Brewing

Failing to deliver: Purity co-founder Paul Halsey (left) says good cask ale is vital

Cask beer key to survival of pubs, says Purity Brewing

By James Beeson

Championing the “completely unique” experience of cask beer and focusing on “great service, great beer and great food” will help pubs survive challenging on-trade conditions, according to The Good Pub Guide’s brewery of the year.

Seasonal: 6ixes & 7evens is a bold amber coloured ale with rich citrus and spice flavours

Powderkeg launches West Coast-style amber ale

By James Beeson

Devon craft brewery Powderkeg has released an autumn special in the form of an amber ale made in a similar fashion to those from the West Coast of the US.

Refurbishment: the Merchant in Canary Wharf

Fuller's opens new craft beer pub

By Georgina Townshend

Fuller's has opened a new London pub after a four-week refurbishment, offering a wide range of craft beer, including some "exclusive, and often hard to find, brews".

Educational: there are a huge range of books about for sale about beer

Six beer books to help educate your bar staff

By James Beeson

Last week, the Campaign for Real Ale released its 45th edition of the Good Beer Guide. The guide contains 4,500 of the “best real ale pubs in the UK” and information on every real ale brewery currently operating and its key beers.

Trend: brewers are developing new and exciting styles of coffee beers (Photo: Matthew Curtis/Good Beer Hunting)

Could coffee be the next big trend in craft beer?

By James Beeson

The image usually associated with coffee beer is that of a heavy, dark-coloured stout, with strong roasted malt aromas and harsh, bitter flavours. A niche product, enjoyable for those who want it, but not a mainstream drinks trend of any significance....

Misunderstood: Protz insisted good work done by CAMRA's volunteers ought to be recognised

Roger Protz: CAMRA must embrace craft keg beer

By James Beeson

CAMRA Good Beer Guide editor Roger Protz has urged CAMRA to accept and support modern ‘craft keg’ beer, but insists the organisation remains “as relevant as it has ever been”.

Misleading: breweries said was “perfectly possible” to produce beer within one decimal place of a targeted ABV.

Is Molson Coors’ claim about Carling ABV variation reasonable?

By James Beeson

Several breweries have cast doubt on Molson Coors’ claim that small ABV variances are a normal part of large-scale beer production, after the global drinks giant denied misleading customers over the strength of its flagship lager Carling. 

Top award: Purity's head brewer has been recognised by the APPBG

Purity Brewing's Flo Vialan is Brewer of the Year

By Michelle Perrett

Purity Brewing Company’s director of brewing Flo Vialan was named ‘Brewer of the Year’ at the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group (APPBG) Beer Awards on Tuesday (11 July)

Lager lager: Black Sheep taskes a step in a new direction

Black Sheep Brewery launches first lager

By Nicholas Robinson

North Yorkshire’s Black Sheep Brewery has created its first ever lager, 54 Degrees North, which has been lauded as a new chapter for the brewer.

Buyout: Carlsberg to buy first 'local' craft brewer

Carlsberg buys London Fields Brewery

By Nicholas Robinson

Carlsberg UK has bought Hackney-based London Fields Brewery, just weeks after chief executive Julian Momen told The Morning Advertiser (MA) it planned to bolster its offer with the acquisition of a UK craft brewery.

Evolving styles: the next big thing is fruited beer, say experts

Future Trends: Beer and Cider

The future of craft beer: fruit?

By Nicholas Robinson

Sales of fruit beer in the US’s well-established craft beer market account for 13% of total craft sales, which can be matched here in the UK, according to a leading buyer in the category.

Category update: CGA commercial director Graeme Loudon outlined the latest sales and figures for beer and cider at the event

Future Trends: Beer and Cider

Beer and cider trends from home and away

By Nikkie Sutton

Operators should expect to see more new craft beer and cider launches in the months ahead as experts in the sector predict a dramatic boost in consumer interest. 

Mirror mirror in the garden: Meantime's answer to shady beer gardens

‘Smart mirror’ keeps punters in the sun

By Nicholas Robinson

Meantime has launched what it is calling the UK’s first ‘smart mirror’, which promises to keep beer garden drinkers in the sunshine constantly.

Top dog: BrewDog gives beer sales breakdown

Which BrewDog beers should you stock?

By Nicholas Robinson

Following its whopping annual sales increase of 97%, BrewDog has revealed its best-selling beers as well as the formats customers want the most.

New brews: Butcombe launched the two beers to celebrate its founding in 1978

Butcombe invades craft beer market

By Nikkie Sutton

Butcombe Brewing Co is to launch two new beers this month, Invader and Forty Two, in a bid to showcase its craft-brewing credentials.

Positive move: SIBA has called for a lower duty rate for draught beer to get people back into pubs

General Election 2017

Draught beer should have lower duty, says SIBA

By Georgina Townshend

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has called for a lower duty rate for draught beer to get people back into pubs as part of its pre-election manifesto.

New appointment: Jayne Goater is now Butcombe's project brewer

Molson Coors brewer joins Butcombe

By Nikkie Sutton

Butcombe Brewing Co has handed the job of new project brewer to Jayne Goater – who used to work for beer giant Molson Coors.