The Express Tavern on Kew Bridge in London is a now rare outlet for Draught Bass, once Britain's leading premier cask ale but sidelined by its owners AB InBev and brewed under licence by Marston's in Burton-on-Trent. It's worth a visit to the pub for not just the beer but the fascinating history of an old coaching inn that has survived the change from coach to train and still serves a fine range of cask beers
Added: Thursday, October 3rd 2019
Cask Beer needs some tender loving care, according to the 2019 Cask Report. It says too many pubs are serving cask beer at the wrong temperature and often in poor condition, which deters drinkers from returning to the category. The report calls for cask beer to be "premiumised", which means it should cost more than standard lager and says it's absurd that cask is sold cheaper than craft keg considering the effort and cost of materials that go into its production.
Added: Thursday, September 26th 2019
The 24th St Albans beer festival (25-28 Sept) will feature beer from Worms in Germany, St Albans' twin city. The German beer will complement several hundred ales from all parts of Britain and -- for the first time -- a range of key keg beers as well. From small beginnings 24 years ago, the festival is now one of the biggest in the country and draws drinkers from Hertfordshire and London to the Alban Arena
Added: Thursday, September 19th 2019
The 2020 Good Beer Guide, published 12 September, has a Learn & Discover section that will help readers become beer experts with greater knowledge of how beer is brewed, the ingredients used, how it is served in pubs and the best temperatures to enjoy it. The guide will be backed by beer festivals throughout the country that will have Learn & Discover platforms
Added: Thursday, September 12th 2019
Greene King has re-launched its leading brand IPA following a long look at the beer's recipe. More hops are now added and it's hoped this will give the beer, with its modest 3.6% strength, greater hop character in the glass. The brewery has also revamped its approach to cask beer, installing smaller casks in pubs with a slow throughput to ensure beer is served fresh and cool.
Added: Monday, September 9th 2019
The Tate galleries have teamed up with Fourpure brewery and Toast Ale to make a beer, Elemental, that has 40% of its grain bill made up of bread. The bread is sourced by Toast from bakeries and sandwich makers who throw away vast amounts of bread -- crusts are never used by sandwich makers, for example. Elemental is a sour beer made with cucumbers and a lactic acid culture.
Added: Friday, August 23rd 2019
The De Koninck brewery in Antwerp, famous for its rich, bronze-coloured ale, has bowed to public pressure and renamed the beer Bolleke after the elegant glass chalice it's served in. Local drinkers never call the beer De Koninck but always demand "a Bolleke" in the city's bars and restaurants.
Added: Wednesday, August 21st 2019
Surrey Hills Brewery in Dorking has walked away with the coveted title of Supreme Champion Beer of Britain at the Great British Beer Festival staged by CAMRA at London Olympia. The festival runs until Saturday. The champion beer event is the culmination of many rounds of tastings and judging in different styles and categories. Photo shows Simon Jones (left) and Ross Hunter of Surrey Hills with their award
Added: Tuesday, August 6th 2019
Wild Beer in Somerset has used open vats or coolships first used to make cheese curds to launch Coolship 2019, a spontaneously fermented beer blended with beer aged in French wine casks. The brewers say they are not attempting to create a Belgian Lambic type beer as they have sufficient of their own bugs for fermentation
Added: Sunday, August 4th 2019
For the first time in its 42 years, the Great British Beer Festival will offer live keg beers alongside traditional cask ales. The festival at London Olympia, 6-10 August, will have keykeg beers from Tiny Rebel, Siren Craft and Wild Beer while Harveys of Sussex will offer a chance to taste its beer in both cask and keg formats. The organisers say they are reaching out to a wider audience that wants to drink good beer in different formats
Added: Monday, July 22nd 2019