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Lad or lassie? Hop is caught in a bind

Lad or lassie? Hop is caught in a bind

A new hop has led to raised eyebrows at Hogs Back Brewery in Surrey where some of the Farnham White Bine variety has changed sex -- from female to male. The hop variety was brought back from the dead a few years ago by Hogs Back and grown on a field opposite the brewery. But now the brewery has discovered that some of the hops have switched gender from female to male -- and only female hops are needed for making beer. Hogs Back managing director Rupert Thompson is perplexed

Added: Monday, August 14th 2017

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Warwickshire Bitter wins Olympia Gold

Warwickshire Bitter wins Olympia Gold

Church End Brewery's Goats Milk Bitter has walked away with the Gold award in the Champion Beer of Britain competition staged by CAMRA at the Great British Beer Festival at London Olympia. The beer was first brewed as a one-off for a pub but proved so popular it has become a regular part of the brewery's range. Paul Hamblett from Church End is seen with the trophy at Olympia

Added: Tuesday, August 8th 2017

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CAMRA fest to back genuine craft beer

CAMRA fest to back genuine craft beer

This year's Great British Beer Festival will have a strong campaigning theme as SIBA joins forces with CAMRA to emphasise beers produced by genuine craft brewers. The SIBA logo of Assured British Craft Brewer will be widely used throughout the festival at a time when global brewers are buying small breweries in both Britain and the United States.The festival will have several hundred British cask beers along with a World Beer section featuring beers from the U.S., Australia and New Zealand

Added: Wednesday, July 26th 2017

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Here's one I brewed earlier...

Here's one I brewed earlier...

Audit Ale is a historc beer style, once brewed for Oxford and Cambridge colleges for the annual Audit Feast. Last October I helped brew a version of the beer at the White Horse Brewery near Oxford, backed by Titanic Brewery. The 7% beer was then aged in wood -- a wine cask obtained from the port industry. After several months in cask, the finished beer is a revelation

Added: Sunday, July 23rd 2017

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Go with the Flo: award for Purity brewer

Go with the Flo: award for Purity brewer

Flo Vialan has been named Brewer of the Year by the Parliamentary Beer Club in its annual awards. The Frenchman from Lyon brews at Purity in Warwickshire, which specialises in helping the environment by re-cycling grain and hops and treating water used in the brewing process through a series of reed beds in the grounds

Added: Thursday, July 13th 2017

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Who owns your beer? SIBA wants clarity

Who owns your beer? SIBA wants clarity

SIBA -- the Society of Independent Brewers -- calls for greater clarity of who owns breweries and beers. It says beer drinkers should know whether a beer is brewed by an independent brewery or by a global producer. It will showcase independent beers at this year's Great British Beer Festival, run by CAMRA. Pictured: Jasper Cuppaidge of Camden Town Brewery, now owned by AB InBev.

Added: Monday, July 10th 2017

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New Iron Maiden ale has a Belgian twist

New Iron Maiden ale has a Belgian twist

Rock legend Bruce Dickinson, lead singer with Iron Maiden, has teamed up again with Robinson's brewery in Stockport to launch a new beer, Hallowed, a Belgian-style beer that uses a Belgian yeast culture to give the beer an authentic character. The beer follows the world-wide success of Trooper that has filled Robinson's new brewhouse to bursting point

Added: Monday, July 10th 2017

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US craft brewers get seal of approval

US craft brewers get seal of approval

The Brewers Association in the United States has launched a seal of approval scheme for American craft brewers to help them and consumers understand the difference between independent craft beer and the beverages made by global brewers. The BA says its important to let consumers know which beers are genuinely independent at a time when "Big Beer" is buying small breweries

Added: Wednesday, June 28th 2017

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Beer students create California classic

Beer students create California classic

Students at Heriot-Watt University's Brewing and Distilling course in Edinburgh have recreated a 19th-century beer style, California Common, in collaboration with Stewart Brewing at Loanhead. The beer is based on the style known as Steam Beer, made with lager yeast but fermented at an ale temperature. The best-known example of the style is Anchor Brewery's Steam Beer: as that is a trademark, other brewers have to use the term California Common

Added: Monday, June 26th 2017

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Stonegate re-opens historic Tally Ho

Stonegate re-opens historic Tally Ho

The Tallly Ho, a 90 year-old pub in Finchley, North London, has re-opened following a £750,000 refit by new owners Stonegate Pub Company. The pub dates from 1927 and was one of the earliest JD Wetherspoon outlets: founder Tim Martin had his office there.

Added: Wednesday, June 7th 2017

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