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Shock as Batemans downsizes brewing

Shock as Batemans downsizes brewing

Bateman's brewery in Wainfleet, Lincs, is dramatically downsizing its brewing capacity from 18,000 barrels a year to just 7,000 in order to reap greater benefits from Progressive Beer Duty. The brewery, founded in 1874, is run today by siblings Jaclyn and Stuart Bateman (pictured). MD Stuart says PBD is hitting middle-sized brewers as they cannot get the same benefits as smaller ones, who undercut them on price

Added: Tuesday, July 21st 2015

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Wylam plans to steam into Newcastle

Wylam plans to steam into Newcastle

Wylam Brewery, founded just 15 years ago in George Stephenson's birthplace, has ambitious plans to move from its farm buildings near Hadrian's Wall to the splendour of the Palace of Arts in Exhibition Park in Newcastle-on-Tyne. The council should give the go-ahead this autumn but residents in Jesmond may put a spanner in the works. Pictured: Wylam's brewing team of Lee Howourth, Ben Wilkinson, Christopher Lee and Matt Boyle

Added: Thursday, July 16th 2015

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Top award for new Bradford brewery

Top award for new Bradford brewery

Just a few months after opening, Bradford Brewery has scooped the top award of New Business of the Year in the annual Bradford Means Business competition sponsored by the local Telegraph & Argus newspaper. Brewery managing director Matthew Halliday is seen picking up his award.

Added: Wednesday, July 1st 2015

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BrewDog to build US brewery in Ohio

BrewDog to build US brewery in Ohio

Pugnacious Scottish brewer BrewDog will invest $30 million in a brewery in the United States, due to open in August 2016. The brewery, along with a tap room and visitor centre, will be based in Canal Winchester in the region of Columbus, Ohio. The brewery will act as the spur for BrewDog's exports. Pictured: founders James Watt (left) and Martin Dickie

Added: Monday, June 29th 2015

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Wilderen is wild with beer, whisky & gin

Wilderen is wild with beer, whisky & gin

Wilderen in Belgian Limburg makes beer, gin and whisky and attracts 100,000 visitors to a complex that includes old farm buildings where gin production in the 18th and 19th centuries was on a grand scale. The company is run by husband-and-wife team Mike Janssens and Roniek Van Bree (pictured) who have brought their brewing and design skills to restoring the old buildings

Added: Thursday, June 25th 2015

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Castle and farm offer great Flanders ale

Castle and farm offer great Flanders ale

Ter Dolen in the Limburg region of Flanders offers the twin delights of a 16th-century castle and a former farmhouse where Abbey beers are brewed. The complex is run by Mieke Desplenter, a member of the famous Belgian brewing dynasty that also has links to Riva, Liefmans and Gruut.

Added: Monday, June 22nd 2015

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Reg Drury, a cask beer hero

Reg Drury, a cask beer hero

Reg Drury, former Fuller's head brewer, who has died aged 76, was a passionate supporter of cask-conditioned 'real ale'. In the 1970s, with giant brewers developing keg beers, Reg saved Fuller's cask brands by improving their quality while brewing them in new-style conical fermenters. Beers such as ESB went on to win multiple prizes in beer competitions

Added: Monday, June 15th 2015

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Extra Special Bitter criss-crosses the Pond

Extra Special Bitter criss-crosses the Pond

Four students from the brewing and distilling course at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh have made a deep bow in the direction of Extra Special Bitter by producinga version that stresses the style's roots in both Britain and the United States. Natural Selection uses British malts and American hops, with a name that also commemorates the scientific discoveries of Charles Darwin. Pictured: Sarah Brown, the project co-ordinator

Added: Saturday, June 13th 2015

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BrewDog in £25m expansion drive

BrewDog in £25m expansion drive

Scottish craft brewer BrewDog will invest in a new £25m brewhouse in Ellon near Aberdeen that will increase production capacity five times. £6m has been raised by a "crowd funding" initiative and £3m of that figure will go straight into the new brewhouse, which will have a capacity of 300hl. The new site is projected to come on stream in February 2016. Pictured are founders James Watt and Martin Dickie

Added: Sunday, May 31st 2015

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Miller: we'll be dumbed up, not down

Miller: we'll be dumbed up, not down

Nick Miller, chief executive of Meantime Brewing Co, says the takeover by SABMiller won't affect beer quality: "They haven't got the balls to tell brewmaster Alastair Hook what to brew," he says. The brewery's London Pale Ale, Lager and Stout can now enjoy export to other markets while the Greenwich brewery will become a "centre of innovation" for the global brewer

Added: Friday, May 15th 2015

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