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Roger Protz

World famous beer writer Roger Protz gives his forceful thoughts and opinions on the brewing world. You can also visit his own website at www.protzonbeer.co.uk

Hearts of oak at the Junction pub

11-Jul-2014 - Beer from oak casks pull trade from as far away as Hull to the Junction, in West Yorkshire, as Roger Protz discovers.

A short hop to a new home

25-Jun-2014 - Robert Wicks at Westerham Brewery is keeping old traditions and species alive thanks to his passion for all things local. Roger Protz reports.

New Fat Cat laps up success

13-Jun-2014 - Such has been Colin Keatley’s success that there are now three Fat Cat pubs in Norwich, all shrines to the city’s long-lost breweries.

Digging for a local victory with Hogs Back

29-May-2014 - Hogs Back chairman Rupert Thompson goes back in time to protect the future of the brewery’s beers. Roger Protz joins him on the journey.

Why sour beer is proving sweet for brewer Elgood's

20-May-2014 - Sour beer may still be anathema to some brewers, but Elgood’s is breaking with tradition, reports Roger Protz.

The rise and rise of Norwich City of Ale

06-May-2014 - Roger Protz reports on how the organisers of a ground-breaking celebration of beer and pubs could inspire other cities to stage similar events.

If your pub is threatened, follow the Fox

22-Apr-2014 - Roger Protz says we should all be inspired by the battle to save a much-loved pub in West Yorkshire.

A street fighter with Budvar in his blood

08-Apr-2014 - Roger Protz on how retiring Budweiser Budvar UK PR man Denis Cox has fought tirelessly to plug the Budvar brand and protect it from the Americans.

Historic Vaux beers back in rude health

20-Mar-2014 - Despite the closure of the Vaux brewery in 1999, a small team of former employees have been working to bring the brews back to life.

World of confusion over lager

25-Feb-2014 - Kronenbourg's recent ad ban highlights the issue of ‘misleading’ provenance claims, argues Roger Protz.

Trooper leads Robinsons global march

11-Feb-2014 - The worldwide success of Trooper ale, allied to the expanded capacity of its new brewhouse, has allowed Robinsons to quadruple exports and boost investment across its pub estate. Roger Protz discovers more.

Bruce bonus for West Berkshire Brewery

23-Jan-2014 - Roger Protz reports on how a significant figure on the pubs and brewing scene is thinking big and aiming high after being appointed chairman of West Berkshire Brewery. 

Petra Wetzel: Glaswegian heart with a German head

03-Dec-2013 - Petra Wetzel has achieved jaw-dropping success with the German-style WEST brewery in Glasgow, and there is even more to come, as Roger Protz discovers.

Beer contest proves a Brit disappointing

15-Nov-2013 - Our brewers’ performance at the Brussels Beer Challenge demonstrated why we need to open up foreign markets and boost exports, says Roger Protz.

A celebration of grandeur

07-Nov-2013 - The architecturally stunning Nicholson’s pub estate — part of Mitchells & Butlers — launched its third beer festival of the year in mid-October, showing an ever-increasing dedication to cask, reports Roger Protz.

Celebrating Burton’s brewing heritage

15-Oct-2013 - The National Brewery Heritage Trust has been set up to support the work of the National Brewery Centre and protect the historic Bass archives, making them more readily available for research and study, as Roger Protz discovers.

How Hogs Back Brewery is bringing home the bacon

04-Oct-2013 - Surrey’s Hogs Back brewery is expanding production facilities and going from strength to strength. Roger Protz discovers more.

Send visitors to Burton? What a capital idea

06-Sep-2013 - Visit Britain is missing a trick — and letting down an industry — by failing to tell overseas visitors about the wealth of welcoming pubs and breweries to be found in all corners of the UK, argues Roger Protz.

Calling time on the War of the Roses

07-Aug-2013 - Roger Protz explains why peace is brewing after Mitchell’s of Lancaster took ownership of York Brewery.

If only the strong (beers) survived

19-Jul-2013 - Roger Protz looks at the implications of yet another brewer cutting the strength of one of its iconic brews

Truman’s takes the (yeast) strain

08-Jul-2013 - Roger Protz explores how the revived Truman's brewery will make use of the National Collection of Yeast Cultures to launch its new beers. 

Transforming the fortunes of Randalls Brewery

24-Jun-2013 - Roger Protz explores how MD Ian Rogers and his team at Randalls Brewery in Guernsey have helped transform its fortunes with an impressive brewhouse on the seafront.

Lacons' falcon has landed (again)

07-Jun-2013 - The revival of Lacons in Great Yarmouth highlights East Anglia’s flourishing regional ale scene, writes Roger Protz.

The meteoric rise of Meantime

24-May-2013 - How the brewery that started life in a south London lock-up is selling shedloads of beer and growing at a breathless pace. Roger Protz discovers the full story.

Locals save ‘community asset’ the Ivy House

13-May-2013 - Tessa Blunden held her wedding reception in the Ivy House in Nunhead, south London, and the Victorian pub was dear to her heart. When the young solicitor heard last year that Enterprise Inns planned to close the Ivy House and sell it to a property developer she was outraged and found many other customers shared her anger. Roger Protz discovers the full story.

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