:: Brews in brief

Black Rock Brewing, from Falmouth, Cornwall, has taken casks to London for the first time, and dropped bottles off at online retailer BeerBods who will be featuring the range.

Kelburn Brewing Co’s Six Nations special is Fly Half (4.6%), an amber bitter with Cascade and Challenger hops. Still available is inter warmer Ca’Canny (5.2%), a rich dark ale with coffee, chocolate and deep fruit notes.

Beers made by the monks at Ampleforth Abbey, in Yorkshire, are being served exclusively on Grand Central Rail trains for a month.

Old Dairy Dark Side MooOld Dairy Brewery’s 7% ABV imperial porter, Dark Side of the Moo, is available from today (February 16) in cask, polypins and mini-pins.

The UK’s first Italian craft beer bar has opened in Chiswick, London, selling draft and bottled Italian beers. The Italian Job is in Devonshire Road, on the site of a former wine bar, and has been opened by Giovanni Campari and Marco Pucciotti, who founded Italian brewery Birrificio del Ducato.

Chiltern Porter (3.9% ABV) is Chiltern Brewery’s first seasonal ale of 2015. “This superbly rich and truly complex ruby porter is brewed with a blend of malts, producing a smooth roast barley flavour, with a pronounced but balanced dark berry aroma to add flavour and intensity,” says the brewer.

One of BrewDog’s most talked about beers of last year is back. Baby Bourbon (5.9% ABV) is a barrel aged baby Scotch ale.

Inveralmond Brewery’s Six Nations special Tight Head Ale (4.2% ABV) is back. It has malty flavours with fresh, floral and fruity aromas.

Everards’ Six Nations beer is also called Tighthead and is a a blend of Challenger, Saaz and Cascade hops, offering a comforting spicy, chocolate aroma with notes of fruit and roasted caramel leaving a sweet finish.

Carlsberg UK is adding alcohol free beer to its San Miguel range with two new products, San Miguel 0.0% and San Miguel 0.0% Limon, available to the off trade only initially. Available in a 330ml bottle, the brews maintain all the flavour, freshness and quality of alcoholic beer, says Carlsberg.

Brixton and Salopian breweries have joined the line-up at online retailer EeBria.

London’s Five Points Brewery is to double its capacity to meet demand. A 20-barrel brewhouse is being installed at the Hackney site.

Keswick Brewing Co is launching Black Star for February. The 3.5% ABV black hoppy ale uses Maris Otter, pale ale, black, roast barley malt and wheat.

Hook Norton brewers Rob and Richard have come up with new brews on the brewery’s pilot plant which will be taken to Craft Beer Rising (February 19-22). They are Imperial Stout (10% ABV), Rye IPA (4.5%) and Yard Arm (7%). The brewery has also announced a new Six Nations special, Nice Try, at 3.8%.

Goody Ales’ Our Good Health, a 3.6% ABV golden beer, has made it to the top three in the best Kentish beer category at the Taste of Kent Awards. The winners will be announced on March 12.

Hopcraft Brewing has created a revised version of Temple of Love (3.8%), hopped with Belma, Chinook and Cascade.

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Black Rock Brewing, from Falmouth, Cornwall, has taken casks to London for the first time, and dropped bottles off at online retailer BeerBods • Kelburn Brewing Co's Six Nations special is Fly Half (4.6%), an amber bitter with Cascade and Challenger hops • Beers made by the monks at Ampleforth Abbey, in Yorkshire, are being served exclusively on Grand Central Rail trains for a month • Old Dairy Brewery's 7% ABV imperial porter, Dark Side of the Moo, is available from today (February 16) in cask, polypins and mini-pins • The UK's first Italian craft beer bar has opened in Chiswick, London, selling draft and bottled Italian beers • Chiltern Porter (3.9% ABV) is Chiltern Brewery's first seasonal ale of 2015

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