has Kentish Saison (4.5% ABV) available until the end of April. The refreshing, pale golden beer is flavoured with locally-sourced elderflowers.
Cloudwater Brew Co, from Manchester, takes three spots in Ratebeer’s quarterly top 30 of best scored beers, with versions 11 and 12 of its DIPA and its birthday DIPA. But it takes another spot, too, with New Engand IPA, a collaboration with BrewDog. Meanwhile, Cloudwater has released v13 of its DIPA, available now through EeBria.
Batemans’ seasonal beer East Coast Screamer (4% ABV) is now available on draught. It’s a copper coloured beer, powerfully hopped with American Chinook before extended barrel ageing.
Three new premium beers have been launched by Tennent’s. Under the Caledonia name, it is offering Outpost IPA, Double Hop and Hopscotch, the latter described as a whisky oat beer.
Harvey’s, of Lewes, was named best brewery at the National Shire Horse Show, in Stafford, also gaining two third places in the singles and pairs categories of the competition. The horses are managed by Drayhorse Shires for Harvey’s.
Anspach & Hobday has some interesting brews in its tanks, due to come on sale in April. Look out for Salt & Pepper Gose (3.1% ABV), Tea Saison (in collaboration with L’Ermitage, 4.5%), The APA: Columbus (4.8%) and The IPA Single Hop: Cascade (6.5%).
Award-winning Petrus Sour Beers, three blonde-based, high-fermented, oak-aged ales with a distinctive sour taste from Belgian Brewery De Brabandere, are now available to UK beer lovers through Ales By Mail. Refreshingly sour Petrus Aged Pale, Flemish red brown Petrus Oud Bruin and dark fruit Petrus Aged Red are the only Belgian sours to use blonde beer as a base and are brewed using traditional techniques dating back to the 1800s.
Pale amber ale Baa Hopper is Dent Brewery’s seasonal special for March and April. The 4.2% ABV beer has mild herbal, floral and citrus notes.
Siren Craft Brew has announced a string of new releases as it consolidates in its new brewhouse. These include Bourbon Milkshake (11% ABV), an imperial Bourbon barrel-aged milk stout, barrel-aged Maiden 2016 blend, and Yulu, a pale ale with Earl Grey tea leaves.
Heineken is to launch a non-alcoholic version of its flagship lager, called 0.0. The beer is going to be promoted with a £2.5m marketing campaign.
Beavertown has announced a new app which, among other functions, includes a loyalty feature. Beavertown says: “Every time you buy a Beavertown beer on draught at our taproom, make sure you get your beer card scanned — it gives you your tenth Beavertown beer for free!
White Hawk (4.1% ABV) is Tring Brewery’s monthly special for March. A complex rye pale ale with a nutty base, it has a hint of spicyness and crisp, clean hop notes.
Innis & Gunn’s flagship brew, Original, picked up a gold medal in the hybrid/mixed beer style category at the New York International Beer Competition. At the same event, its Irish Whiskey Aged Stout received a silver medal in the Irish origin category.
Bays Brewery’s Springtime (4.5% ABV) is now available for two months. The ruby coloured ale is hopped with Bramlig Cross and makes use of local malt.
Brewers at Old Dairy Brewery have blended two award-winning beers — Dark Side of the Moo and Snow Top — to create Dark Snow, a 6.5% ABV strong dark ale. It’s now available in cask.
Robinsons Visitors Centre has been named the North West Visitors Attraction of the Year in the Going Places UK Tourism Awards. Olivia Wilson, who manages the centre, said: “We are extremely proud to have received this accolade from Going Places, especially when you consider the countless brilliant attractions and venues that the North West has to offer. We really couldn’t have done it without our brilliant staff, chefs and, of course, our customers.”
Arran Brewery has been praised for producing “good to absolutely excellent beers” in a new book US writer Bob Tuppere. In Drinking in the Culture, a guide to the beers and brewers of Europe, he singles out Arran Ale as a “particular gem”.
For the Craic (4.8% ABV) is Box Steam Brewery’s special for March. A bold IPA, it has a fruity subtle citrus taste with a sweet mangon finish.
Romney Amber, from Romney Marsh Brewery, has been named beer of the year at the Taste of Kent Awards. Good Life, from Goody Ales, in Herne Bay, was runner-up, followed by Smoked Oatmeal Stout, from Boutilliers, in Faversham. Skylark, from Kentish Pip, was named cider of the year.
St Peter’s Brewery, based in Suffolk, has signed a deal which will see its alcohol-free beer Without stocked in 93 East of England Co-Op stores. Already sold through Wholefoods Market, Nisa and Mitchells & Butlers pubs and restaurants nationwide, Without has quickly gained a loyal following.
AB-InBev says it is introducing its Bud Light beer into the UK because of “growing demand”.
To help cope with increased production, Cloudwater Brewing Co is moving its brewery tap to its barrel store, at Unit 13, Sheffield Street, Manchester. Read the story behind the move on the brewer’s blog
London gypsy brewer Beatnikz Republic, founded by head brewer Paul Greetham, is to open a permanent brewery under a railway arch in the Green Quarter of Manchester. There will be a eight-barrel brew kit and a tap room.
Black Sheep Brewery has launched Ram Tackle in bottles for supermarkets, after a release on cask. It’s a 4.1% ABV ruby ale with eight English hops.The beer will be available for the rest of the Six Nations season.
Siren Craft Brew’s Hop Candy, launching today (February 24), leads with a Simcoe-forward pine and evergreen aroma backed up with deep tropical fruit and berry notes, brightened with fresh lime. Expect more of the same when drinking, with more balanced tropical flavours in the foreground. Lupulin powder, oats, wheat and no filtering mean this beer pours with a slight haze.
CAMRA has launched a new version of its Great British Beer Festival website, updated to feature events within this year’s event, from August 8-12.
Wimbledon Brewery has canned its North American red ale, Copper, for the first time. There are Ekuanot and Mosaic hops against a background of rye and caramel.
Hook Norton has revealed plans to bring back its Easter seasonal Hop To It (3.8% ABV). The pale amber ale delivers a taste of soft fruit with a hint of citrus.
Michelin-starred chef Tom Sellers is teaming up with Anspach & Hobday to create Story Saison. The 5.5% ABV brew will be available at Tom’s Restaurant Story and Anspach & Hobday’s Tap Room. Clementine has been added to the brew, described as complex, but refreshing and balanced.
Cullercoats Brewery is continuing its trawl through shipping forecast areas with new beers. At Christmas there was a marmalade beer, Forth, boasting big orange flavours. Then, in the new year, Tyne followed — a rich brown ale. Dogger is out now, a single-hopped UK Cascade pale ale, fruity and full of citrus zing.