Brews in brief …

A new website has launched to showcase the benefits of drinks cans, reflecting the UK’s growing demand for more sustainable drinks packaging. Run by the Can Makers, the trade body representing drinks can manufacturers in the UK, the Sustainability Hub provides the go to, one stop shop for the latest information and resources on sustainable metal drinks packaging.

St Peter’s Brewery has announced it is working with Cask Marque. Managing director, John Hadingham, said: “Our focus is on brewing the best quality beer, and we want to ensure that every pint of our beer is poured correctly so the customers can enjoy it in tip-top condition. Working with Cask Marque will help ensure that happens.”

St Peter’s has also boosted its alcohol-free Without range with the addition of an Elderberry and Raspberry variant.

Durham AzaccaDurham Brewery is to release Azacca (4.1% ABV), a blush brut IPA. Named after the hop, it has a pinky blush colour and is dry as a bone, aromatic and fruity.

Glasgow Brewery WEST is becoming employee owned, founder Petra Wetzel has announced. Employees who have worked for the firm for 12 consecutive months will receive £3,600 in shares each year (this is the maximum tax-free sum). There are currently 65 staff eligible for these shares.

XT Brewery has released three new brews in its limited Animal series. They are: The Hophound, a 4.6% ABV single-hop IPA; Dormouse, a 4.6% ABV chai pale ale; and Aztec Squawk, a Yakima amber ale, also 4.6% ABV.

Wadworth Burnt OrangeWadworth is releasing Burnt Orange, an English IPA, for May. The 4.5% ABV pale ale has an orange hue with a striking aroma of citrus peel, balanced with toffee and caramel from speciality kilned malts.

The Tapsters, the competition to find the best beer and cider team in the land, is returning. With the final due to take place July 1 at Imbibe Live, entries are invited from all for a chance to win a trip to the Stiegl brewery in Austria. For more information, visit live.imbibe.com/visit/the-tapsters

Simpsons Malt, the Berwick-based fifth-generation maltster, and its agricultural trading arm, McCreath, Simpsons and Prentice, have recognised the contributions of two of its longest serving employees, who are retiring after 80 years’ combined service. Operations manager Ivan Goodwin joined Simpsons Malt as a labourer shortly before his 18th birthday in 1975, while compliance manager Kathleen Park has been with the organisation for 35 years, having joined MSP as an administrative assistant in 1983.

Bumble Beer’s first product, The Pollinator, has been launched at London vegan film festival, Sustainability on Screen. The beer offers an alternative to traditional pilsners.

Brewery Bible

The Brewery Bible has launched as a website and debut book — the South West edition. The first in a series of regional brewery guides, it contains information on more than 200 South West breweries, venues and stockists, including in-depth details from a selection of places and spaces where beer is brewed, sold or drunk.

Membership of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) rose 0.3% to 190,918 in 2018, however income fell 9.6% to £12,633,931.

Advanced Dynamics has helped Northern Monk Brewing Co install a new state-of-the-art canning line, with accurate and secure labelling. The brewer’s operations manager, Ciaran Shier, said: “The expansion strategy was to triple output, and Advanced Dynamics’ PRO-515 was integral to achieving our objectives.”

Wadworth’s gluten free and vegan beer 6X Gold has received a stamp of approval from The Vegan Society awarding it the Certificate of Registration Vegan trademark.

Old School Brewery, in Lancashire, has brewed a batch of Blackbard Mild to celebrate CAMRA’s Mild month of May. The beer is being distributed to pubs across the North West.

St Peter's Plum PorterSt Peter’s Brewery has unveiled a full brand refresh with contemporary eye-catching colours. But the iconic raven remains, as do the oval bottles.

Agricultural merchant McCreath Simpson & Prentice (MSP) is getting behind Drone AG with a £30,000 investment in the development of its new software, Skippy Scout. Skippy Scout has just completed its first development and testing phase, designed to increase productivity in field walking and crop inspections with the use of  drone technology.

Journalist and drinks consultant Jessica Mason has joined beer importer Euroboozer. She will work as UK brand Aambassador for the company’s premium Austrian Stiegl brand.

True North Brew Co, based in Sheffield, has acquired Leeds Gin. True North managing director, Kane Yeardley, told The Business Desk: “Since we got into the gin game, the two concepts we’ve always stuck by are quality and creativity. We want to develop exciting, new spirits that don’t compromise on flavour.”

Piraat from Belgium’s Brouwerij van Steenberge has been named beer of the year in the London Beer Competition. There wasa gold medal for Via Ale’s Tsarish Double Imperial Stout. The award for UK best in show went to Jubel’s Urban Lager.

Carling four pints

Carling has developed glassware which allows drinkers to carry four pints of its lager at a time. The new design incorporates vertical grooves, which help the glasses interlock together, while embossed lettering creates grip. The glasses are wider at the top and thinner towards the middle, which creates a natural gap, allowing hands to easily wrap around.

Vocation Cooler Shaker

Vocation and Crate breweries have collaborated on a limited edition milkshake IPA, Cooler Shaker (6.6% ABV). The beer is infused with tropical flavours of passion fruit and mamey sapote, with extra lactose for mouthfeel and sweetness. It is available exclusively in 440ml cans in Tesco stores nationwide.

Skinny Brands, the maker of the 89 calorie Skinny Lager, has had a rebrand and created a new label, with lifestyle and brand premiumisation at the heart of the designprocess. The new concept features a black label with lifestyle illustrations at the forefront, alongside an eye-catching silver band to emphasise the product benefits.

Matthew Kearsey has been named as the new managing director of Hall & Woodhouse, with Anthony Woodhouse as chairman. Mark Woodhouse is stepping down as chairman but will be a director. Directors David Hoare and Martin Scott are retiring, while Michael Owen has left to join Young’s.

Camerons Stottie

Camerons Brewery has raised £2,808 for the charity Feedback following its collaboration with Toast Ale. Stottie, a 5% ABV dunkel hefeweizen, was served on tap in 28 of the pubs in the brewer’s managed group, including the Head of Steam venues. Camerons replaced a third of the beer’s normal malt bill with surplus bread, which would have otherwise been wasted.

Mild May is being celebrated at The Harp, in London’s Covent Garden. The beers on offer include the pub’s own mild, brewed in collaboration with Dark Star Brewery. Ten per cent of the profit will go to the Dark Star Foundation, which supports good causesclose to the brewers Partridge Green base.

Greene King has taken gold for its beers at the 2019 Monde Selections Awards. Old Speckled Hen, Abbot Ale, and Over Easy all picked up the top award in the beers, waters and soft drinks category.  Meanwhile, sister brewery Belhaven Brewery, based in East Lothian, also received gold for its Belhaven Black stout.

Gander Brew Co has launched in Worcestershire and is live streaming its brewing process. Find out more on the brewery website

Salcombe Brewery Co is celebrating gold for its Island Street Porter and silver for its Salcombe Pale Ale at the SIBA South West Independent Beer Awards. Mark Higgs, the brewery’s general manager, said: “To receive a gold and a silver in such prestigious awards has given huge recognition to the brewery and is a fantastic reward for all the hard work that has gone into creating both Island Street Porter and Salcombe Pale Ale. There are numerous craft breweries in the South West, but this puts us amongst the very best of the best.”

Annabel Smith

Sun Valley Nut Co is helping on-trade sites drive profits from nuts and beer with a video series of mini pairing masterclasses, For Every Beer, a Nut. The company has enlisted beer sommelier Annabel Smith (pictured), alias Beerbelle, to create the pairings and deliver the masterclasses, helping inspire both operators and beer drinkers alike into trying something new. You can view the video here.

Bad Seed Brewery, based in Malton, will be among the stallholders at Fountains Abbey’s mini food festival Beer and Bread. Read about the event here.

Camden Town Brewery has boosted its core range with Week Nite Any Day Lager (3% ABV). Brewed with American Centennial and Cascade hops, reminiscent of some of the first-wave US craft beers, along with Camden’s signature house pilsner malt, Week Niteis crisp, light and hoppy. It os available in Tesco stores nationwide.

Unbarred Brewery has re-released its Brighton Beach Belgian IPA (6.3% ABV). 3Bs was once brewed on Brighton Beach with Soundwaves Brewing. The yeast is a fresh Belgian strain that beautifully compliments the hops — Motueka, El Dorado and Wai-iti.

Thornbridge Strawberry LucariaThornbridge Strawberry Lucaria is now available to buy online. The decadent, creamy ice cream porter pours thick with flavours of strawberries and vanilla.

Crate Brewery has closed its cowfunding campaign, having raised £927,450. The cas will pay fot a major refurbishment of its premises, which will also be home to zero-waste restaurant Silo.

Meantime Brewing co-founder Lars Huser has become a non-executive director of Crate Brewery. He recently invested £130,000 in Crate, which has passed a crowdfunding target of £500,000 by some 50%.

Goose Island will be launching its new beer, Radar Red IPA (5.4% ABV), to celebrate the Goose Island Presents series of live music gigs, the first in partnership with NME magazine on May 1. Launched at The Goose Island Brewpub, on Shoreditch High Street, the IPA is named after NME’s emerging artist feature, Radar Sessions, and will see two bands — Lucia and Talk Show — perform on the night.

Lowlander beers garnishNetherlands brewery Lowlander Beer has launched a Grow Your Own Garnish campaign in the UK on-trade, at New World Trading Company sites until the end of May. It will be rolling out to other bars during the spring. Designed to encourage customers to try Lowlander’s low-abv Botanical Infusions as a long drink, garnished with a sprig of mint, the team has created Grow -Your Own Garnish kits for UK on-trade customers.

The owners of North Shields-based Mordue Brewery have put the business on the market. Founders Gary and Matt Fawson on a new bar venture, Beeronomy.

Norwich-based Redwell Brewing has removed a crowdfunding campaign from Crowdcube. It was hoping to raise £250,000, but hoes to return to the platform later this year.

Anarchy Brew Co has been to New York to create a collaboration pink peppercorn, passion fruit, and hibiscus saison. Hosted by Kings County Brewers Collective, in Brooklyn, London’s Hackney Brewery also took part.

Two Tribes Brewing has collaborated with CoolHead, near Helsinki — its second with a Finnish brewer. The beer is a mango and sSea buckthorn Berliner weisse, soured with CoolHead’s house strain of Lactobacillus.

Hook Norton SundialHook Norton seasonal Sundial (3.9% ABV) makes a return this spring and there’s a chance to try free samples at the Elephant and Castle, Bloxham, from 7pm on May 2.

On-trade drinks event, Imbibe Live, has announced Monica Berg, Christine Parkinson, Mitchel Adams, and Tom Oliver as industry ambassadors for 2019, supporting the creation of the show’s features and masterclass programme. These are successful figures in the drinks industry, who will work with the Imbibe team to bring the latest trends and best speakers to the show, at Olympia, London, on July 1 and 2.

Namibian rugby captain, Renaldo Bothma, who currently plays for Harlequins, has teamed up with Windhoek Lager to raise money in aid of Save the Rhino International through the sale of limited-edition pairs of socks. As part of the collaboration, Renaldo’s fashion company botthms has designed and produced 1,000 pairs of exclusive rhino and beer socks, which are now on sale for £8.99 on his website50% of the profits from the sale of each pair of socks will be donated in aid of Windhoek Lager’s campaign to raise at least £5,000 for Save the Rhino

Cobra Beer has launched a comprehensive new brand identity, including all
of its product packaging, glassware and dispensers across the UK. A new-look bottle and can packaging will be on the shelf from this month across the Cobra Beer range: Cobra Premium Beer, Cobra Gluten Free, and King Cobra, along with new glassware and point-of-salein thousands of bars and restaurants where Cobra Beer is stocked.

Old Dairy Brewery has seasonal Spring Top now available. The 4% ABV ale has a firm bitterness from locally-grown Fuggles and Goldings hops, with a smooth malty base.

Verdant Bear With Me

Verdant Brewing has created Bear With Me, a 6% ABV American wheat beer, for Little Leeds Beerhouse. It’s dry, zesty, piney and very refreshing.

Cold Pressed Summer Stout (4.6% ABV) is back from Unbarred Brewery. The intriguing brew features coffee beans steeped in Pacamara cherries in a pale base beer. It’s a collaboration with Gold Mountain Coffee Growers.

Environment-conscious Chadlington Brewery, in Oxfordshire, has launched £250,000 crowdfunding campaign to double brewing capacity and create a taproom and visitor centre.

CAMRA has announced the first wave of brewery bars which will be at this summer’s Great British Beer Festival. The breweries are: Adnams, Brewery of Angels and Demons, Anspach and Hobday, Arkells, Bedlam, Beer Monkey, Big Hand, Bishop Nick, Bradfield, Dawkins, Gorgeous, Greyhound, Harvey’s, Loch Lomond, Moongazer, Padstow, Quantock, Reunion, St Austell, Tatton, Titanic, and West Berkshire.

Ashover Brewery

Ashover Brewery (pictured above), in Clay Cross, Derbyshire, is on the market through Knightsbridge Commercial. The multi-award-winning brewery has increased turnover by 131% over the past three years, with a customer return rate of 95%. Its distribution covers the East Midlands and supplies 180 outlets. This success led to a move to a 3,000 sq ft leasehold premises in 2015.

Arran Brewery is continuing to suffer break-ins and vandalism at its Dreghorn site, in North Ayrshire, where it intends to develop sour beer and sake production. Managing director, Gerald Michaluk, said: “Recent advertisements for staff at Dreghorn attracted over 90 applicants of a very high quality, so it is crazy that a few bad eggs are jeopardising employment opportunities in the area.”

Toast Ale has been crowned 2018 Global SDG award winner for Sustainable Development Goal #12 (responsible consumption and production). The news follows Toast Ale’s recent announcement that is has brewed with one million slices of surplus bread, illustrating the increasing scale and impact of the business since its 2016 launch.

Real Ale taproom exterior

Real Ale Ltd has now officially opened its Notting Hill taproom. Read more in our preview piece…

BrewDog is launching a spirits range under the name BrewDog Distilling Co. Among the projects will be the Boilermaker Series, which sees brewing and distilling come together, with three limited-edition whiskies designed to be paired with some of BrewDog’s favourite craft beers.

Lord’s Brewing Company, based in Huddersfield, has secured six-figure investment from Charlesworth Business Growth Services.

A group of Scottish brewers have been named as finalists in the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards. On the shortlist are Fyne Ales, Harviestoun Brewery, Six Degrees North, and retailer Aldi.

Mike Benner is to step down as chief executive of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) at the end of June. He is to become chief executive of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

Marston’s-owned Wainwright is to be the official beer of the Boat Race until 2021. Wainwright is providing re-usable cups at the event for a £1 donation on the sale of a first pint — 10% of the sale of each cup will also be going straight to The Boat Race’s official charity partner, the RNLI.

Fuller’s made changes to its management team, following the sale of its beer division. Simon Dodd, Jonathan Swaine and Richard Fuller will step down this year.

The latest seasonal ale from Hook Norton is Amarillo Gold (4.6% ABV). Traditional English Fuggles and Cascade hops combine with the more tropical and citrus American Willamette and Amarillo varieties for a crisp and fruity taste.

Minority Stake (6.1% ABV) is new from Duration Brewing. The juicy, dank-hop-fuelled IPA is a collaboration with Left Handed Giant.

AB InBev has renamed its UK operation Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I.

Durham Brewery has completed a rebrand, with new bottles and pumpclips, as well as a new website.

A Yorkshire drinks producer which experienced a 600% uplift in orders since it began exporting to China and Honk Kong last year, is ramping up production after completing a seven-figure deal to buy a new manufacturing facility in Cropton. The SBCO Group, owner of The Baijiu Society, bought the facility to increase production of its beer and drinks infused with the essence of the Chinese spirit Baijiu, which it exports to East Asia.

Marble Beers is to move production to a new brewery, with taproom, in Salford this spring, having out grown its current site. It will continue to operate the famous Marble Arch pub, in Manchester.

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