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Two beers shine a light on brewing's past

Two beers shine a light on brewing's past

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

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Yule tide over with great Xmas beers

Yule tide over with great Xmas beers

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

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Union power drives new Marston's IPA

Union power drives new Marston's IPA

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

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Home brewing with a modern twist

Home brewing with a modern twist

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

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Grab this big beer beast from Exmoor

Grab this big beer beast from Exmoor

Exmoor Ales head brewer Tom Davis has produced a strong version of the regular 6.6 per cent Beast. Megabeast is 10.2 per cent and is brewed with pale, crystal and chocolate malts and has four hops. It's bottle conditioned and the perfect companion for blue cheese

Added: Friday, October 30th 2020

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Virus wreaks havoc for British pubs

Virus wreaks havoc for British pubs

The 2021 edition of the Good Beer Guide, published by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, says the coronavirus pandemic has caused havoc for British pubs, many of which have not reopened since the first national lockdown was lifted in the summer. And for the first time for many years, the Guide reports a decline in the number of breweries operating in the country

Added: Thursday, October 29th 2020

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Fuller's Vintage goes on the dark side

Fuller's Vintage goes on the dark side

Fuller's Vintage Ale 2020 is now available and this year it's been brewed with two English hops, Godiva and Jester, and gets colour and flavour from a special malt called DRC or Dark Roasted Crystal, created by Simpson's Malt.

Added: Monday, October 19th 2020

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Oktoberfest classic -- from South London

Oktoberfest classic -- from South London

The Munich Oktoberfest has been cancelled this year but you can sample a Marzen or March beer -- the style once brewed for the festival by Munich brewers. This version comes from The Park Brewery in Kingston upon Thames and is true to style, using Munich and Vienna malts and hops from the Hallertau region

Added: Tuesday, October 13th 2020

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Cask Ale Week bids to beat the blues

Cask Ale Week bids to beat the blues

Cask Ale Week starts on 24 September and, despite the new restrictions on pub opening hours, it will encourage beer lovers to go to their locals and enjoy a style of beer that's unique to Britain. Dozens of breweries have activities planned for the week, including launching special beers for the occasion

Added: Thursday, September 24th 2020

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New look tankard for Black Sheep ale

New look tankard for Black Sheep ale

Black Sheep Brewery in the Yorkshire Dales is getting ready for Cask Ale Week with a new tankard for its draught beers in selected pubs in Yorkshire and North-east England. The brewery says cask beer is unique to Britain and it wants to boost its popularity with the powerful image of the tankard

Added: Tuesday, September 15th 2020

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