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Raise a glass to Midlands pubs heritage

Raise a glass to Midlands pubs heritage

CAMRA's Pubs Heritage Group has produced a superb, full-colour guide to the astonishing collection of pubs in the Midlands -- from the Welsh border to the Wash -- that recall the hey-day of pub design and building in the 19th and 20th centuries, leaving us a legacy of great drinking places. As well as Art Nouveau emporia there are simple ale houses such as the Coopers Tavern (left) in Burton-on-Trent

Added: Sunday, April 26th 2015

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'Gypsy' Mikkeller's voyage of discovery

'Gypsy' Mikkeller's voyage of discovery

Mikkel Borg Bjergso (pictured), founder of the Danish "gypsy" brewery Mikkeller, has written an entertaining book that details his shift from maths teacher to brewer in Copenhagen. Starting with traditional beers, he has broadened his scope with new styles that use herbs, spices, fruit and coffee, and he has toured the world to make collaborative brews. He also shares many of his recipes for home-brewers to reproduce

Added: Wednesday, March 11th 2015

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New look Black Sheep to hit more baas

New look Black Sheep to hit more baas

Black Sheep Best Bitter, the biggest-selling cask beer in Yorkshire, has been given a makeover to give it more nationwide appeal to drinkers in an ever-more fiercely competitive pub trade. And the packaged version is now in an eco-friendly lightweight bottle that's on sale in all supermarket chains

Added: Wednesday, September 24th 2014

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The craft beer revolution is going Dutch

The craft beer revolution is going Dutch

Tim Skelton's new Beer in the Netherlands guide book shows that craft brewing is booming there and the country no longer hides in the giant shadow cast by Belgian beer. The book lists all the breweries and the best bars, and is a boon companion for beer lovers visiting the country

Added: Saturday, July 5th 2014

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Hail the ale: vivid history of beer's rebirth

Hail the ale: vivid history of beer's rebirth

Bloggers Boak & Bailey have moved to the printed page to present a vivid portrait of the beer revolution, from the Society for the Preservation of Beers from the Wood, through CAMRA, SIBA and the modern craft movement

Added: Wednesday, June 18th 2014

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Belgian guide: now it's the Magnificent 7th

Belgian guide: now it's the Magnificent 7th

Since 1992, Tim Webb (pictured) has been chronicling the amazing beers available in Belgium. As global brewers flood the market with the likes of Stella and Jupiler, it seemed that artisan styles would disappear. But as the seventh edition of Good Beer Guide Belgium proves, craft breweries are now on the increase with an even greater variety of amazing styles

Added: Sunday, May 4th 2014

Review

Sommelier Jane on beer, whisky, vodka & every beverage known to drinking kind...

Sommelier Jane on beer, whisky, vodka & every beverage known to drinking kind...

Beer sommelier Jane Peyton takes readers on a dizzying ride through the history of beer, how it's made and the vast number of styles available. And then, undaunted by the trip, she describes every other known form of alcohol, from absinthe to whisky

Added: Friday, November 22nd 2013

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Tall tales from England's highest pub

Tall tales from England's highest pub

Neil Hanson ran the Tann Hill Inn in the late 1970s, a remote pub in Swaledale that's regularly cut off by snow in winter. In his book The Inn at the Top, he looks back at the trials and trepidations of attempting to please both farmers and visitors..and fighting the rats...

Added: Wednesday, October 16th 2013

Review

Magic carpet ride round the world of beer

Magic carpet ride round the world of beer

Authors Stephen Beaumont (pictured) and Tim Webb have scoured the world to find the best brews for their Pocket Book. It's a must-read for seasoned drinkers and newcomers as it finds the top beers in both long-established brewing countries and the emerging nations

Added: Sunday, October 6th 2013

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Spotlight on the wonderful world of beer

Spotlight on the wonderful world of beer

Beer writer Adrian Tierney-Jones whets his whistle as he reads the new 300 Beers to Try Before You Die! and says it reflects the amazing and often startling changes in the beer world-wide as craft brewers fashion new interpretations of IPA and develop new styles while even long-forgotten beers such as Burton Ale make a comeback

Added: Saturday, August 31st 2013

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