Beer tastings see huge rise in popularity

Beer tasting is set to become more popular than wine tasting across the UK as 2017 sees breweries across the country grow to more than 1,700, and beer production increasee by 16% year on year. The New World Trading Company, which offers beer tastings for its 80...

Champion beer announcement returns to GBBF

x The announcement of the champion beer of Britain is returning to the trade session of the Great British Beer Festival this year. Those attending the session, on Tuesday, August 8, at Olympia, will be the first to hear the announcement and will have the chance to...

Crafty Wolf lager takes regional SIBA gold award

Wolf Brewery’s Crafty Wolf has won gold in the standard lager and Pilsners class, up to 4.4% ABV, in SIBA’s Eastern Region competition. Crafty Wolf is Wolf’s flagship craft lager and is available in 30-litre kegs. It is a 4.2% ABV, uniquely flavoured, blonde craft...

Blue Moon to stage interactive art installation

US beer Blue Moon is bringing its Once in a Blue Moon interactive art installation to East London’s Old Spitalfields Market on June 23 and 24.  The installation has been inspired by the beer’s story. First brewed from the Colorado Rockies’ baseball stadium in Denver,...

Silver medal for Lyme Bay Winery’s Jack Ratt

Lyme Bay Winery’s newly-rebranded Jack Ratt Sparkling Cider has received a silver medal in the design and packaging category at this year’s International Cider Challenge. Commended for its impact, originality and innovation, this fresh new design, which will be...

Common Ancestor is new Natural Selection beer

A beer called Common Ancestor is being launched as part of a collaboration between Stewart Brewing and Heriot-Watt University. The beer has been created by four masters students at the university’s International Centre for Brewing and Distilling. Common Ancestor will...

Warwickshire landlord is BII licensee of the year

Mark Higgs, of the Castle, at Edgehill, has named licensee of the year by the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII). Mark runs the Warwickshire Hook Norton pub with his wife, Claire. The accolade recognises the country’s top-performing licensee with a passion for the...

Brewer and chef team up for unusual IPA

Beavertown Brewery and chef and author Richard H Turner will be getting together on June 29 to celebrate the launch of Canned Rations, a collaborative IPA. The inspiration for the beer came about when Richard met Beavertown founder Logan Plant earlier this year. After...

Barrel of Laps: a festival with a challenge

The UK’s biggest provider of adventure racing, Rat Race, is launching a festival event called Barrel of Laps, to be held at the Claydon estate, in Buckinghamshire. The event is part of a wider beer, cider and wine festival being held over the weekend of July 28-30,...

Real Ale to open new store in London

Real Ale, the ‘liquid delicatessen’ based in Twickenham, will be opening a new store in the heart of North West London this summer. The award-winning shop has established a reputation for offering a wide range of high-quality but often unknown craft beers,...

Hogs Back seasonal celebrates love of cycling

Hogs Back Brewery is launching a seasonal ale that celebrates the British love of cycling, as well as marking the brewer’s support for the annual Farnham Bike Ride charity event. Biker is a light, refreshing, golden beer with floral and citrus hints, and is big...

Official opening for new Tiny Rebel brewery

Tiny Rebel Brewery is set to unveil its £2.6m facility in Newport on July 1, with a launch party including a DJ set from Craig Charles. The 30,000 square foot site started production a few months ago and will welcome visitors to enjoy the new bar and tours, and to...