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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…

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…

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…

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…

Cask men trash big brewers in BBPA awards

By: JimOldfield

October 18th, 2012

Real ale champions ruled at the first ever British Beer and Pub Association industry awards, as cask brewers picked up all four new gongs. Brewing companies Liberation Group, Daniel Thwaites and Joseph Holt each clinched top spot in the three awards categories at the BBPA’s annual dinner last night (October 17). And Wychwood Brewery’s Chris Read the full post…

Super Hooper saves a beer contest!

By: JimOldfield

October 8th, 2012

A SIBA regional beer competition looked a doomed victim of the evil 2012 weather – until south London publican Jamie Hooper stepped in to save the day. The brewers’ institute’s South East contest was washed out when the summer floods hit Tonbridge Rugby Club, rendering the grounds – and in particular the SIBA contest marquee Read the full post…

Otter seals Good Pub Guide title

By: JimOldfield

September 9th, 2012

Devon’s Otter Brewery has won the Good Pub Guide’s Brewery of the Year title for 2012. The family brewery, based near Honiton, was honoured after guide reviewers fell for its ales, made from water drawn from its own local springs. They said: “It was over 20 years ago that we first came across a nicely-named Read the full post…

Brit brewers top international beer awards

By: JimOldfield

July 31st, 2012

When it comes to brewing champion ales, Sharp’s showed they are as sharp as ever by taking no fewer than SIX medals, against worldwide competition at the 16th International Beer Challenge – including two top honours from their new Connoisseurs’ Choice range of premium bottled beers, designed to partner food. Connoisseurs Quadrupel Ale 2011 took Read the full post…