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Annick's Gruut beer is the spice of life

Annick's Gruut beer is the spice of life

Annick De Splenter is a member of a Belgian brewing dynasty but she has carved a unique route with her Gruut beers that recall the medieval style of using "botanicals" rather than hops for flavour and bitterness. She has just moved to a new site in the centre of Ghent where beer lovers will be able to use her kit to design their own brews

Added: Sunday, January 31st 2016

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Global brewers out to crush 'pesky' micros

Global brewers out to crush 'pesky' micros

Global beer giant AB InBev has snapped up Camden Town brewery -- and it may not be the last British craft brewery it buys. In the U.S., AB, SABMiller and Heineken own or control a number of former craft breweries and they use their enormous muscle to keep genuine craft beers off bars and shelves. One commentator says the aim of the global brewers is to "kill the pesky craft sector"

Added: Thursday, December 24th 2015

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New twist in the Meantime soap opera

New twist in the Meantime soap opera

AB InBev is to dispose of the Meantime craft brewery in Greenwich, South London, as part of the deal to take over its former rival SABMiller. SAB bought Meantime in May this year but now it's up for sale again. There's speculation that Molson Coors, Carslberg or Heineken could be interested in building interests in the fast-growing craft beer sector

Added: Thursday, December 3rd 2015

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Wee George boosts Caley's beer range

Wee George boosts Caley's beer range

Edinburgh's Caledonian Brewery is celebrated for its award-winning Deuchars IPA but it's now expanding its range of beers thanks to the introduction of a small pilot plant called Wee George that, at a cost of £180,000, allows new beers to be trialled and, if successful, are moved to the main brewery. Wee George is run by Ross O'Hara, pictured, a graduate of the local Heriot-Watt University's school of brewing and distilling.

Added: Wednesday, December 2nd 2015

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Morse and beer: solving an old 'cold case'

Morse and beer: solving an old 'cold case'

E Morse was not only the name of the celebrated fictional detective but was also one member of a brewing family in East Anglia that ran breweries in Norwich, Lowestoft and Swaffham. Author Eric Dore has investigated the Morse story with the dedication of the great detective and brought the brewing story to life

Added: Saturday, November 28th 2015

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Elgoods: the fight back in the Fens

Elgoods: the fight back in the Fens

Elgood's elegant Georgian brewery in Wisbech was struggling in the age of micro-breweries and stiff competition from big regionals Adnams and Greene King. But thanks to managing director Belinda Sutton -- representing the fifth generation of the family -- Elgood's is in good shape with a host of new brands, including its own version of Belgian lambic, and a vigorous export policy

Added: Thursday, November 5th 2015

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Round-up: Oakham to double capacity; Moorhouse's to build pub estate; Freedom launches new East India Pale lager

Round-up: Oakham to double capacity; Moorhouse's to build pub estate; Freedom launches new East India Pale lager

Oakham Brewery has won planning permission to extend capacity at its Peterborough brewery to 61,000 barrels a year and will also make a major sales drive in the London area. Moorhouse's Brewery in Lancashire may move into "micro-pubs" in order to meet increased competition from small craft breweries. Freedom Brewery in Staffordshire has launched three new beers, including a lager version of IPA

Added: Friday, October 30th 2015

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Giant takeover passes its fizzical

Giant takeover passes its fizzical

SABMiller has finally succumbed to a £68 billion bid from AB InBev and the new merged group will control 30% of world beer production. The deal is aimed primarily at building bigger market share in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe, but successful craft brewers in the west should not sleep easily in their beds.

Added: Tuesday, October 13th 2015

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Bristol harbours new ideas for beer

Bristol harbours new ideas for beer

Brewers in Bristol are busily pushing back the boundaries of beer with Bristol Beer Factory winning awards for its Milk Stout while Moor is challenging tradition by producing unfined beer made without isinglass finings and where Justin Hawke is replacing glass with real ale in cans. Pictured are Sam Burrows (left) and Simon Bartlett at Bristol Beer Factory

Added: Friday, October 9th 2015

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Britain's beer boom goes roaring on

Britain's beer boom goes roaring on

British breweries have grown by 10% over the past year, the 2016 edition of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide reports. There are now 1,424 breweries in the country and they can draw on 11,000 cask beers to serve to their customers. One of the new entrants to the brewing arena is the Brewhouse & Kitchen chain,offering good food alongside beers made on the premises. In Bristol, Mark Wainwright is seen in his brewhouse

Added: Thursday, September 10th 2015

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