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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…

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…

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…

It’s Rule Britannia at International Brewing Awards!

By: JimOldfield

February 16th, 2013

British ales rule the world… after UK & Channel Island brewers won almost HALF the medals up for grabs at the prestigious International Brewing Awards. UK-based brewers scooped a staggering 47 medals out of 96 awarded at the world’s oldest international beer contest, including a clean sweep in the cask ale category where British brewers Read the full post…

Brit muscles in Brussels as our ales top beer contest

By: JimOldfield

November 25th, 2012

British brewers showed their brewing muscles to Brussels as they won five medals in a new international beer contest in Belgium. North-west brewers Joseph Holt and Daniel Thwaites both won gold medals for ales at the first ever Brussels Beer Challenge held this month, while Leicester’s Everards took a silver and a bronze. Joseph Holt’s Read the full post…

Graft pays off for Grafters!

By: JimOldfield

November 25th, 2012

The boss of Lincolnshire pub-brewery Grafters Ales has shown that hard work pays, by making his Half Moon boozer a lot fuller… with a £100,000 expansion and make-over! Landlord and brewery boss Phil Troop is celebrating five years as a brewer by quadrupling the capacity of his brew-pub in Willingham-by-Stow near Gainsborough. As well as Read the full post…

So who’s got the X-Factor beer of Britain then?

By: JimOldfield

November 24th, 2012

Regional brewers are gagging to see whose beer has the “X” factor, as SIBA publishes the finalists for its National Beer Competition at BeerX. The brewers association has compiled its annual list of winning pints from its regional heats, after the Northern and Midlands champions were the last to be announced last month. The listed Read the full post…

New ales. and new deals…

By: JimOldfield

November 15th, 2012

Dark days may be here, but our brewers aren’t sleeping in – as you will see here… Award-winning Ilkley Brewery has welcomed in a band of women brewers, to create a new all-American IPA as part of a unique new “Project Venus”. The collective was led by Ilkley’s new lady brewer, Harriet Marks – and Read the full post…

Romanian thieves net 888 kegs… in two months!

By: JimOldfield

November 15th, 2012

A PAIR of Romanian thieves have been convicted of stealing £76,000 worth of beer casks and kegs… that they amassed in just TWO MONTHS! Married couple Toma Ciorba, 20, and his 19-year-old wife Diana Ciorba amassed a haul of 888 stolen kegs, which they hid at two addresses in Tottenham and Edmonton. London. Haringey police Read the full post…

New ales and 2m pints a year for Saltaire Brewery

By: JimOldfield

November 15th, 2012

Yorkshire’s Saltaire Brewery is now producing two million pints of real ale per year – just six years after it was set up! The smashing of the barrier – which equates to almost 7,000BBL per year – was marked at a special event at the Shipley brewery on Wednesday (November 14). The “Cask, Keg and Read the full post…