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Hogs Back restores historic hop to Surrey

Hogs Back restores historic hop to Surrey

Hogs Back Brewery near Farnham in Surrey is planting its own hop field, restoring the old country link between brewing and hop growing. The main variety will be Farnham White Bine, the predecessor of the Kent Golding. An English version of Cascade will also be grown. The picture shows Hogs Back managing director Rupert Thompson in green with Bill Biddell of Hampton Estates, which grows Fuggles for the brewery, with members of the Hogs Back team

Added: Monday, April 21st 2014

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Dick Burge back to rescue Growler

Dick Burge back to rescue Growler

Brewery veteran Dick Burge has put his mashing boots back on to rescue the ailing Growler Brewery in Essex. The former Nethergate Brewery had gone into administration but Burge has stepped in to re-open it and may revert to its original name

Added: Wednesday, April 16th 2014

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Steaming ahead: a Belgian-style 'wild beer' is brewed on the edge of the English Fens

Steaming ahead: a Belgian-style 'wild beer' is brewed on the edge of the English Fens

European law may not allow it to be called lambic but Elgood's Brewery in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, is brewing beers made by spontaneous fermentation with wild yeasts in the atmosphere. And the first batch of Coolship has taken the United States by storm. Pictured: head brewer Alan Pateman watches the latest batch of Coolship flooding into the open cooling trays

Added: Saturday, April 12th 2014

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Budvar champion hailed at Czech brewery

Budvar champion hailed at Czech brewery

Denis Cox, the voice of Budweiser Budvar in Britain, was feted at the Czech brewery for his years of dedicated work for the Budvar cause. He was given a special beer mug and key to his own box in the 'Brewery Chapel', where supporters of the brewery are thanked for their help in keeping Budavr free from takeover. Denis is seen (left) at the brewery with Roger Protz, the only other Brit to have a box in the chapel

Added: Thursday, April 3rd 2014

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Orkney's island hopping ale makes waves

Orkney's island hopping ale makes waves

Highland Brewery on Orkney has won one of the top Gold awards from the Society of Independent Brewers -- SIBA -- for its Island Hopping pale beer. The brewery's Rob Hill (left) is seen receiving his award from SIBA chairman Guy Sheppard. The brewery's success follows hard on the heels of an award for its Porter at CAMRA's National Winter Ales Festival in February

Added: Sunday, March 30th 2014

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Raise a glass to Burton 'beer town'

Raise a glass to Burton 'beer town'

A major feature in the Guardian on the importance of the English Midlands failed to mention Burton-on-Trent and its key role in brewing. A letter from Roger Protz (29 March) has put the record straight. Pictured: Bruce Wilkinson and Geoff Mumford at Burton Bridge Brewery who have helped restore the town's brewing pride

Added: Saturday, March 29th 2014

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Budvar strong lager hits UK while sales in Czech Republic reach an all-time high

Budvar strong lager hits UK while sales in Czech Republic  reach an all-time high

The Czech brewery Budweiser Budvar is bringing its strong 7.5% Special Select beer -- aged for 200 days -- to Britain for the first time on draught. It will be available during the spring period and the unfiltered beer uses hops picked on 3 September and immediately added to the brew. In Prague, the new Czech government has declared that the brewery will remain in state hands while the trademark dispute with AB InBev continues. The brewery's exports are at a record high

Added: Sunday, March 23rd 2014

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Maxim back at the Double to avenge the tragic loss of asset-stripped giant Vaux

Maxim back at the Double to avenge the tragic loss of asset-stripped giant Vaux

The Maxim Brewery in Houghton le Spring has risen from the ashes of tVaux, a large Sunderland brewery asset stripped and closed in the late 1990s. Now Mark Anderson (pictured) and his team have brought back Double Maxim, a legendary strong brown ale, and other Vaux and Wards beers to the region

Added: Friday, March 21st 2014

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SIBA unveils national beer champions

SIBA unveils national beer champions

Old Sodbury Mild from Cotswold Spring Brewery and Independence from Bristol Beer Factory claimed gold awards at the SIBA -- Society of Independent Brewers -- national conference in Sheffield. Pictured (left to right) are Nik Milo from Cotswold Spring, SIBA's Nik Stafford and Jonny Mills from Bristol Beer Factory. The SIBA conference elected Guy Sheppard of Exe Valley Brewery to be its new chairman. He succeeds Keith Bott of Titanic Brewery

Added: Friday, March 14th 2014

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From the ashes of Antwerp's docks rises 't Pakhuis, a brew pub with 'awesome' beer

From the ashes of Antwerp's docks rises 't Pakhuis, a brew pub with 'awesome' beer

The docks in the great Belgian city of Antwerp closed in the 1960s but now a warehouse that once stored coffee and tobacco is home to 't Pakhuis brewery and restaurant. Hans Bombeke (left), a tireless lecturer and beer taster in Antwerp, brews there with regular brewer Hans Jensen (centre) and manager Kristof Van Den Ouweland

Added: Monday, March 10th 2014

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