Batham's and Holden's are two legendary Black Country breweries famous for their dark milds. But bitter and pale beers are now their main products and mild is in deep decline. It was a style once downed in vast quantities by miners and other industrial workers but as heavy industry has disappeared mild has fallen from grace and needs urgent support from lovers of traditional beers. Pictured: Batham's famous Vine pub complete with Shakespeare quotation
Added: Monday, December 30th 2019
A tasting of old Bass beers drew a large audience in Burton-on-Trent, keen to samples beers as old as 150 years. The event was organised by Ian Webster, a local historian, with a number of retired Bass brewers.The event proved that old unpasteurised beers can age with distinction as much as fine wine.
Added: Thursday, December 19th 2019
There's a superb range of beers available for the Christmas period. They include the venerable Old Tom from Robinson's., celebrating 100 years, Chiltern about to celebrate 40 years, the revered Bateman's Rosey Nosey and a remarkable Imperial Pilsner from Camden Town that has been aged in French wine barrels.
Added: Tuesday, December 10th 2019
A special IPA, brewed with "wet hops" straight from the harvest, has been brewed to celebrate the 21st anniversary of Borough Market at London Bridge and is on sale in bars and restaurants. Fuggles hops are grown under the roof of the market hall and go straight into the brew as soon as they are harvested. The beer is sold in a sustainable can and is also on draught in the Rake and the Globe at the market.
Added: Sunday, December 1st 2019
The Kelham Island Museum in Sheffield is a fascinating view of the city's great industrial past and it was a fine venue for the CAMRA Steel City Beer Festival. Close by, the Kommune collective of restaurants and book shops is home to Hop Hideout, a beer shop run by Jules Gray with a fine range of beers from home and abroad
Added: Monday, November 25th 2019
Traquair House in the Scottish Borders has a 300 year-old brewery famous for its House Ale. It has now added a vintage ale dedicated to the memory of Lord and Lady Nithsdale, supporters of the Jacobite cause in the 18th century. Lord Nithsdale was charged with treason and held in the Tower of London but his wife organised a daring escape.
Added: Sunday, November 17th 2019
The old question "What did Porter taste like?" is answered by a collaboration brew between Goose Island of Chicago and Wimbledon Brewery in London.The beer is based on recipes unearthed by historian Ron Pattinson from the old Truman brewery in East London. The name celebrates Obadiah Poundage,a retired London brewer in the 18th century, whose writings gave an insight into how early Porters were brewed
Added: Wednesday, November 6th 2019
Robinson's Brewery in Stockport has broken with tradition and for the first time has launched its famous Old Tom barley wine in keg format to complement the versions available in bottle and cask. Joint managing directors William and Oliver Robinson (pictured) believe the chilled craft keg version will win new drinkers to the beer
Added: Sunday, November 3rd 2019
Family brewer Batemans of Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, has re-designed four of its leading ale brands in bottle with distinctive new labels. The beers are Mocha Stout, XXXB, Victory Ale and Combined Harvest. Managing director Stuart Bateman says young drinkers come across craft ales in pubs and now they have the opportunity to sample them in the off-trade as well
Added: Friday, October 18th 2019