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Brewsters get beer festival boost

Brewsters get beer festival boost

CAMRA's Kidderminster Beer & Cider Festival will be doing things a bit different this year by celebrating women in beer. Brewsters Lizzie Barnett of Pershore Brewery and Sarah Salehr of the Hop Shed Brewery explain what they're hoping to get out of this year's festival. Image: Lizze Barnett, Pershore Brewery

Added: Wednesday, May 9th 2018

Katie Wiles

Fuller’s brewer: quality is paramount

Fuller’s brewer: quality is paramount

For Fuller’s head brewer, quality is paramount. With a scientific background in biotechnology and a passion for good beer, it's no surprise that Georgina Young has made her way to the top of one of Britain’s best-known breweries.

Added: Tuesday, April 24th 2018

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Big Drop: no alcohol but plenty of taste

Big Drop: no alcohol but plenty of taste

Katie Wiles is on the hunt for the best non-alcoholic beers for mums-to-be as well as general drinkers. Here she reviews Big Drop Brewing Co's non-alcoholic brews, ranging from pale ales to porters and lagers and investigates their methods for removing alcohol but not flavour from the end products

Added: Friday, April 6th 2018

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Where next for trail-blazing brewster?

Where next for trail-blazing brewster?

Sara Barton is a self-described brewster – an old English term to describe a female brewer. Fittingly, she runs Brewster’s Brewery, which she founded with her husband Sean McArdle in 1998. As her brewery grows from strength to strength, Sara took on running a nearby pub in 2007 and set up the collaborative female brewing initiative called Project Venus in 2011. In 2012 she was named the first female Brewer of the Year and shows no signs of slowing down. So what’s next for Britain’s trail-blazing brewster?

Added: Tuesday, February 27th 2018

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Sexism is bad for business - what are we going to do about it?

Sexism is bad for business - what are we going to do about it?

Sexism is a problem for the beer industry. So what are we going to do about it? Katie Wiles shares the discussion that took place at the Manchester Beer Festival's discrimination debate and the recommendations for how we can improve the situation.

Added: Monday, February 5th 2018

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Trappist tradition has arrived in the U.S.

Trappist tradition has arrived in the U.S.

Trappist monks are brewing beer -- but this is not Belgium but a remote, rural area of Massachusetts in the United States. Inspired by the European tradition and working closely with their brothers in Belgium, Father Isaac leads a team that is making beers that are unique to America and dedicated to the upkeep of their abbey.

Added: Tuesday, January 16th 2018

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Julie Johnson on beer, sin and sexism

Julie Johnson on beer, sin and sexism

Julie Johnson may not be a household name in Britain, but she is well known across the Atlantic for her contribution to the beer world as former editor of All About Beer magazine. A zoologist turned beer expert, Julie talks about beer in America, sexism in brewing and the importance of Britain’s pub culture.

Added: Wednesday, December 27th 2017

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How chocolate boosts beer knowledge: a tasting with guru Christine Cryne

How chocolate boosts beer knowledge: a tasting with guru Christine Cryne

Christine Cryne is an iconic name in beer circles, a former member of CAMRA's ruling national executive and a pioneer of the campaign's beer tasting programmes. She was the first woman to run the Great British Beer Festival and shows no signs of slowing down. She has launched her own beer training courses that range from beer drinkers to brewing and pub staff.

Added: Friday, December 8th 2017

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Morrison's draught: help or hindrance?

Morrison's draught: help or hindrance?

Katie Wiles examines how Morrison's decision to sell draught beer from one of itsYorkshire stores has shaken the beer industry, and what middle ground can be found between brewers, pubs, bottle shops and consumers.

Added: Wednesday, November 22nd 2017

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Skal! Exploring the best beers of Iceland

Skal! Exploring the best beers of Iceland

Finding beer in Iceland is not easy. The country introduced prohibition of all alcohol in 1915 and beer didn't become legal again until 1989. Beer in supermarkets is less than 3% alcohol and costs around £8 a half litre. Stronger beer can be bought only from state liquor stores and will set you back £6.40 a bottle. But despite all the problems, a number of new small breweries have sprung up to produce beer with flavour and character

Added: Saturday, November 11th 2017

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