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Love the label! How colour boosts sales

Love the label! How colour boosts sales

Beer drinkers can be attracted to certain brands if they like the colours of the labels. An experiment at the Edinburgh Science Festival with Barney's Beer, a local micro-brewery, found that tasters preferred one of two beers from Barney's -- even though the beer in both bottles was identical. The tasters even identified different malt and hop notes in the beer they preferred. Pictured: Andrew Barnett of Barney's Brewery.

Added: Saturday, April 12th 2014

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My home brew: it's time for the taste test

My home brew: it's time for the taste test

After 10 days of fermentation and seven days of conditioning, my Irish Extra Stout, made with the BruBox system, is ready to taste. Will it be heaven or hell?

Added: Wednesday, April 9th 2014

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Hopping for the best to save beer flavour

Hopping for the best to save beer flavour

England's hop farmers are under siege as more and more breweries switch to imported varieties. Growers such as Ali Capper (pictured) are leading the fightback by developing new varieties with modern aromas and flavours

Added: Thursday, April 3rd 2014

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Home brewing made easy...I hope

Home brewing made easy...I hope

After many failed attempts at brewing my own beer, I accept a challenge to make a stout from a -- hopefully -- risk-free BruBox. A progress report on the first stage and a little trouble with temperature...

Added: Saturday, March 29th 2014

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Benner quits CAMRA for top SIBA role

Benner quits CAMRA for top SIBA role

CAMRA Chief Executive Mike Benner, who has masterminded the public role of the campaign for 10 years, is leaving to become managing director of the Society of Independent Brewers. At its annual conference this month, SIBA overhauled its structure and Benner will play a key role in its political and commercial activities. He is seen (right) with new SIBA chairman Guy Sheppard

Added: Monday, March 24th 2014

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Old World meets New in Marston's range

Old World meets New in Marston's range

Genevieve Upton (pictured) one of Marston's Brewmasters, has helped develop a new range of Revisionist beers that combine flavours from both traditional styles and new world ones with more modern flavours. Genevieve is keen to produce beers that will accompany food

Added: Saturday, March 22nd 2014

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Digging up history in a Cornish beer bottle

Digging up history in a Cornish beer bottle

A bottle of beer thought to date from 1910 has been found at the site of St Piran's Oratory in the sands at Perranporth in Cornwall. The beer is a Walter Hicks' ale brewed at St Austell Brewery and was probably left by a worker engaged in encasing the oratory in concrete to protect it from sea and sand. Brewery archivist Chris Knight (pictured) says there's a drop of beer left in the bottle and it may be possible to identify the actual brew

Added: Thursday, March 20th 2014

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Brewers and drinkers hail budget beer cut

Brewers and drinkers hail budget beer cut

A penny off the price of a pint, announced today by Chancellor George Osborne has been hailed by both consumers and brewers as another shot in the arm for the fast-growing brewing industry and will help struggling pubs

Added: Wednesday, March 19th 2014

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Hang your hat at an Antwerp cafe where fine food is matched with Belgian beer

Hang your hat at an Antwerp cafe where fine food is matched with Belgian beer

De Rooden Hoed -- the Red Hat -- dates from the 18th century and is a former coaching inn alongside Antwerp cathedral. Today it offers fine dining, with each course carefully and meticulously matched by a great Belgian beer, including the local De Koninck ale that's celebrated in style on the restaurant wall

Added: Sunday, March 16th 2014

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Wood-aged stout to wow St Patrick's Day

Wood-aged stout to wow St Patrick's Day

Innovative Edinburgh brewer Innis & Gunn, run by Dougal Sharp (left) has launched a special Irish Whiskey Cask Stout for St Patrick's Day. And it has joined forces with bartender David Ashton-Hyde of the Hinds Head at Bray, owned by Heston Blumenthal, to produce Smokin' Gunn based on the Rauch or smoked beers from Bamberg in Germany

Added: Monday, March 10th 2014

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