Beer Today http://beertoday.co.uk British beer news, blog and events listings, updated daily Wed, 25 May 2016 18:03:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Hop shoot risotto wins Hogs Back contest http://beertoday.co.uk/hop-shoot-risotto-hogs-back-contest-0516/ Wed, 25 May 2016 11:16:02 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=37158 A hop shoot risotto created by the kitchen team at the Cock Inn, Headley, has won a menu competition organised by Hogs Back Brewery. The Surrey-based...

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A hop shoot risotto created by the kitchen team at the Cock Inn, Headley, has won a menu competition organised by Hogs Back Brewery.

The Surrey-based brewer supplied hop shoots from its own hop garden to chefs at the seven pubs operated by Red Mist Leisure and challenged them to develop a new dish using the traditional ingredient.

Hogs Back hop shoot risottoAdam Sullens, head chef at the Cock Inn, came up with a risotto made with the hop shoots, new season asparagus and broad beans, and finished with Parmesan, salad leaves from Secretts Farm, in Milford, and crispy hop shoots in a light batter.

Adam said: “Hop shoots are an interesting ingredient to work with. They have a peppery flavour that worked very well in our risotto made with seasonal, local ingredients.”

The shoots were from Fuggles hops, one of three varieties that Hogs Back grows in its three-and-a-half-acre hop garden, adjacent to the brewery in Tongham. The dish proved to be a hit with customers as well as the team from Hogs Back, who picked the risotto as their winner.

Hogs Back Brewery managing director, Rupert Thompson, said: “Hop growing was once a major part of Surrey’s economy, and hop shoots were a rural delicacy sometime called ‘poor man’s asparagus’. Having revived the growing tradition with our hop garden, we’re delighted that Red Mist Leisure’s pubs are also bringing back hop shoots as a fresh, local ingredient in great pub food.

“All the recipes were interesting and imaginative, and we particularly liked the hop shoot risotto created by Adam and his team at the Cock Inn because of its strong seasonal feel.”

Runners-up in the menu competition were: Marcin Prokopczuk, head chef at the Exchequer, Fleet, with steamed mussels with hop shoots and Hazy Hog cider; and Remi Zilys, head chef at the Royal Exchange, Lindford, who created supreme of halibut with a basil crust, wilted spinach, beurre blanc sauce with hop shoots.

Mark Robson, co-founder of Red Mist Leisure, said: “Customers love to see local food and drink on offer in our pubs, and beers from Hogs Back Brewery such as TEA and Hogstar Lager are very popular. It’s great to see the enthusiasm our chefs showed in extending our partnership with Hogs Back by using the brewery’s hop shoots on the menu.”

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Heathwick imports two new Tailgate beers http://beertoday.co.uk/heathwick-new-tailgate-beers-0516/ Wed, 25 May 2016 10:43:23 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=37153 Importer Heathwick is targeting the discerning beer drinker with the launch of two experimental canned craft beers from American small batch brewery Tailgate Beer. Peanut...

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Tailgate beersImporter Heathwick is targeting the discerning beer drinker with the launch of two experimental canned craft beers from American small batch brewery Tailgate Beer.

Peanut Butter Milk Stout (5.8% ABV) has a sweet peanut butter aroma. Chocolate, peanut and roasted malt notes complement a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Grapefruit IPA (6%) is a dry, light-bodied IPA with a heavy grapefruit aroma and a strong hoppy bite on the palate. They join Heathwick’s existing Tailgate beer, Sorta IPA (4.5%).

Heathwick is anticipating strong demand from beer drinkers looking for something different. The new beers both pair well with food and the unusual and enticing brand names are expected to appeal to the inquisitive consumer.

Heathwick general manager, Graham Richardson, said: “Having trialled Peanut Butter Milk Stout and Grapefruit IPA last year on draught, we know we are on to a winner with these two beers.

“They were so well received that we are adding them to our rapidly growing portfolio and making them available in cans from June onwards so that the beer enthusiast can continue to enjoy new, distinctive and experimental American craft beers of exceptional quality.”

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MSc students offered brewing experience http://beertoday.co.uk/msc-student-brewing-experience-0516/ Wed, 25 May 2016 08:25:28 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=37149 As part of their MSc entrepreneurial management post graduate course at Anglia Ruskin University, four MSc students will be learning the ropes at St Peter’s...

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As part of their MSc entrepreneurial management post graduate course at Anglia Ruskin University, four MSc students will be learning the ropes at St Peter’s Brewery, in South Elmham, for ten weeks this summer.

St Peter's BreweryDesigned to give them hands-on experience in a vibrant business setting, the four students will take the lead on a particular project and work with the St Peter’s Brewery team to develop their ideas and confidence in industry.

Having beaten off competition from Crisp Maltings and Greene King to acquire the students, St Peter’s Brewery staff are looking forward to inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Chief executive, Steve Magnall, said: “The team is very excited to be welcoming these students into the fold for ten weeks. This is a great opportunity to not only help these students gain insight in a business environment, but also for us to speak to them about their ideas and thoughts.

“At the moment we are discussing what the students will be working on. We expect to give them specific projects that they can get their teeth stuck into.”

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Wolf’s Norfolk Pride marks Queen’s birthday http://beertoday.co.uk/wolfs-norfolk-pride-queens-birthday-0516/ Wed, 25 May 2016 07:35:21 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=37143 Wolf Brewery has announced a new beer, Norfolk Pride, to toast the good health of the Queen as part of the celebrations to mark her 90th birthday....

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Wolf Norfolk PrideWolf Brewery has announced a new beer, Norfolk Pride, to toast the good health of the Queen as part of the celebrations to mark her 90th birthday.

The beer is being brewed this week and casks will be available to publicans from Wednesday, June 1.

Kay Edwards, co-owner of the brewery, said: “[We are] well known for our golden and dark beers, such as Golden Jackal and Granny Wouldn’t Like it. However, publicans have asked for an amber-coloured beer and that is what our brewers, Derek Dunstan and Will Edwards, have designed.

“With an alcohol strength of 4.6%, Norfolk Pride has an exotic aroma combined with a biscuity flavour and a mellow finish. We are confident it will add to some memorable celebrations in the coming weeks.”

As many communities have planned parties to celebrate the event, Norfolk Pride will also be available in 36- and 18-pint containers for collection from the brewery. Orders can be placed by calling 01953 457775 or e-mailing info@wolfbrewery.com

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Carlsberg puts pubs at heart of Euro campaign http://beertoday.co.uk/carlsberg-pubs-heart-euro-campaign-0516/ Wed, 25 May 2016 07:07:29 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=37140 Carlsberg is putting pubs at the heart of its official beer sponsorship of UEFA Euro 2016 and the England team, with just three weeks to...

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Carlsberg Euro campaignCarlsberg is putting pubs at the heart of its official beer sponsorship of UEFA Euro 2016 and the England team, with just three weeks to go until the tournament kicks off on June 10.

The brewer has created two pub-focused promotions to get the nation excited about the tournament and to support pubs and bars, with Carlsberg UK insight revealing that football tournaments are worth more than £60 million to the on-trade, and live football adding a potential uplift of 60% to an outlet’s rate of sale.

A new online, film titled Substitute Pessimism for Optimism, is set in a fictional pub called The Three Lions and encourages England fans to get behind the national team.

Continuing the on-trade theme, pubs up and down the country with names such as The Red Lion and The Three Horseshoes will ‘pubstitute’ their traditional signage for a new The Three Lions fascia. The bespoke pub signs feature a group of England players, including strikers Wayne Rooney and Jamie Vardy, and goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Former England manager Terry Venables kicked-off The Three Lions pub sign initiative at the Famous Three Kings pub in Fulham. Over the coming weeks hand-picked venues from pub companies including Stonegate, Enterprise Inns and Punch Taverns will have their signage transformed, while selected pubs will also see launch visits from a football star, such as Phil Neville and Kieran Dyer.

 

Carlsberg UK’s Premier Sports Club has also been re-launched as a digital support tool in time for the tournament and will provide a range of tools including exclusive social media content to help drive consumers to outlets.

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Cheltenham to get its own Beer Week http://beertoday.co.uk/cheltenham-beer-week-0516/ Mon, 23 May 2016 07:30:21 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=37136 Cheltenham is set to be the first town — as opposed to a city — to stage its own beer week when the event gets under way...

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Cheltenham is set to be the first town — as opposed to a city — to stage its own beer week when the event gets under way in September.

It will comprise a collection of events held across a ten-day period from September 16-25. The purpose is simple: to celebrate beer and the booming brewing industry and pub culture of the town.

Cheltenham Beer WeekThe event is free of all ties or affiliation with any group, other than, of course, beer drinkers. It aims to encourage involvement from individuals and businesses who are interested in working with, or learning more about, the local beer scene, and to help develop a strong communal spirit that will secure and elevate Cheltenham’s position as a beer destination.

CBW is being co-ordinated by Leigh Norwood, owner of specialist beer retailer Favourite Beers, together with a group of local brewers, publicans and beer drinkers. The intention is to get all types of venues in and around Cheltenham to join in the venture and contribute to the official programme of CBW-themed events.

Leigh said: “We already have 17 venues signed up, including pubs, clubs, bars, shops and restaurants, and we hope for many more. Events already being planned are mini-beer festivals, meet the brewer evenings, tap takeovers, brewery tours, tutored tasting sessions, beer walks, beer and food matching and much more. The local breweries will be working together to create at least one collaborative brew to be served during the week.

“We believe that the time is right for Cheltenham to launch a beer week. We have a nexus of beer expertise that is exceptional for a town of this size. Cheltenham has the current CAMRA national pub of the year, a former national club of the year and a former winner of the National Beer and Cider Retailer awards, among many other experts in the town.

“Two new breweries have opened recently, bringing the total to five. New beer ventures are opening frequently, including a new Bierkeller. We want CBW to be a festival, a carnival, with events for experienced beer drinkers and novices alike: anyone who is keen to learn about beer in all its forms from around the world.”

All venues that serve beer (in whatever format) in and around the town are invited to apply to participate in CBW, providing they meet CBW’s core values, including responsible drinking. In order to ensure that the event is engaging, balanced and focused, the co-ordinators have established a set of criteria for inclusion in the week.

Venues will be expected to host at least two events during CBW, one of which must be midweek (Monday to Thursday). All events must be unique for the venue; they cannot include normal weekly events as part of beer week unless they are specifically designed to fit in with CBW. For instance, a weekly pub quiz could be run to be about beer.

Any venues interested in joining CBW can contact Leigh by e-mailing leigh.norwood@favouritebeers.com

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Fuller’s cyclists raise £35,000 for charity http://beertoday.co.uk/fullers-cyclists-35000-for-charity-0516/ Sat, 21 May 2016 10:08:23 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=37120 Twenty-one team members from Fuller, Smith and Turner, including chief executive, Simon Emeny, and Fuller’s Inns managing director, Jonathon Swaine, raised £35,000 for Shooting Star Chase...

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Fuller's Cycle Challenge

Twenty-one team members from Fuller, Smith and Turner, including chief executive, Simon Emeny, and Fuller’s Inns managing director, Jonathon Swaine, raised £35,000 for Shooting Star Chase by undertaking a 100-mile cycle ride.

The cyclists left the Griffin Brewery, in Chiswick, at 7am, and arrived at the Pointer Inn, a Fuller’s tenanted pub in Newchurch, on the Isle of Wight, at 8pm in the evening.

The route included a stop at Shooting Star Chase’s Head Office in Weybridge, Surrey as well as visits to four other Fuller’s pubs – The Jolly Farmer at Worplesdon, The Mill at Elstead, The Links at Liphook and The Red Lion at Chalton.

The riders included pub managers, front of house team members and a varied selection of head office employees from departments including technical services, customer services, PR, marketing, IT, wine, finance and even one of the brewery’s tour guides.

Simon Emeny said: “The work that Shooting Star Chase does is incredible. It is very humbling and a privilege to be able to work with them and help in any way we can. This cycle challenge was no mean feat. None of us are experienced cyclists, but we were all determined, excited and impelled to reach the finish line in good time to enjoy a well-deserved pint and raise a huge amount for this fantastic charity.”

Sylvia la Porte, Shooting Star Chase’s corporate relations manager, said: “Fuller’s have been supporting Shooting Star Chase for over ten years. We officially launched a corporate partnership in 2013 and have worked closely together to develop fundraising activities that would be inclusive, successful and great fun.

“The Fuller’s Brewery and  Shooting Star Chase Cycle Challenge is a great example of this and we are delighted at how successful it has been. As well as raising vital funds that will give security to important parts of our work, the event has helped further raise awareness of Shooting Star Chase, and has resulted in other corporate partners making enquiries about similar activities with us.

“We’d like to thank all the cyclists and their sponsors, the pubs who welcomed us and looked after us so well and Fuller’s for their continued support.”

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Female beer drinkers keen to see tasting notes http://beertoday.co.uk/female-beer-drinkers-survey-0516/ Sat, 21 May 2016 10:05:27 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=37115 Beer and women forum Dea Latis has unveiled the findings of a survey into the relationship between women and our national drink. The results were...

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Beer and women forum Dea Latis has unveiled the findings of a survey into the relationship between women and our national drink. The results were delivered to an audience at the new Brewing Equipment & Technology exhibition at the NEC.

dealatislogoThe online survey, which received 600 responses, asked for respondents’ perceptions about women’s consumption of beer and what would make them more likely to buy beer in the on- and off-trade. Both men and women completed the survey.

The majority (73%) of respondents feel that brewers’ approach to women had improved over the last ten years, but that there was “still a way to go”. A similar number (74%) think that more women are now likely to include beer within their drinks repertoire, while 17% believe more women are choosing it as their main drink.  On both questions, responses from men were slightly more optimistic than from women.

Asked to rank a number of techniques to encourage more women to drink beer, respondents gave their highest score to beer lists and taste descriptions, in both the on- and off-trade (33%). Offering free samples of beer was also viewed as effective across pubs and supermarkets (27%), while there was also support for a wider selection of beers in the off-trade (31%).

Staff recommendation was a strong middle choice for many respondents (21% voted it 2nd and 3rd most important), indicating a need to equip bar and store staff with beer knowledge. Beer and food matching received a similar rating (25% of respondents put it in third place), though women felt it would be more effective than men.

A wider selection of beer glassware was seen as only moderately motivating, while providing more information on beers calorie content or health benefits received low scores from both sexes, across the on- and off-trade.

Ros Shiel, of Dea Latis, said: “We’re delighted that 600 people took the time to complete our survey, a response that we think makes our findings relatively robust. We weren’t surprised that tasting notes and sampling scored highly, but would have expected a higher ranking for beer and food matching.

“Factors such as glassware shouldn’t be considered as unimportant, though — just that these respondents rated them as less effective than others in persuading women to try beer.”

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Duvel Moortgat beers get extensive M&S listing http://beertoday.co.uk/duvel-moortgat-extensive-ms-listing-0516/ Fri, 20 May 2016 11:05:40 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=37111 Duvel Moortgat has announced that five beers from its international portfolio have been listed in 200 Marks & Spencer stores across Britain. The beers are: Vedett...

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Duvel in M&SDuvel Moortgat has announced that five beers from its international portfolio have been listed in 200 Marks & Spencer stores across Britain.

The beers are: Vedett Blond and Vedett IPA; De Koninck Belgian Ale; Liefmans Kriek Brut Cherry Beer; and Boulevard Single Wide IPA. In addition, Boulevard Single Wide IPA has been listed in more than 120 Waitrose stores.

Matthew Willson, Duvel Moortgat’s UK general manager, said: “These exciting listings by both Marks & Spencer and Waitrose are a true testament of quality for our beers and we couldn’t be prouder.

“Retailers are really starting to see the power of the Duvel portfolio and the wide number of vibrant styles of beer which we can offer: Duvel itself with its iconic glass and billowing blond head; the historic yet modern fruit beer offerings from Liefmans; the wonderfully traditional De Koninck with its almost reverential Bolleke chalice; the elegant Vedett Blond and Vedett White, and their fresh spiced IPA; the unapologetically artisanal farmyard beers from la Chouffe; and our flavour-rich American range from Boulevard.

“The portfolio is about character, real flavour and personality, all of it backed up by great brewing techniques and a desire to go against perceived wisdom.”

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Pizza Hut to trial beer-infused dough today http://beertoday.co.uk/pizza-hut-trial-beer-infused-dough-0516/ Fri, 20 May 2016 11:05:00 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=37108 Pizza Hut is to trail pizzas made with beer-infused dough today (May 20) in a experiment which could see the meals rolled out nationwide. The...

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Pizza Hut beer doughPizza Hut is to trail pizzas made with beer-infused dough today (May 20) in a experiment which could see the meals rolled out nationwide.

The pizzas will be available at at the Finchley Lido Hut while stocks last. This is Pizza Hut’s newly refurbished flagship restaurant, part of a nationwide £60 million investment programme.

To enjoy one of these specials, all customers need to do is whisper the following words — “I Like it Hop” — to waiting staff when ordering and purchasing a beer of their choice.

These beer-infused pizza bases will be served as the steak feast and the American hot (which is vegetarian).

 

Kath Austin, director of HR and marketing at Pizza Hut Restaurants, said:We know that craft beers are really popular right now and we’re celebrating this not just by adding craft beers to our menus, but also by adding this to our pizza dough. We also know that for many of our customers nothing beats enjoying their favourite pizza with an ice-cold beer, so we thought this would be the perfect culinary union.

“It took our team many hours to perfect the recipes and flavour combinations, but all of their hard work definitely paid off as we’re thrilled with the results and can’t wait for our customers to try them. We’re proud to be the first chain in the UK to trial a beer-infused dough base, and look forward to hopefully rolling these out nationwide if they prove popular.”

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