Brews in brief …

Old Dairy Brewery’s seasonal Spring Top (4% ABV) is in cask now and will be in bottles next month (April). It’s well balanced, with locally-grown Fuggles and Goldings hops.

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.

SA Brain has offically opened its new Dragon Brewery in Cardiff’s Pacific Business Park. Its former city centre site is being converted to office, residential and leisure space.

York-based Pivovar has revealed plans to build a craft brewery at its premises at Station Yard, Elvington. This would compliment its existing brewing sites in Leeds and Sheffield.

XT Brewing has released two new beers in its Animals series. Wasp is a high-alpha hop pale ale at 4.6% ABV, and Mioung (also 4.6%) isa well-balanced brew with Rakau, Dr Rudi and Coumbus hops. XT is also brewing Gardeners Ale for the National Trust at Waddesdon Manor.

Hook Norton Brewery has teamed up with the Open University to help produce the beer element of its new online course, The Science of Alcohol, available on the OpenLearn platform.

Paris-based FrogBeer has been named a gold medal winner in the smallpack ales category at the International Brewing and Cider Awards. The medal was for Thwack!, a black IPA.

Thornbridge Kipling

Single-hopped Nelson Sauvin pale, Kipling, is now available again via Thornbridge Brewery’s online shop.

West Berkshire Brewery wants to raise £3.5 million for growth, according to industry newsletter Propel. The money will be used for, among other things, pub acquisition.

Research from Nielsen, released by the UK trade body for drinks cans, The Can Makers, reveals that growth of cans in the beer and cider market jumped by a further 6% in 2018. Sales of single can ales were the standout success story of the year. Last year both cider and ale in cans grew by 9% respectively, with single beer cans seeing a 9% rise and single cider cans achieving a 22% rise. Cider in PET bottles declined by 9%.

Duvel Moortgat UK has launched small quantities of Duvel Barrel-Aged No:3 into the UK. Brewmaster Hedwig Neven has brewed this special beer using 200-litre wooden bourbon barrels sourced from Woodford Reserve, Heaven Hill, Early Times, Buffalo Trace, Four Roses, and from Jack Daniels. After a first fermentation and lagering in Duvel’s tanks, the beer rests and ages in American oak casks for an average of six months.

Black Tor Spring PaleAvailable in cask only, with most of the 56 pre-ordered, Spring Pale is Black Tor’s latest seasonal beer. The 4.4% ABV brew is late-hopped with Citra, Amarillo and Cascade for a classic US pale citrus flavour, and dry-hopping with El Dorado and Idaho 7 for huge mouth-watering aromas of tropical fruits. Golden Promise is the base malt, with a small addition of Munich and a tiny touch of crystal, giving a sweet backbone but elevating the hop character.

Stubborn Mule Brewery’s Gingerbread Milk Stout was named beer of the festival at the recent Bradford Beer Festival.

Dovecote Brewery, in North Wales, says it wants to treble its estate of micropubs to 12 by the end of this year.

Turnover at Hop Back Brewery increased by 3% to £3,915,246 in the year to September 30, 2018, although pre-tax profit fell to £63,775, compared with £153,863 in the previous year.

New from Verdant this week is Rustlin Substance, a 5.2% ABV American pale, hopped with heady Citra and zingy lime and mango notes from Wai-iti.

BrewDog has unveiled Local Tap, an initiative which will see the operator  dedicate two taps in each of its UK bars to beer brewed by local breweries. In celebration of the launch, BrewDog is giving local businesses the chance to win £100 worth of Brew Bucksto redeem at their local bar. Find out more here

Underlying profit before tax rose 1.4% to £5.9m at Shepherd Neame in the half-year to December 29. Own brand beer and cider volume was down 1%, and there was also an impact from the end of the Asahi contract and some private label work.

There’s a new site for the Great British Beer Festival. And you can buy tickets on there, too. Click here to find out more…

Revenue at AB-InBev rose 4.8% globally in 2018, the company has reported. Notably, some 8% of its beer volume was no- and low-alcohol varieties.

Staggering Good crowdfunding

Portsmouth-based Staggeringly Good Brewery (pictured) has reached its £300,000 crowdfunding target. The money will be used to quaruple brewing capacity, install a canning line, and taken on additional staff.

Anarchy Brew Co owners Simon and Dawn Miles are heading to Brazil this month for two weeks of beer adventures. They will be collaborating with friends from local brewery Blend Bryggeri, before Simon joins the judging panel at this years Brazilian Beer Contest, taking place ahead of the Festival Brasileiro da Cerveja in Blumenau.

Tiny Rebel Brewing is planning to develop land opposite its existing site with the intention of increasing production by seven times, and creating a new distribution centre. “Our core focus remain on expanding sales across the UK,” said founder Brad Cummings.

ORA Brut IPAInspired by Lambrusco wine, ORA Brewing has launched Brut IPA with blueberries. “We have brewed this IPA with pils, wheat, then we have loaded it with buckets of blueberries and dry hopped with Olicana and experimental hops HBC472 for a fascinating whiskey/bourbon and coconut character breaking into the fruity background,” says the brewer. “Colour is very violet: you can almost taste the blueberries through the glass. Surprisingly light bodied and very effervescent, with aromas of tart, green and red grape.”

The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel has teamed up with the soon-to-open Chicago Brewseum to offer a Brewcation package for holidaymakers. The Brewseum is dedicated to the story of beer. Find more details here

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