Brews in brief

Redwell Brewing is launching its first beer in nearly a year — Norwich Pils. The launch of the 4% ABV brew will take place at the Beehive, in the city, on February 18, from 5pm.

Shepherd Neame Early BirdShepherd Neame Early Bird (4.3% ABV) takes its name from the Early Bird variety of East Kent Goldings hops, grown near the Faversham brewery. It is a refreshing, deep golden beer with a citrus aroma and fruity, zesty taste. The pale crystal and brown malt used also provide the beer with a light biscuity finish. It will be on cask from March to May.

Importer Heathwick is bringing two Mexican craft beer ranges to the UK: Cucapá (pictured), from Cerveceria de Baja California in Mexicali, and C5 Saga from Cinco de Mayo (C5) Brewery in Atlixco de Puebla. The beers are available in 355ml bottles.

Box Steam Brewery says it will produce 12 monthly limited edition brews and eight seasonal ales this year. It has created Sin Bin, a 4.5% ABV dark copper ale, for the Six Nations rugby tournament.

Birrificio del Ducato, a multi-award-winning Parma, Italy, brewery, has joined the range at online retailer Honest Brew.

Fuggles hops and de-husked Carafa Malt are the key ingredients in Tring Brewery’s February special, Hornet (3.9% ABV). For the Six Nations, the brewery has Up & Under (4%) available.

Hook Norton’s Nice Try is back for Six nations supping. The 3.8& ABV amber beer has smooth malt and light fruit and is ideal to session over the course of a game.

Greene King IPA has been named as the official beer of England cricket. The sponsorship deal is for a five-year term.

Swedish cider maker Kopparberg is launching its first beer, a lager, at the end of February. Fresh lemon and lime juice takes the place of hops in the 5% ABV brew, which is properly lagered.

Meantime Brewery’s current limited edition beer is Winter Sun (5.9% ABV). The thirst-quenching brew has Hallertau and Hersbrucker European hops, plus fruity Liberty American hops.

Triple fff Brewery is holding a competition to name a new beer, a 4.5-5% ABV golden ale to be brewed with American Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe hops, and released in May. The name must fit in with Triple fff’s song title/lyric theme. Submit ideas, along with your name and mobile phone number, to retail@triplefff.com, or post your entry in the suggestion box at The Railway Arms, Alton, or the Offf the Rails Brewery shop at Four Marks, by February 15.
The prize is a £20 Triple fff voucher and a T-shirt.

Botanic Pale AleVentnor Botanic Garden, on the Isle of Wight, has once again collaborated with a local brewery to create a beer using its home-grown hops. Goddards is the partner this time, creating a 7.5% ABV American pale ale which also includes Admiral, Cascade and Sovereign hops.

Weird Beard Brewing have collaborated with their former colleague, Dave Scott, now behind Kew Brewery, on a mint chocolate stout. The 5% ABV brew is called, appropriately enough, A World Without Dave.

Chiltern Double Fifty is back in the brewery shop from January 28. The beer, which raises 5p from every pint sold for The Chilterns AONB and The Chiltern Society, was so popular on its last outing that it’s returning for February. It is a dark amber ale with a complex, rich, smooth, roast malt aroma, hopped with English-grown Cascade.

Beers from Hackney Brewery have been added to online retailer’s EeBria’s listings, including Toast, a fundraising beer that is made using bread which would otherwise have been thrown away. There are also new beers from Twisted Barrel and Allendale breweries.

Specialist American beer importer Left Coast Distribution has added Scuttlebutt Brewing Company to its growing estate of North West brewers. The five beers include an IPA, blonde, extra pale ale, imperial IPA and amber ale, ranging in ABV from 4.6% to 8%.

Heineken has launched an Enjoy Heineken Responsibly ad campaign. entitled Moderate Drinkers Wanted. It is based on new global research into drinking attitudes which revealed that 75% of millennial consumers say they now limit the amount of alcohol they drink on the majority of their nights out.

Wadworth’s Dirty Rucker (3.9% ABV), which was launched for the Rugby World Cup last year, is returning for the duration of the Six Nations rugby championship. The rich, ruby, English bitter has a fruity, malty sweetness and peppery finish.

Cardiff brewery Crafty Devil has named a new 6.5% ABV IPA after a Manic Street Preachers single. You Love Us is a big-tasting, hoppy IPA.
St Austell Ruck 'n' RollRuck & Roll is St Austell Brewery’s special for the forthcoming Six Nations rugby championship. The 4% ABV brew is amber in colour with a full, yet dry palate which is balanced with fruity and citrus hops leading to a bitter finish.

Shepherd Neame’s Amber Ale (4.5% ABV) is back until the end of February. It boasts a fruity aroma and a full, malty palate. It combines pale, crystal and brown malts, bittered by English Challenger hops, with American Cascade hops added for aroma. Best tasted in front of a roaring winter fire, says the brewer.

BrewDog Arcade NationBrewDog has released a new black IPA, Arcade Nation. The beer “burns the line between an American IPA and a stout, with malt and hops firing on all cylinders,” according to the brewer. Also fresh off the bottling line is Elvis Juice v2.0 Prototype — the final prototype before an Amplified brew. Hopped with Citra, Simcoe and Amarillo, punchy resinous hoppy aromas blast from the glass while light floral and citrus notes riff against a huge piney character. It’s dry-hopped to hell, says BrewDog.

Cullercoats Brewery is undertaking a dry hop project. The first beer to be produced will be made with up-and-coming British hop Jester. It is also launching a Fortified Series of beer, commencing with stock ale Fortification at 7.3% ABV.

Little Valley Brewery is highlighting its commitment to producing vegan beer, as well as the range of vegan beers that are available on the market,during Veganuary. Little Valley brews a range of ten beers that are all completely vegan and organic.

Dutch non-alcoholic beer Bavaria 0.0% has featured on a Channel 4 programme looking at healthy lifestyles. Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped’s Diet Special highlighted the alcohol-free beer industry, which is valued at £51.3 million in sales in the UK. Bavaria 0.0% is now being stocked in Pizza Express.

Theakston Old PeculierTheakston has revealed a new look for its flagship beer Old Peculier. Maker T R Theakston Ltd wants to give the beer a premium look and make it more attractive to a younger audience.

Eden Brewery is planning to expand its Psycho range of beers in 2016, adding Withnail beer Revenge to the portfolio, which already has Hop Rocket. There will also be  rhubarb saison, a mocha stout and a raspberry fruit beer.

Higsons Brewery Limited is seeking planning permission to convert two vacant warehouses in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle area into a brewery, including a distillery, visitor centre, retail and sampling hall. The scheme would see the revival of an old Liverpool brewery name, established in 1780 and closed in 1985, after a series of mergers and buyouts.