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Bundobust is booming!

By: JimOldfield

June 30th, 2016

Bundobust – the unique Yorskhire Indian street food and craft beer restaurant – is hopping across to the Red Rose side of the Pennines with the opening of its second eatery, in Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens, this autumn. The award-winning concept opened its doors in Leeds in 2014, after bringing together two of West Yorkshire’s award-winning Read the full post…

No Brexit blues at soaraway Greene King

By: JimOldfield

June 30th, 2016

Brewer Greene King has shrugged off Brexit concerns, as it passed the £2 billion revenue mark in its full-year results. Greene King added the Scottish Spirit Pub Company to its portfolio at a cost of some £774m in the past year – and the brewers refused to bend to the worries of Brexit and a Read the full post…

‘Cut taxes and red tape to help industry’ BBPA boss asks Government

By: JimOldfield

June 27th, 2016

The boss of the British Beer and Pub Association is singing the praises of the country’s pubs, for creating a vibrant workplace for young people. But BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds called on the Government to do its bit to help the growth industry, with less red tape and lower taxes to help our publicans. Read the full post…

CAMRA Beer Olympics 2012… the winners!

By: JimOldfield

June 27th, 2016

The Trawlerboys of Lowestoft’s Green Jack Brewery netted silver at the CAMRA Beer Olympics, with their best bitter coming in just behind Coniston’s No 9 Barley Wine, as the runner-up in the Champion Beer of Britain (CBOB) contest this afternoon. Trawlerboys is a 4.6 per cent ale, described as “a rich, malty and fruity copper-coloured Read the full post…

Get your CAMRA branch on here!

By: JimOldfield

June 25th, 2016

Want to get you branch news on Hand-Pumped? Just CONTACT US and we will give you your own page – so that the world can see what your branch is up to! And the best thing is, it’s totally FREE… What’s more, you can talk to other branches via our great new CAMRA forum. So Read the full post…

Keep taking the Pils with Sharp’s

By: JimOldfield

April 13th, 2016

Sharp’s Brewery in Cornwall has ventured into the world of real lager – with a new 4.2 per cent offering, Spring Cask Pilsner. The brew is Sharp’s interpretation of one of the world’s most popular beer styles and the recipe uses Pilsner malt, whole Saaz hops, and a bottom fermenting yeast. The “clear, refreshing and Read the full post…

Moody moggy takes North-West crown

By: JimOldfield

May 29th, 2013

Cumbrian brewer Barngates of Ambleside has taken the Northwest Regional Champion Beer of Britain title, with an ale named after a moody moggie that took over a local pub for 14 years! Cat Nap ale now goes onto the national final, hoping to be crowned the Champion Bitter of Britain 2012. Brewer John Lloyd revealed Read the full post…

How real ale is brewed – a simple guide

By: JimOldfield

March 26th, 2013

Brewing beer relies on the action of yeast on sugar. When yeast feeds on sugar, the result is two main by-products: carbon dioxide and… alcohol. To begin the process, the starch in malt is converted into sugar by mashing the malt in hot water – at around 70C for an hour or so. The resultant Read the full post…

Beer tasting notes

By: JimOldfield

March 26th, 2013

Once again these take many forms – and indeed there are literally hundreds of adjectives used to describe beers. Here is a selection of categories you may wish to employ (starting with the all-important name and strength!), together with examples of some terms in use for each: Name and brewery Strength (ABV) Type of beer Read the full post…

How to taste and rate real ale

By: JimOldfield

March 26th, 2013

There is no set method to perform this most delicious of tasks, and even the most accomplished tasters, tickers and ale judges all have their own ways. But here are a few tips which may help you along the way: Don’t drink pints if you want to rate more than the first two! Drinking halves Read the full post…