Brews in brief …

Vocation has launched two-barrel-aged stouts. Rum and Ginger Stout (10.6% ABV) was brewed with three speciality malts, oats, and muscovado sugar, and then aged in rum barrels for six months. Mole Poblano Stout (11.5% ABV) was inspired by Mexico’s legendary Mole Poblano source. It’s a balance of rich, dark chocolate, and smokey chilli. The beer is aged in bourbon barrels with Morita, Cascabel, Pasiclla, Guajillo, and Ancho chillies, to give a warm finish.

Duration Shifting Baseline

Shifting Baseline, a heavily hopped pale ale with a soft mouthfeel, big fruit esters, and ripe mango from its Mosaic dry hop, is new from Duration Beer. “Check out how our house strain delivers wonderful stone fruit esters and a luscious mouthfeel to perfectly compliment the mango notes of the Mosaic hops,” says the brewer.

Heineken has replaced plastic multi-pack beer can toppers with a cardboard, recyclable, and compostable version. Heineken estimates that the combination of the new topper, dubbed Green Grip, and the removal of shrink wrapping on consumer packs will eliminate more than 517 tonnes of plastic annually — the equivalent of 94 million plastic bags.

Signature Brew has collaborated with Mercury Prize 2020 shortlisted Sports Team to create Long Hot Summer, launching this week. Light, crisp, and floral, the lager was dry hopped, to add subtle lemon notes, delivering an aroma hinting at freshly cut grass.

Salcombe Brewery has launched vegan and gluten-free pale ale, Sun Drop, in 330ml bottles. Using a blend of American hops, it has an intensely fruity and citrusy aroma of melon, orange, and pink grapefruit. “Delicious served alongside a Thai sweet potato curry or barbequed marinated vegetables,” says the brewer.

New research from alcohol-free beer brand Freestar has revealed that, following lockdown, more than a quarter of UK drinkers want to drink less, with two in five Brits identifying as ABVarious — having a flexible appetite for consuming both alcoholic and alcohol-free drinks. Moreover, the study demonstrates a trend for more alcohol-conscious drinking, with one in five thinking about their alcohol consumption, and reducing it, at least once a day.

Bended Blur is Verdant Brewing’s latest pale ale, coming in at 4.8% ABV. Hopped with Loral, it’s got a big, floral nose backed up by reviving flavours of tangy orange and a hint of bitterness.

Ora Brewery Icarus

Icarus is the latest release in Ora Brewing’s Divine Comedy series, dedicated to Dante’s journey through Inferno. The hazy saison was brewed with lemongrass and bay leaf, home grown in Tottenham. It is generously infused with Chinook, Mandarina Bavaria, and Lemondrop hop. 

1881 is Padstow Brewing Co’s new lager, created in support of The Fishermen’s Mission, which delivers emergency response and welfare help to fishermen. It’s a pale, refreshing, unfiltered lager, with a clean taste.

Molson Coors has launched Blue Moon Mango Wheat into the UK off-trade, after success in the US. The 5.4% ABV brew is a cloudy, yellow-orange coloured ale, with a rich white head. Its distinct ripe mango flavour and aroma is balanced with a light biscuit maltiness and hints of honey sweetness.

Forest Road Brew Co is building a new brewhouse in South Bermondsey, London, on the site of the former Mazawattee Tea Company, which was bombed during the second world war. The brewery will be 50 barrel.

Shepherd Neame has added New Dawn Citrus IPA to its range of five-litre mini-kegs. Brewed with Mandarina hops, New Dawn also has dried sweet orange zest added during the brewing process. It’s a straw-coloured beer with a smooth bitterness, hints of orange, and a refreshing citrus hit. It offers a sweet, slightly drying palate, and is ideally served lightly chilled.

Hook Norton VJ75

Hook Norton is marking the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, on 15th August, with a commemorative beer, the hops paying homage to some of the countries involved in the war. VJ75 Anniversary Ale is a light red ale with lemon, blackcurrant, and kiwi-esque flavours, developed and brewed by Ed Clarke, son of James Clarke, the sixth generation of brewers at Hook Norton. It’s his first solo recipe and brew. The hop varieties are Admiral (UK), Sorachi Ace (Japan), Cascade (USA) , Marynka (Poland), Tettnanger (Germany), Mistral (France), Nelson Sauvin (New Zealand), and Summer (Australia).

Camden Town Brewery has joined forces with the team at MOJU, to create Ride On Ginger Radler, a limited-edition brew. The collaboration sees Camden Town Hells Lager blended with MOJU’s zesty fresh ginger and lemon juice.

Anheuser-Busch InBev says its performance in the second quarter of 2020 was materially affected by the pandemic, as expected. As the quarter progressed, however, there was considerable improvement. April volumes declined by 32.4%, May volumes declinedby 21.4%, and June volumes grew by 0.7%. 

Beavertown Brewery has released Passion Phantom, a limited-edition passionfruit Berliner weisse beer. Brewed with extra pale barley and malted wheat to 3.5% ABV, the beer is kettle soured with lactobacillus and infused with piles of passionfruit puree. 

Reduced calorie drinks specialist Skinny Booze is getting behind the fovernment’s bid to get calories listed on drinks. Director and founder, Tom Bell, said: “Listening to the younger generation and health-conscious consumers will improve the life balance our society has with alcohol. The move will change the industry for the better, and those big brands scared of telling consumers what is in their beers, wines or spirits will need to re-think and align to a new strategy.”

UnBarred Brewery has two fresh beers ready for release in the first fortnight of August. Topic DIPA (8% ABV), to be released on 12th August, is a double IPA version of Tropic Soda, with more fruity, tropical goodness. Lemon Meringue Sour (4.5% ABV) is made with fresh lemon juice and lemon zest, balanced with vanilla and maltodextrin. It’s due out on 5th August.

Gloucester Brewery has created By George (4% ABV) to mark the appointment of George Skivington as head coach at Gloucester Rugby. The English pale ale will be available from 10th August.

Craft Lager, from the Cattle Shed Brewing Co — the craft arm of Old Dairy Brewery — is back in bottles. The 4.5% ABV brew is a Kolsch-style lager.

Carlsberg has made 200,000 limited edition red cans, marking Liverpool FC’s Premier League title, available fans of the club via its Pour to Door webshop.

Sobersauce, an alcohol-free online beer merchant, has launched. The beers have been sourced by business founder Adam Uttley, who said: “Quite often, when people look into making the switch to alcohol-free beer, they pick up one or two non-alcoholic beers at the supermarket and, inevitably, don’t enjoy them, and perhaps even end up throwing them away. It’s a waste. With our discovery packs, 98% of people who tried them found beers that they love, so we’re saving you time and money.” Find out more at

Brains is launching a new beers to mark the re-opening of some of its pub estate on 3rd August. Bayside is a 4.3% ABV lager.

WooHa bottles

WooHa Brewery has launched Hello Friday (3.8% ABV), a fruity and herbaceous pale ale which is refreshing and easy to drink. It joins existing WooHa beers Northern Mischief, Rauch n Roll, Hop Pinata, and Rogue Clan, which have all been given a fresh new look. They are available in the brewery’s online shop.

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