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An international and highly respected judging panel has identified the best beers in each of the eight categories of the annual World Beer Awards, announced today.

World Beer AwardsWith more than 1,500 beers from more than 35 countries entered into this year’s awards, judges blind tasted and scored the entries over three rounds. The final round was held in London, where 50 international brewers, industry experts and journalists tasted and voted on the world’s best beers before the 2016 country winners were announced.

Adrian Tierney-Jones, European chairman of the World Beer Awards, said: “The winners in this year’s World Beer Awards demonstrate that the global beer revolution is not going to go away any time soon. We have winners from the traditional brewing countries of Belgium and Germany, while the brewing powerhouse that is North America is also represented. However, the emerging brewing nation of Brazil also excites me immensely, which is why I am positively excited to see that the best dark beer is won by Hausen Bier.

“As I have written before, now is a great time to be both a brewer and beer-drinker all over the world, and the World Beer Awards is a fantastic reflection of this global excitement.”

The big winners

Deschutes Mirror Mirror

World’s best dark beer: Deschutes, Mirror Mirror
World’s best flavoured beer: Rodenbach, Caractère Rouge
World’s best lager: Hausen Bier, Dunkel
World’s best pale beer: Affligem, Blond
World’s best sour beer: Oud Beersel, Oude Gueuze
World’s best speciality beer: St Feuillien, Grisette Blond Sans Gluten
World’s best stout / porter: La Voie Maltée, Criminelle
World’s best wheat beer: Hoepfner, Hefe-Weizen
World’s best design: Birra Roma, Bionda

Category winners

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DARK BEER
American brown ale:
Camba, Hop Gun
Barley wine:
Deschutes, Mirror Mirror
Belgian style dubbel:
Wäls Dubbel
Belgian style strong:
Unibroue, Trois Pistoles
Black IPA:
Birrificio della Granda, Black Hop Sun
English brown ale:
St Peter’s, Dirty Tackle
Mild:
Pyynikin Klassikko, Ruby Jazz Ale
Oud Bruin:
Rodenbach, Vintage
Strong:
Novo Brazil, Cookie Muncher

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FLAVOURED BEER
Chocolate and coffee:
Colorado, Demoiselle
Fruit and vegetable:
Rodenbach, Caractère Rouge
Herb and spice:
Nasu Kohgen Beer, Belgian White
Honey and maple:
Bière du Vexin, Ambrée au Miel
Smoke:
Bax Bier, Koud Vuur
Spirit:
Gouden Carolus, Indulgence 2015 – Whisky Infused
Wood-aged:
Samuel Adams, Utopias 2015

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LAGER
Bock:
Hamovniki, Bock-Bier
Czech-style pale:
Pickup Truck Pilsner, Bohemian Pilsner
Dark:
Hausen Bier, Dunkel
Dortmunder:
Ketterer, Edel
German-style pale:
Waldhaus Diplom Pils
Helles / Münchner
Chateau Kamiya, Helles
Low carb/low alcohol
Waldhaus Sommer Bier
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Alpirsbacher Alkoholfrei
Seasonal:
Alpirsbacher, Kloster Zwickel
Strong:
Fujizakura Heights Beer Sakura Bock
Vienna:
Bierland, Vienna

Red Truck Beer

PALE BEER
Altbier:
Les Trois Mousquetaires, Série Signature Sticke Alt
Amber:
Red Truck Beer, Ale
Barley wine:
Matilda, Wheatwine
Belgian style ale:
Bootjesbier, Bootje
Belgian style blonde:
Affligem, Blond
Belgian style strong:
Dutch Bargain, Imperial Pale Ale
Belgian style tripel:
Unibroue, La Fin du Monde
Bière de Garde / Saison:
Anosteke, Saison
Bitter 4-5%:
Deschutes, Mirror Pond Pale Ale
Bitter over 5%:
BSA, La Rossa del Gallo
Cream ales:
Full Sail, Session Cream Premium Summer Ale
Golden:
Chateau Kamiya, IPL
Imperial IPA:
Colorado, Vixnu
IPA:
Insel Brauerei, Überseehopfen
Kölsch:
Flying Bison, Buffalo Kolsch 716
Low-strength:
Deschutes, Hop Slice Session IPA
Pale ale:
La Voie Maltée, Faisant Malt
Seasonal:
Rivière d’Ain, Thou

Lindemans Blossom Gueuze

SOUR BEER
Fruit lambic:
Lindemans, Blossom Gueuze
Gose / others:
Prairie Artisan, Prairie Flare
Gueuze:
Oud Beersel, Oude Gueuze
Lambic:
Mort Subite, Oude Gueuze Lambic

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STOUT AND PORTER
Flavoured:
Redwell Brewing, Kofra Stout
Imperial stout:
La Voie Maltée, Criminelle
Porter:
Bilboquet, La Corriveau
Stout:
Deschutes, Obsidian Stout
Strong porter:
Harvey’s, Prince Of Denmark
Sweet / milk stout:
Samuel Adams, Cream Stout

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SPECIALITY BEER
Brut / Champagne:
Oud Beersel, Bzart Lambiek
Experimental:
Taiwan Head Brewers, 雨水 Rain Water Tea Ale
Gluten-free:
St Feuillien, Grisette Blonde Sans Gluten Bio
Rice:
Yatsugatake Brewery, Touchdown Kiyosato Lager
Rye:
Störtebeker, Bio Roggen-Weizen

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WHEAT BEER
Alcohol-free
Alpirsbacher, Weizen Isotonisch
Bavarian Hefeweiss:
Hoepfner, Hefe-Weizen
Bavarian Kristal:
Kumpf, Kristall Weizen
Belgian style witbier:
Jopen, Adriaan
Dark:
Ayinger, Urweisse
Strong:
Eisenbahn, Weizenbock

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Punch chief strategy officer is stepping down http://beertoday.co.uk/punch-chief-strategy-officer-stepping-down-0916/ Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:11:26 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=39607 Punch Taverns has revealed that Neil Griffiths has decided step down from his position as chief strategy officer. Neil (pictured), who has worked within the business since...

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Punch Taverns has revealed that Neil Griffiths has decided step down from his position as chief strategy officer.

Neil GriffithsNeil (pictured), who has worked within the business since 2001, said: “I have had the most incredible experience working with Punch over 15 years, but now wish to take my career in a new direction.

“I expect to remain in the industry in an advisory or non-executive capacity. I will miss the business and want to wish Duncan and everyone at Punch the very best success for the future.”

Punch chief executive, Duncan Garrood, said: “Clearly we are very disappointed to be losing Neil’s knowledge and experience, as he has been a highly valued member of the executive board for many years. The plc board and I want to thank Neil for his huge contribution to the business and we wish him every success in his future endeavours.”

Neil will remain available with the business until the end of November to ensure a smooth handover of the projects he is working on.

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Pubs still a big part of many people’s lives http://beertoday.co.uk/pubs-still-big-part-peoples-lives-0916/ Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:38:55 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=39570 Brits will spend £90,942 and more than 14 months of their life in the pub, a study has found. The average adult spends just over three...

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Brits will spend £90,942 and more than 14 months of their life in the pub, a study has found.

The average adult spends just over three hours a week at their local, supping food and drinks worth almost £28 each time.

This means a total of just under seven days a year — the equivalent of more than one year and two months over the average adult lifetime — will be spent in the pub.

It also emerged 13,104 alcoholic drinks and 3,276 shots will be sunk in the pub between the ages of 18 and 81.

Kevin Smith, a spokesman for online market researchers OnePoll, which commissioned the research, said: “The traditional pub is a British institution and still a huge part of our culture. Some see a trip to the pub as a way of winding down at the end of a long day at work, while for others, it’s more about big nights out to celebrate a special event.

“For many couples, it’s just a way to escape the kids, tuck into some nice food and catch up with their other half over a cold beer or wine. Either way, it seems we are still spending a large amount of our time and money in pubs.”

Simply catching up with friends is the most popular reason to visit the pub, followed by to have a quiet drink and to get away from the partner and/or the children. Watching the football and wanting to unwind after a long day at work also sees Brits head for their local.

But the study, of 2,000 people, found there is still dispute about rounds with more than one in four admitting they try to avoid having to get the drinks in.

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Cask Report: it’s good to talk about ale http://beertoday.co.uk/cask-report-talk-about-ale-0916/ Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:11:34 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=39560 The new Cask Report, launched today, and compiled for the first time by beer sommelier Sophie Atherton, examines the role of conversation in the buying...

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The new Cask Report, launched today, and compiled for the first time by beer sommelier Sophie Atherton, examines the role of conversation in the buying and selling of cask ale in the pub.

“People are starting to talk about cask ale — Britain’s national drink — with more passion than was once thought possible,” said Sophie.

According to the research contained in the report, 92% of consumers want to know more about the different styles of beer now available. Sixty per cent said pubs don’t offer sufficient tasting notes on how beer looks, tastes and smells, and only 36% feel that bar staff have an understanding of cask.

Cask Report 2016/17Sophie said: “It is clear that it’s no longer enough to be able to pour a decent pint. Bar staff need to understand how cask ales are different from other beers. They need to be able to describe them, they need to be the ones starting the cask conversation.”

This should be made easier with the CaskFinder app and its pumpclip recognition system, which has been launched alongside today’s Cask Report.

Paul Nunny, of Cask Marque, explained: “All you do is grab a picture of a particular beer’s pumpclip and the app provides you with information about the beer. You’ll see the brewer’s tasting notes and description. These may include details about ingredients, and certainly tell you about colour and flavour. You can also see how other drinkers have rated it.

“The instant access to information allows bar staff to sell intelligently and consumers to buy knowledgeably. If licensees want to stay ahead in their game, they can use CaskFinder to supplement workforce training. Otherwise, they’ll find their staff being outflanked by customers when it comes to knowledge about their beers on their bar. That can’t be acceptable for anyone who takes retailing seriously.

He added: “From a consumer point of view, there’s no doubt about it: it’s a hugely more satisfying experience to buy from people who understand and care about what they are selling. Nowhere is more pertinent than the pub and nothing is more fitting than cask ale when it comes to conversation about British food and drink.”

This is the tenth edition of the Cask Report. In 2007, when the first edition was published, there were just 23,300 pubs (42% of pubs) selling cask ale. There are now 36,600 (72% of pubs) where seekers of Britain’s national drink can find it. During this time, there’s also been massive focus on quality. The number of Cask Marque accredited pubs has increased 160% from 3,690 in 2005 to 9,670 in 2015.

Cask Ale Week 2016The report shows 81% of Cask Marque pubs to be growing sales, which, when set in the context of the overall cask market, indicate a direct correlation between quality and sales, says Cask Marque. According to the research, 90% of consumers say beer quality is very important or essential when choosing where to drink. Additionally, cask drinkers spend on average £967 a year in pubs — nearly twice the amount other drinkers spend.

The publication of the Cask Report signals the start of Cask Ale Week. Between September 22 and October 2,  more than 10,000 pints of ale will be given away, with a view to bringing more people into pubs and to persuading drinkers to try something new.

According to new figures from the British Beer and Pub Association, cask ale is responsible for: 94,000 jobs; £1.1 bn in wages; the addition of £2.2 bn in gross value; and the generation of £1.3 bn in tax revenue.

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Corbyn or Smith? Beer drinkers decide http://beertoday.co.uk/corbyn-smith-beer-drinkers-decide-0916/ Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:09:06 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=39565 Drinkers at a Merseyside pub are enjoying a choice of two pints while debating their choice for leader of the Labour Party.  The Republic of Liverpool...

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Drinkers at a Merseyside pub are enjoying a choice of two pints while debating their choice for leader of the Labour Party. 

Liverpool labour leader beerThe Republic of Liverpool Beer Company (ROLBC) has brewed two limited-edition ales, Corbyn’s Cask and Citizen Smith IPA, to mark the leadership contest, the result of which will be announced this weekend at the party’s conference, taking place in the city. 

On the same day as the winner is revealed, the brewer will unveil the name of its first rebel beer since the brand was launched by Liverpool entrepreneur Tony Rothwell. 

Set up in response to Brexit and embracing Liverpool’s desire to remain distinct from the views and aims of London’s political elite, ROLBC aims to “bottle Liverpool’s rebellious spirit”.

Join the campaign, or suggest possible names for the new range of beers, at www.therepublicofliverpool.com or on Facebook @TheRepublicofLiverpoolBeerCompanyLtd

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‘Impressive progress’ for Shepherd Neame http://beertoday.co.uk/impressive-progress-shepherd-neame-0916/ Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:02:00 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=39555 Shepherd Neame has announced record results and what it describes as impressive progress against strategic objectives for the 52 weeks to June 25. Underlying profit before...

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Jonathan NeameShepherd Neame has announced record results and what it describes as impressive progress against strategic objectives for the 52 weeks to June 25. Underlying profit before tax was up 10.7% to £10.3m off turnover of £139,9m, up 1.2%.

Highlights included a 4.4% rise in managed pub and hotel sales, with liquor up 3.1%, food up 4.2% and accommodation up 11.7%.

Core own and licensed beer volumes (excluding contract brewing) were up 0.3%, with excellent growth from the Whitstable Bay Collection.

Chief executive, Jonathan Neame (pictured), said: “I am delighted to report a record set of results, with managed pubs our key driver of growth, and an impressive performance against our strategic objectives.

“In recent years, we have worked hard to improve the quality of our pub estate and modernise our brand portfolio. We have created a much stronger business with sustainable cashflows and the skills and ambition for further growth. We have made a good start to the new financial year, with a particularly strong performance from our coastal pubs.”

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Awards nomination success for Barney’s Beer http://beertoday.co.uk/award-nomination-success-barneys-beer-0916/ Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:38:52 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=39558 Edinburgh-based Barney’s Beer is enjoying the spotlight with nominations in both the World Beer Awards and Scottish Beer Awards, winners in each to be revealed...

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Edinburgh-based Barney’s Beer is enjoying the spotlight with nominations in both the World Beer Awards and Scottish Beer Awards, winners in each to be revealed this week.

Since its inception in 2010, Barney’s Beer has been lauded for its ingenuity and taste. With a range of 11 beers under its belt, including staples Volcano IPA and Red Rye, new addition Bastard Amber has been getting lots of attention, with nominations in both the Scottish and World beer awards.

Inspired by an idea from Blacklight, Edinburgh’s theatre lighting company, Bastard Amber 02 is the name of a stage lighting gel. Amber ales are often the milder siblings of IPAs, but this one is fuller bodied and with more hop character.

In addition, Barney’s Beer Summerhall has been nominated for Scottish Beer Destination of the Year, while founder Andrew Barnett has been nominated for Master Brewer of the Year (sponsored by Anderson Strathern). Winners will be announced on Thursday, September 29 at a ceremony in Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange.

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St James’ Park to stage first beer festival http://beertoday.co.uk/st-james-park-beer-festival-0916/ Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:28:23 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=39533 One of the UK’s most famous football grounds will be tempting fans with pulled pork and pints at its first ever real ale festival. Newcastle...

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One of the UK’s most famous football grounds will be tempting fans with pulled pork and pints at its first ever real ale festival.

Newcastle United FC’s St James’ Park will play host to some of the North East’s best loved artisan breweries with two days of beer, music and food on October 7 and 8.

St James ParkAnd along with 54 beers and ciders from breweries such as Wylam, Cullercoats, Blackhill and Firebrick, festival-goers will be able to tuck into a menu of dishes designed especially for the occasion.

Chefs from the stadium’s catering partner, Sodexo Prestige Venues and Events, will be serving up pulled pork baps, honey roast ham and mash, rustic potato wedges and burgers, to a background of live music provided by bands such as Champagne Charlies.

Samantha Doyle, sales and marketing manager for Sodexo Prestige Venues and Events, said: “We’re very excited to be hosting our first ever real ale festival and bringing together three North East passions: food, football and a good pint.

“The region’s home to some very impressive breweries and, by teaming their beers and ciders with food from our highly-skilled chefs in this iconic setting, we hope to give festival-goers a great weekend. And with any luck this real ale festival will be the first of many at St James’ Park.”

The festival, which will also feature a Bombay Gin bar, will take place at the stadium’s Platinum Club from 6 to 11pm on October 7 and from noon to 10pm on October 8.

Tickets cost £10 for a one-day and £15 for a weekend ticket and entry includes a programme and a commemorative glass.

CAMRA, student and group discounts are available, and information and tickets can be accessed by calling 0191 201 8525 or e-mailing catering.reception@nufc.co.uk

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Pumpkin addition to this year’s Spooks Ale http://beertoday.co.uk/pumpkin-addition-spooks-ale-0916/ Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:25:52 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=39536 Shepherd Neame’s popular Halloween brew Spooks Ale has a new ingredient — spiced fresh pumpkin. Originally developed in its pilot brewery, the popular seasonal ale is...

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Shepherd Neame Spooks AleShepherd Neame’s popular Halloween brew Spooks Ale has a new ingredient — spiced fresh pumpkin.

Originally developed in its pilot brewery, the popular seasonal ale is among the collection of No.18 Yard Brewhouse beers available nationwide.

The dark, ruby ale boasts a biscuity palate created by pale, crystal, brown and chocolate malts, with bitterness provided by Target hops and a citrus aroma from Styrian Goldings. To reflect its new addition, the pumpclip design has also given a more eye-catching, contemporary look. There will be a metallic burnt orange clip featuring a spooky nighttime scene and a fiendish pumpkin head.

Head brewer, Richard Frost, said: “The aim of our No.18 Yard Brewhouse collection is to offer beers with unique flavours and character in a variety of styles, created using traditional brewing methods. We think that the addition of spiced fresh pumpkin gives a delicious new twist to Spooks Ale. It is the perfect brew to bridge the gap between the golden ales of summer and dark winter beers.”

The 4.7% ABV beer will be available in cask throughout October.

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Rising Tide back to boost Blue Flag funds http://beertoday.co.uk/rising-tide-blue-flag-0916/ Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:20:51 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=39540 Sharp’s Vienna red ale, Rising Tide (4.2% ABV) is back on sale for a limited period, until October 31. It is the fourth in a series...

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Sharps blue flagsSharp’s Vienna red ale, Rising Tide (4.2% ABV) is back on sale for a limited period, until October 31.

It is the fourth in a series of five limited-release brews created this year to raise money to support beaches in Cornwall, with 5p from each pint sold donated to securing Blue Flag awards across the county.

Brewed for autumn by Hayley Young, a rising star brewer at Sharp’s, the beer is an evolution of a version released last year. Vienna malt and an exclusive experimental hop grown in Slovenia are combined to create a red ale with medium body and mouth-watering appeal. The sweetness of the malt is balanced by fruity hop aromas, reminiscent of beautifully ripened fruit during harvest time.

James Nicholls, senior brand manager at Sharp’s, said: “We were delighted to relaunch Rising Tide this year after popular demand for the brew, and we hope that even more people enjoy this moreish autumnal ale (while stocks last).

“We are thrilled to be continuing our support for the Blue Flag initiative through the release of Rising Tide. Blue Flag is a fantastic charity and one that does great work for our coastal community here in Cornwall.”

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