Brews in brief

Wimbledon Brewery has canned its North American red ale, Copper, for the first time. There are Ekuanot and Mosaic hops against a background of rye and caramel.

Hook Norton Hop To ItHook Norton has revealed plans to bring back its Easter seasonal Hop To It (3.8% ABV). The pale amber ale delivers a taste of soft fruit with a hint of citrus.

Michelin-starred chef Tom Sellers is teaming up with Anspach & Hobday to create Story Saison. The 5.5% ABV brew will be available at Tom’s Restaurant Story and Anspach & Hobday’s Tap Room. Clementine has been added to the brew, described as complex, but refreshing and balanced.

Cullercoats Brewery is continuing its trawl through shipping forecast areas with new beers. At Christmas there was a marmalade beer, Forth, boasting big orange flavours. Then, in the new year, Tyne followed — a rich brown ale. Dogger is out now, a single-hopped UK Cascade pale ale, fruity and full of citrus zing.

Cloudwater’s DIPA v12 is imminent, with Mosaic hops taking the lead this time, backed up by Nelson Sauvin. Cans will be on the EeBria website soon.

Pending the arrival of new kit, Tring Brewery is planning to step up production of its small-batch brews, available only from the brewery shop. These will include a smoke porter, oatmeal mild, Pilsner, India stout, a Sorachi Ace-hopped rye ale and a breakfast stout.

BrewDog Cloudwater IPA

BrewDog and Cloudwater have collaborated on a New Engand IPA hopped with Mosaic and Citra and apparently “fruitier than a Florida juice convention”. Meanwhile, BrewDog’s latest Born to Die drink fresh IPA is dated 17 03-17.

Wharfedale and Ilkley breweries have collaborated on a beer, XPA (4% ABV), to be served at Ilkley Beer Festival this weekend (February 10 and 11). Each pint sold will raise money for Ilkley Round Table.

Villages OboeVillages Brewery, in Deptford, London, is launching Oboe, a single-hopped porter, this Friday (February 10). The hop in question is Willamette, in league with seven malts.

Within days of appointing Ben Parmar, the former Cobra Channel Controller, as MD of Goa Premium Beer importer Viiking Ventures UK, the company has announced that wholesalers Booker and Makro are to stock its craft beer.

Stewart Brewing is releasing Cross The Line (4.1% ABV) to accompany the Six Nations rugby tournament. Acknowledging support for the Scotland team, brewery founder, Jo Stewart, said: “It’s a classic bitter with a balanced malty sweetness and a light fruity hop character.” It is available across Scotland, as well as in Stewart’s own Dockside Tap, in Leith.

Old Dairy Brewery’s AK1911, an historic Kentish bitter, is now available in bottles.

Skinny Brands has launched a lager with the strength and flavour of a regular bottled lager, but at least 30% fewer calories and less than 2g of sugar. Available in Morrisons, it is a crisp and clean 4.0% ABV lager, created through a unique brewing process, meaning it is lower in calories – just 89 per 330ml bottle.

Eight Arch Brewing Co, from Wimborne, in Dorset, and East London’s Signature Brew now have beers available from online retailer EeBria.

Arran Brewery’s Arran Dark will be competing in CAMRA’s champion beer of Britain competition in London in August after winning the Scottish champion title in the mild category. The beer won its first award 16 years ago, when it was launched, at a CAMRA festival in Renfrew.

Hook Norton Brewery has announced that its Hooky Gold (4.1% ABV) is to become a permanent beer. It is brewed by combining British hops Goldings and Fuggles with American Willamette, a big aroma hop, with its blend of floral, fruit, earth and spice notes.

Chiltern Brewery has new Earl Grey IPA (3.9% ABV) available now. It is described as “delightfully refreshing, citrus, spicy and floral, and infused with Birchall’s fragrant, pure origin, Virunga estate Earl Grey tea.

Carlsberg and Heineken have become the latest brewers to announce price increases, by between 2.6 and 3.6%.

Hook Norton Brewery’s Six Nations beer, Nice Try (3.8% ABV), is back for a 15th season. The amber beer is smooth and malty with a light fruit aroma.

Twickenham GrandstandTwickenham Fine Ales has created Grandstand, a 3.8% amber session bitter, for the duration of the Six Nation rugby tournament.

Fourpure Brewery has collaborated with Australian restaurant and bar Timmy Green at Nova Food in London SW1 to create a bespoke beer for the venue. Freeman’s Forthie is being served during the week of Australia Day, which falls in January 26.

St Peter’s Brewery’s alcohol-free beer Without is now getting into Oddbins and Majestic. The new contract with Oddbins is for all of its 47 stores across the UK, while Majestic will start selling Without locally in East Anglia.

Molson Coors and AB InBev have revealed wholesale price rises for their beers, of 2.4% and 2.3% respectively.