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Great beer: it's a grainy image

Great beer: it's a grainy image

So much attention is paid to hops these days that many drinkers ignore the vital role played by barley and other grains in making beer. Hops are the salt and pepper of beer-making but it needs malt, with its essential sugars, that enables beer to be made and to balance the bitterness of hops with rich biscuit notes with chocolate and fruit from darker grain

Added: Thursday, August 30th 2018

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40 years on, Big Beer still rules the roost

40 years on, Big Beer still rules the roost

In 1978, when Roger Protz published his first book on beer, Pulling a Fast One, the industry was dominated by the Big Six national brewers who closed many smaller breweries and charged high prices for their ales and lagers. 40 years later, global brewers have replaced the nationals and their beers are still shockingly over-priced

Added: Friday, August 24th 2018

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Champion stout good way to start the day

Champion stout good way to start the day

Siren Craft Brew from Berkshire stole the show on the opening day of the 2018 Great British Beer Festival by winning Champion Beer of Britain with its Broken Dream Breakfast Stout. The Siren team are shown with their cup, with founder Darron Anley centre. The Silver award went to Green Jack brewery for Ripper barley wine and Bronze was won by Mordue Brewery for its Workie Ticket Best Bitter

Added: Wednesday, August 8th 2018

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Brits are being priced out of pubs

Brits are being priced out of pubs

A YouGov poll commissioned by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, finds that 56 per cent of British beer drinkers say the price of a pint is driving them away from pubs and to more affordable outlets such as supermarkets. CAMRA is calling on the government to scrap plans to increase beer duty in the autumn -- which will put 2p on the price of a pint -- and to ease the burden of business rates on pubs.

Added: Monday, August 6th 2018

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Brakspear Special: back where it belongs

Brakspear Special: back where it belongs

Brakspear Special, a much-loved traditional ale, disappeared when the Henley brewery closed and production moved to Wychwood in Witney, where just Brakspear Bitter and Oxford Gold are brewed. But now the independent Brakspear pub company has brought Special back, brewing it on a small plant in its Bull pub in Henley.

Added: Sunday, July 22nd 2018

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Big drive to save embattled locals

Big drive to save embattled locals

Delegates attending the annual conference of More Than a Pub, staged by the Plunkett Foundation, heard of campaigns throughout the country to save cherished local pubs as a result of dedicated work by action groups. The centrepiece of the conference was a case study of the Gardeners Arms in Sheffield (pictured) that was saved from closure and is now acting as a vital community hub and is also the tap house for the Sheffield Brewery

Added: Tuesday, July 17th 2018

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Eden River beers on steep learning curve

Eden River beers on steep learning curve

Eden River Brew in Penrith has joined forces with design students at Cumbria University to fashion a new range of beers with vibrant coloured cans. The range includes two IPAs -- one of them sour -- a fruit wheat beer and a Belgian-style farmhouse saison.

Added: Sunday, June 10th 2018

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Viking beer cements Norfolk-Rouen link

Viking beer cements Norfolk-Rouen link

Norwich is linked to Rouen in France and David Holliday at Norfolk Brewhouse was keen to brew a beer that commemorated the association. He found that Northmaen brewery on a farm near Rouen in Normandy grows its own grain and was also keen to stress the Vikings' link between the two regions. The result is Amitie IPA, launched during City of Ale in Norwich. Pictured: Dominique Camus at Northmaen with Bruce Ash from Norfolk Brewhouse

Added: Monday, May 28th 2018

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City of Ale: the speech I didn't make...

City of Ale: the speech I didn't make...

Torrential rain prevented speeches being made at the launch of Norwich City of Ale 2018. City of Ale has been running for eight years and has been a ground-breaking festival, a rolling series of events that emphasise the importance of the pub to good beer. Here's the speech I planned to make. Pictured: City of Ale founders Dawn Leeder and Phil Cutter with Norwich South MP Clive Lewis (centre) at the launch party

Added: Friday, May 25th 2018

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Cambridge beer fest is one of the best

Cambridge beer fest is one of the best

More than 44,000 drinkers are expected to pack the six-day beer festival in Cambridge. It's the 45th one in the city and is the longest-running event staged by CAMRA. There are 216 beers to enjoy, along with cider, perry, wine and mead.

Added: Wednesday, May 23rd 2018

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