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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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Seeking clarity on cloudy beer

Seeking clarity on cloudy beer

Justin Hawke of Moor Beer argues that adding finings and other clearing agents strip beer of flavour and character. His beers are naturally hazy, find favour in pubs and win beer festivals prizes.

Added: Saturday, November 16th 2013

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Kiwi's new hop takes a whack or two

Kiwi's new hop takes a whack or two

Marston's brewer Simon Yates hails the complex lemon and lime aromas and flavours of the Wakatu hop from New Zealand that he's using in the latest of his Single Hop beers, available in September and October

Added: Saturday, August 24th 2013

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God's Own County goes beer crazy

God's Own County goes beer crazy

Simon Jenkins reports on Dan Jones's new brewery Hamelsworde in the 'wild frontier' between West and South Yorkshire. Dan, a keen home brewer, has gone commercial with a range of beers that includes Wheat, Stout and IPA

Added: Monday, April 8th 2013

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Time to rescue the poor battered pub

Time to rescue the poor battered pub

Pub owner Dawn Hopkins on the dire impact the Beer Duty Escalator is having on pubs, customers and the people who run them. As next week's budget looms, she says it's time for the government to help struggling pubs. Dawn is pictured speaking at the Save the Pubs rally in London earlier this year

Added: Thursday, March 14th 2013

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Take me to a pub with a dart board and spare me 'virtual reality' gizmos

Take me to a pub with a dart board and spare me 'virtual reality' gizmos

Brewer and pub owner Stuart Bateman on why he likes real pubs, real people and real games -- and tells the powers-that-be to look on the traditional pub as the solution, not the problem

Added: Saturday, March 2nd 2013

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American and English craft breweries scale new peaks of beery delight

American and English craft breweries scale new peaks of beery delight

Simon Jenkins on how a collaboration between Sierra Nevada of California and Thornbridge of Derbyshire has produced a hands-across-the-pond new beer

Added: Monday, February 18th 2013

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Dirty work Down Under

Dirty work Down Under

Beer writer Matthew Kirkegaard pens an Open Letter to SABMiller's Australian boss at Carlton & United on how CUB could be misleading the drinking public by marketing a beer it brews as though it comes from a small independent company. Matt calls for more transparency for the consumer

Added: Thursday, January 31st 2013

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Not feeling bitter: brewing a beer for women who are not mad about hops

Not feeling bitter: brewing a beer for women who are not mad about hops

Louise Ashworth (centre) on how she designed a beer with brewster Sara Barton (left) and sommelier Jane Peyton that is fruity rather than hoppy

Added: Sunday, January 20th 2013

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