British hops are no longer in the doldrums. There are now 50 hop farmers producing 27 varieties, with a large proportion going for export. Beer lovers can celebrate the Great Hop Revival this autumn with a raft of festivals, exhibitions and train rides. Get hopping!
Added: Monday, September 11th 2017
Carlsberg says it has "taken lagering out of lager". This is a remarkable claim by the brewery that produced the first pure strain of lager yeast in the 19th century thanks to the pioneering work of Emil Hansen (pictured) in the Copenhagen laboratory. But if modern global brands of lager are produced in just 21 days, what should we call this style of beer that is not aged and conditioned?
Added: Monday, September 4th 2017
Danish brewer Carlsberg has found the genome in barley and its scientists are developing new varieties of grain that can resist drought and extreme temperatures and also use less water. The brewer is reducing its carbon footprint and is also developing new hop varieties that can be grown in the Nordic countries and Russia, which are too cold for conventional hops
Added: Tuesday, August 29th 2017
Church End Brewery's Goats Milk Bitter has walked away with the Gold award in the Champion Beer of Britain competition staged by CAMRA at the Great British Beer Festival at London Olympia. The beer was first brewed as a one-off for a pub but proved so popular it has become a regular part of the brewery's range. Paul Hamblett from Church End is seen with the trophy at Olympia
Added: Tuesday, August 8th 2017
Anchor Brewing of San Francisco has been bought by the giant Japanese brewery Sapporo, which means yet another independent craft brewery has fallen to Big Beer. Anchor, famous for its steam beer, enjoys iconic status in the US as it played a key role in kick-starting the great American beer revival in the 1960s
Added: Saturday, August 5th 2017
This year's Great British Beer Festival will have a strong campaigning theme as SIBA joins forces with CAMRA to emphasise beers produced by genuine craft brewers. The SIBA logo of Assured British Craft Brewer will be widely used throughout the festival at a time when global brewers are buying small breweries in both Britain and the United States.The festival will have several hundred British cask beers along with a World Beer section featuring beers from the U.S., Australia and New Zealand
Added: Wednesday, July 26th 2017
Audit Ale is a historc beer style, once brewed for Oxford and Cambridge colleges for the annual Audit Feast. Last October I helped brew a version of the beer at the White Horse Brewery near Oxford, backed by Titanic Brewery. The 7% beer was then aged in wood -- a wine cask obtained from the port industry. After several months in cask, the finished beer is a revelation
Added: Sunday, July 23rd 2017
Flo Vialan has been named Brewer of the Year by the Parliamentary Beer Club in its annual awards. The Frenchman from Lyon brews at Purity in Warwickshire, which specialises in helping the environment by re-cycling grain and hops and treating water used in the brewing process through a series of reed beds in the grounds
Added: Thursday, July 13th 2017
SIBA -- the Society of Independent Brewers -- calls for greater clarity of who owns breweries and beers. It says beer drinkers should know whether a beer is brewed by an independent brewery or by a global producer. It will showcase independent beers at this year's Great British Beer Festival, run by CAMRA. Pictured: Jasper Cuppaidge of Camden Town Brewery, now owned by AB InBev.
Added: Monday, July 10th 2017
Rock legend Bruce Dickinson, lead singer with Iron Maiden, has teamed up again with Robinson's brewery in Stockport to launch a new beer, Hallowed, a Belgian-style beer that uses a Belgian yeast culture to give the beer an authentic character. The beer follows the world-wide success of Trooper that has filled Robinson's new brewhouse to bursting point
Added: Monday, July 10th 2017