Beer

High demand: drinkers flocked to Ales Tales festival, which showcased beer from 20 Belgian breweries

What can Belgian beer still offer to UK pubs?

By James Beeson

For many years, when the UK craft beer scene was but a twinkle in James Watt and Martin Dickie’s eyes, the mark of a good beer pub would often be the strength of its Belgian beer list.

Growth drive: James Clay hopes the acquisition will help expand its reach in the Midlands

James Clay snaps up Beer Direct distributor

By James Beeson

Craft and specialist beer distributor James Clay is set to expand its reach in the Midlands following the acquisition of regional distributor Beer Direct.

Trend: beer styles such as DIPAs and imperial stouts are increasingly sold by craft brewers in 440ml or 500ml cans

Could DIPAs be banned under new Portman Group guidelines?

By James Beeson

Brewers selling double IPAs (DIPAs), imperial stouts and other strong beer styles in large packaging formats could fall foul of a new review into the Portman Group’s code of practice, according to the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).

Boss departure: CAMRA chief executive Tim Page steps down

CAMRA chief executive Tim Page steps down

By Nicholas Robinson

The Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) chief executive Tim Page has announced he will no longer head the organisation following the results of the Revitalisation Project in April.

Curious: beer trends to be revealed at MA Beer Summit in July

Savvy beer drinkers no longer seeking ‘brands for life’

By James Beeson

The increased availability of information about drinks online has created a generation of “highly educated and discerning” consumers who are less brand-loyal than their older counterparts, according to the managing director of Curious Brewery.

Long running: the Great British Beer Festival is in its 41st year

Alcohol-free beer to debut at GBBF

By Nikkie Sutton

This year’s Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) will be offering alcohol-free beer for the first time in its 41 year history, from Dutch-based Braxzz Brewery.