Brews in brief …

Beavertown One of Or Own

Beavertown Brewery — in which Heineken has a minority stake — saw turnover rise 53%to £19.6m in the year ending March 31, 2019. Pre-tax profit fell to £702,000 from £1.2m in the previous year. Meanwhile, it has teamed up with Tottenham Hotspur FC to create One of Our Own, a 4.9% IPA. The beer was brewed on the Beavertown kit, which was installed at Tottenham’s new stadium last year.

Thornbridge Brewery’s Year of Beer keg series is returning with Little by Little, a 0.5% ABV milk stout. The beer combines light flavours of coffee with a roasted, creamy mouthfeel.

Turnover at brewer and pub owner Arkell’s rose 4.7% to £24.2m in the year to March 31, 2019, the company has reported. Pre-tax profit rose to £3.32m.

Ora Brewing’s first beer of the year is a 1% ABV small pale ale. Low tide is brewed with wheat, acidulated malts, naked oats, and Cara Bohemian to give a rounded body, and good mouthfeel for its low abv. It is then backed with bags of Citra and Simcoe hops to give citrus, grapefruit, and mango notes.

Unbarred Brewery’s new West Coast IPA (5.5% ABV) is available now. It is packed with Simcoe, Centennial, and Chinook hops for bright pine, citrus, and grapefruit notes, with a clean, crisp backbone.

Verdant Putty

Verdant Brewing’s cult beer, Putty, goes back on sale on Friday (January 3) in the online shop. The double IPA overflows, says the brewer, with “unashamedly juicy and tropical fruitiness” from its abundance of Mosaic, Azacca, and Galaxy hops. Cases of four, six, eight and 12 will be available from 11.30am. Cans will be available from the brewery half an hour earlier.

Highlands brewery WooHa is crowdfunding to raise £400,000 for expansion. It is offering 10.71% equity in return for investment. In its pitch, the company says: “With an established portfolio of export partners, funding is required to continue to build our sales team, support and grow our international customer base, and fund promotional activity. The funds will also go towards the production of our new 500ml can for the China market.”

Brew By Numbers is extending its current crowdfunding campaign into early January. It is offering 7.55% equity in return for investment, looking to move to a new site and open two new taprooms.

Glasgow-based folk band Kinnaris Quintet have been announced as winners of the Belhaven Bursary. Belhaven Brewery, Scotland’s oldest working brewery, has been supporting Scottish artists through the bursary, for innovation in Scottish music, since its inception in 2017.

Unity Brewing has opened a new base in Southampton, following a successful crowdfunding campaign. New equipment doubles capacity, and there is also a taproom.

Arran Brewery is to begin production of sour beers at its Dreghorn, North Ayrshire, facility in the new year. Head brewer, Jose Bravo, said: “Sour beers are trending right now and have a wide appeal, especially with the craft beer connoisseurs. I will be doing a full range of beers in all the sour style formats in the coming year. These will be hand crafted, specialty beers, coming in cask, keg, 750ml sharing bottles, and 330ml bottles.”

Brewhouse & Kitchen has launched a new lager, Icon Craft Pilsner. Golden, crisp, and refreshing, the beer has been brewed in conjunction with Shepherd Neame and will form a core part of the brewpub group’s existing own brewed beer portfolio.

Camden Town Brewery has introduced the latest beer in its seasonal lager range, Hells in Hibernation. Inspired by fresh pine trees and frosty weekend walks, it is hoppy, hazy, and unfiltered, brewed with Chinook hops for its pine and spice aromas.

Everards has begun installing vessels in its new Leicester brewery. The new facility will have a brewing capacity of 4.3m pints per year.

Flying Firkin Distribution has launched a new website, aimed at beer festival organisers and publicans. It enables them to order a broad range of quality beers from different breweries, all delivered in one drop, and with the empty casks collected afterwards. It showcases more than 1,500 beers from 200 brewers from across the UK.

Hofmeister Helles has picked up a double gold medal in the Helles ctageory at the European Beer Challenge. Spencer Chambers, co-founder of Hofmeister, said: “What a couple of years it has been! It is fantastic to be given any sort of recognition, however, we did not expect to win the number of awards that we have. What makes these more rewarding is that all the awards are focused on the quality of the product, not the marketing or branding.”

Sales of Red Squirrel Red Ale have seen Arran Brewery donate £900 towards Ulster Wildlife. That money has helped to generate £9,000 in grants to support work on the re-introduction of red squirrels into the North Down. Brewery managing director, Gerald Michaluk, thanked drinkers for buying the beer, and ASDA for stocking nit.

Brewery vessel specialist SSV Ltd has added senior process engineer, Mark Roberts, to its growing project team. Mark, formerly of Musk Process Services, has more than 25 years’ experience in the brewing industry and comes with wealth of engineering knowledge.

Bermondsey restaurant Loyal Tavern is offering guests the chance to purchase a 1.8 litre beer growler on site, to enjoy alongside their nibbles or to fill up and take away. The growlers are available to purchase for a deposit of £5, and re-fills start from £8 in happy hour, with prices starting at £14 during regular hours.

Salcombe Island Street Porter

Salcombe Brewery Co’s Island Street Porter (5.9% ABV) has won a silver medal in the European Beer Challenge. The beer has a blend of eight malts to produce hints of dark chocolate, coffee, and black cherry, which, combined with British hops, create an aroma reminiscent of Black Forest gateaux.

St Peter’s Brewery is launching gluten-free versions of its Cream Stout and Suffolk Gold beers. Cream Stout (6.5% ABV) uses local malts and hops and offers rich coffee and vanilla notes for a bittersweet aftertaste. Suffolk Gold (4.9% ABV) is a full-bodied golden ale, brewed with Suffolk malt with a citrus twist.

Sharp’s Brewery has won a silver award in the Brussels Beer Challenge for Sea Fury, the 5% ABV malty bitter formerly known as Special. This adds to 12 international awards for the brewery so far this year, including seven International Beer Challenge medals five World Beer Awards.

Fourpure Nightcap

Fourpure Brewing Co has joined forces with Jameson Irish Whiskey again to create a limited-edition barrel-aged Irish coffee imperial stout, Nightcap (9% ABV). The launch comes hot off the heels of the limited-edition Jameson Caskmates Fourpure Edition whiskey in September.

Redchurch Brewery has re-released seasonal Old Ford Export Stout. The 7.5% ABV beer offers sweet notes of vanilla, caramel, and a bitter chocolatey kick to finish.

The National Brewery Heritage Trust, based in Burton, has welcomed three new trustees. Sir Alan Meale is a former Labour politician who was MP for Mansfield from 1987 to 2017. Burtonian Wendy Toon has been a volunteer supporter of the trust for the past six months, following her retirement from Queen’s Hospital, Burton, after 34 years. And Chris Else, an avid beer enthusiast, is a managing partners at Else Solicitors.

Innis & Gunn is a third of the way towards a £3m crowdfunding target to build a large-scale brewery base in Edinburgh. “For 16 years we brewed with our recipes in other people’s breweries, using our people, materials and yeasts, and instead concentrated on scaling our business and building our brand,” says the company’s pitch. “After 16 years with this production model, we are now ready to realise our dream, and we’re building the first large-scale new brewery in the city for more than 150 years.”

Small Beer Brew Co, which specialises in producing classic beer styles below 2.8% ABV, has launched its full range with online retailer Ocado.

Brewer and pub owner Thwaites has reported like-for-like sales up 2% in the six months to September 30. Turnover rose by 7% to £53.4m, and operating profit was up 9% to £8.7m.

Lightweight Containers, which produces KeyKeg and UniKeg brands, has changed its name to OneCircle. The aim is that the high-quality raw materials used in its kegs are recycled and re-used, with the goal of creating 100% circular kegs.

Adam Keary has been named as the new managing director of Camden Town Brewery, being promoted from sales director. Breweery founder, Jasper Cuppaidge, said: “[Adam’s] been at the centre of our incredible growth, his team have secured core listings and built hugely important relationships with some of the UK’s biggest and best on- and off-trade outlets. Adam has done all this while keeping us true to our core values and mission to become the UK’s favourite lager brewery.”

Shepherd Neame Christmas Ale

Shepherd Neame has unveiled a new limited edition presentation box for this year’s vintage of Christmas Ale (7% ABV). Featuring a warming combination of fruits and spices, it combines pale and crystal malts with Target and Challenger hops for bitterness, and Goldings for aroma. Head brewer, Mike Unsworth, said: “Christmas Ale is one of our favourite traditions, a full-bodied, complex beer, with hints of spice and mulled fruits. We are very proud of this glowing amber winter beer, with a heady, fruity nose.”

Gloucester Brewery, owned by Jared Brown, has taken on three new investors, who will have a combined stake of 35% in the business. The new investors are: Martin St Quinton, owner and chairman of Gloucester Rugby; Simon Thomas, founder and former owner of Thomas Legal Group; and Dave Lewins, who is the brewery’s sales and marketing director.

Bath Ales‘ seasonal Festivity is back, the 5% ABV winter porter available throughout November and December. Head brewer, Georgina Young, said: “Festivity is a wonderful old-style porter. Specially crafted with a variety of roasted and caramelised malts, it’s a rich, heady, and complex beer, ideally suited for the winter months. Perfect for the run-up to Christmas, it’s best enjoyed in a cosy pub, next to a roaring fire.”

Turnover at Camerons Brewery rose 14% to £84.1m in the year to May 5, the company has reported. Turnover from pubs and brewing both rose, although operating profit fell from £2.1m to £1.6m as investment continued.

XT Brewing — which is due to announce personnel changes in the new year — has revealed a quartet of new brews for the festive season. These comprise XT-25 Xmas Ale (4.7% ABV), two Animal branded beers — Rook stout (4.6%) and Dove (4.6%), a triple-hopped blonde — and seasonal bottled beer Snow Kitty (4.6%), a stronger winter version of Hop Kitty.

The Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) Winter, which is coming to Birmingham for the first time in February, will partner with local charity LoveBrum to support ‘hidden gem’ charitable projects across the local area. Visitors to the festival will be able to donate unused beer tokens to the charity and speak to organisers directly about their latest projects in the local area.

Thornbridge Hawksmoor

Thornbridge Brewery has collaborated with the Hawksmoor restaurants to create a session IPA designed to match with food. The 4.5% ABV brew uses all British ingredients for a distinctive stone fruit aroma with defined bitterness on the palate and an off dry finish. It will particularly pair with Hawksmoor’s signature steaks.

Anarchy Brew Co Imenso, an 11% ABV imperial stout, created in collaboration with Rubens Angelotti from Blend Bryggeri in Brazil. The beer has been exposed to Amburana wood, from South America.

Revenue at AB InBev grew 2.7% in the third quarter of its financial year, but total beer volumes were down by 0.5% on the same period last year. Growth from markets such as Mexico, South Africa, and Colombia was more than offset by declines in China and the US, said the brewer.

Heineken saw beer volumes grow 2.3% in the third quarter of its financial year. Growth of Heineken itself was at 7.4%. Steve Miley, a senior market analyst at, noted: “Growth was in line with expectations; however, it is concentrated in lower-margin emerging markets. The results have done little to address concerns of increased competition and falling alcohol consumption across the developed world. Heineken’s strategy of heavy investment in emerging markets amid declining consumption in European and US has proved sound; however, it could be starting to lose its fizz.”

Wadworth Henry 6X

Wadworth has re-introduced the name of its founder, Henry Wadworth, as part of its IPA cask ale rebrand, and created a fresh new look for its iconic 6X beer. Chief executive, Chris Welham, said: “6X and Henry’s IPA have been a firm favourite with drinkers of Wadworth beers for nearly 100 years and we wanted to celebrate their history and heritage as an award-winning original ale and IPA… By bringing back our founder’s name, Henry Wadworth, on all of the IPA branding, we’ve re-emphasised the association his name has historically had with this great beer.”

A second wave of brewers has been announced for Arundel Brewfest (January 24-26), which is offering beers selected by bloggers. The breweries include UK giants Verdant and Deya, along with guest beers from Three Hills, Track, Cloak & Dagger, Black Flag, Glasshouse, BRZN, Unity, Fierce and UnBarred. Read our festival preview here

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