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Nunny: time to stop knocking cask ale

Nunny: time to stop knocking cask ale

Paul Nunny of Cask Marque says it's time drinkers stopped knocking cask beer and spoke up about its values and success. He adds that both price and quality need to be addressed and points out that while cask beer is usually the cheapest beer on the bar it's a premium product.

Added: Thursday, January 26th 2017

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Come to Milan: City of Beer!

Come to Milan: City of Beer!

The second Milano Beer Week will be held in the Italian city from 21-27 September, Maurizio Maestrelli reports. It will showcase beers from the hundreds of craft breweries operating in Italy as well as beers from Britain, the United States and many European countries. It will prove that beer is now firmly rooted in Italy's quest for good food and drink

Added: Sunday, August 23rd 2015

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A beer I brewed with grave misgivings

A beer I brewed with grave misgivings

Dave Bailey, who runs Hardknott Brewery in Cumbria, describes the thought that went into brewing Nuclear Sunset on the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the A-bomb on Hiroshima in Japan. Dave's brewery is close to Sellafield in Cumbria and he is acutely aware of the strong feelings aroused by proponents and opponents of the nuclear industry

Added: Wednesday, August 5th 2015

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It's Magna Carta time for British beer

It's Magna Carta time for British beer

Beer Sommelier Jane Peyton calls on all beer lovers to join the festivities starting on 15 June to celebrate Britain's national drink. She has chosen that date as it also marks the signing of Magna Carta, which supported English ale

Added: Tuesday, May 5th 2015

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Time for brewers to kill sexist images

Time for brewers to kill sexist images

The Campaign for Real Ale's annual conference this weekend won't debate sexism in the brewing industry. Beer writer Melissa Cole argues CAMRA is dodging the issue and urges all organisers of beer festivals and other consumer events to say "No" to the likes of Top Totty

Added: Wednesday, April 15th 2015

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Time to put beer on the top table

Time to put beer on the top table

Jane Peyton calls on the government to promote our national drink by making it available at parliamentary and embassy dinners and events. The French, she says, wouldn't serve imported wine at official functions yet all too often British government event serve wine rather than home-grown beer. Sign her petition!

Added: Thursday, October 30th 2014

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Time to make British hops hip

Time to make British hops hip

Beer Sommelier Jane Peyton says it's time to bang the drum for British hops and to wax lyrical about the need to have balanced beers in which malt and hops are in harmony. She has no problem with the big citrus character of New World hops but says drinkers must be encouraged to enjoy the more subtle yet distinctive character of home-grown varieties

Added: Monday, October 13th 2014

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Craft: the word on every drinker's lips

Craft: the word on every drinker's lips

So what is "craft beer"? Georgie Denny and Deborah Finding of design research agency The Big Picture find out how drinkers define -- and choose the beer of the moment, such as BrewDog with its redesigned labels

Added: Monday, September 15th 2014

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Stop the squabbles - we need a united front to champion all good beer

Stop the squabbles - we need a united front to champion all good beer

Beer sommelier Jane Peyton of the School of Booze says it's a great time for drinking beer -- but there's a schism in the ranks as real ale and craft keg drinkers bandy insults. She argues that all lovers of good beer should join forces

Added: Monday, August 18th 2014

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Why Italy is going beer crazy

Why Italy is going beer crazy

New breweries are springing up and bars and restaurants have beer menus as drinkers move away from bland lagers and embrace craft beers inspired by American, Belgian and British styles. Maurizio Maestrelli reports on the beer revolution engulfing his country

Added: Monday, February 24th 2014

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