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Meet the Milton Keynes beer dons

Meet the Milton Keynes beer dons

Milton Keynes was a small village in Buckinghamshire until the 1960s when it was designated a New Town. It lacked a brewing heritage but that is being developed now thanks to new small breweries such as Concrete Cow and Hornes and two beer shops cum micro pubs in Wolverton and Stony Stratford. Pictured: Dan Bonner at Concrete Cow

Added: Monday, February 26th 2018

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Dark Star: can we look on the bright side?

Dark Star: can we look on the bright side?

Fuller's claims it has "joined forces" with Dark Star but in truth the big London brewer has bought the Sussex independent outright. But it's a different acquisition to Gales of Hampshire in 2005, a run down brewery its owners were desperate to sell. Fuller's says it will keep Dark Star open and will expand sales at home and abroad and managing director James Cuthbertson (pictured) stays in post

Added: Wednesday, February 21st 2018

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Baa-gum: visitors flock to Black Sheep

Baa-gum: visitors flock to Black Sheep

Jo Theakston of the Masham brewing dynasty is seen in the revamped visitor centre at the Black Sheep Brewery in Masham, North Yorkshire. Using local craftspeople and materials, the centre offers a wide range of cask and craft beers and bistro-style food. It plans to attract even greater numbers of visitors who can tour the brewery and follow its path to success over the past 25 years.

Added: Thursday, February 15th 2018

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Beer takes to the water on Thames island

Beer takes to the water on Thames island

Brian Watson has a remote brewery -- in the heart of London. He set up Oddly Brewery in decaying buildings on Platts' Eyot on the River Thames, near Hampton Court Palace. Getting brewing kit and ingredients on to the island required adapted boats and many hours of labour -- the photo left shows the brewing kit arriving. But the buildings have been repaired and brewing is going full-steam ahead and meeting drinkers' approval, as Sarah Howe reports

Added: Friday, February 2nd 2018

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Marston's has an eagle's nest in Bedford

Marston's has an eagle's nest in Bedford

The former Charles Wells Brewery in Bedford, sold to Marston's last year for £55 million, has re-opened as the Eagle Brewery and will have a visitor centre, with brewery tours available. Such former Wells' brands as Bombardier, Eagle IPA, Waggle Dance and Banana Bread Beer, will be given fresh investment and promotion. And Courage Imperial Russian Stout could be revived

Added: Tuesday, January 23rd 2018

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Tears and cheers at Batemans as XXXB celebrates 40 glorious years

Tears and cheers at Batemans as XXXB celebrates 40 glorious years

8 January 2018 was a double celebration. Bateman's award-winning strong bitter XXXB chalked up 40 years since it was first brewed and four generations of brewers were in attendance as two beer lovers, Michael and Hannah Borill from Lincoln, helped mash in and boil malt and hops for a batch restored to its original strength of 4.8 per cent

Added: Wednesday, January 10th 2018

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David Bruce rolls out barrels in Berkshire

David Bruce rolls out barrels in Berkshire

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

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I&G finds a way through the wood

I&G finds a way through the wood

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

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Budvar goes for growth but legal wrangles continue with AB InBev

Budvar goes for growth but legal wrangles continue with AB InBev

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

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Lad or lassie? Hop is caught in a bind

Lad or lassie? Hop is caught in a bind

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

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