MICROPUB SPOTLIGHT: Rutherfords, Kelso

Running a micropub in Scotland can provide it’s own set of challenges. So, it’s just as well there is a trailblazer who has not only given it a go but also trains those keen to follow their lead. Here, RUTHERFORDS OF KELSO – the first micropub to establish itself north of the border – is… Read More »

Whitelock’s Ale House, Leeds

The chap who plonked himself down next to me at Whitelock’s Ale House in Leeds looked like he’d had his fill of the city’s shops. His Primark plastic bag, full of cheap clobber, looked distinctly out of place in a pub with such a rich history. The forlorn expression on his face and the lengthy… Read More »

MICROPUB SPOTLIGHT: The Just Reproach, Deal

Micropubs are springing up all over the country, providing a much-needed alternative for punters weary of poor quality boozers. In the second in a series of Q&As with those who have taken the plunge and decided to run their own such establishment, Mark Robson of the JUST REPROACH in the historic Kent town of Deal,… Read More »

Twickenham Fine Ales launches Old Hands craft beer brand

Twickenham Fine Ales has just breathed new life into its arsenal by launching a range of craft beers called Old Hands which it hopes will appeal to a fresh audience. The south-west London microbrewery’s new brand aims to tap into the growing demand from beer connoisseurs and younger adult drinkers for more unusual and experimental… Read More »

CAMRA’s Pub of the Year regional finalists

Drum-roll please. CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale) has revealed the four finalists for its Pub of the Year competition. The list of nominees provides some uplifting tales of pubs that have battled back from the brink to garner well-earned praise from both punters and judges. With 21 pubs closing every week, these shortlisted venues… Read More »

CAMRA’s Good Beer Knowledge book by Jeff Evans

The new edition of CAMRA’s Beer Knowledge could well be just the thing you need to impress family and friends down the boozer – after all, knowledge is power. Written by award-winning author Jeff Evans, this pocket-sized book is packed with beer facts, feats, records, stats and anecdotes to ensure that you are never lost… Read More »

Caledonian Brewery launches Dark Light 4.7%

Caledonian Brewery extends its range of beers with modern take on a historic style: Dark Light Dark Light, 4.7% ABV, is a brand new innovation from Caledonian Brewery that takes its inspiration from the first lagers ever brewed. With a dark malt character, but light crisp refreshment, Schwarzbier or ‘black beers’ were originally brewed in… Read More »

St Peter’s launches Without alcohol-free beer

St Peter’s Without® is the delicious new brew from St Peter’s Brewery in Suffolk. It’s malty, full-bodied and bursting with flavour – just as you’d expect from a finely brewed ale. Three years in the making, St Peter’s Without® is a real, bona fide choice even for the most ardent beer drinker as it is… Read More »

CAMRA National pub of the year: The final 16

As its launches the latest edition of its Good Beer Guide, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has named the top 16 pubs in the country as part of its nationwide search for the National Pub of the Year. The top 16 features a wide range of different types of pubs, from community owned, to… Read More »

CAMRA Book: Britain’s Best Real Heritage Pub

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has just released the much-anticipated new edition of Britain’s Best Real Heritage Pubs.  This book explores more than 260 pubs throughout the UK which have interiors of real historic significance – some of them stretching back a century or more.  The book has already sold more than 600 copies… Read More »

Camden Town Brewery unveils new look for product range

Camden Town Brewery, the leading London craft brewery, today launches a brand new look. The refreshed product design is supported by a brand new website and an above the line campaign, with tube and bus advertising in London. In addition the Camden team will be hitting the road in their Little Camden beer van to… Read More »

Waitrose launches Farnham White single hop ale

A new beer using a vintage hop variety is being brewed exclusively for Waitrose by Hogs Back Brewery. “Farnham White” is a golden single hop bottled beer brewed by Surrey-based Hogs Back. The beer is made with Farnham White Bine, a traditional hop variety that made the Farnham area affluent in the 17th century, and… Read More »

Moorhouse’s brewery launches Stray Dog ale with pop band New Order

Moorhouse’s brewery of Burnley in Lancashire has joined forces to create a new beer pop group New Order. Stray Dog, 4.2% ABV, is a refreshing and clean tasting golden premium ale, with hints of citrus fruit and lychee, all balanced by a subtle bitterness. Brewed using American Cascade, Centennial and Willamette hops, with English Maris… Read More »

Join the Beer Revolution in Hay-on-Wye

A crumbling stone building in the grounds of a ramshackle castle is home to what might just be the UK’s quirkiest craft beer bottle shop. Beer Revolution, in the world-famous book town of Hay-on-Wye, stocks hundreds of beers from some of the UK’s top microbreweries. Welsh beers feature heavily on its shelves, with innovative and… Read More »

Thwaites 13 Guns aims for Morrisons and Tesco

Award winning Lancashire brewer Daniel Thwaites has won three new listings for its 13 GUNS and LIL BEWDY brands as the growing craft beer market continues to widen its appeal and availability. 13 GUNS 330ml can, a 5.5 per cent American-style IPA won Silver at the Indie Beer Can awards last year and will now… Read More »

Bison Beer Crafthouse opens in Brighton

Late this March will see the opening of Brighton’s first specialist beer shop, Bison Beer Crafthouse, on East Street. The shop, situated just off the seafront, will be offering an eclectic range of beers with over 300 different varieties sourced from around the world. Founders Nick Vardy and Jack Cregan want to enable Brighton beer… Read More »

Purity brewery offers new range of guided tours

Purity brewery has launched a new range of guided tours at its Upper Spernall Farm base, deep in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside. The brewery is easy to access, located just 15 minutes from Stratford upon Avon and only half an hour from Birmingham. It is also a mecca for cyclists thanks to the… Read More »

Elland 1872 Porter claims Champion Winter Beer of Britain title

Elland 1872 Porter has been crowned CAMRA’s Supreme Champion Winter Beer of Britain 2015 by a panel of judges at the National Winter Ales Festival at the Roundhouse in Derby. The winning 6.5 per cent abv beer is described in CAMRA’s 2015 Good Beer Guide as a “creamy, full-flavoured porter with rich liquorice flavours and… Read More »

UK pub closures average 29 per week

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is pressing the Government to act now to help save pubs in light of the latest CGA-CAMRA Pub Tracker, which shows that the number of net pub closures in the UK remains high at 29 per week – almost twice the number of pub closures in 2011. These figures… Read More »