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Historic photos put hops in the picture

Historic photos put hops in the picture

A rare collection of black and white photos by David Evans has been unearthed and used in a new film that traces the life and times of hop pickers in Herefordshire in the 1950s and 60s. The photo left shows the Jones family picking hops -- a ritual that disappeared when mechanisation took over. The film Stories from the Hop Yards, will be premiered in Hereford on 3 March

Added: Friday, February 16th 2018

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Baa-gum: visitors flock to Black Sheep

Baa-gum: visitors flock to Black Sheep

Jo Theakston of the Masham brewing dynasty is seen in the revamped visitor centre at the Black Sheep Brewery in Masham, North Yorkshire. Using local craftspeople and materials, the centre offers a wide range of cask and craft beers and bistro-style food. It plans to attract even greater numbers of visitors who can tour the brewery and follow its path to success over the past 25 years.

Added: Thursday, February 15th 2018

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Greene King brings back taste of the past

Greene King brings back taste of the past

Suffolk brewer Greene King has restored a 19th-century barley, Chevallier, to brew a new Heritage Series of beers. Suffolk Pale Ale and Vintage Fine Ale are on sale exclusively in Tesco. The grain was grown by Crisp Malt in Norfolk who took just five seeds to grow a new batch of the grain

Added: Wednesday, January 31st 2018

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Marston's has an eagle's nest in Bedford

Marston's has an eagle's nest in Bedford

The former Charles Wells Brewery in Bedford, sold to Marston's last year for £55 million, has re-opened as the Eagle Brewery and will have a visitor centre, with brewery tours available. Such former Wells' brands as Bombardier, Eagle IPA, Waggle Dance and Banana Bread Beer, will be given fresh investment and promotion. And Courage Imperial Russian Stout could be revived

Added: Tuesday, January 23rd 2018

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CAMRA reaches out to all beer lovers

CAMRA reaches out to all beer lovers

CAMRA -- the Campaign for Real Ale -- is reaching out all beer lovers, not just cask ale drinkers, with a set of new proposals that will radically change the direction of the 46-year-old consumer organisation. As a result of its Revitalisation Programme, CAMRA's leadership will propose to its annual meeting in April that it should extend its scope to other types of quality beer -- though real ale will remain its focus

Added: Monday, January 22nd 2018

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Pub campaigners win top award

Pub campaigners win top award

A Kent pub has been given CAMRA's Pub Saving Award following a spirited campaign by locals to save it. The Harrow in Stockbury was closed by brewer Shepherd Neame but the community came together to raise the funds to buy and re-open it in 2017. It's now the hub of the community, offering not only good beer but book swaps and an internet cafe.

Added: Thursday, December 28th 2017

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Scots beer is star of the Christmas tree

Scots beer is star of the Christmas tree

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

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CAMRA and SIBA Budget response

CAMRA and SIBA Budget response

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

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Hobgoblin adds IPA to top selling range

Hobgoblin adds IPA to top selling range

Wychwood Brewery in Oxfordshire, brewer of Hobgoblin ruby ale -- second-biggest bottled beer in Britain -- has added a 5.3% IPA to the range. The beer is brewed with pale and Vienna malts and hopped with both English and American varieties

Added: Monday, November 20th 2017

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Moor gives Italians a taste for cask ale

Moor gives Italians a taste for cask ale

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

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