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Victorian beers come back from the grave

Victorian beers come back from the grave

Beers from a Hatfield brewery in Hertfordshire that closed in 1920 have been recreated by the 3 Brewers and will feature at the St Albans beer festival this month. Pryor Reid was a major brewer and the biggest employer in Hatfield but closed following the death of the chairman's son in WWI. Now Petar Zivkovic (seen left) with Mark Fanner and Petar's brother Nick have recreated a mild and a porter using Pryor Reid's recipes

Added: Sunday, September 14th 2014

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Up with the lark for first hops of harvest

Up with the lark for first hops of harvest

Rooster's head brewer Oliver Fozard made a dawn dash from North Yorkshire to Worcestershire to pick up the first Phoenix hops of the harvest from Stocks Farm then hurried back to the brewery to make a Fresh Hop beer. He believes it's the first time a beer using harvest-fresh hops has been made in the north of England.

Added: Wednesday, September 10th 2014

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Guinness brings Dublin Porter back to life

Guinness brings Dublin Porter back to life

Guinness has dug deep into its archives to revive two versions of Porter from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Dublin Porter was the drink of the working man in the Irish capital -- immortalised in the writings of Flann O'Brien and J P Donleavy -- while West Indies Porter is typical of the strong beers exported to all parts of the British Empire

Added: Tuesday, September 9th 2014

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Rare Budvar pump graces Glasgow pub

Rare Budvar pump graces Glasgow pub

A rare beer fount for Budweiser Budvar, dating from the communist period in Czechoslovakia, still serves the iconic lager beer at the renowned Babbity Bowster bar in Glasgow. It was installed in 1989 at the time of the Velvet Revolution and as a result of its historic connections there have been many attempts to buy it. But the owners of Babbity Bowster says they have no intention of letting it go. But they did consent to allow Budvar to refurbish the treasured fount

Added: Friday, September 5th 2014

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Priest blesses Christmas beer in Lewes

Priest blesses Christmas beer in Lewes

Father Toby Sims, a priest in the Russian Orthodox Church, blessed the Christmas Ale at Harvey's Brewery in Lewes, East Sussex on 4 September. Father Sims is studying to become a commercial brewer and hopes to follow in the footsteps of the famous Belgian Trappist monks

Added: Friday, September 5th 2014

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Chips are down for new Scots whisky beer

Chips are down for new Scots whisky beer

Belhaven in Dunbar has joined the growing list of Scottish brewers ageing beer with the aid of whisky. Speyside Oak Aged Blonde Ale is matured with oak chips steeped in Speyside malt whisky

Added: Wednesday, September 3rd 2014

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'Keep taking the Pils' says BrewDog

'Keep taking the Pils' says BrewDog

Fast-growing Scottish brewer and bar owner BrewDog is tackling binge drinking and the cult of the lager lout with a true Pilsner beer that will restore the style to its proper place in the pantheon of brewing. This.Is.Lager, says co-founder James Watt, is taking the beer back to its root and challenging mass-marketed global brands. But Charlie McVeigh, founder of the Draft House pub chain, has hit back at BrewDog and its attack on commercial lagers. He sells draught unpasteurised Czech Pilsner Urquell

Added: Tuesday, September 2nd 2014

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Suffolk brewer in 'wild hop' request

Suffolk brewer in 'wild hop' request

Suffolk brewer Adnams is urging beer lovers to look out for wild hops or hops grown in gardens that can be used in a special Wild Hop beer. Head brewer Fergus Fitzgerald (pictured) will blend the wild hops with cultivated ones for the brew

Added: Monday, September 1st 2014

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Al Murray in boost for Marston's and beer

Al Murray in boost for Marston's and beer

Al Murray, the Pub Landlord, will host a short series of programmes on Channel 5 featuring Burton brewer Marston's, famous for its Pedigree pale ale and Union system of fermentatilon

Added: Tuesday, August 26th 2014

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Batemans and Thwaites win top awards as Hawkshead sends Kiwi beer Down Under

Batemans and Thwaites win top awards as Hawkshead sends Kiwi beer Down Under

Batemans of Wainfleet and Thwaites of Blackburn, two leading family brewers, have walked away with a host of top awards in international beer competitions, proving that innovation can reap a rich reward. Pictured: Jaclyn and Stuart Bateman, the fourth generation to run the Lincolnshire brewery. Hawkshead in Cumbria is sending a pale ale made with New Zealand hops by its Kiwi head brewer to a beer festival Down Under

Added: Friday, August 22nd 2014

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