How to attract a distributor | Jonny Garrett

It is an overused adage that the UK craft beer scene is five years behind America. That notion is far too simplistic. The UK cask scene is lightyears ahead, as is the ability  – and willing – to brew true, session-strength beers. However, there is one area in which UK brewers are still exceptionally behind...

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The Future of Cask Beer: A bed of roses or a thorny issue?

I have been pondering the future of cask beer. I have also been reading cask beer sales statistics. It has not been an easy read for me. I am a big fan of cask beer, but it appears I am a dying breed. This has made me question whether the future is a vibrant beer...

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Golden Pints, 2018

Best Brewery – UK and Ireland There is, in my opinion, no logical or obvious way to label one brewery the “best”. But if you can find a brewery that is the reassuring arm around the shoulder, the one that gives you confidence in both the core and the new, then you’re onto something good....

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Abbeydale Brewery unveils collaboration project

The brewery has worked alongside Barnsley artist Lewis Ryan (Lewy) to create six individual beers that have all been released in can. While the pieces of art on each of the labels are standalone illustrations, they can be put together to create a single piece. Project coordinator and office manager at Abbeydale, Laura Rangeley, said:...

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Supplier aims to streamline spent grain recycling

GoPalletBox 1210S, a new product from GoPlasticPallets, aims to make the recycling of spent grain easier. With spent grain constituting as much as 85 percent of a brewery’s total by-product, recycling or disposing of it in a sustainable way is a major challenge for the UK’s breweries, whether it’s destined to be used as animal...

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Ex Cloudwater and Leeds Brewery head brewers join SSV Limited

James Campbell, formerly head brewer at Cloudwater and ex Leeds Brewery head Venkatesh Iyer have joined the SSV Limited to form a new team of commissioning brewers. Campbell, who played an integral role in the rise of Cloudwater, left the brewery in September. He did so with the view to helping small breweries grow and...

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A very special brewery

“I am the luckiest brewer in London,” beams John Hatch. John is the head brewer at Wandsworth’s Ram Brewery. He’s also the assistant brewer, head cleaner, packaging operative and everything in-between. You see, the Ram Brewery is no normal brewery. Instead, it’s a truly unique operation housed on the grounds of the old Young’s brewery. A...

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What is Brut IPA and how do you brew one?

In recent years the craft beer market has been dominated by waves of interest in particular beer styles. We have seen the popularity of IPAs, Imperial Stouts, New England IPAs, Fruit IPAs and Kettle Sours ebb and flow, driven by tides of enthusiasm on social media, and by people’s desire to experience the next big...

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Forging their own path | Burnt Mill Brewery

The bar that lines the outer wooden wall of the cold store at Burnt Mill’s Suffolk site comprises six taps. It’s a regular occurrence in many breweries and a tempting visage, even it has only just hit lunchtime. But unlike many other outfits, there rests a medal. So considerable in weight and embellishment that it...

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Northern Monk to host breweries from across the globe at Dark City

Leeds-based Northern Monk is holding Dark City, a festival dedicated to dark beer, this weekend and will be joined by breweries from the UK, Ireland, USA, Sweden, Norway, Spain and Denmark. More than 30 breweries will descend upon Northern Monk’s Old Flax Store home on the 16th and 17th November, with tickets still available for...

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Verdant Brewing Co aiming to quadruple capacity with crowdfunder

Cornwall-based Verdant Brewing Co is launching a crowdfunding campaign to enable the brewery to boost capacity and open a taproom. The company, which currently produced around 3,000hl per annum, will move to a new 17,500sqm facility with capacity to brew up to 15,000hl each year. Verdant, which was founded in 2014 by Adam Robert-son, James...

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Fyne Ales reveals new look and canned beer foray

Argyll, Scotland-based Fyne Ales has revealed a new brand identity that draws inspiration from its farm brewery status and rural location on a 4500-acre estate at the head of Loch Fyne. The brewery is has revamped the branding of its core range but has also added three beers to its year-round portfolio. From December, the...

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Bourbon County Brand Stout returns to the UK

Bourbon County Brand Stout, a 14.7% beer from Chicago-based Goose Island, will be launched in the UK on the 23rd November. The annual release of the hotly-anticipated beer will take place at Kill the Cat in Shoreditch, London and Ghost Whale in Brixton on the morning of the 23rd, as well as online on Beerhawk’s...

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Just what is the relationship between big established brewers and craft brewers?

Before I start, I want to clarify one thing. I shall refrain from commenting on brewers as a business but brewers as people who make beer. I would also like to assume that all brewers want to make great beer. This might not be true, but I believe all brewers have this desire. The next...

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Set your bar high | Ray Daniels

2018 has been a big year for Ray Daniels. Cicerone, the certification program designed for those that sell and serve beer, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with nearly 100,000 people having passed through its ranks. The course covers a number of areas, namely: 1) Keeping and Serving Beer, 2) Beer Styles, 3) Beer Flavour and...

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