News of the brews

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News of the brews
News of the brews is your definitive guide to the week in beer, bringing you the latest in all things hoppy.

Brentwood Brewery


Brentwood Brewery has released a 7.7% ABV Champagne beer called Van Kannor.

Produced using traditional Champagning methods, Van Kannor is triple fermented with beer, wine and Champagne yeast, then hand-riddled (shaken to separate sediment) and turned.  Only a limited run of 1000 bottles has been brewed.  Combining gentle fruitiness with sweet malt aromas it is a luxurious, sophisticated beer which is best enjoyed chilled from Champagne-style glasses.

Van Kannor available to purchase from the Brentwood Brewery Shop or online at  It costs £29.99 per 750ml bottle.

Meantime London Pale Ale

Meantime delivery

Meantime Brewing Company has announced that it will be offering craft-beer fans across the capital the opportunity to win beer for their office – courtesy of ‘The Beer Delivery Guy’.

Each week, Londoners can register their company’s details via to enter the competition.  Two finalists then battle it out over social media to win beer for themselves and their colleagues that Friday.

The winners will be visited by the Meantime Delivery Guy in the Meantime Mega-Van stocked with a chilled mix of London Lager and London Pale Ale – ready to serve the first beers of the weekend.

For more information on the Meantime Delivery Guy and to sign up, go to

New Bath Brewer

A £300,000 new craft brewery is being built in Bath, called the Electric Bear Brewing Co.


Chris Lewis began building the brewery in early 2015 at a 5,000 square foot industrial unit which is being transformed into a brewery and taproom and is set to open in early August with a 15 barrel capacity. The brewery is initially concentrating distribution on the South West with plans for national expansion across both on and off-trade.

Launching with five core beers and a dedicated focus on outstanding beer quality, Electric Bear has recruited award-winning head brewer Guillermo Alvarez.

Lewis said: “I’m a passionate beer fan and have been a keen home brewer for years. It might sound like a cliché but when I sold my business in 2012 I took the opportunity to invest in a sector I’m passionate about. The craft beer scene is exploding across the UK with lots of people doing some really interesting things, however I believe there is still plenty of room

to grow and innovate. And that’s what we want Electric Bear to do. We’re not afraid to put our money where our mouth is. The brewing kit was meticulously chosen and we’re planning on entering our beers into industry awards within the first six months of brewing.”

otter brewery

Otter Brewery

Otter Brewery has marked its first quarter century in business.

Still family run, the company employs 35 people that produce a core range of six cask ales and now also Devon’s first pure lager. This portfolio is supplied to 1,000+ pubs and restaurants across the South West of England and into selected outlets in London and Hampshire.

As production has increased year on year, the 19 acre site has evolved to house a state-of-the-art stainless steel brewhouse, the UK’s first underground carbon busting eco-cellar, a series of willow beds to naturally treat waste water on-site and new kegging facilities for their latest product, Tarka lager.

Wadworth Farmers Glory

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Wadworth has released Farmers Glory, a 4.4% ABV biscuity ale with a dry bitter finish and a nutty malty tang, brewed with 100% British ingredients including classic English Fuggles and Goldings hops.

Wadworth marketing manager Ellie Alderton said: “Available throughout July and August across the Wadworth estate, in good free trade pubs and through our network of wholesale customers, Farmers Glory is one of our seasonal ales with a long tradition and a loyal following. The vibrant hop flavours are perfect with a ploughman’s in the beer garden.”

To find out more about Wadworth beers and pubs and to order online see

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