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Budvar beats virus blues to boost sales

Budvar beats virus blues to boost sales

The authentic Czech lager beer Budweiser Budvar saw a remarkable 38 per cent growth in sales in 2021. It was the number three in World Lager sales in the off trade. On trade sales recovered fast once the lockdown ended. The beer is on draught and also in bottles and cans. Some specialist outlets serve Budvar from special tanks holding unfiltered and unpasteurised beer

Added: Thursday, January 13th 2022

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Prize for villagers who saved their local

Prize for villagers who saved their local

CAMRA -- the Campaign for Real Ale -- has given its prestigious Pub Saving Award to locals in Stoke Ferry, Norfolk, who raised funds to buy the Blue Bell Inn that had closed and was threatened with being turned into housing. It will re-open in the spring. Runner-up was the Railway Arms in Saffron Walden, Essex, which has re-opened following a long campaign to save it by local people.

Added: Monday, December 27th 2021

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Farriers Arms: CAMRA icon for sale

Farriers Arms: CAMRA icon for sale

The Farriers Arms in St Albans has played a key role in the history of the Campaign for Real Ale. The longest surviving CAMRA branch was formed in the pub in November 1972. The Farriers was owned by Hertford family brewer McMullen but it sold the pub to the sitting tenants, Tony and Jannine Passmore, in 2013. They now want to retire and the pub is on the market. A local Lib Dem councillor will attempt to win an Asset of Community Value listing for the pub

Added: Wednesday, December 8th 2021

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Good Beer Guide shows brewery growth

Good Beer Guide shows brewery growth

The 2022 edition of the Good Beer Guide, published by CAMRA -- the Campaign for Real Ale -- shows that the number of breweries in the UK has grown despite the impact of the pandemic. The guide lists some 4,500 pubs throughout the country that are serving cask beer in tip-top condition. The guide calls on the government to give greater support to both pubs and breweries in order to face the power of cost-cutting supermarkets

Added: Friday, November 12th 2021

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Scots breweries aim for the big time

Scots breweries aim for the big time

Innis & Gunn has won planning approval to build a new brewery alongside Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh where there's a renowned school of brewing and distilling. Students will be able to use the brewery's facilities. BrewDog plans to build a vast new brewery and bar at Waterloo Station in London on the site of the former Eurostar terminal

Added: Monday, November 1st 2021

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Brewers unite in bid to boost COP26

Brewers unite in bid to boost COP26

25 breweries in Britain and Ireland have joined forces to to brew collaborative beers led by Toast using surplus bread as their contribution to tackling waste. They have written an open letter to world leaders who will attend COP26 to step up the campaign to tackle climate change.

Added: Friday, October 15th 2021

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Fuller's Vintage livens autumn beer scene

Fuller's Vintage livens autumn beer scene

The annual Fuller's Vintage Ale has been released to please beer lovers everywhere. This year's vintage is brewed with pale, caragold and roasted crystal malts with Target, Endeavour, Olicana and CF 182 hops

Added: Sunday, October 3rd 2021

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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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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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