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…

Win FREE tickets to CAMRA’s Great British Beer Fest

By: JimOldfield

July 8th, 2012

Want a seat at the Olympics… the Real Ale Olympics, that is? Well now you can get TWO of them, for FREE… thanks to CAMRA and Hand-Pumped! The quest for gold is on once more, as Britain’s best brewers battle it out for the nation’s top real ale medals at the Campaign for Real Ale’s Read the full post…

International Brewing Awards adds cider categories

By: JimOldfield

July 3rd, 2012

The International Brewing Awards is to add two cider categories to next year’s competition, after a flood of requests from brewers and cider makers. The world’s oldest brewing competition will now also feature categories are for apple cider and for cider incorporating other fruit, juices or flavours. Both will be divided into classes based on Read the full post…

The Batley blonde on everyone’s lips!

By: JimOldfield

May 22nd, 2012

A four-month-old Yorkshire brewery has just won one of the north’s most coveted beer awards… after judges EAVESDROPPED on what the drinkers themselves liked best! Batley’s Pennine Brewery began trading only in late January, but its brewers proved they’re no babes in arms – by wowing some 6,000 real ale lovers at the Dales Festival Read the full post…

First brewers enter 2013 International Brewing Awards

By: JimOldfield

May 7th, 2012

Two lucky brewers have been allowed into the International Brewing Awards (IBA) 2013… some four months before the competition is open to enter! Leamington Spa’s Warwickshire Beer Company won a prize draw at the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) conference, to allow them into the global contest. They were joined by the Swan Brewery from Read the full post…

Wold Top tops for tourism

By: JimOldfield

April 21st, 2012

East Yorkshire micro-brewers Wold Top Brewery Wolds have won a top local tourism award. The brewery based at Wold Newton, near the seaside resort of Filey, took the Remarkable Fayre award at the Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards (REYTAs). The brewery produces 16 cask ales and eight bottled beers. Hand-pumped link

6X for Wadworth’s green policy

By: JimOldfield

April 17th, 2012

Wiltshire brewer Wadworth has won a silver medal for its ongoing commitment to green initiatives – and has been nominated for a further award by public assent. The Devizes brewery’s visitor centre won the silver in the National Sustainable Tourism Certificate scheme. It has also been nominated in the community vote section of this year’s Read the full post…