Carlsberg has launched a ‘Trust your Tastebuds’ ad campaign pushing its bottled Export brand, on the back of consumer research which shows it is preferred to another well-known strong keg lager brand.
Kopparberg, best known for its fruit ciders, is introducing a beer to the UK. Fagerhult is deeply rooted in Sweden’s history after originally being brewed to satisfy the thirst of Swedish elk hunters returning from the hunt. No hint as to what sort of beer it is, but it has a “clean, malty taste” and is “best served ice cold” from the stubby 330ml can.
Cullercoats Brewery has an 11% ABV barley wine, Royal Sovereign, currently maturing in barrels, ready to be bottled in May with an addition of Champagne yeast. The beer will then mature further during the summer before going on sale later in the year. A limited amount will appear in cask.
On the back of its success with Green Devil IPA, Oakham is expanding its range of permanents and specials in keg this year. The Kraken’s Ink (6.8% ABV) will join Green Devil as a permanent this spring, with four specials — Nekomata (5%), Incubus (5.2%), Astaroth (5.5%) and Spring Heeled Jack (6%) following later in the year.
Fresh off the bottling line at BrewDog are Paradox Compass Box and Stereo Wolf Stout. The former (15% ABV) is a whisky cask aged imperial stout with full-bodied, roast malt flavours tempered by a rich chocolate character, balanced with light smoke and an extra layer of orange oil complexity. The stout (5.2%) is roasty, dark and complex with a cacophony of hop-driven fruit and spice.
Greene King is undertaking an Easter promotion for its Old Speckled Hen series of beers. Drinkers will be invited to go on an ‘aleventure’ to #HuntTheHen, with a Hunt the Hen travelling bar and the opportunity to win prizes.
Everards is marking the re-internment of King Richard III on March 26 with a new brew, Blue Boar. Featuring the image of the king’s badge, the white boar, it is an amber ale brewed with medieval flavours of honey and mead, with delicate spice and citrus notes.
Chiltern White (3.9% ABV) is Chiltern Brewery’s first seasonal beer of 2015. First seen in 2014, it is a smooth blend of Challenger and UK-grown Cascade hops. Clear, pale, white and creamy, it is a light spring ale with a pronounced citrus aroma and slight hints of wild flowers overlying a soft wheat malt base.
Bottle conditioned versions of Tring Brewery’s Tea Kettle Stout and Crowning Glory will be returning to its shop at the end of this month. “Well worth the wait,” says the brewer.
Acorn Brewery has appointed keen home brewer Ian Darvill as assistant brewer. Ian said: “I was overjoyed when I found out that I’d got the job at Acorn because I’m passionate about beer and learning how to make it. The principles are basically the same as home brewing but obviously on a much larger scale.”
Cloudwater Brewing Co, of Manchester, have visited Camden Town Brewery to create a red lager. It has “a finely tuned malt bill, destined for balancing between traditional and modern, through whirlpool additions of classic German hops and Antipodean dry hopping”.
Fuller’s Chiswick Bitter has been named runner-up in the Nottingham-based Castle Rock Brewery’s beer of the year awards. The beer achieved its award through Castle Rock pub customers voting for their favourite guests beers throughout the year.
Adnams has collaborated with Brazilian brewer Bodebrown to create Curitiba Pale Ale at the Southwold brewery. The beer, available now in limited edition bottles. is an American-inspired pale ale brewed with pale ale, amber, crystal, dark crystal and rye ale malts, and hopped with Centennial, Eldorado and Amarillo hops. The hops add punchy citrus, orange blossom and watermelon flavours and aromas, and there are pink peppercorns in the mix, too.
Old Dairy Brewery’s 7% ABV imperial porter, Dark Side of the Moo, is available 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.
London’s Five Points Brewery is to double its capacity to meet demand. A 20-barrel brewhouse is being installed at the Hackney site.
Hopcraft Brewing has created a revised version of Temple of Love (3.8%), hopped with Belma, Chinook and Cascade.