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Beer and bars bloom in Belgian Beer City

Beer and bars bloom in Belgian Beer City

Leuven is called the City of Beer. The Belgian city, half an hour from Brussels, has two contrasting breweries: Domus brewpub and Stella Artois. The 1920s Art Deco Stella brewery (pictured) is magnificent while tours will take visitors to a number of local breweries, including De Kroon and Hof Ten Dormaal. The Old Market area alone has 36 bars -- sufficient to slake the deepest thirsts.

Added: Friday, May 17th 2019

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Old and New England forged beer legend

Old and New England forged beer legend

Geary's Pale Ale came from the first micro-brewery in New England in the 1980s and helped kick start the American beer revolution. The beer was rhe result of founder David Geary touring breweries in England and Scotland and discovering a passion for pale ale. When sales of the beer fell away in the second decade of the new century, Geary looked for new owners who bought the brewery and have revived it, complete with a taproom in Portland, Maine

Added: Wednesday, May 15th 2019

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Mild is top of the hops at Harp pub

Mild is top of the hops at Harp pub

The award-winning Harp pub at Charing Cross in London is promoting Mild Ale during May -- and the beers include an exclusive beer, Into the Mild, brewed by Dark Star in Sussex. There will be a rolling programme of milds at the pub during May but the popularity of the style means that Dark Star will now have a permanent pump for mild.

Added: Thursday, May 9th 2019

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Carlsberg and the meaning of lager

Carlsberg and the meaning of lager

Carlsberg has created media interest in its new Danish Pilsner and its admission that it may not brew the best lager in the world. It has also unleashed criticism from drinkers that the beer lacks flavour and character. But it has also sparked a debate over what constitutes proper lager beer and whether it can be brewed as quickly as ale or whether long maturation is still best.

Added: Friday, April 19th 2019

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Cask beer is climbing out of the grave

Cask beer is climbing out of the grave

Cask beer had a tough time in 2018 but there are signs of a revival. Shepherd Neame has launched Cask Club with a series of new beers, including collaborations with the likes of Sam Adams in the U.S. BrewDog and Cloudwater are planning to brew some cask beers while Thornbridge says sales of its real ales are doing exceptionally well. Multi-prize-winning Timothy Taylor Landlord has become a cult beer among young drinkers

Added: Tuesday, March 26th 2019

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Greene King and the importance of brewing with Ernest

Greene King and the importance of brewing with Ernest

Greene King has added to its award-winning Heritage Ales series with a new pale ale brewed with the Ernest hop variety. Ernest was developed in the 1920s but was never commercially grown as brewers disliked its citrus flavours. Greene King head brewer Ross O'Hara says if it had been used in brewing in the 1920s the British would have been drinking New World-style ales back then

Added: Sunday, March 17th 2019

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Going for Gold in SIBA championship

Going for Gold in SIBA championship

Gloucester and Swannay breweries walked away with Gold awards for cask and keg beers in the annual championship at Beer X, staged by SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers in Liverpool. Wibblers Brewery won Gold in the packaged sector. The victors are seen with Master of Ceremonies Nigel Barden, far right.

Added: Sunday, March 17th 2019

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Shepherd Neame to launch new cask ales

Shepherd Neame to launch new cask ales

Britain's oldest brewery, Shepherd Neame in Faversham, is to launch a new range of real ales with Cask Club that will aim to improve the style's image among younger drinkers.There will be a new beer every month, including collaborative brews with the likes of Sam Adnams of Boston in the United States. Cask Club will run a Passport Scheme with participating pubs that will enable drinkers to win free T-shirts

Added: Tuesday, February 26th 2019

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How live beers came back from the dead

How live beers came back from the dead

Twenty years ago sales of bottled beer were falling off the cliff. But there's been a spirited revival and one section of the bottled sector that's showing special growth is bottle-conditioned beers. This year, Marston's will stage a "live beer" week along with other breweries. Among live beers on sale, the Gold edition of Thomas Hardy's Ale stands out from the crowd as it marks 50 years since it was first brewed for a literary festival in Hardy's home town of Dorchester

Added: Monday, February 18th 2019

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BrewDog goes wild over sour beer

BrewDog goes wild over sour beer

BrewDog has launched a range of 10 sour beers from its new plant, Overworks, near Aberdeen, drawing on the experience of Belgian lambic and gueuze beers made by spontaneous fermentation -- but with a BrewDog twist. The beer use a variety of fruits for additional flavour and will be followed by several more "wild" beers during 2019. The beers will go on sale in all BrewDog bars in Britain and also in specialist beer shops

Added: Friday, February 8th 2019

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