St Austell opens first Brewer & Bean retail outlet

sabbean0414St Austell Brewery’s vision is to provide high-quality convenience coffee and establish its pubs as an alternative to big name coffee shop chains. » MORE


Spend a penny with Wadworth for a good cause

Following the penny cut in beer tax announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Budget, Wadworth has decided to celebrate a significant victory for beer drinkers, and spend these precious pennies wisely. » MORE


Competition to name racecourse festival ale

In collaboration with locally-based Two Cocks Brewery, in Enborne, the racecourse has begun brewing its own 4% ABV golden ale, with the first batch set to be ready for racegoers to quench their thirst on May 17. » MORE


Alastair Cook: I’m getting into ale and trying local beers


England cricket captain Alastair Cook went behind the bar at the Golden Fleece in Chelmsford to launch the new cask ale brewed to mark his benefit season. » MORE

Arran to invest in brewery and overseas markets

Arran Brewery is to invest up to £80,000 in the brewery and a further £80,000 in entering international markets. » MORE

Lerwick Brewery appoints first sales manager

Lerwick Brewery has announced the appointment of Alison Graham (pictured) as its first sales manager. She takes up the new post of on-trade Scottish sales manager from May 1. » MORE


Black Sheep to offer Best Bitter on keg

bsbestkeg0414First brewed in 1992, when the brewery opened in Masham, North Yorkshire, Black Sheep Best Bitter is still a firm favourite on cask in pubs across the country. Now, Best Bitter Keg is offering the discerning drinker a new experience, which, says the brewer, continues to deliver on quality and taste. » MORE

Celebrating Whisky Month… with Homecoming Beer

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, an international whisky club with over 26,000 members around the world and branches in 19 countries, will be rolling out a barrel of a different kind this May, and toasting its Whisky Month celebrations with the official Homecoming Scotland beer crafted by Inveralmond Brewery in Perth. » MORE


Party at the pub for 100-year-old barmaid Dolly

Dolly was born in Eton in the south of Buckinghamshire a few months before the outbreak of World War One. She has worked for more than 75 years, behind the bar but also turning her hand to the bedrooms, teas and reception work. » MORE 


Fuller’s to launch new phase of Made of London campaign

Ian Bray, managing director of Fuller’s Beer Company, said: “Made of London puts London Pride at the heart and soul of London and Londoners. It has been a very successful campaign with sales in London, during the last advertising period, rising by 8.3% as against the prior year. » MORE 


Seven new brewers join Punch’s Finest Cask scheme

Punch Taverns is working with seven new brewers in its Finest Cask scheme this spring. The Spring Rotation, which was launched in March with 16 aptly-named beers with lighter colours and ABVs, features seven new brewers, including Island Brewery and Conwy Brewery. » MORE


CAMRA and rugby club team up for Kidbrook festival

kidbrookefest0414South East London CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) and Charlton Park Rugby Club (CPRFC) are teaming up for the 1st Kidbrooke Beer and Cider Festival, taking place at Broad Walk, London, SE3 from May 1-3. » MORE


Uncommon Brewers’ cans
to be imported into UK

Nottingham-based importer Left Coast Distribution has added Uncommon Brewers’ 473ml cans of Golden State Ale, Baltic Porter and Siamese Twin to its growing portfolio of Californian craft beers. » MORE


Hogs Back to plant hop garden next to brewery

hbhops0414Hogs Back Brewery has announced the planting of a two-and-a-half-acre traditional hop garden beside the brewery in Farnham, Surrey. This is the start of a larger initiative to link Hogs Back brewing with local raw materials and traditional farming skills. » MORE


Preview: Boak and Bailey’s book debut — Brew Britannia

Fans of the hugely popular Boak and Bailey beer blog will be pleased to hear that their first book is due for publication this summer. Brew Britannia: The Strange Rebirth of British Beer tells the story of a very British fightback. » MORE

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Louder Than 10 — the newest addition to Thwaites' Signature Range — pays homage to the classic film This is Spinal Tap, which has its 30th anniversary this year. It is a 6.5% ABV double IPA with intense bitter notes, offset by distinct pint flavours with spicy and grapefruit overtones, says the brewery. It will be available during May • Wheat (5%) is Meantime Brewery's beer of the month. The beer is brewmaster Alastair Hook's take on a traditional German wheat beer and is made using genuine Bavarian yeast. There are fruity and spicy aromas and flavours, with banana and cloves to the fore, and a sift, mousse-like mouthfeel • Chiltern Brewery has launched Bucks Best (3.8% ABV) to mark the 20th anniversary of local radio station Mix96 and to support St Tiggywinkle's Wildlife Hospital, the station' charity for this year. The Chestnut beer is a blend of Chiltern Ale and Nut Brown Mild with an extra charge of hops to add complexity and character. Meanwhile, Nut Brown Mild (3.9%) is available in its own right as an April special. It is dark and subtly sweet with a balanced hop aroma • Thornbridge beers are now listed at
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