Hogs Back Brewery in Surrey has won new listings in a number of supermarkets, including Co-op and Morrison's, for its TEA bitter with Hogstar lager in Majestic Wines. The brewery has also announced two beers that are ideal for the Christmas period: Advent Ale and the strong vintage ale A over T. The beers are brewed with hops grown on the brewery's own garden and include Farnham White Bine, a historic variety revived by Hogs Back.
Added: Tuesday, November 14th 2017
50 MPs have signed a petition calling on Chancellor Philip Hammond to ease the crippling tax burden on Britain's pubs in his autumn Budget in November. The petition is seen being delivered to the Treasury by MPs Mike Wood, Ruth Smeeth and Stephen Lloyd, officers of the Parliamentary Beer Group. MPs are calling for a cut or freeze in excise duty and help to ease the business rates burden on pubs
Added: Monday, November 13th 2017
Four pubs have been short-listed by CAMRA for the prestigious National Pub of the Year award. The winner will be announced in February 2018. The four are the Stanford Arms in Lowestoft (publicans Samantha and David Burd pictured left), the Weavers in Kidderminster, the Cricketers, St Helens, and Wigan Central
Added: Tuesday, November 7th 2017
The British Pubs Confederation has welcomed the appointment of barrister Fiona Dickie as Deputy Pubs Adjudicator and hopes she will break the legal log jam and help publicans gain access to the Market Rent Only option. MRO will enable publicans to go free of tie -- a move fiercely resisted by the large pubcos. The confederation is highly critical of Pubs Adjudicator Paul Newby who they claim has flouted the terms of the Pubs Code
Added: Wednesday, October 25th 2017
There are now more than 2,000 independent craft breweries in Britain -- a jump of 18 per cent in the past year, according to a new report by UHY Hacker Young. Tax breaks introduced by the last Labour government have encouraged new brewers -- including home brewers -- to enter the market. But the report warns that global brewers are moving into the craft sector and are keen to buy successful small breweries
Added: Monday, October 23rd 2017
The seventh annual Spa Valley railway beer festival, held in conjunction with West Kent CAMRA, offers beer at Tunbridge Wells West Station and also on trains to Groombridge and Eridge. The centrepiece of the festival is 25 "green hop" beers, using hops fresh from the Kent harvest. Pictured, the engine shed at Tunbridge Wells
Added: Friday, October 20th 2017
The Square & Compass in Dorset was feted by CAMRA veterans when landlord Charlie Newman received a framed certificate to mark the pub's inclusion in all 45 editions of the Good Beer Guide. The pub serves beer from Hattie Brown's in Swanage, the first brewery in the town for more than 100 years. Pictured left to right: CAMRA founder member MIchael Hardman with a copy of the first guide in 1974, Charlie Newman, current editor Roger Protz, and pub manager Kevin Hunt
Added: Wednesday, October 18th 2017
Petr Dvorak, the new managing director of Budweiser Budvar in the Czech Republic, is masterminding a £80 million expansion programme at the brewery to build production and sales. The brewery is still locked in disputes with global giant AB InBev over the Budweiser trademark but Dvorak is confident that sales of Original, Budvar Dark, Krausen beer and tank beer will forge ahead in both domestic and overseas markets
Added: Monday, October 16th 2017
Pubs face closure due to the crippling level of business rates imposed by the government. CAMRA -- the Campaign for Real Ale -- is making a submission to the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, ahead of the November Budget, calling for £5,000 annual rates relief for pubs to keep them in business.
Added: Thursday, September 28th 2017
The latest Cask Report underlines the importance of cask beer -- real ale --to Britain's pubs. With many new breweries opening, cask beer continues to encourage people to visit local pubs and enjoy the range on offer. The report says the diversity of beer available is now wide and consumption of real ale in pubs aids the British economy far more than coffee shops.
Added: Wednesday, September 27th 2017