Hogs Back brewery near Farnham in Surrey will more than double its production of hops when it moves to a new 8-acre site in 2019. The hops will grow alongside the brewery at Manor Farm and the range will include Farnham White Bine, English Cascade and Pioneer. White Bine was the forerunner of Goldings but disappeared until Hogs Back managing director Rupert Thompson revived the variety in 2014.
Added: Wednesday, August 15th 2018
Siren Craft Brew from Berkshire stole the show on the opening day of the 2018 Great British Beer Festival by winning Champion Beer of Britain with its Broken Dream Breakfast Stout. The Siren team are shown with their cup, with founder Darron Anley centre. The Silver award went to Green Jack brewery for Ripper barley wine and Bronze was won by Mordue Brewery for its Workie Ticket Best Bitter
Added: Wednesday, August 8th 2018
A YouGov poll commissioned by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, finds that 56 per cent of British beer drinkers say the price of a pint is driving them away from pubs and to more affordable outlets such as supermarkets. CAMRA is calling on the government to scrap plans to increase beer duty in the autumn -- which will put 2p on the price of a pint -- and to ease the burden of business rates on pubs.
Added: Monday, August 6th 2018
Brakspear Special, a much-loved traditional ale, disappeared when the Henley brewery closed and production moved to Wychwood in Witney, where just Brakspear Bitter and Oxford Gold are brewed. But now the independent Brakspear pub company has brought Special back, brewing it on a small plant in its Bull pub in Henley.
Added: Sunday, July 22nd 2018
Monks at Mount St Bernard Abbey in Charnwood, Leicestershire, have brewed the first monastic beer since the Reformation. The abbey is a Trappist one and has strong links with the monastic breweries in Belgium but the beer is described as an "English Trappist Ale" using all English ingredients. The beer is on sale commercially and the income will help the monks' maintain the abbey and also help fund their charitable work
Added: Wednesday, June 27th 2018
Torrential rain prevented speeches being made at the launch of Norwich City of Ale 2018. City of Ale has been running for eight years and has been a ground-breaking festival, a rolling series of events that emphasise the importance of the pub to good beer. Here's the speech I planned to make. Pictured: City of Ale founders Dawn Leeder and Phil Cutter with Norwich South MP Clive Lewis (centre) at the launch party
Added: Friday, May 25th 2018
Siren Craft Brew in Berkshire, which has a big barrel-ageing programme, has launched a series of new beers, several made in collaboration with other brewers in Britain, the U.S. and Spain. In Scotland, Innis & Gunn has produced a new IPA, Gunnpowder, in bottle and can, using American hops
Added: Monday, May 21st 2018
Bath Ales, owned since 2016 by St Austell of Cornwall, has opened a new £5 million brewhouse where both ales and lager can be produced. A new lager called Sulis has been launched but 50% of the annual 50,000-barrel production is in cask form and includes the flagship Gem Ale and a new West Coast IPA, Lansdown. Pictured: senior brewer Darren James who has been with Bath Ales for more than 15 years
Added: Thursday, May 17th 2018
Carlsberg, owner of Joshua Tetley, has launched a pale ale, Tetley No 3, in cask form. The beer is based on a 19th-century recipe found in the Tetley archive and it's brewed by the local Leeds Brewery using 100 per cent English malts and hops. Following the closure of Tetley's, the beers have been brewed by Marston's in Wolverhampton but Carlsberg is now taking the brand back to its Yorkshire roots
Added: Sunday, May 13th 2018