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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Young drinkers turn to real ale

New research released to mark the launch of CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2015 shows that over a third of young people aged 18-24 have tried real ale and of those 87 per cent would drink it again. The book’s publisher CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, say that interest in real ale is increasing year… Read More »

Spinner and Bergamot pub celebrates 300 years

Historic British boozers are much-loved and admired the world over, so when a pub hits an important landmark, it’s the perfect excuse to enjoy a celebratory pint or two. Patrons of the Spinner and Bergamot pub in Comberbach, Cheshire, raised a glass in celebration as the Inn celebrated its 300th birthday. Built in 1714 and… Read More »

CAMRA’s best pubs in Britain

The best pubs in Britain as judged by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, have been released to mark the launch of the Good Beer Guide 2015, which publishes today. The 16 regional finalists of CAMRA’s Pub of the Year competition will go forward and have a chance to win the National Pub of the… Read More »

Guinness launches into craft beer market

Guinness have branched out into the increasingly competitive craft beer market with the launch of two new drinks. Brand owner Diageo estimates the launch will deliver £58m incremental value to the Premium Ales category over the next two years across both the on and off trade1 a £5m marketing campaign. The new dark beers mark… Read More »

Fraoch heather ale review

Fraoch heather ale has an interesting, mystical story to tell. To my mind at least, Fraoch sounds like a character out of The Hobbit or an expletive Bilbo Baggins might hurl at unsuspecting residents of The Shire after a particularly heavy session down the boozer. The name of this heather ale isn’t the only Tolkein-type… Read More »

CAMRA releases Yorkshire’s Real Heritage Pubs book

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has launched the new edition of its guide to pubs with real historic significance in Yorkshire and Humber. Yorkshire’s Real Heritage Pubs was revealed to the world at the 300-year-old Whitelocks pub in Leeds at the end of August. The book is a stunning full-colour guide to the pubs… Read More »

Iron Maiden’s Trooper ale wins BBI award

Premium British Beer Trooper, has rocked the real ale world by winning gold in the British Bottlers’ Institute Competition 2014 (BBI). The beer was famously created in 2013 by Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson and handcrafted at Robinons Brewery in Cheshire and has proved a bit hit with real ale fans all over the UK.… Read More »

Thwaites Nutty Black

As the summer months drift away and August turns to September, most beer drinker’s minds and palates turn towards warming winters ales. Thwaites Nutty Black is one such beer which comes into its own at this time of year. Should you buy a few bottles of Nutty Black, then rest assured your purchase comes with… Read More »

The King Lud, Ryde, Isle of Wight

Within five minutes of setting foot on the Isle of Wight I was sitting in a pub, swigging a beer and enjoying the relaxed pace of island life. The journey from Portsmouth to Ryde took ten minutes by Hovercraft, a mode of transport once considered the future of sea travel but, aside from this little… Read More »