Greg Koch from Stone Brewing Co and the team from Magic Rock have teamed up with the BrewDog guys to create Magic Stone Dog (5% ABV), combining the best qualities of a saison and a pale ale. It’s in bottle now.
Brazilian brews from Amazon Beer are now being imported into the UK by Hertfordshire-based World Beers. Forest Bacuri, Acai Stout, Witbier Taperebá and Red Ale Priprioca are flavored with local fruits, seeds and roots.
Ayr Brewing Co has created two Scottish referendum themed beers for Ayr pub the Twa Dugs which will be dispensed from two handpumps, one marked ‘yes’ and the other ‘no’. The ‘yes’ beer is a so-called Independent Pale Ale, while the ‘no’ is a classic bitter.
Lerwick Brewery’s 60º North and Skipper’s ticket will soon be available in 50-litre steel kegs.
Checker Cab is Everards’ August special. It’s a bright pale golden ale with a straw-yellow hue. “A blend of the finest hops give Checker Cab its distinctive crisp, dry finish with prominent yet delicate hop flavour and aroma,” says the brewer. The beer’s a collaboration with Mark Szmaida of Chelsea Brewing Co, New York.
Green Bullet are the signature hops for Tring Brewery’s August special, Kiwi (4.1%). Expect an initial malt hit followed by fruity hop flavours and a bitterness that is prominent but not overpowering, says the brewer.
Geltsdale Brewery, established in 2006 and based in the Brampton Brewery building which dates back to 1785, has gone into administration. In a Tweet yesterday, the brewery announced: “Geltsdale has gone into administration offers for the brewery as a whole or part are invited.”
Hook Norton Brewery provided the beer for the three-day Country Landowners’ Association Game Fair at Blenheim Pale, in Oxfordshire. Lion and Hooky beers were on tap in two bars, the second year that Hook Norton has served the crowds of visitors the fair attracts.
Black Sheep’s Tour de France special, Velo (4.2%) is to go into bottle as a permanent part of the brewery’s portfolio. It is a fresh pale ale brewed with Cascade hops and a subtle hint of orange and coriander.
Waen Brewery has introduced Swizzlestick (4.6% ABV) as a summer seasonal. Sorachi Ace, Summit, Cascae and Wakatu are the hops involved in this summer seasonal. The hops give flavours of lime, lemon, coconut and vanilla, says the brewer.
Adnams has won the Vodka Trophy at the 2014 International Wine and Spirit Competition, just one year on from winning the Gin Trophy for its Copper House Distilled Gin. Adnams collected the award for its Longshore Vodka. It is the first time an English brand has beaten Poland, France and Russia in this category.
Greene King has entered into a partnership with AB-InBev to distribute Goose Island craft beers in the UK. The Chicago brand is owned by AB-InBev these days and has popular beers such as IPA and Honkers Ale within its portfolio.
John Hunt, Heineken’s former executive director of Global Strategy, is launching DuneSurfer, an original desert beer, in the UK this summer. DuneSurfer, which is an easy-drinking fusion of light beer, natural acai and goji berries, yuzu fruit, botanicals and minerals, will be launched at Eastbourne Extreme this weekend (July 12 and 13). The DuneSurfer pop-up bar will then continue on an ‘Urban Nomad’ tour of sporting and music festivals across the UK in August and September.
Summer Gold (3.9% ABV) is Chiltern Brewery’s special for July and August. The ingredients are all British and include the new English Cascade hops.
The football saison is here: Triple fff Brewery has come up with Half-Time Orange for the World Cup, a 4.8% saison with big orange notes. It is brewed with coriander, grains of paradise and orange peel.
Bottles of Oakham Ales’ Bishop’s Farewell are being sold in Peterborough Cathedral’s shop, with a percentage going to the upkeep of the landmark building. Meanwhile, the latest Oakham special is Helter Skelter (5% ABV), a strong golden ale with an intense hop aroma and character.
Lerwick Brewery’s flagship Pilsener lager 60° North has been shortlisted for the best drink prize at the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards.
There are two new BrewDog specials. Hello My Name is Päivi is an 8.2% ABV double IPA brewed with sea buckthorne, a tart and bitter berry found on the Finish coastline. Crowd-inspired #Mashtag 2014 is a 9% Imperial red ale, brewed with lots of speciality malts, hops from around the world, blood orange, lemon peel and orange peel.
Pipers Crisps will, once again, be a key sponsor at the Great British Beer Festival (August 12-16 at Olympia, London). This year the Lincolnshire-based crisp maker is branding the regional bar banners.
The Craft Beer Co has opened its latest branch, in Covent Garden, bringing the total number of branches to six. The bar can be found at 168 High Holburn WC1V 7AA and has 45 taps pouring beers from around the UK and the world.ow. “Its luscious caramel aromas yield to soothing maltiness and a lingering, lip-smacking finish,” says the brewer.