Brews in brief …

JW Lees increased its turnover to a record £78,385,739 to March 31 — a year-on-year increase of 10.7%. Investment during the year included the creation of the new Boilerhouse small-batch brewery.

Joseph Holt is to open an airside microbrewery at Manchester Airport’s new Super Terminal. The Bridgewater Exchange will be a partnership with The Restaurant Group and is due to open in the spring.

Members of Parliament who champion Britain’s beer industry were honoured with an award in Parliament. A select group of MPs were chosen to be honoured as a BBPA Beer Champion and presented with a trophy, in partnership with Long Live the Local.

Some 45 cyclists taking part in the 220-mile Goatham’s Great Kent Cycle Ride 2019 stopped off at the Royal, Tankerton, for lunch, and a pint or two, courtesy of Shepherd Neame. The marathon ride, now an annual event, raises funds for Help for Heroes and the Kent Sports Trust, which helps people in the county access sport and recreation activities.

Camden Fresh as HellsCamden Town Brewery has unveiled a new ad campaign, Fresh as Hells, celebrating the fresh approach it takes to brewing. Produced by the team at Forever Beta, the campaign marks the launch of the brand’s newly articulated brand positioning of ‘fresh thinking, fresh drinking’.

Wye Valley Brewery has collaborated with Tennis Wales to create its first lager. Named after the year the brewery was founded, 1985 is a refreshing lager that boasts a moreish, malty base, flecked with delicate tangerine notes. Pale in colour but big in flavour, 1985 is brewed with British hops and European lager hops.

Model turned pub licensee Jodie Kidd has been named beer drinker of the year by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group. Group chairman, Mike Wood MP, said: “Jodie has been a tireless campaigner for UK beer and pubs.  Last October she led a delegation of brewers and fellow publicans to deliver a petition with over 100,000 signatures to 10 Downing Street that had been collected as part of the Long Live the Local Campaign.  This called for action in the Budget of the eye wateringly high level of tax paid by UK beer and pubs. UK beer drinkers were enormously grateful that the Chancellor heeded their call. Jodie is vivid proof that beer and pub lovers are not all old, male and stale!”

Sambrook’s Brewery is to move to the Ram Quarter, in Wandsworth, London, at one time home to Young’s brewery. Sambrook’s is currently based in Battersea.

Sean Knight has been named as the new head brewer at Siren Craft Brew. Knight was previously head brewer at Sambrook’s, and head of operations at Purpure. Current head brewer, Kyle Larsen, is leaving to set up his own brewery, Kings and Daughters, with his wife, Kacie.

West Berkshire Brewery has succeeded in raising  £1.8m in its latest round of fundraising, according to industry website Propel. The money will provide working capital and support pub acquisitions.

Sharps Six Hop IPA

Sharp’s Brewery is bringing back Six Hop IPA (4.8% ABV) as a summer seasonal. For 2019, the brewing team have introduced different hops to the formula, imparting fresh, new flavours. With prominent fresh fruity aromas and a pale golden hue, this unique brew was initially created to celebrate Sharp’s 20th anniversary in 2014 and was hugely popular among brewers and consumers

Hard Labor is the latest beer to appear as part of Cask Club, the contemporary cask ale initiative from Shepherd Neame. An American-style double IPA, Hard Labor (4.6% ABV) is hopped four times during the brewing process, with Target, Chinook and Azacca all helping to give the beer a robust flavour and citrus and tropical notes.

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has written to the two Conservative leadership contenders, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, calling on them to back small British independent brewers. It wants them to rule out any reductions in small breweries’ relief and back positive reform, which is currently being reviewed by the Treasury.

Sussex-based Bedlam Brewery saw revenue rise 47% year on year in the quarter to June 30. The company is currently looking to raise £800,000 on Crowdcube to invest in the brewery and expand the business.

Essex-based maltster Bairds has seen turnover rise to more than £200m, thanks to growing markets for craft beers and whisky. It is investing £51m in its site at Arbroath, Scotland, to help keep up with demand.

DDH Pale (4% ABV), double dry hopped with Citra and Mosaic, is a new monthly special from Old Dairy Brewery. It is available in cask and 330ml bottles.

The finalists in the fourth annual Scottish Beer Awards have been announced,, with 37 breweries and 200 beers brewed in Scotland progressing to the finals of the competition. Some 297 beers were tasted blind by 28 judges, who included many of the UK’s foremost brewing and beer experts. The winners will be announced on September 19.

Zero-waste restaurant Silo is moving from Brighton to Crate Brewery’s refurbished premises in Hackney Wick in September. It will occupy the first floor of the building.

Shetland mead producer Viking Mead Ltd has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund ambitious growth plans, which include the creation of a new brewery in Voe, Shetland. When completed, the brewery will be capable of producing around 3000 litres of product per week.

Brewhouse & Kitchen has reported a 21% rise in sales to £14,142,802 for the year ending September 2018. It is also celebrating appearing on the Stock Exchange’s annual list of Companies That Inspire Britain.

Tickets for the Friday and Saturday sessions of the Indy Man Beer Con, from October 3 to 6, have now sold out, organisers say. There are still tickets available for Thursday and Sunday sessions. Tickets can be purchased here.

Shepherd Neame has begun working with Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, which employs former Forces personnel. The company, which celebrates its centenary this year, offers a wide variety of high quality goods, including signage and wooden products, along with fulfilment solutions, print and mail services.

Whitley Bay-based Black Storm Brewery has acquired Chester-le-Street’s Black Hill Brewery. Last year it purchased gluten-free microbrewery Autumn Brewing Co.

Brewer and pub owner McMullen saw pre-tax profit ise 5% to £14.1m in the year ending September 29, 2018. “The long, hot summer was a material benefit to most of the diverse [pub] estate,” said chairman, Charles Brims.

Wadworth American IPAWadworth’s latest seasonal brew, for summer, will be American IPA (4.5% ABV). Flaked barley is added with four varieties of malts — pale ale, amber, Munich and wheat — and bitterness and aroma is introduced through Admiral and Amarillo hop varieties. It is punchy with a zingy and floral bitterness.

CAMRA is extending its members’ beer vouchers scheme to three more pub grups, in addition to JD Wetherspoon. New vouchers will also be redeemable at Stonegate Pub Company (real ale handpumps only), SA Brain (own-brand beer only), and Castle Rock Brewery.

Pub company Punch has brewed a beer with Laine Brewing Co to mark its summer Heroes campaign. The initiative aims to find the ultimate pub hero from Punch’s 1,300 publicans, who will win Red Letter vouchers for a weekend away.

Camden Town Brewery is to stage a New Beer Thursday event every week at its venue in Wilkin Street Mews, Kentish Town, London. Visitors can expect new additions to the brewery’s Arch 55 series, experimental batches, and collaboration beers, as well as the latest releases from the Seasonal Hells range.

James Cuthbertson is to step down as managing director of Dark Star Brewing following parent company Fuller’s acquisition by Asahi. It is thought, though, that he will retain a stake in Dark Star’s pubs.

York Brewery is being temporarily re-located to new owner Black Sheep Brewery’s Masham base while a new home is sought. Black Sheep chairman, Andy Slee, told The Business Desk: “The York Brewery acquisition was an important moment for both businesses. We have taken on three additional pubs as a result, together with the York Brewery property at Toft Green. The three pubs are working well. However, despite wanting to maintain brewing in the city of York and our best efforts, a lack of a timely agreement between the landlord of the building and Black Sheep will lead to a temporary relocation of equipment and people to our Masham site.”

Verdant and Wylam have collaborated on Comfort Settings, an 8% ABV double IPA which is fresh off the canning line. Eluanot, Citra, Azacca, El Dorado and Sacco create a flavour profilr packed with citrus and tropical fruits.

Thornbridge LukasThornbridge Brewery’s Lukas lager (4.2% ABV) is now available in cans. Straw blonde and light, Lukas is a Helles Lager — a traditional, elegant, Bavarian style of beer, originating in Munich.

Ragga band Skindred have collaborated with Newcastle Upon Tyne’s Box Social Brewing on Union Black. The beer unites both rich, roasted, bitter flavours, with the sweetness of vanilla and the spice of Jamaica.

Good Living Brew Company’s binary botanical, a beer with a tangy, prosecco-like taste, has launched in Hix Restaurant’s Tramshed. It is also available in L’Ortalon, Draft House, and other bars and restaurants. binary botanical was created by a team of women with years of experience of the brewing industry, who shared the frustration of wanting a moderate alcoholic beverage, yet not enjoying the traditional bitter taste of beer.

Magic Rock Brewing is taking part in a new content series profiling successful Yorkshire small businesses. Humans of New Yorkshire has been created in partnership with internet provider Plusnet. Magic Rock’s video can be viewed here.

Inefficient line cleaning is leading to 40 million pints of beer being thrown away each year by pubs and bars, according to Beer Piper, a line cleaning specialist. The overall cost is some £147m, with the average venue wasting 20 pints per week.

Daniel McKee has taken the top prize at Marston’s Beer Town Film Festival for his for his short fiction movie If You Never Answered x. Now in its second year, the Marston’s sponsored film-making competition ran from October 2018 to February 2019 and attracted 739 entries from entrants from all over the UK.

Old favourites are making re-appearances in Unbarred Brewery’s online shop window, via EeBria Trade. Look out for new Mango Pale (6% ABV), Chai Latte (5%), 3Bs (Brighton Beach Belgian) IPA (6.3%), and Cold Pressed Summer Stout (4.6%), among others.

We’ve Met … Before? is new from Verdant Brewing Co. Citra, Simcoe, Amarillo and Columbus hops give this 6.5% ABV IPA prominent tropical fruit aromas and flavours.

Revenue at Timothy Taylor increased 7% to £23,704,294 in the year ending September 30, 2018, up from £22,187,485 the previous year. But pre-tax profit fell to £1,741,335, compared with £2,742,083 the previous year.

McEwan’s has installed a ‘lager lane’ for this month’s UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier and Women’s World Cup matches. The speedy boarding-style concept will pop-up at Scott’s of Rose Street, in Edinburgh, offering pub-goers priority access to hand-poured pints of McEwan’s Lager (3.6% ABV). Designed to reduce queuing time at the bar, the lane opened this weekend and will run throughout the month.

Black Tor IPABlack Tor Brewery is launching its first keg beer this month. It is a limited edition, West Coast style IPA at 5% ABV, made with eight hops: US Chinook, Mosaic, Cascade and Centennial, New Zealand Waimea and Nelson Sauvin, and UK Jester. There is a grist of Golden Promise and Vienna malts. The release comprises half  brew — the rest is going into casks.

ORA Brewing’s latest beer is Blueberry Granola (7% ABV). It’s an imperial Berliner weisse brewed with blueberries, almonds, toasted coconuts, vanilla, maple syrup, cinnamon, lactose and toasted oats, rightly described as “breakfast in a glass”.

Edge of Twenty Five is a new IPA from Durham Brewery. It is hopped with mases of Styrian Dragon and Columbus, then dry hopped with Centennial, El Dorado and Simcoe.

Tickets for Indy Man Beer Con 2019, to be held from October 3 to 6, have gone on sale. The event is being staged at the Victorian Baths, Manchester. For more details, and to buy tickets, click here.

Indian Brewery has opened a second venue, following the success of its first in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. The new premises is on Station Road in Solihull.

Chang Beer will be Taste of London’s official beer sponsor for both its summer and winter events this year, as part of its wider marketing campaign — Chang Sensory Trails. The Thai beer brand has experienced growth of 26% over the past four years and is now stocked in 89% of UK Thai restaurants.

Newcastle Brewing and Thali Tray, an Indian street food trader, are collaborating on a new venue, Tahli Tap, in Newcastle’s Bigg Market. There will be 21 craft beer taps.

Hook Norton Brewery has launched a Membership Club, offering discounts on beer, free brewery tours, and tickets to exclusive membership evenings. There are three levels of annual membership available, all at a special introductory offer for the first three months. To find out more, click here

Truman’s is aiming to move to a new brewery site in Walthamstow next year, with a tap room, street food market, music venue and artists’ space. Chief executive, James Morgan, told the Evening Standard: “Having maxed out capacity at Hackney Wick, our new brewery gives us a springboard to grow for many years to come, while flying the flag for East London brewing. We’re delighted to bring Truman’s to Walthamstow and join its vibrant and growing craft beer community.”

Black Sheep Brewery is offering Twilighter, a 3.9% ABV session IPA, as its latest seasonal ale. It is brewed with wholeflower Galena, Citra, and Summit hops, providing exciting hop character and a refreshing citrus taste.

East London’s Forest Road Brewing Co is hijacking BrewDog’s new major ad campaign by getting fans of its beer to take pictures of themselves holding bottles of its Work IPA to cover the cans of Brewdog. After sharing their pics on social media, fans can go to the Forest Road Brewing Co’s Tap Room, in Hackney, show their pic to staff, and claim a free pint.

Robinsons Brewery has sold its free trade beer business to wholesaler LWC, according to trade news website Propel.

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

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.

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.

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