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All hands to the pumps to boost cask ale

All hands to the pumps to boost cask ale

As a result of the pandemic and lockdowns, real ale needs to massively promoted to get drinkers back into pubs and enjoying fresh and unpasteurised beer. The organisers of Cask Ale Week 2021 have set out a whole raft of proposals to get handpumps working again -- and this involves bar staff as well as punters

Added: Thursday, September 9th 2021

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River Cottage & Stroud join forces with organic beers including nettles and hemp

River Cottage & Stroud join forces with organic beers including nettles and hemp

River Cottage, founded by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, has teamed up with Stroud Brewery to launch three new organic beers, using ingredients that aid the environment by avoiding the use of chemicals and fertilisers. The beers include a new hop, CF257, that is undergoing trials with leading hop merchant Charles Faram. Two of the beers include stinging nettles and hemp flour

Added: Tuesday, July 27th 2021

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Thornbridge sees off the pandemic

Thornbridge sees off the pandemic

In spite of the impact of the pandemic and lockdowns, Thornbridge Brewery in Derbyshire is witnessing record ales of its beers and it retains a strong commitment to cask ale, including its brand leader, Jaipur IPA

Added: Sunday, July 25th 2021

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It's time to give cask beer a big boost

It's time to give cask beer a big boost

The Cask Matters Group, made up of brewers and industry leaders, is urging all beer lovers to head for the pub and enjoy cask ale. During the lockdown more than 87 million pints of cask beer, worth £30 million, were poured down the drain and Paul Nunny of Cask Matters says we need to support our "national treasure" or it could disappear.

Added: Monday, July 19th 2021

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Quantock celebrates with Milestone IPA

Quantock celebrates with Milestone IPA

Quantock Brewery has celebrated its 1,500th brew with Milestone 1500, a 6.5 per cent beer described as a "Mountain IPA", combining West Coast and East Coast styles. The brewery was founded in 2008 with an eight-barrel plant that can produce 300 casks per week.

Added: Tuesday, July 13th 2021

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Marston's boss: 'Cask is under the cosh'

Marston's boss: 'Cask is under the cosh'

Ralph Findlay, the soon-to-retire chief executive of Marston's brewery and pub company, says the beer world has changed dramatically in recent years and younger drinkers are no longer passionate about cask ale. The group's biggest beer brands are Hobgoblin and Wainwright's while such revered ales as Pedigree and Banks's are struggling. He says the merger with Carlsberg will give Marston's greater muscle in the free trade

Added: Friday, July 9th 2021

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Chouffe has great beers to go gnome to

Chouffe has great beers to go gnome to

Freedom Day may off the agenda on 21 June but beer lovers can celebrate International Gnome Day with five beers from the celebrated La Chouffe brewery in Belgium. The chouffe are mythical gnomes who lived in the forests of the Ardennes and their image graces the labels and pump clips of the brewery. Draught versions will feature during a tap takeover in Britain while bottled versions will be on sale in key outlets. Pictured: Chris Bauweraerts, founder of the brewery with a gnomic friend

Added: Friday, June 18th 2021

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CAMRA@50: carry on campaigning

CAMRA@50: carry on campaigning

As the Campaign for Real Ale celebrates its 50th anniversary, a book by Laura Hadland charts the history of CAMRA, the rise and fall of keg beer, the growth of British lager and the dynamic impact of Progressive Beer Duty. With sales of cask beer in crisis as a result of the pandemic and pub shutdowns, the campaign is as a relevant today as it was in the 1970s.

Added: Monday, June 14th 2021

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The IPA bandwagon goes rolling on

The IPA bandwagon goes rolling on

Just when you thought there could be no further versions of IPA, along come two new interpretations -- Milk Shake and wild. Milk Shake IPAs are brewed with the addition of lactose that can't be fermented by brewer's yeast and gives a creamy note to the beer, while wild Brettanomyces yeast leaves a funky and acidic note. The Brett beers are brewed by Beavertown (pictured)

Added: Saturday, May 8th 2021

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Saltaire brews a Helles of a good lager

Saltaire brews a Helles of a good lager

Saltaire Brewery in Shipley, West Yorkshire, has brewed a 5% Helles beer, along the lines of the famous Bavarian style consumed in large quantities in Munich beer gardens. The beer is cold conditioned or lagered for six weeks

Added: Tuesday, May 4th 2021

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