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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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Wine guru says beer can be best with food

Wine guru says beer can be best with food

Wine expert and Champagne guru Christian Holthausen says beer is more complex than wine due to the use of a wide range of ingredients and can be a better companion at the dining table

Added: Friday, July 25th 2014

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Ramparts brewery salutes Ypres WWI history and the role of British Tommies

Ramparts brewery salutes Ypres WWI history and the role of British Tommies

Julie Depypere and Maarten Ghequire, from proud brewing backgrounds, have combined forces to launch De Kazematten, a new brewery built into the city ramparts in Ypres/Ieper in Belgium. The first beer, Wipers Time,s commemorates the newsaper produced by British troops during the war, using an old printing press found in the caves

Added: Saturday, July 19th 2014

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The pub where wood is in pole position

The pub where wood is in pole position

Neil Midgley loves wood and he uses oak casks made for his pub, the Junction in Castleford, West Yorkshire, to serve a wide range of beers stored in wooden casks in the pub cellar (pictured). A tasting of beer from conventional casks and oak proved that wood can give added dimensions to aroma and flavour

Added: Thursday, July 10th 2014

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Beer booms in Baltic but stout hard to find

Beer booms in Baltic but stout hard to find

The Cesu Alus brewery in Latvia dates from the 1590s and has produced beers by spontaneous fermentation, ale techniques and the lager method. The brewery is now part of the Finnish Olvi group, which has invested heavily to boost production. The lager beers are well made and properly matured but Baltic stouts and porters are hard to find these days

Added: Monday, June 23rd 2014

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Hail the ale: vivid history of beer's rebirth

Hail the ale: vivid history of beer's rebirth

Bloggers Boak & Bailey have moved to the printed page to present a vivid portrait of the beer revolution, from the Society for the Preservation of Beers from the Wood, through CAMRA, SIBA and the modern craft movement

Added: Wednesday, June 18th 2014

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Fat Cats, where drinkers purr with pleasure and salute lost breweries

Fat Cats, where drinkers purr with pleasure and salute lost breweries

Colin Keatley restored good beer and choice to Norwich with his first Fat Cat pub. Now there are three Fat Cats in the city, including one with its own brewery. As well as beers from all over Britain and the rest of the world, the pubs pay homage to the great Norwich breweries destroyed by Watneys in the 1960s and 70s

Added: Monday, June 16th 2014

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Surrey digs deep to restore hop tradition

Surrey digs deep to restore hop tradition

Hogs Back Brewery is planting its own hops -- and has restored the Farnham White Bine variety that disappeared decades ago and was the predecessor of the famous Kent Golding. Brewery chairman Rupert Thompson (in panama hat) is seen with a group of volunteers who helped plant the first bines

Added: Friday, May 30th 2014

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Flanders Ale salutes Tommies & Belgians

Flanders Ale salutes Tommies & Belgians

Chiltern Brewery near Aylesbury has created a special strong Flanders Ale that reaches out to all sides involved in the First World War. The style is pale ale that was popular in both Britain and Belgium and it uses both Belgian hops and malt from Germany. Pictured: brewers Tom Jenkinson (left) and Dave McGovern (right) with "assistant brewer" Roger Protz

Added: Tuesday, May 20th 2014

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Golden Ale: beer style that's a golden oldie

Golden Ale: beer style that's a golden oldie

Golden Ale is thought of as a relatively new addition to the portfolio of beer styles. But when Shepherd Neame was digging into 19th century recipe books it discovered that a golden Brilliant Ale was brewed before IPA and became a brewery best seller. Pictured are the three beers in Shep's Classic Collection of recreated beers from Victorian times

Added: Friday, May 2nd 2014

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