Daisy Claeys, who ran the legendary Brugs Beertje bar in Bruges for more than 30 years, was honoured on 3 February by members of the British Guild of Beer Writers who presented her with an engaved tankard that thanked her for inspiring "a generation of British beer writers". Roger Protz handed the tankard to Daisy at the Siphon in Damme at the Smaak Down beer tasting organised by Breandan Kearney, seen in Matthew Curtis's photo
Added: Monday, February 6th 2017
Margot James, Minister for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, told the House of Commons on 26 January there was clear evidence some pub companies were flouting the new Pubs Code and preventing tenants from applying for the Market Rent Only option that would allow them to have a wider choice of beer. A debate on the code resulted in MPs voting to re-open the appointments process for controversial Pubs Code Adjudicator Paul Newby (pictured)
Added: Sunday, January 29th 2017
Leading independent brewer Greene King will launch two of its top beers -- IPA and Old Speckled Hen -- in gluten free form in early February. The launch is in response to research that shows 32% of British people eat and drink "free from" products while 2% of the population has a gluten allergy and 1% are coeliac
Added: Monday, January 23rd 2017
CAMRA -- the Campaign for Real Ale -- has called on the government to give greater protection to pubs as it salutes the fact that 2,000 pubs now have Asset of Community Value status. But to stop pubs being demolished or converted, CAMRA wants more planning support. Pictured: locals in Sheffield with MP Nick Clegg supporting the Plough, Sandygate, which Sainsbury's wants to convert to a retail outlet
Added: Tuesday, December 27th 2016
The National Theatre's production of Peter Pan for the holiday period will be boosted by a special beer, Tink's Tiny Batch, that will be available in The Understudy pub on the South Bank and the theatre's bars and restaurants. The beer is brewed by Hammerton's in Islington and is based on its N1 American-style pale ale with the addition of Citra hops.
Added: Tuesday, December 20th 2016
After many months of consulting its 183,000 members, CAMRA's revitalisation team has recommended a softening of the campaign's attitude to modern "craft keg" beers, which should be made available at beer festivals. The proposals, which will be discussed at annual meetings in 2017 and 2018, also call for greater support for tradtional cider and places community pubs at the heart of the campaign's work.
Added: Thursday, December 15th 2016
There are now more than 5,000 craft breweries in the United States and their sales go on booming -- up 8% over the past year. IPA now accounts for 25% of craft beer sales -- but golden ales, Pilsners and pale lagers were up 33%. Exports are worth $116m. This growth is against a background of the rise of AB InBev, the world's global brewer, which is two and half times the size of the total US beer market.
Added: Tuesday, December 6th 2016
Oddbins No 8, the latest in the group's house beers, has a Belgian touch, brewed with a yeast strain that originated in the Trappist Orval monastery. Oak Smoked Blonde is brewed by Anspach & Hobday in Bermondsey, London, and uses smoked wheat along with barley malt.
Added: Tuesday, November 22nd 2016