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

Tom Kitchen teams up with Isle of Skye Brewing Co

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Chef Tom Kitchin and Isle of Skye Brewing Co have collaborated to launch a new ale, named Yer Ben.

A 5.5% golden creamy beer with citrus hints, a slight sweetness and a hoppy finish designed to cut through the flavours of rich food. Yer Ben is the first beer created in partnership with a Michelin star chef.

Yer Ben is now available in The Scran & Scallie, on, in Isle of Skye Brewing shop and on

Two Purity brews named as National Winners at World Beer Awards

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Lawless Lager and Pure UBU from Purity Brewing Co were named as national winners in their categories at the 2015 World Beer Awards.

Pure UBU was awarded the UKs best Amber Ale, whilst Lawless Lager won UK’s best German-style Lager.

The beers now have the potential to be crowned best in Europe when the awards move to the continental judging in September.

Paul Halsey, managing director at Purity said: “To some, the World Beer Awards are the holy grail of brewing recognition. For Purity to pick up two national crowns is testament to our unfaltering commitment to upholding our core values; to brew great beer without prejudice, with a conscience and with a consistency and an attention to detail, which is second to none. We say roll on Europe!”

To order Pure UBU and Lawless Lager, visit

Innis & Gunn hits investment target


Scottish brewery Innis & Gunn has raised its target of £3m through a mini-bond investment offer.

The brewery said the fund, which was called the BeerBond and was offered until mid-July, will be used for the creation of a state of the art brewery in South East Scotland, which is expected to create up to an additional 35 jobs over the next four years.

The Innis & Gunn BeerBond offered investors a four-year, initial fixed-term mini-bond with an interest rate of 7.25% gross interest per annum for investments from £500.

Alternatively - and additionally - investors could opt for the 'BeerBucks BeerBond', which offered an equivalent of 9% gross interest rate per annum, with the return taken in the form of ‘BeerBucks’, redeemed against beer at the Innis & Gunn online shop.

Mondo Brewing Co tap-house open for business


Brewery start up Mondo Brewing Co has opened an onsite tap-house at their Battersea brewery.

The 15 tap bar will stock the full Mondo core range permanently as well as specials and guest slots from world beers.

The tap-room will be open 5pm - 11pm Thursdays & Fridays, 12pm - 11pm Saturday & 12pm - 5pm Sunday.  

Meantime denies London Lager contains Grolsch


Rumours circulating online said that batches of London Lager contained up to 10% of Grolsch beer, which is also brewed by new Meantime owners SAB Miller.

However, a spokesperson from Greenwich Meantime disputed the rumours and told the Publican’s Morning Advertiser​:“We do not use Grolsch in our London Lager. As you'll appreciate, like all brewers, we do, and have on rare occasion, brewed beer to our strict specifications with other brewers to help us during peak sales periods when we are struggling to meet demand.

“But this has only been required due to seasonal capacity constraints and ever increasing demand. These constraints will be alleviated somewhat by the large investments we are making at the brewery.”

Greenwich Meantime was bought by SABMiller for an undisclosed sum earlier this year, and plans to grow sales and explore European export opportunities.

The Greenwich based craft brewer was started in 1999 and saw its beer sales by volume grow by 58% in 2014, outpacing the UK beer market’s 1% growth during the same period and making it one of the top-performing modern craft brewers in the UK. 

Fuller’s scoops three bronze at International Beer Challenge


Wild River, London Porter and 1845 from Fuller’s won Bronze Medals at the 2015 International Beer Challenge.

This is the first award for Wild River, ​a double hopped American Pale Ale in the Pacific style.

The competition has been running for 19 years and covers an extensive range of beer styles from over 30 countries around the world.

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