:: Brews in brief

Eden Brewery’s HereHareBeer, the IPA from its Withnail and I series of beers,is now to be available in cask as well as bottles. “Despite being 6.3% ABV HereHareBeer drinks ‘clean’ — something that’s not easy to achieve in such a strong beer,” says the brewer. “This is combined with a fruity tang and slight sweetness, but no astringency.”

Jordan McGuigan,  of York, has been named Stella Artois 2015 UK Draught Master, winning the beer serving competition at the De Hoorn, the original home of Stella Artois, in Leuven, Belgium. Jordan will represent the UK in the world final of the competition in London next month.

Van Bulck Belgian Organic Craft Beers have arrived in the UK. Gluten free, the range includes a lager, blonde beer and wild fruit beer.

Beers from Waen Brewery, Runaway Brewery and Gipsy Hill Brewing Co are now available from online retailer EeBria.

Two new beers off the bottling line at BrewDog. Abstrakt AB:18 is an imperial brown ale aged in rum casks on Scottish berries, blended with fresh Black Ale. There is also Hello My Name Is Little Ingrid, a session-strength take on its Swedish cloudberry-infused IPA.

Prospect ProsperityProspect Brewery is developing a range of experimental beers under the branding Prospect Prosperity. It will produce, in limited batches, a range of beers that offers different hops, yeasts, malts and brewing techniques.

Siren Craft Brew is introducing a new variant of its Berliner weisse Calypso. This time the beer has spent time in Bourbon barrels with cucumber, mint, basil and grapefruit. Th bad news? There are just 240 bottles. Meanwhile, seasonal IPAs White Tips and Half Mast have returned. They are, respectively, a white IPA and a ‘Quarter’, or low-ABV IPA (2.8%).

Chiltern Brewery’s summer seasonal Cobblestones (3.5% ABV) is released today. Golden, light, refreshing and fruity with a slight bitterness and a hint of blackcurrants, it goes well with fish and chicken dishes, cheeses and fresh salads. Hops are Challenger and Bramling Cross.

Inkie Pinkie, Inveralmond Brewery’s light summer ale, is back for another season. The 3.7% ABV brew is refreshingly fruity with a pleasant hop aroma. Available in cask only.

Ramsgate Brewery is creating a beer for the Pub Landlord, Al Murray, to mark his candidacy in Thanet South at the general election. Beautiful British Beer, a pale ale, will go on sale on May 8.

Don’t say Alex Arkell, brewer at the Swindon family brewery, hasn’t got a sense of humour. He’s named the latest special brew A Tinge of Ginge after his auburn hair, having taken some teasing over the years. It’s a 3.6% ABV  pale ale with hints of ginger extract.

Summer’s here (well, nearly) and the time is right for… trying Meantime’s beer of the month, California Pale Ale (5.5% ABV). It showcases two different types of hops, says the brewer: Celeila, from Slovenia, and Crystal, from the Yakima Valley in Washington State, packing trademark fruit aromas such as raspberry, orange and tangerine.

Black Rock LabelBlack Rock Brewing Co, in Falmouth, has unveiled new bottle labelling which incorporates charts of the local Falmouth Bay waters.

Enterprising Dartmouth couple Marcus Pomeroy-Rowden and Freya Hart have set up a cargo route between Brixham, in Devon and Brittany. And part of the first cargo is four tons of organic Avocet Ale, made by Exeter Brewery.

Pivo Estivo (3.8% ABV), from Kelburn Brewery, is being bottled and should be ready to buy in May. The brewer’s current seasonal is Regnitz, a red cloured, German inspired beer.

Brentwood Brewery has produced its 1,000th brew. The brew of Summer Virgin (4.5% ABV), Brentwood’s first beer, will be ready to drink in a couple of weeks’ time.

Tring Brewery has announced a forthcoming beer called Seven Hundred which will mark the 700th anniversary of Tring’s charter on June 29. Meanwhile, its monthly special for April is Ramscoat (4.1% ABV), blending Munish malt and Mosaic hops.

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Van Bulck Belgian Organic Craft Beers have arrived in the UK • Siren Craft Brew is introducing a new variant of its Berliner weisse Calypso • Chiltern Brewery’s summer seasonal Cobblestones (3.5% ABV) is released today • Inkie Pinkie, Inveralmond Brewery's light summer ale, is back for another season • Ramsgate Brewery is creating a beer for the Pub Landlord, Al Murray, to mark his candidacy in Thanet South at the general election • Alex Arkell, brewer at the Swindon family brewery, has named the latest special brew A Tinge of Ginge after his auburn hair • Summer’s here (well, nearly) and the time is right for… trying Meantime’s beer of the month, California Pale Ale (5.5% ABV) • Online retailer EeBria has some new vintage beers on its books, with very limited availability • Old Dairy Brewery’s Dark Side of the Moo imperial porter(7% ABV) is now available in bottle and cask

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