Beer Today http://beertoday.co.uk British beer news, blog and events listings, updated daily Fri, 03 Jul 2015 17:15:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tap takeover at The Rake for London Brewing Co http://beertoday.co.uk/tap-takeover-at-the-rake-for-london-brewing-co-0715/ http://beertoday.co.uk/tap-takeover-at-the-rake-for-london-brewing-co-0715/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 11:47:31 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=29048 After four years operating brewpubs brewing beer primarily for sale within The Bull, Highgate, and The Bohemia, North Finchley, London Brewing Co has expanded its capacity...

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After four years operating brewpubs brewing beer primarily for sale within The Bull, Highgate, and The Bohemia, North Finchley, London Brewing Co has expanded its capacity in order to supply the on-trade.

The new brewhouse stands inside the trading area at The Bohemia and has the capacity to produce 100 hectolitres of beer a week while customers look on.

London Brewing CoFour core beers will be launched at a tap takeover at The Rake, Borough Market on July 29. There are two cask beers: Beer Street, a 4% ABV best bitter using English ingredients including Fuggles and Goldings hops; plus Skyline a 5.3% American style pale ale, dry hopped with Galaxy, Mosaic and Crystal. The two core keg beers to be launched are Upright, a session IPA at 4%, and Mad as Hops, a 5.5% rye IPA.

Other beers which will be at the takeover on draught include Bo-chi, a pale lychee wheat beer, pHuscia, a sour cherry and raspberry Berliner Weisse collaboration with Tap East, an American style wheat, an APA, and an apricot and spelt saison, The Brother & The Bull, brewed in collaboration with Northern Monk. Upright will also be available in 330ml cans.

London Brewing Co was founded by Dan Fox, previously at the White Horse, Parsons Green, who was inspired by the American brewpubs he saw on trips to the States. Since The Bull and London Brewing Co were set up four years ago, the number of breweries in the capital has quadrupled, with London Brewing Co’s second brewery on site at The Bohemia helping that total rise when it opened in 2014. Beers will be sold direct and through selected wholesalers.

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Preview: London Craft Beer Festival http://beertoday.co.uk/preview-london-craft-beer-festival-0715/ http://beertoday.co.uk/preview-london-craft-beer-festival-0715/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 11:23:06 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=29039 After the huge success of previous years, London Craft Beer Festival (LCBF) will be back from August 13-16 at iconic venue Oval Space in East London....

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London Craft Beer FestivalAfter the huge success of previous years, London Craft Beer Festival (LCBF) will be back from August 13-16 at iconic venue Oval Space in East London.

For £38.50, guests will have full access to tasters of a collection of craft beers from around the globe. There will be a lively programme of DJ sets from some very special guests, and an exciting street food offering, too.

This year LCBF is welcoming a stellar line up of more than 30 craft brewers from all over the world, including the USA, Europe and a range of the UK’s much loved and home-grown craft breweries. London brewers will include The Kernel, Camden, BeavertownWeird Beard, Howling Hops, Redemption Brewing and Pressure Drop.

A ticket gives entry to LCBF, a festival branded tasting glass, festival booklet with tasting notes, access to The Stevedores at The Pickle Factory and unlimited small pours (90ml tasters) of whichever beer you like. Tickets are available online at www.londoncraftbeerfestival.co.uk/
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Looking to the rest of the UK, breweries including Magic Rock, Thornbridge, Burning SkySiren, Buxton Brewery and Wild Beer will be present, to name just a few, while from further afield will be Edge Brewing from Barcelona, Omnipollo from Stockholm, Lervig from Norway, and Founders Brewing Co joins from across the pond.

In association with pop-up beer and whiskey bar The Stevedores, The Pickle Factory opposite Oval Space will be opening up its doors and playing host to some of the newest faces making waves on the craft beer scene.

Running alongside the beers will be a range of food from some of London’s best known street food vendors. LCBF’s famous smoked Onglet steak and chips will be back to soak up any excess boozing, along with pulled, smoked and roasted Ginger Pig meats from celebrated pop-up Pull & Punch at The Pickle Factory.

Those in need of a light bite can indulge in charcuterie boards from The Borough Ham & Cheese Co, or pick up a US-inspired stree food fix from Big Apple Hot Dogs. For the vegetarian beer lovers, options will be on offer from the organic Plump Café.

On the music side, Ghostpoet will return for his second year, along with DJ sets from Will Kennard of Chase & Status, Spectrasoul, DJ Yoda, Public Service Broadcasting, Cuban Brothers and Artful Dodger.

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Arnside venue is Thwaites’ pub of the year http://beertoday.co.uk/arnside-venue-is-thwaites-pub-of-the-year-0715/ http://beertoday.co.uk/arnside-venue-is-thwaites-pub-of-the-year-0715/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:06:47 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=29034 Thwaites managing director Rick Baily with the pub of the year team of Jeanette Hamer, Tony Keates and Andrew Buchanan The Thwaites Awards for Excellence...

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Thwaites pub of the yearThwaites managing director Rick Baily with the pub of the year team of Jeanette Hamer, Tony Keates and Andrew Buchanan

The Thwaites Awards for Excellence 2015 saw eight regional publicans named best in class for their pub’s food, drink, entertainment and hospitality.  

Now in their fifth year, the awards celebrate industry successes and innovation across Thwaites’ pub estate. The categories are designed to recognise licensees who have shown dedication in that particular area of their business. 

Chief executive, Rick Bailey, said: “This has been a transformational year for the brewery and a year in which we have made significant progress in defining where we are headed as a business. No small part of that process has been the increased emphasis we have and will continue to place on our pub estate as the backbone of our operations. 

“In the last five years we have invested consistently, against market forces, ploughing between £20 and £25 million into over 180 schemes across the estate — and we continue to invest at a rate of around £3m per year. 

“The pubs shortlisted at the Awards for Excellence are characteristic of those who have benefited from this capital expenditure and represent some of the best pubs in the North of England. We are delighted to celebrate their commitment and dedication to raising standards within the trade and wish them an equally successfully year ahead.”     

Scooping the top title of pub of the year was Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, which also took home the best pub fayre and best trainer awards. The Arnside pub has been run by Tony Keates and Jeanette Hamer for more than two years and is well known in the area for its warm hospitality and exceptional service. The pub, which has seen more than £200,000 of investment in the last year, shone out at this year’s ceremony, fending off competition from 50 other finalists to take the top title.

The winners were presented their accolades at a ceremony held at the Thorpe Park Hotel, in Leeds. They received an engraved trophy, framed certificate and a five star VIP trip to Oktoberfest, this September.

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Brewery is Bradford’s new business of the year http://beertoday.co.uk/brewery-is-bradfords-new-business-of-the-year-0715/ http://beertoday.co.uk/brewery-is-bradfords-new-business-of-the-year-0715/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 08:16:45 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=29023 Bradford Brewery MD Matthew Halliday (right) at the awards ceremony with fellow winner Paul Corcoran of Pennine Cycles Bradford Brewery has been named new business of...

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Bradford Brewery award

Bradford Brewery MD Matthew Halliday (right) at the awards ceremony with fellow winner Paul Corcoran of Pennine Cycles

Bradford Brewery has been named new business of the year at the Bradford Means Business Awards, run by the local Telegraph & Argus newspaper in partnership with the West and North Yorkshire chambers of commerce.

The awards, now in their fifth year, recognise the achievements and successes of companies, entrepreneurs and workers across the Bradford District. The award won by Bradford Brewery was for the new business which demonstrated the most imagination, planning and commitment.

Managing director, Matthew Halliday, said: “We were really proud to receive this award, which recognises all the great things that are going on in Bradford right now.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the support from Bradfordians since we started up which was, incredibly, just a few months ago. Our thanks go to the publicans who’ve been supporting the venture by selling our beers in their wonderful bars, as well as all the beer-loving Bradfordians coming into our pub every day to enjoy the products – and of course our staff, who work so hard to make it all happen.

“We are now well on the way to our target of getting Bradford beers onto all the great bars across the district and we’ve made a good start on our other aim, to take beers brewed in Bradford out further afield – delivering the message with them that Bradford is well and truly back on the map.”

Beer orders have been flooding in since the brewery launched at the heart of the city’s thriving Independent Quarter in February and the attached pub, with its pie and mash shop, is regularly packedfor its quirky events and activities.

Brewing started on site just three months ago and is now being carried out three times a week. More than 100 casks of beer are being delivered weekly to bars across the Bradford district and venues in the North of England, including major cities like Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle.

A prestigious order has been made by Bradford’s Midland Hotel to permanently sell the brewery’s Odsal Top brown ale and Razorback white gold ale in its Spirit of Bradford bar.

First to take Bradford Beers as a permanent listing was the recently re-opened Old Bank, in Market Street, and its sister pubs the City Vaults and Ginger Goose. Beers from the whole Bradford Brewery range are being rotated between the three venues.

Also on board are two more of the newcomers to the growing city centre leisure scene, The Beerhouse on North Parade, at the heart of the Independent Quarter  and the recently refurbished Library Bar at Glyde House, in the city’s West End, close to the famous Alhambra theatre and the National Media Museum,

Matthew, a massive Bradford Bulls rugby league club fan, was particularly pleased to see The Top House, the club’s ‘local’, taking a regular order of his Odsal Top, which he named as a tribute to the team.

A few miles down the road in the Bohemian tourist town of Hebden Bridge, Bradford Brewery beers are now being sold at West Yorkshire’s only Co-operative pub, The Fox & Goose, after being unveiled during its popular summer beer festival.

The Waggon & Horses in Halesowen, West Midlands, ordered 12 casks of ales for its own bar and offered to help distribute Bradford beers to real ale bars across Birmingham and the local area.

The brewery’s own pub, which also showcases the beers, has been 30% busier than expected. As a result, the venue has recruited an additional bar supervisor and three extra bar staff.

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Brakspear launches Pooches in Pubs campaign http://beertoday.co.uk/brakspear-launches-pooches-in-pubs-campaign-0715/ http://beertoday.co.uk/brakspear-launches-pooches-in-pubs-campaign-0715/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:36:31 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=29026 Pub operator and brewer Brakspear is targeting the nation’s growing band of dog lovers with a new Pooches in Pubs campaign, designed to make its pubs...

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Brakspear dogsPub operator and brewer Brakspear is targeting the nation’s growing band of dog lovers with a new Pooches in Pubs campaign, designed to make its pubs the first point of call for four-legged friends and their owners.

Central to the campaign is a competition for dog owners, inviting them to submit a picture of their pooch in a Brakspear pub via social media, with winners receiving a charcoal drawing of their dog, and runner up prizes of Brakspear water bowls and frisbees. Pictures are displayed on the dedicated website www.brakspear.co.uk/woof

Pooches in Pubs also offers practical help and guidance for Brakspear licensees to make their pubs more dog friendly, with a supply of ‘dogs welcome’ posters and drip mats, tips on how to treat canine customers and a handful of recipes for dog meals.

Brakspear chief executive, Tom Davies, said: “The majority of our pubs, especially in rural areas, are already dog friendly, so this campaign is about sharing best practice and encouraging our tenants to try a few new tactics to entice dog lovers through the doors.

“We know that if dogs are fed, watered and made to feel comfortable in the pub, their owners will spend more time and money with us, so it makes sound business sense as well as being good customer service.

“Dog owners love showing off photos of their precious pets in our pubs, frequently wearing a Brakspear boater or bowler hat. The chance of winning a charcoal drawing will be a powerful draw so we’re expecting the competition to attract a healthy response as well as engaging our dog-loving customers with their local Brakspear pub.”

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New edition of London’s Best Beer Pubs & Bars http://beertoday.co.uk/new-edition-of-londons-best-beer-pubs-bars-0715/ http://beertoday.co.uk/new-edition-of-londons-best-beer-pubs-bars-0715/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:48:56 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=29018 A new edition of The CAMRA Guide to London’s Best Beer Pubs & Bars has been published following a huge growth in the number of microbreweries and a...

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A new edition of The CAMRA Guide to London’s Best Beer Pubs & Bars has been published following a huge growth in the number of microbreweries and a renewed interest in real ale in the capital.

CAMRA London bookFrom railway arches to the back of pizza restaurants, it seems that London has got the craft beer bug and new breweries are springing up across the capital at an alarming rate, with the number of breweries increasing five-fold in the last four years

Written by renowned beer and travel writer Des de Moor, London’s Best Beer Pubs & Bars is a fully up to date reflection of the growth of London’s beer scene, including traditional pubs, specialist beer bars, bottle shops and much more.

Des said: “I feel privileged to find myself a chronicler of the London beer scene at one of the most exciting times in its history. Brewery numbers have more than quintupled since the last edition was published and the variety and quality of beer in pubs, bars and shops is now overwhelming. And brewers are now accessible in ways they never were before: the Saturday taproom was almost unknown four years ago but it’s now an institution.

“Overall it’s the best time ever to enjoy beer in one of the world’s great cities, and I’m delighted to be able to help people share in that.”

The interest in craft beer and real ale in the capital is growing along with the number of breweries, with real ale outperforming the rest of the beer market and thirsty drinkers in the UK now buying 634 million pints of cask ale every year.

The 250 venue listings are fully illustrated with great colour photographs and include a variety of real ale pubs, specialist beer bars, brewery taprooms and other outlets, with detailed information on opening hours, local landmarks, and public transport links to make planning any excursion quick and easy. The book also includes a comprehensive listing of London breweries.

 

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Cheddar Ales seasonal is now available all year http://beertoday.co.uk/cheddar-ales-seasonal-is-now-available-all-year-0715/ http://beertoday.co.uk/cheddar-ales-seasonal-is-now-available-all-year-0715/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:22:00 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=29013 Cheddar Ales has renamed last year’s seasonal Summer Pale Ale as Hardrock Pale Ale and announced its intention to brew it all year round. The beer proved so popular...

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Cheddar Ales has renamed last year’s seasonal Summer Pale Ale as Hardrock Pale Ale and announced its intention to brew it all year round.

Cheddar Ales HardrockThe beer proved so popular last year that head brewer and managing director Jem Ham decided to rename it in response to feedback from customers.

He said: “People loved the Summer Pale Ale last year and wanted to have it in their venues throughout the year, but the name Summer Pale Ale was a sticking point when winter fell.

“This year we have responded by changing the name to Hardrock Pale Ale, inspired by the rock formations characterising the Mendips and around the Cheddar Gorge.”

The beer won gold in the small pack standard bitters and pale ales category of the SIBA South West beer competition and silver in the champion small pack beers, going forward to represent the region in next year’s national BeerX competition.

Hardrock Pale Ale is light gold and very hoppy, with spicy, herbal notes and a floral citrus finish. Made using the finest malted barley and a blend of Brewers Gold, Mount Hood and Chinook whole hops, it is conditioned for at least two weeks with lots of dry hops to give extra intense flavour.

It will be available from Monday (July 6) in 500ml bottles, 30l eco-kegs or doliums and 9g firkin casks.

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Dizzy’s Twisted Sister is new Robinsons special http://beertoday.co.uk/dizzys-twisted-sister-is-new-robinsons-special-0715/ http://beertoday.co.uk/dizzys-twisted-sister-is-new-robinsons-special-0715/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:57:15 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=29009 Robinsons Brewery is introducing Dizzy’s Twisted Sister as a seasonal beer for July and August. Described as the no-nonsense, straight talking relative to the award-winning...

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Dizzy's Twisted SisterRobinsons Brewery is introducing Dizzy’s Twisted Sister as a seasonal beer for July and August.

Described as the no-nonsense, straight talking relative to the award-winning Dizzy Blonde, Dizzy’s Twisted Sister has been created using Amarillo, Cascade and New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops, resulting in a moreish 4.0% ABV blonde ale with a floral aroma.

The beer is the third in the Stockport brewer’s seasonal range for 2015 and the brewer hopes it will enjoy the success of Voodoo Dawn and Mojo.

Gill Yates, brands manager for Robinsons Brewery, said: “The response to our seasonal beers has been fantastic throughout 2015, with Voodoo Dawn and Mojo both selling more than their 2014 seasonal counterparts by over 120,000 pints combined.

“We’re excited to see how this spin-off of one of our most popular beers performs during the coming summer months. We’re expecting it to be another record breaker.”

Robinsons Brewery is celebrating the launch by giving away 72 free pints of Dizzy’s Twisted Sister at its Visitors Centre on Apsley Street, Stockport, next Thursday, July 9, from 10am (one pint per customer, while stocks last).

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Inveralmond beer to raise air ambulance funds http://beertoday.co.uk/inveralmond-beer-to-raise-air-ambulance-funds-0715/ http://beertoday.co.uk/inveralmond-beer-to-raise-air-ambulance-funds-0715/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:39:47 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=29002 Rear, left to right: Joyce Leslie, Scottish Charity Air Ambulance trustee; Sally Cameron, SCAA head of fundraising; and Fiona Dennis, community fundraiserFront, left, Inveralmond head...

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Inveralmond air ambulance

Rear, left to right: Joyce Leslie, Scottish Charity Air Ambulance trustee; Sally Cameron, SCAA head of fundraising; and Fiona Dennis, community fundraiserFront, left, Inveralmond head brewer, Ken Duncan, and managing director, Fergus Clark

Inveralmond Brewery has created a brew that is set to put some fizz into the fundraising efforts of Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA).

Launching the beer from the custom-made bar at the brewery, managing director Fergus Clark was joined by SCAA’s head of fundraising, Sally Cameron, and Joyce Leslie, a trustee of the charity, to formally launch the new partnership.

And with 5p from every pint sold in participating pubs, there is potentially a lot to celebrate for the Perth-based charity which has responded to more than 600 emergency callouts across Scotland since it was launched. SCAA is Scotland’s only charity-funded helicopter air ambulance, fuelled entirely by public donation.

Sally said; “We are delighted with this new partnership and we can see Inveralmond Brewery’s support will bring the lifesaving charity into sharp focus in venues across the country. Not only will the 5p per pint donation prove a tremendous boost to our funds, but the exposure through Inveralmond’s wide and respected network of pubs and bars will also help spread awareness of the charity.

“We hope people enjoy their pint knowing that they are helping keep our much-needed service in the air. Today we raise a glass in celebration of them and Inveralmond Brewery for their generous support.”

An outpouring of support for the charity brew has already started from Scotland’s on trade community, with venues in Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen already tapping into the latest fundraising gesture.

Fergus said: “The SCAA Charity Beer has been very well received by our trade customers and we’re delighted with the early initial uptake of the charity brew which we are sure will be a hit with Inveralmond beer fans across Scotland.

“With 5p in every pint going to the charity, whose work is truly exceptional in serving the medical emergency needs of Scotland, it gives new meaning to responsible drinking. We’re delighted to be helping make a tangible difference.”

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Wadworth Farmer’s Glory returns for summer http://beertoday.co.uk/wadworth-farmers-glory-returns-for-summer-0715/ http://beertoday.co.uk/wadworth-farmers-glory-returns-for-summer-0715/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:08:42 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=28997 Wadworth is releasing one of its favourite annual ales in time for harvest. Farmers Glory, a biscuity ale with a dry bitter finish, is brewed...

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Wadworth is releasing one of its favourite annual ales in time for harvest. Farmers Glory, a biscuity ale with a dry bitter finish, is brewed with 100% British ingredients, including classic English Fuggles and Goldings hops.

Wadworth Farmers GloryFarmers Glory is Wadworth’s vote of thanks to the farming community, says the brewer. It is a classic ale with an ABV of 4.4% and a nutty, malty tang. Very drinkable, it’s a welcome thirst quencher after a long day’s work.

“Available throughout July and August across the Wadworth estate, in good free trade pubs and through our network of wholesale customers, Farmers Glory is one of our seasonal ales with a long tradition and a loyal following,” said Wadworth marketing manager, Ellie Alderton. “The vibrant hop flavours are perfect with a ploughman’s in the beer garden.

“Wadworthshire is a predominantly rural area covering six counties, and as a company Wadworth has many connections with the farming community, not least in the hops and barley crops that we buy to turn into beer. Farmers Glory is our tribute to those hard working farmers.”

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