Duvel Moortgat in Belgium is celebrating 150 years of brewing with a new version of its famous Duvel blond ale. Duvel 6.66% uses six hops and has added orange zest alongside the famous Poire William character of the original beer. Head brewer Hedwig Neven also worked in collaboration with the 't IJ' brewery in Amsterdam, which is now owned by Duvel Moortgat.
Added: Thursday, February 18th 2021
A team of American and Egyptian archaeologists has found a large brewing complex at Abydos near Luxor in Egypt. It's thought to be the oldest brewery in the world and dates from the time of King Narmer, founder of the First Dynasty. The brewery contained hundreds of pots in which grain and water were heated. Hops were not used at the time. The beer is thought to have been drunk at royal rituals and funerals.
Added: Tuesday, February 16th 2021
When pubs reopen they will be at a serious disadvantage to supermarkets. Drinkers will have got used to buying cheap packaged beers that retailers buy at deep discounts -- discounts that pub owners cannot obtain. To support pubs, draught beer needs to have much lower levels of excise duty -- down to the same level as cider.
Added: Monday, February 15th 2021
For the first time in its 30-year history, Black Sheep Brewery in Masham, North Yorkshire, is offering its Best Bitter in bottle. It's one of the country's best-selling ales but to date it has only been available in cask format. But now the closure of pubs and the demand from drinkers has encouraged the brewery to offer the beer in bottle
Added: Monday, February 15th 2021
Two breweries in the English Midlands and the Scottish Borders have brought back two noble beer styles from the 19th and 20th centuries. In Northampton, Phipps has aged a batch of its Stingo barley wine for a year while Broughton in Scotland has kept a batch of Imperial Russian Stout in its cellars for 20 years.
Added: Wednesday, December 16th 2020
Not all pubs are open but there's still plenty of good beer available to help celebrate the festive season. They range from ale from Britain's oldest brewery to beers from modern craft producers. There's a stout, too, plus the revival of an ancient style, Audit Ale, that was once brewed for Oxford and Cambridge colleges that had audit feasts when they finished their annual accounts
Added: Sunday, December 6th 2020
Back in the 1970s the strength of beer and the ingredients used were treated like state secrets by breweries. CAMRA unlocked the doors and consumers began to learn more about their favourite brews. Beer writers started to develop a language for beer appreciation -- derided at first but now widely accepted. Pictured: Butty Bach from Wye Valley with information about strength and ingredients on the back label
Added: Wednesday, November 25th 2020
Marston's has launched Horninglow No 3, the third in its special edition of bottle-conditioned beers that are brewed in the historic Burton Union oak barrels. No 3 is a New England style IPA using American hops. The beer is bottle conditioned and at 7.4 per cent ABV it will age for several years
Added: Tuesday, November 10th 2020
A new system of home brewing produces beer in just seven days and is so easy that even renowned fumble fingers can do it without ruining the kitchen. The range includes Pale Ale, IPA, Pilsner and lager...and the manufacturer says the beers will be better if they are allowed to condition for a few days more
Added: Monday, November 9th 2020
A once obscure beer style from the Wallonia region of Belgium has now been taken up by brewers in many parts of the world. Saison was originally a seasonal beer brewed by farmers to refresh their workers at harvest time but it's now produced all year round. The classic Saison comes from the Dupont brewery based on a former farm in the Hainaut region
Added: Friday, November 6th 2020