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Timmermans and the magical mystery tour that creates the ancient style of lambic beer

Timmermans and the magical mystery tour that creates the ancient style of lambic beer

Timmermans is the oldest brewer of lambic and gueuze beer in Belgium dating from 1702 when it started life on a farm. It has restored its reputation after making fruit 'alcopops' and has produces true gueuze and cherry lambic beers under the guidance of revered brewer Willem Van Herreweghen. Pictured: brewer Thomas Vandelanotte taps an oak cask of lambic

Added: Sunday, November 9th 2014

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English whisky wins top award

English whisky wins top award

St George's Distillery in Norfolk has stunned the drinks world by winning the European Whisky of the Year award in the 2015 edition of Jim Murray's international best-selling Whisky Bible. St George's opened in 2006 and was the first new English whisky distillery for a century

Added: Tuesday, November 4th 2014

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CAMRA's new chief has sky high plans

CAMRA's new chief has sky high plans

Tim Page, CAMRA's new chief executive, is impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment of the campaign's 165,000 members -- but his ambition is to double that figure. He comes from a military background and since leaving the army has run the charity Emmaus followed by a stint as boss of the East Anglian Air Ambulance service

Added: Friday, October 31st 2014

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Beer legend Prentice brings back a Truman pale ale from Victorian times

Beer legend Prentice brings back a Truman pale ale from Victorian times

Brewmaster Derek Prentice, who worked for Truman's before joining Young's and then Fuller's, has helped the new Truman's Brewery in Hackney Wick to create an Export Pale Ale based on a Victorian recipe, using no fewer than eight hops and the original Truman's yeast

Added: Saturday, October 18th 2014

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The little pub that time forgot

The little pub that time forgot

The Red Lion at Snargate in Kent has been run by the same family for more than 100 years and is a fine example of an old ale house that has hardly changed for centuries. Doris Jemison, now in her 80s, still sits in the pub every day, surrounded by WWII memorabilia and traditional pub games

Added: Wednesday, October 1st 2014

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The tide goes out at the Ferry Boat Inn

The tide goes out at the Ferry Boat Inn

The Ferry Boat Inn at Thorganby near York closed on 27 September and will become private housing. Gavin Aitchison reports on the sad end to an unspoilt ale house that has been run by the same family since 1934

Added: Sunday, September 28th 2014

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Britain's hops are bouncing back

Britain's hops are bouncing back

British hops, faced by the threat of extinction, are making a sturdy come back, thanks to the work of Ali Capper (pictured), who farms with her husband Richard in Worcestershire. She has rejuvenated the British Hop Association and working with hop expert Dr Peter Darby has introduced a new variety, Endeavour, which has the citrus notes demanded by many craft brewers

Added: Saturday, August 30th 2014

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Beer and the secrets in the cellar

Beer and the secrets in the cellar

Centuries ago British brewers guarded their recipes like state secrets. Now work at Shepherd Neame in Kent has broken beer codes to reveal the pale, IPA and stout brewed in the 19th century while at Brakspear in Henley the brewer used a form of shorthand to stop rivals stealing his recipes. Left, three of the old beers recreated by Shepherd Neame

Added: Saturday, August 9th 2014

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Unlocking the gates to Traquair historic ale

Unlocking the gates to Traquair historic ale

The brewery at Traquair House in the Scottish Borders dates from the 18th century and was restored by the 20th Laird Peter Maxwell Stuart in 1965. The house and brewery are now run by his daughter Catherine and both House Ale and Jacobite Ale are exported to many countries, including the United States and Italy. The house dates from the 12th century, Mary Queen of Scots had sanctuary there and Bonnie Prince Charlie visited during his campaign to win back the throne

Added: Tuesday, August 5th 2014

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Rich in history but Sint Bernard looks to the future for world sales of abbey beer

Rich in history but Sint Bernard looks to the future for world sales of abbey beer

The brewery that produces the revered Sint Bernardus beer in Watou, Belgium, has its roots in the rich history of monastic brewing in Flanders. But, having lost its links to the Sint Sixtus monastery, it is installing a new brewhouse to keep pace with the world-wide demand for its abbey ales

Added: Monday, July 28th 2014

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