Germany

A bed fit for a beer-lover

A bed fit for a beer-lover

Snifter knows a few people who enjoy climbing into a mash tun now and again, so imagine how they must feel about the opportunity to sleep inside a giant beer barrel.

Outstanding contribution: Dooner (right) and Murphy (left) recognised by Pubwatch

Licensees recognised at Pubwatch conference

By Adam Pescod

National Pubwatch recognised the good practice displayed by two licensees — Janet Dooner and Miles Murphy — by presenting them each with an Outstanding Contribution Award last week.

Smoking: ban amended in Netherlands

Netherlands amends smoking ban in pubs

By Lesley Foottit

The Netherlands has become the first European country to overturn its smoking ban — by allowing more than 2,000 pubs to re-introduce smoking.

Smokers will have to puff outside after ban

Bavaria plumps for total smoking ban

By Lesley Foottit

Smoking will be banned at Germany's famous annual festival Oktoberfest following a public vote. Lighting up will now be prohibited from 1 August in...

Mike Benner: Calls on Government to reconsider tax hikes

Beer drinkers' £100m tax bombshell

By Gemma McKenna

Raising duty and VAT will see UK beer drinkers shelling out an extra £100m by the end of 2010, says the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

Carlsberg: sponsoring Euro 2012

Carlsberg sponsors Euro 2012

By John Harrington

Carlsberg has announced its sponsorship of the Euro 2012 football tournament. It's the seventh time the brewer has sponsored the European...

Geoff Brown, Punch Taverns

Geoff Brown, Punch Taverns

By MA reporter

It will be harder to generate sales from Euro 2008 with no Home Nations involved but it won't be impossible. You just need to be more creative and...

Beer lovers' guide to World Cup cities

Beer lovers' guide to World Cup cities

By Iain O'Neil

Beer lovers who are lucky enough to be heading to Germany to watch England in the World Cup might want to pocket CAMRA's latest book as a travel...

Hop to it

Hop to it

At Wingersheim, a small town at the centre of the Alsace hop farms, I travelled on a bumpy trailer behind a tractor to view the fields with their...

German wine rises

German wine rises

Germany makes some of the most appealing light and fruity wines in the world. Sadly, its reputation has suffered from too much bland, over-sulphured,...

Chancellor

Chancellor

has reason to get shirty Chancellor Gordon Brown could be in for some unexpected laundry as UK pub chain chiefs take a lead from Germany and send him...