Hannah Rhodes is celebrating her fifth anniversary as a brewer by launching her Hiver honey beers in cans to augment the keg and bottle versions. She uses fresh, unpasteurised honey as part of the fermenting and conditioning process, not just as an add-on flavouring. 10% of her profits go to backing charities that support bees as they forage for honey. All her malts and hops come from England
Added: Monday, September 24th 2018
After years of dramatic growth, the craft beer sector has slowed in the US but is growing at a fast pace in Europe, according to a report by leading research organisation Mintel. Traditional beer styles are being challenged by innovative new ones as consumers look for new tastes and flavours. The downside of craft beer's success, says Mintel, is that global brewers are now entering the sector and are buying independent producers. Pictured: Stone Brewing of California now has a second brewery in Berlin
Added: Thursday, September 20th 2018
London's oldest family brewer, Fuller's of Chiswick, has added a pilot brewery as part of its visitor centre. It will enable the brewing team to develop small-run new brews with exciting and unusual flavours. Successful beers will then be scaled up for production in the main brewery. Pictured left are Fuller's brewers with members of Gravity Systems that installed the new plant.
Added: Wednesday, September 19th 2018
The new edition of CAMRA's Good Beer Guide praises breweries that are "putting something back" by reducing carbon footprints and producing more gluten-free, vegan-friendly and low alcohol beers. The guide also lists breweries that aid less fortunate people,such as those with learning difficulties and others serving prison sentences. Other breweries aid the environment by recycling used malt and hops and even lining brewing vessels with sheep wool.
Added: Thursday, September 13th 2018
For the first time in years, the craft beer sector in the United States is losing growth as a result of the emergence of two giant brewing groups, AB InBev and Molson Coors. Jim Koch (pictured) says the domination of "Big Beer" poses a threat to the craft movement while the Brewers Association lays the blame for the decline on the aggressive price cutting of the giants and success of Bud Light, which has led to some craft brewers producing light lagers
Added: Monday, September 10th 2018
The Pub Code Adjudicator Paul Newby is tackling the giant companies over the barriers they have created to stop publicans getting a better deal on rents and beer choice. The pub code was brought in in 2016 to ensure a better deal for landlords, including the right to go free of tie with a Market Rent Only option. But few landlords have won the right to MRO and Newby is concerned by the high number of pub seizures and closures
Added: Friday, August 31st 2018
Hogs Back brewery near Farnham in Surrey will more than double its production of hops when it moves to a new 8-acre site in 2019. The hops will grow alongside the brewery at Manor Farm and the range will include Farnham White Bine, English Cascade and Pioneer. White Bine was the forerunner of Goldings but disappeared until Hogs Back managing director Rupert Thompson revived the variety in 2014.
Added: Wednesday, August 15th 2018
Siren Craft Brew from Berkshire stole the show on the opening day of the 2018 Great British Beer Festival by winning Champion Beer of Britain with its Broken Dream Breakfast Stout. The Siren team are shown with their cup, with founder Darron Anley centre. The Silver award went to Green Jack brewery for Ripper barley wine and Bronze was won by Mordue Brewery for its Workie Ticket Best Bitter
Added: Wednesday, August 8th 2018
A YouGov poll commissioned by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, finds that 56 per cent of British beer drinkers say the price of a pint is driving them away from pubs and to more affordable outlets such as supermarkets. CAMRA is calling on the government to scrap plans to increase beer duty in the autumn -- which will put 2p on the price of a pint -- and to ease the burden of business rates on pubs.
Added: Monday, August 6th 2018
Brakspear Special, a much-loved traditional ale, disappeared when the Henley brewery closed and production moved to Wychwood in Witney, where just Brakspear Bitter and Oxford Gold are brewed. But now the independent Brakspear pub company has brought Special back, brewing it on a small plant in its Bull pub in Henley.
Added: Sunday, July 22nd 2018