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'Will BrewDog ever do a Meantime? No.'...Interviewing James Watt

The BrewDog empire of beers and bars may well continue to grow at a rapid rate, but co-founder James Watt wants to keep hold of the punk spirit...

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Wild beers: Pete Brown has tasted pickled gherkin beer...and was surprised

They’ve tended to be regarded very much as niche and novelty beverages but, as Pete Brown found out, wild beers can also be surprisingly pleasant.

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Debate: Premiumisation of beer...is it a trend?

Last month, key figures from across the on-trade gathered at Geronimo Inns’ site the Oyster Shed, in the City of London, for a roundtable debate on the premiumisation of beer in the licensed hospitality sector. Laurie MacDonald reports.

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Beer Day Britain: 'It was a rousing start for something long overdue'

If you are a publican, employee of a pub chain, or work for a brewery you will hopefully have been celebrating, along with millions of other beer drinkers, the country’s second annual national beer day. 

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Why is Maris Otter barley such a loved ingredient for beer aficionados?

The variety in question is used for making some of the country’s best-loved craft beers.While Maris Otter barley might not be a household name, it...

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The 6 best beer cocktails

The words ‘beer’ and ‘cocktail’ are seldom found in the same sentence, but with a move away from sweet cocktails, inventive bartenders are turning to beer to jazz-up their concoctions.

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Great British Beer Festival: Summer sippin' for the licensee

Hot time, summer in the city… and the discerning licensee should be in one place only come 11 August: trade day at the Campaign for Real Ale’s Great British Beer Festival.