed in the 16th century by Henry VIII. But a new monastery was built in the 20th century and now the monks have teamed up with Goddards Brewery on the island to brew Quarr Abbey Ale which uses herbs and spices grown by the monks

Added: Friday, December 12th 2014

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American craft beer goes on booming

American craft beer goes on booming

There are now more than 3,000 breweries in the United States and 1.5 new breweries are opening every day, according to year-end figures from the Brewers Association. Craft beer is recording record sales and beer is reaching out to women drinkers and Hispanics

Added: Thursday, December 11th 2014

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It's a Hoppy Christmas at Hogs Back

It's a Hoppy Christmas at Hogs Back

Hogs Back Brewery in Surrey is growing its own hops for use in such leading beers as TEA and Hogstar lager. Braving the cold, staff from the brewery, led by owner Rupert Thompson, planted a further 1,200 new plants, including Fuggles and White Bine, with Cascade, a hop from the United States. Hogs Back plans a "green hop" beer next autumn, using hop straight from the harvest

Added: Saturday, December 6th 2014

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Writers honoured in top beer awards

Writers honoured in top beer awards

Jessica Boak and Ray Bailey won the prestigious Michael Jackson Beer Writer of the Year Award for their book Beer Britannia at the annual awards dinner on 4 December hosted by the British Guild of Beer Writers. Other awards went to Tim Webb, Mark Dredge, Nigel Huddlestone and Alastair Gilmour, with Pip Sprake picking up the new award for Young Beer Writer of the Year.

Added: Friday, December 5th 2014

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Yule get sleighed with these Xmas beers

Yule get sleighed with these Xmas beers

With Christmas on the horizon, brewers are gearing up for the festive season with a range of ales that will keep the cold out and the warmth in. Bateman's Rosey Nosey is building record sales while Adnams has an exclusive beer for Marks & Spencer. Lock the reindeer in the stable and get ready to glow

Added: Thursday, December 4th 2014

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Take a gander as Chicago's goose lands

Take a gander as Chicago's goose lands

Beers from Goose Island, one of the pioneering craft breweries in the United States, are now available on draught and in bottle in Britain, distributed by Greene King. The three beers are India Pale Ale, Honkers Ale and 312 Urban Wheat Ale. Drinkers will have to judge whether the beers have changed since the brewery was bought by American giant Anheuser-Busch

Added: Tuesday, December 2nd 2014

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Cutting with the grain to make great beer

Cutting with the grain to make great beer

Jane Peyton (pictured) has a mission to bring the glory of malt to drinkers' attention. With so much emphasis on hops, people forget that beer needs grain as it essential raw material. She has joined forces with writer Susannah Forbes to brew a special ale at Brewster's Brewery that will be unveiled in London next week

Added: Tuesday, November 25th 2014

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Supermarket boost for British hops

Supermarket boost for British hops

British hop farmers have been given a major boost by supermarket giant Tesco with Single Hopped Kentish Ale. Brewed by Shepherd Neame in Faversham, it's the first beer to carry the logo of the British Hop Association run by Ali Capper (left) who grows hops with her husband Richard at Stocks Farm in Worcestershire. She hops the new beer will encourage more British brewers to use home-grown rather than imported hops

Added: Saturday, November 15th 2014

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