Up and Udder is the glorious named Six Nations rugby special from Old Dairy Brewery. The full-bodied 4% ABV bitter has four hop varieties and will go on sale on February 2.
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%.
Hopcraft Brewing has created a revised version of Temple of Love (3.8%), hopped with Belma, Chinook and Cascade.
Tiny Rebel is launching a new 9% ABV Imperial Stout on January 26 called Bass Drop. It can be ordered from the brewery shop
Everards is celebrating pride in its home city, Leicester, with a 3.5% ABV seasonal Clock Tower. The four-hop brew offer berry and citrus on the nose, with blackcurrant and delicate caramel on the finish. A video has been launched simultaneously celebrating all that local people love about Leicester — view it here.
Robinsons has released Voodoo Dawn (3.9% ABV), its first special of 2015. The ruby red ale uses English Cascade with American Target hops ,resulting in a strong hop palate. A balance of biscuit malt with caramelised toffee flavours results in a full-bodied, bitter beer.
Rebellion Beer has a pirate-themed series of specials lined up for 2015, and the first is January’s Cut Throat. The 4.2% ABV brew is described as amber and fruity.
Beavertown Brewery is now canning Holy Cowbell, its 5.6% ABV, dry hopped India stout.
Molson Coors has committed to a long-term deal with Sunderland AFC to supply beverages throughout the Stadium of Light. The five-year contract starts in the summer.
All Sadler’s Ales beers are now available in 9-pint mini-kegs. They can be picked up at the brewery or ordered online.
A triple whammy of coffee from HasBean gives BrewDog’s 17th Abstrakt concept beer, AB:17, an intense and roasty, dark mocha character. There’s espresso in the mash, cafetiere in the boil, and whole roast beans in the whirlpool and the fermenter. Pouring inky black with a tan head, this imperial rye porter has notes of spice, bitter chocolate and dark fruits on the nose, says the brewer, followed by rich chocolate espresso flavours.
St Austell beers are heading to France via distribution company House of Beer. The contract, which starts in 2015, will make Proper Job, Big Job, Admirals Ale and Clouded Yellow available in the on- and off-trade through 160 wholesalers and supermarkets throughout France.