With Christmas and New Year fast approaching, a small group of beer lovers sat down to sample a few of the offerings available this year. They ranged from jet-black porters to the palest of pale ales and the beer that found most favour was one brewed with Biblical additions of frankincense and myrrh.
Added: Wednesday, December 13th 2017
The decision by Chancellor Philip Hammond in his Budget to freeze beer duty and extend business rates relief to pubs has been welcomed by the Campaign for Real Ale and the Society of Independent Brewers. Both organisations feel the moves will aid the embattled pub sector and encourage consumers back to the pub/
Added: Wednesday, November 22nd 2017
Moor Beer, the Bristol-based brewery run by American Justin Hawke, is breaking into the fast-growing Italian beer market with cask-conditioned real ale. The beer comes complete with instructions in Italian on how to cellar, tap, spile and serve the beer. Moor Beers are naturally hazy as Hawke does not use isinglass finings to clear his beers.
Added: Friday, November 17th 2017
Hogs Back Brewery in Surrey has won new listings in a number of supermarkets, including Co-op and Morrison's, for its TEA bitter with Hogstar lager in Majestic Wines. The brewery has also announced two beers that are ideal for the Christmas period: Advent Ale and the strong vintage ale A over T. The beers are brewed with hops grown on the brewery's own garden and include Farnham White Bine, a historic variety revived by Hogs Back.
Added: Tuesday, November 14th 2017
50 MPs have signed a petition calling on Chancellor Philip Hammond to ease the crippling tax burden on Britain's pubs in his autumn Budget in November. The petition is seen being delivered to the Treasury by MPs Mike Wood, Ruth Smeeth and Stephen Lloyd, officers of the Parliamentary Beer Group. MPs are calling for a cut or freeze in excise duty and help to ease the business rates burden on pubs
Added: Monday, November 13th 2017
Four pubs have been short-listed by CAMRA for the prestigious National Pub of the Year award. The winner will be announced in February 2018. The four are the Stanford Arms in Lowestoft (publicans Samantha and David Burd pictured left), the Weavers in Kidderminster, the Cricketers, St Helens, and Wigan Central
Added: Tuesday, November 7th 2017
The British Pubs Confederation has welcomed the appointment of barrister Fiona Dickie as Deputy Pubs Adjudicator and hopes she will break the legal log jam and help publicans gain access to the Market Rent Only option. MRO will enable publicans to go free of tie -- a move fiercely resisted by the large pubcos. The confederation is highly critical of Pubs Adjudicator Paul Newby who they claim has flouted the terms of the Pubs Code
Added: Wednesday, October 25th 2017
There are now more than 2,000 independent craft breweries in Britain -- a jump of 18 per cent in the past year, according to a new report by UHY Hacker Young. Tax breaks introduced by the last Labour government have encouraged new brewers -- including home brewers -- to enter the market. But the report warns that global brewers are moving into the craft sector and are keen to buy successful small breweries
Added: Monday, October 23rd 2017
The seventh annual Spa Valley railway beer festival, held in conjunction with West Kent CAMRA, offers beer at Tunbridge Wells West Station and also on trains to Groombridge and Eridge. The centrepiece of the festival is 25 "green hop" beers, using hops fresh from the Kent harvest. Pictured, the engine shed at Tunbridge Wells
Added: Friday, October 20th 2017