David Bruce, famous as the founder of the Firkin pub chain and Slug & Lettuce, now runs the West Berkshire Brewery. He has transformed the small site in an old bakery into a large new brewery on a former dairy farm with a multi-functional brewhouse producing ale and lager. He has also installed a visitor centre where drinkers can sample the beers and watch brewing through a glass wall. There's a ramped up beer range with Renegade craft beers alongside the original cask ales
Added: Monday, October 30th 2017
Dougal Sharp, pictured outside the barrel house at Inveralmond Brewery in Perth, has achieved his ambition of owning his own brewery. While Inveralmond continues to brew cask ales, Innis & Gunn now has a base for its oak-aged range of beers. But there's controversy surrounding the main I&G beers as they are produced by a method using oak chips and are not aged in wood casks. Dougal Sharp says he's "putting the barrels into the beer".
Added: Friday, October 27th 2017
Petr Dvorak, the new managing director of Budweiser Budvar in the Czech Republic, is masterminding a £80 million expansion programme at the brewery to build production and sales. The brewery is still locked in disputes with global giant AB InBev over the Budweiser trademark but Dvorak is confident that sales of Original, Budvar Dark, Krausen beer and tank beer will forge ahead in both domestic and overseas markets
Added: Monday, October 16th 2017
A new hop has led to raised eyebrows at Hogs Back Brewery in Surrey where some of the Farnham White Bine variety has changed sex -- from female to male. The hop variety was brought back from the dead a few years ago by Hogs Back and grown on a field opposite the brewery. But now the brewery has discovered that some of the hops have switched gender from female to male -- and only female hops are needed for making beer. Hogs Back managing director Rupert Thompson is perplexed
Added: Monday, August 14th 2017
Sebastien Morvan and Olivier de Brouwer have a mission: to take beer "out of the abbey and into the playground". They are brewing challenging brews at the Brussels Beer Project, packed with hops and often using unusual ingredients. They are involved in collaboration beers in a number of countries, including Britain where they make Babylone at Hackney Brewery with 30% bread. They are also ageing a growing number of beer in oak casks from the wine, cognac and whisky industries.
Added: Tuesday, May 23rd 2017
As Charles Wells sells up to concentrate on its estate of pubs, awesome marketing power is in the hands of Greene King, Marston's and Molson Coors. These three giant companies now control 37% of the cask beer sector. But are the family brewers to blame for their decline due to their failure to innovate and produce beers that fit the modern beer scene?
Added: Monday, May 22nd 2017
Cumbrian Legendary Ales is content to remain a small brewery supplying its locality with cask ales, including the award-winning Loweswater Gold. But Hawkshead is forging ahead with plans to expand sales following a deal with a large drinks distribution company to sell bottles and cans internationally. But founder Alex Brodie stays firmly in charge and there will still be a strong emphasis on draught beer
Added: Sunday, May 7th 2017
Siren Craft Brew in leafy Berkshire is pushing back the frontiers of beer-making with a range of challenging brews. some of which are aged in oak casks. Its annual vintage is Maiden, aged in oak but topped up each year with fresh beer, following the Spanish sherry solera system. As well as IPA and oatmeal stout, Siren also conducts collaboration brews with the likes of Cigar City in Florida. Pictured in the cask storehouse are (left to right) founder Darron Anley with brewers Kyle Larsen and Steve Hoile
Added: Wednesday, March 29th 2017
Alex Brodie, founder of Hawkshead Brewery in Cumbria, brewed more than one million litres in 2016 -- and 65% of the total was cask beer. He describes himself as "bullish about cask" and plans a rolling programme of session beers for 2017. He welcomes new wave young brewers but says cask ale is unique to Britain and needs to be treasured
Added: Monday, January 30th 2017
Pioneering Burton brewers Bruce Wilkinson and Geoff Mumford are calling it a day and putting their Burton Bridge Brewery up for sale. They both worked for Ind Coope before opening their own brewery and one of their last acts was to bring Draught Burton Ale back to its native town. They are determined Burton Bridge will be sold only to someone who shares their belief in traditional ales
Added: Wednesday, November 2nd 2016