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Charity bike ride raises £50,000 for cancer charities

A charity bike ride sponsored by Hertford brewer McMullen has raised just over £50,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Skeletal Cancer Action Trust. » MORE

Squid ink brew challenges preconceptions of dark beer

Hardknott Brewery, from Cumbria, has used squid ink to make a special beer which looks like a stout, yet is light and refreshing with overtones of sea air. » MORE

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Butcombe triumphs at Made in the UK awards

butbottles0714Butcombe Brewery beat off 66 companies to win the food and drink category at the national Made in the UK Awards. » MORE 

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New festivals to showcase North East breweries

Over two weekends in August, customers at The Runhead Bar and Grill, Holburn Lane, Ryton, and the Sandpiper, Farringdon Road, Cullercoats, will be able to sample a wide range of real ales and ciders from the North East’s finest craft breweries. » MORE 

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St Austell Brewery to distribute Dartmoor beers

The new distribution deal will see St Austell, the South West’s biggest licensed wholesaler of beers wines and spirits, offer Jail Ale and Dartmoor Brewery’s Legend and Dartmoor IPA beers to free trade outlets across the region. » MORE

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Three Bears is just right for Perfect Pub judges

The Three Bears in Hazel Grove has been named Stockport’s Perfect Pub by radio station Pure 107.8fm. » MORE

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Velo makes it to the Tour de France finish line

As the riders raced for the finish line at the Tour de France, Black Sheep Brewery beat the clock on its own very special challenge — to get the first bottles of its newest beer to the Champs Elysees in time for the race finale. » MORE

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Healeys signs two-year sponsorship deal with Boardmasters

A Cornish cider company has signed a two-year sponsorship deal with the UK’s largest surf and music festival, Boardmasters. The deal comes one year on from the launch of Rattler 4%, which complements Healeys’ existing range of Original (6%), Pear (4%) and Berry (4%) Rattler. » MORE

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Raising a glass to Britain’s war heroes in the South West

sahh0714Customers in St Austell Brewery’s 168 pubs across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset will take part in the ‘Raise a Glass – a Tribute Fit for Heroes’ event, which has been organised by the brewery’s fundraising team. » MORE

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Brakspear pubs buzzing with Bee Cause campaign

Brakspear is supporting the Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause campaign, to save Britain’s declining bee population, by planting bee-friendly flower beds that are now starting to flourish in its pubs’ gardens. » MORE

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Beerd pops up for two months in Clifton Village

Based in the former Havana Café site on Clifton Down Road, Beerd pop-up is open for eight weeks and a wide range of different styles of beers will be on offer. » MORE

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London Craft Beer Festival preview

lcbf2014The four-day event features top brewers from the UK, mainland Europe and the US, plus food to match and a music bill, too. » MORE

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New equipment and more space for Eden Brewery

The brewery has steadily expanded its range of products and last month installed a new £5,500 cooling system that will allow it to keep up with increasing demand. » MORE

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BBPA cheered by UK beer sales statistics

The latest UK Beer Barometer from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) shows that UK beer sales have increased at the highest rate since the quarterly survey began in 1997. » MORE

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An evening with ‘Dizzy’ and Black Sheep

Lovers of cricket and beer raised a toast to an ongoing partnership between two Yorkshire icons at a special evening with Jason “Dizzy” Gillespie. » MORE 

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Beer Today — the newsletter

BTnewsletter0714Beer Today goes into print today — albeit in a trial form with a very limited circulation. Click here to download the PDF. » MORE

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Thirty beers on tap
at BrewDog Cardiff

As is traditional in all BrewDog bars, Cardiff will not only showcase the brewery’s own beers, but also offer craft beers from some of the best breweries from around the world. » MORE

Punch Taverns invests
£1.2m in Nottingham pubs

The pubs include the Keyworth Tavern, Rifle Volunteer in Kirby, Nags Head on Mansfield Road, Old Volunteer in Carlton and the Old Cross in Stapleford. More recently, the Golden Fleece, which re-opened on June 19 after a £200,000 investment, saw hundreds attend its opening weekend. » MORE

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