Brews in brief …

Arkell’s has bottled 3B, its oldest ad bestselling brand. It is available from the brewery’s beer and wine shop, Grape & Grain.

Granola NEIPA is new from UnBarred Brewing, in Brighton. Peach, apricot, honey, oats, and oat milk are among the ingredients in the6% ABV brew. It’s hopped with El Dorado and Amarillo.

All Scottish Beer Awards deadlines and events scheduled to take place in April, May, and June have been postponed because of the Coronavirus. The new entry deadline will be Monday, 13th July, with product delivery from Monday to Wednesday, 20th to 22nd July, and the awards celebration, at the Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, on Wednesday, 16th September.

Thornbridge Pondera

Thornbridge Brewery has collaborated with California’s Firestone Walker on Pondera, a West Coast IPA. The 6.7% ABV brew is fantastically drinkable, says the brewer, with a refreshing bitterness and flavours of kiwi, passion fruit, and guava, courtesy of five hop varieties.

Lister’s Brewery, near Arundel, in Sussex, is crowdfunding to move to a new site, increase capacity, and grow and wholesale its own barley. The company — which “unashamedly brews beers for the mass market — is offering 4.76% equity in return for £75,000 of investment.

Bet the Farm (4.5% ABV), the first beer Duration ever brewed — named best beer in Norfolk by Ratebeer — is back. It’s a crisp, dry, malt-forward continental pale, lightly floral, with a bitter finish. Duration promises a rustic foeder version soon.

Verdant Brewing Co has announced the return of online can sales. You can find out more on the brewery website.

Padstow Brewing Co is working on a second tasting room in its home town on the Cornish coast.

UnBarred Brewery has two new brews out. DDH Session Pale comes in at 3.9% ABV and is hopped with Mosaic, Amarillo, and Columbus for notes of tropical and citrus fruit with a soft body. There’s also the first in a cask Modern Pale Series, showcasing Motueka, Calypso, and Columbus.

Ora Brewing Paddle

Paddle, an American pale ale infused with Italian basil, has been launched by Ora Brewing. Brewed with Tank and Paddle, this light bodied pale ale saw fresh basil added in the late kettle for a herbal flavour twist.

Bays Brewery is teaming up with Paignton Zoo once more on a limited edition beer to raise funds for Wildlife Conservation. Cheetah Ale is a 4.5% ABV brew using a blend of the finest British malts combined with American Mosaic hops. Since 2012, the annual partnership has raised more than £22,000 to help endangered species.

London’s Catford Mews bar is launching its own bar. With an amber glow and sweet toffee undertones, Scratch IPA (4.8% ABV) has been made in collaboration with local Brockley Brewery, opting for bittering hops that impart a refreshingly clean bitterness and a fruity flavour with a hint of blackcurrant. The beer was dry hopped with two American varieties that give the beer additional earthy and thirst-quenching citrus notes. Scratch boasts a well-balanced flavour and, like a traditional IPA, is on the hoppier side of bitter.

Sainsbury’s has launched a collection of carefully curated craft beers in partnership with Beer Hawk. The first batch, on sale until July 5, will feature beers from Tiny Rebel, Two Tribes, Fourpure, North Brewing, Yeastie Boys, and Magic Rock.

Shepherd Neame’s Visitor Centre has the best welcome in the South East, according to national tourism organisation VisitEngland. The Faversham venue has won the VisitEngland South East Welcome award in recognition of “high standards” achieved, which the VisitEngland assessor felt “were truly deserving of recognition”. The centre is set in a beautifully restored medieval hall house on the historic brewery site. From there, visitors are taken on an 80-minute guided tour, where they learn the ancient art of brewing and the history of Britain’s oldest brewer.

CAMRA is publishing the seventh edition of its book, Cellarmanship, on April 2. CAMRA says the book offers essential advice for anyone training to work in a pub cellar, planning a beer festival, or serving real ale at a celebration. It will be priced at £12.99.

Bavarian ABK Beers has secured a listing with Camerons’ 16 The Head of Steam bar sites. The partnership will see ABK Weissbier replacing Erdinger. Five sites will also carry ABK Hell.

Large increases in sales at BrewDog bars is being driven by non-alcohol sales. The company says it will dedicate three taps to alcohol-free beers across its estate.

Big Drop Brewing Co’s new crowdfunding campaign is now live. The company, which specialises in alcohol-free beer, is offering 6.22% of equity in for £500,003 of investment. Read the full details on the Seedrs website.

Pedigree Pukka pie

Two Midlands firms — Marston’s Brewery, from Burton-on-Trent, and Pukka, from Leicester — have collaborated on a steak and ale pie, made with Marston’s Pedigree. Made and baked by Pukka, the Steak and Pedigree Ale Pie is filled with beef steak in a rich Marston’s Pedigree gravy, encased in a light golden puff pastry and wrapped in purple pie foil.

AB InBev saw revenue grow by 4.3% in 2019, with UK growth driven by strong performances from global brands and the company’s craft portfolio such as Camden beers and Goose Island IPA. Its biggest UK seller remains Stella Artois.

Camden Town Brewery has announced its latest beer in the Seasonal Hells range — Blooming Hells Lager. The beer is inspired by the rain, shine, and bloom of British springtime. Brewed using fruity southern hemisphere hops, from New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia, Blooming Hells is crisp and fresh, with citrus and fruit salad aromas. The brewery will donate 20p from each can sold to support the work of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

Walthamstow’s Exale Brewing has collaborated with Finnish winemaker Noita on Ries and Shine (5.5% ABV). Exale has added 10% welschriesling grape juice from Noita to a soft Bohemian Pilsner, made with noble hops and traditional Pilsner malt, to create a unique brew. It has all the clean, crisp drinkability of a classic Pilsner with a massive charge of dry fruity riesling, says the brewer.

Black Sheep Brewery has announced its first seasonal beer of 2020, a New World amber ale called Brave New World (4% ABV). With fruity notes of grapefruit and citrus, layered with a touch of resinous pine, Brave New World’s flavour is led by the use of Simcoe hops, which is a nod to the American influence of the beer. The malt base is inspired by the classic British amber ale and offers a roasted, caramel character.

Redchurch Etna

Redchurch Brewery has released Etna (4.6% ABV), a traditional gose with the addition of Sicilian blood orange juice. Clean and effervescent, it has a restrained but noticeable sourness, says the brewer, with pink Himalayan sea salt bringing a fruity twist to the classic gose style.

Jug o’ Malt (4.2% ABV) is a new seasonal mild for March from Wadworth. It has coffee, toffee, and caramel notes, and is hopped with Goldings and Bramling Cross. Speciality malts include Crystal 150, Crystal 90, chocolate, brown and Munich varieties. Try it with roasted red meats and strong flavoured Cheddars, suggests the brewer.

Fallen Brewing is releasing Oyster Stout (5.5% ABV) on February 26. It is based on Fallen’s salted caramel milk stout recipe for Chew Chew, but brewed using oysters in collaboration with The Bow Bar (Edinburgh). The oysters were shucked, shells added early in the boiling process with the meat, and brine added late. The shells and liquid inside the oysters add a briny, sea water character, says the brewer, while the proteins in the meat add to the full texture of the beer. It has a sweet but clean aroma, with a rich dark colour and a firm white head.

Timothy Taylor’s has launched its first ever keg beer, Hopical Storm, a 4% ABV pale ale. The brewer said: “Our core business remains in cask, but we recognise that there are some quality outlets that either would prefer to offer a keg range to suit changing customers needs, or do not have the cellar space throughput or staff expertise to serve cask. However, they do want to serve premium, consistent beers, from well-respected breweries such as ourselves.”

Nexus Cooling will be showcasing new interactive brewery control technology at SIBA’s BeerX event in March. The brewery cooling specialist will be demonstrating how a state-of-the-art brewery control panel is transforming temperature control within the industry. The internet-enabled panel allows brewers to monitor and change temperature settings remotely. 

Greene King has signed a new four-year partnership agreement to supply and sponsor the Royal Albert Hall. Under the partnership, Greene King will now exclusively supply all beer and lager products to the venue. They have worked together since 2016, and Old Speckled Hen is the hall’s official beer, with its own fully-branded bar inside the venue’s Dangoor Porch and Foyer at Door 6.

Lanemark brewery installation

Process heating specialist Lanemark Combustion Engineering is to exhibit for the first time at this year’s SIBA BeerX Exhibition. The Nuneaton-based company is placing its TX tank heating systems in the spotlight and highlighting a range of performance and cost benefits which are of relevance across the mini- and micro-brewing sectors.

Camerons Brewery’s Old Sea Dog (4.3% ABV) has been named best beer in County Durham in the RateBeer Best Awards 2019. The beer is a modern take on a classic North East brown ale, was introduced by the brewery in 2019. It forms part of Camerons’ Anchor range of beers, which celebrates the brewer’s coastal heritage.

Stringers Brewery team

Cumbria-based Stringers Brewery has gained SIBA accreditation which it intends to use to target markets such as JD Wetherspoon and Greene King. Stringers’ operation director, Scott Mackenzie (pictured above with the brewery team), said: “The SIBA accreditation is huge for Stringers, because it validates our production process and is a requirement for most of the large pub chains when it comes to working with them as a supplier. Of course, we had full confidence in the way we brew our beer and already meet a very high bar when it comes to health, hygiene, and safety, due to the regulations which govern us.”

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