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London pub welcomes homeless at Xmas

London pub welcomes homeless at Xmas

Christmas arrived early in Islington, North London, on Sunday 21 December when the William IV pub laid on a special meal for the homeless and those struggling financially. 400 meals were served and vegetables for the occasion were donated by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. Many people were given free lifts to the pub by London cab drivers. The photo shows chef Adam Hardiman with a volunteer preparing food in the pub kitchen

Added: Monday, December 22nd 2014

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American home-brewers honour Obama

American home-brewers honour Obama

Barack Obama has been awarded life membership of the American Homebrewers Association for brewing beer in the White House -- the first American president to make beer in Washington's seat of power. The AHA says the president has done much to elevate the importance of home-brewing in America's customs and traditions. The home-brewers' body has also honoured Chef Sam Kass at the White House who developed recipes for Honey Ale and Honey Porter

Added: Wednesday, December 17th 2014

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Beer range honours great explorer

Beer range honours great explorer

Six beers have been launched by The Shackleton company in Norfolk to commemorate the life and work of the great Anglo-Irish Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. The beers are named after ships and shelters from Shackleton's expeditions in the Edwardian period

Added: Sunday, December 14th 2014

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American craft beer goes on booming

American craft beer goes on booming

There are now more than 3,000 breweries in the United States and 1.5 new breweries are opening every day, according to year-end figures from the Brewers Association. Craft beer is recording record sales and beer is reaching out to women drinkers and Hispanics

Added: Thursday, December 11th 2014

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Government failing local pubs -- CAMRA

Government failing local pubs -- CAMRA

There are now 600 pubs listed as Assets of Community Value but CAMRA -- the Campaign for Real Ale -- attacks the government for failing to protect community locals by refusing to close loopholes that allows them to be turned into supermarkets.Pictured: the Ivy House in South London, one successful pub listed as an ACV

Added: Wednesday, December 10th 2014

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It's a Hoppy Christmas at Hogs Back

It's a Hoppy Christmas at Hogs Back

Hogs Back Brewery in Surrey is growing its own hops for use in such leading beers as TEA and Hogstar lager. Braving the cold, staff from the brewery, led by owner Rupert Thompson, planted a further 1,200 new plants, including Fuggles and White Bine, with Cascade, a hop from the United States. Hogs Back plans a "green hop" beer next autumn, using hop straight from the harvest

Added: Saturday, December 6th 2014

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Writers honoured in top beer awards

Writers honoured in top beer awards

Jessica Boak and Ray Bailey won the prestigious Michael Jackson Beer Writer of the Year Award for their book Beer Britannia at the annual awards dinner on 4 December hosted by the British Guild of Beer Writers. Other awards went to Tim Webb, Mark Dredge, Nigel Huddlestone and Alastair Gilmour, with Pip Sprake picking up the new award for Young Beer Writer of the Year.

Added: Friday, December 5th 2014

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Take a gander as Chicago's goose lands

Take a gander as Chicago's goose lands

Beers from Goose Island, one of the pioneering craft breweries in the United States, are now available on draught and in bottle in Britain, distributed by Greene King. The three beers are India Pale Ale, Honkers Ale and 312 Urban Wheat Ale. Drinkers will have to judge whether the beers have changed since the brewery was bought by American giant Anheuser-Busch

Added: Tuesday, December 2nd 2014

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Breweries on the move: West Berks plans new site; Jarrow seeks funds to expand

Breweries on the move: West Berks plans new site; Jarrow seeks funds to expand

West Berkshire Brewery, chaired by David Bruce, will raise £4 million to help fund a move to a new brewery in the Thames Valley to keep pace with demand for its beers. Jarrow Brewery -- "the biggest small brewery in the North-east" -- will launch a share issue to expand capacity and to export to the U.S. Pictured: David Bruce (left) with brewer Will Twomey and West Berks founders Helen and Dave Maggs

Added: Monday, December 1st 2014

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Bruce's brewery unveils new beer image

Bruce's brewery unveils new beer image

West Berkshire Brewery, chaired by David Bruce of Firkin pub fame, has unveiled a new look for its cask and bottled beers with eye-catching images that will reach out to a wider audience both at home and in export markets

Added: Wednesday, November 26th 2014

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