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UK brewers have biggest EU tax burden

UK brewers have biggest EU tax burden

Britain has the biggest number of breweries in Europe but producers are faced by a shocking tax burden. Research shows that while the UK is second only to Germany where beer production is concerned, the British industry is held back from growth by duty levels 12 times higher than in Germany. The UK pays almost 40 per cent of all beer duty in the EU, with 54p of a pint going in tax, compared to just 5p in Germany.

Added: Thursday, December 6th 2018

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Beers that grow old gracefully

Beers that grow old gracefully

Most beers are meant for immediate consumption but there are some strong versions that should be treated with the same respect as vintage wine and which will improve with age. Two such recent additions are the latest Thomas Hardy's Ale and Fuller's Vintage Ale. It's claimed the Thomas Hardy's will improve over 25 years while samplings show the Fuller's beer with deepen its complexities if laid down for a few years

Added: Wednesday, December 5th 2018

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Master brewer's mission to boost cask

Master brewer's mission to boost cask

John Keeling has just retired as head brewer at Fuller's but he has a new mission in life -- to boost the fortune's of cask beer. He says Britain's unique contribution to beer is seeing sales fall by 10% a year. His recommendations include greater quality control, with no cask served longer than three days, and a special differential rate of duty when Britain leave the European Union

Added: Tuesday, October 30th 2018

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Cities unite to boost Britain's beer & pubs

Cities unite to boost Britain's beer & pubs

Seen years after Norwich set the ball rolling with City of Ale, other cities across the UK gathered in Norwich to create a forum that will see more and more beer and pub events in the years ahead. The photo shows the delegates at the forum with key note speakers including Pete Brown, Roger Protz, Stefan Gurney from BID, David Wilson from the British Beer & Pub Association and Andrew Daines from Visit Flanders. Roger Protz is holding the sign with Dawn Leeder and Phil Cutter from Norwich with Pete Brown next to Phil. Report by Frances Brace

Added: Thursday, October 25th 2018

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Greek islands harbour fine craft beers

Greek islands harbour fine craft beers

Greece has a vast number of islands and several of them are now home to new craft breweries. They include the Nissos Brewery that concentrates on organic lagers and Mikonu on Mykonos, where founders Angelos Ferous and Janos Bako (pictured) learned the brewing skills at BrewDog in Scotland. Other islands with flourishing breweries include Crete and Santorini

Added: Tuesday, October 23rd 2018

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Beer hits new heights at American fest

Beer hits new heights at American fest

Now in its 37th year, the Great American Beer Festival goes from strength to strength, attracting in September 8,500 beers from 2,404 breweries and drawing crowds of 62,000. As well as mainstream styles such as lager and IPA, American brewers are "pushing the envelope" with sours, saisons, barrel-aged and wine-influenced beers. This special report is from Lotte Peplow

Added: Friday, October 5th 2018

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East, west, IPA goes on travelling

East, west, IPA goes on travelling

New England IPA is yet another variant of a style that shows no signs of slowing down world wide. Versions from the East Coast of the US are less aggressively hopped than beers from the West Coast that can have as much as 100 units of bitterness. And it was the IPA from the Harpoon Brewery in Boston that helped kick-start the IPA revolution in the 1990s. NEIPAs as they are known are now being brewed with enthusiasm as far away as Australia

Added: Tuesday, October 2nd 2018

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Cask sales fall but still vital to pub trade

Cask sales fall but still vital to pub trade

Sales of cask beer have fallen faster than the overall beer market, according to the latest Cask Report. Sales are down by 6.8 per cent while the overall beer market has declined by 1.6 per cent. But while amber beers have shown the biggest fall, golden ales in the cask sector have seen substantial growth and a big majority of publicans say cask beer is vital to the business.

Added: Thursday, September 27th 2018

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Drinkers swarm for Hannah's honey beer

Drinkers swarm for Hannah's honey beer

Hannah Rhodes is celebrating her fifth anniversary as a brewer by launching her Hiver honey beers in cans to augment the keg and bottle versions. She uses fresh, unpasteurised honey as part of the fermenting and conditioning process, not just as an add-on flavouring. 10% of her profits go to backing charities that support bees as they forage for honey. All her malts and hops come from England

Added: Monday, September 24th 2018

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Europe now leads craft beer revolution

Europe now leads craft beer revolution

After years of dramatic growth, the craft beer sector has slowed in the US but is growing at a fast pace in Europe, according to a report by leading research organisation Mintel. Traditional beer styles are being challenged by innovative new ones as consumers look for new tastes and flavours. The downside of craft beer's success, says Mintel, is that global brewers are now entering the sector and are buying independent producers. Pictured: Stone Brewing of California now has a second brewery in Berlin

Added: Thursday, September 20th 2018

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