Amendment on pub planning issues welcomed

News that the Government will put forward its own, new amendment on pub planning issues has been welcomed by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA). it will support a measure to close a planning loophole in England which has...

Pub of the year double for Castle Rock

There’s a double celebration for Castle Rock Brewery and the staff at The Poppy and Pint, in Lady Bay, and Bingham’s Horse and Plough as they are become their respective CAMRA branches’ pub of the year. For the Horse and Plough, the award was made by the...

Siren Craft Brew launches Maiden 2016

Siren Craft Brew has launched a special new blend of its anniversary barley wine, Maiden, with a limited amount of wax-dipped bottles available. Maiden was the first beer ever brewed at Siren and is the first new batch brewed each year. The American-style barley wine...

Black Sheep presents craft canned beer range

Jo Theakston, Black Sheep’s sales and marketing director, with the new cans   As part of its 25th anniversary celebrations, Black Sheep Brewery has announced the launch of its first ever craft canned beer range for pubs and bars. The Masham-based brewery...

Major growth for Scottish beer market

The Scottish ale market grew by 8.9% in 2016 compared to a rather flat 0.6% in the lager market, according to Nielsen ScanTrack research reported in the Scottish Grocer magazine. The explosion in the Scottish market has largely been the result of extraordinary growth...

Punch cautiously supports pub planning change

Pub company Punch has announced its intention to support the campaign for permitted development rights, but has cautioned against the “unforeseen consequences” of rushed legislation. Following the recent announcement by the Department for Communities and Local...

Lords to report on Licensing Act findings

The House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003 will publish its report on Tuesday, April 4. In the 11 years since it has been in force, hardly a year has gone by without major amendment to the Licensing Act 2003. This report scrutinises how effective it...

Stroud tweaks its seasonal peppercorn bitter

Organic real ale producer, Stroud Brewery, has re-released its peppercorn bitter, Teasel, as a limited seasonal ale. Teasel, at 4.2% ABV, has had its recipe slightly tweaked, with an increasing quantity of peppercorn added, taking it from a best bitter to a specialty...

Veltins has £7.7m expansion plan

German brewery Veltins plans to spend £7.7m to expand and become the most modern site for brewing in North Rhine-Westphalia by 2026. As part of the 2026 improvement plan, brewery production is to be stepped up, with additional product lines brewed and stored on site....

Trio of Brewing Awards medals for Rooster’s

Rooster’s Baby-Faced Assassin and Yankee helped the Knaresborough, Yorkshire, brewery scoop three medals at the International Brewing Awards. Having won a bronze medal for Baby-Faced Assassin, its flagship IPA, in cask at the 2015 awards, the family-owned...

Women and beer event coming to Liverpool

The women and beer group, Dea Latis, is holding a beer and food tasting evening at The Old Blind School on Hardman Street, Liverpool, on Thursday, April 13, from 7.30pm. Led by the award-winning beer sommelier and beer training expert, Annabel Smith, guests will enjoy...

National gold for Hawkshead’s Lakeland Lager

Hawkshead Brewery’s Lakeland Lager won gold at the Society of Independent Brewers’ (SIBA) National Independent Beer Awards. Head brewer Matt Carke (right) is pictured picking up the award from SIBA chairman, Buster Grant. Having won the North West final it...