Another year – another festival of great ale!

By: JimOldfield

August 30th, 2012

When Hand-Pumped offered two free tickets for this year’s Great British Beer Festival, in assocation with CAMRA, reader Adrian Pearce was lucky enough to come out of our hat first. And London-based Adrian was kind enough to share his good fortune – by writing a first-person review of his day out… complete with pictures. Here Read the full post…

Dave bottles it… and comes out a winner!

By: JimOldfield

August 26th, 2012

It might sound double-Dutch to non-drinkers, but an exotically-named real-ale bottle shop in a small Yorkshire town is becoming a must-go destination for hoards of ale aficionados. Bier Huis – Dutch for alehouse – only opened last November, but its stock of rare beers, ciders and Yorkshire delicacies, has rooted West Yorkshire town Ossett as Read the full post…

Bill’s probably the best locum brewer in the world!

By: JimOldfield

August 2nd, 2012

Bill King’s not blonde or Danish… but he’s probably the best locum brewer in the world! If you had to go away on holiday or business and leave your precious brewery running, chances are you would want to leave it to Bill. In fact, you might want to stay away longer and just let Bill Read the full post…

Storm in a pint pot… as new mini-micro brewery launched

By: JimOldfield

May 3rd, 2012

Hand-Pumped EXCLUSIVE Those who thought “proper” beer-making couldn’t get smaller… think again. For back-shed-brewer Ken Oliver is marketing the “world’s smallest brewery” – a MINI-micro set-up that will easily fit in a corner of your home office, yet turn out 100 litres of commercial-standard ale! Ken’s Beer Making Machine comes in at well under two Read the full post…

Ee baht ‘at: The rise of Ilkley Brewery

By: JimOldfield

April 6th, 2012

In 2009, Ilkley Brewery set out to conquer the world… with a maiden brew named after the town’s Roman name. Their first beer, the 3.9 per cent Olicana Gold was sold at The Junction pub in nearby Baildon, as the brewery secured two permanent pumps at The Wheatley Arms, Ben Rhydding and at Bar t’at Read the full post…

Blue Bee’s nectar ales are the buzz-iness in Sheffield!

By: JimOldfield

March 28th, 2012

Blue Bee Brewery has been creating a quite a buzz since it opened last May. It already has a champion beer of festival medal to its name – and it is establishing itself as a hallmark of quality ale in its native Sheffield. Hand-Pumped spent a day in the blue beehive with king bee Richard Read the full post…

How the world is turning – to British real ale!

By: JimOldfield

March 19th, 2012

Focus on the 33rd Burton Beer Festival Before Roger Protz could take the stage to officially open the 33rd Burton Beer Festival, he had to break-off from advising a clutch of would-be Spanish brewers on the finer points of English ale. This was nothing new, as Britain’s best-known beer writer told the crowd. He was, Read the full post…

Brewing ‘Oscars’ want to hear from you!

By: JimOldfield

March 9th, 2012

The world’s longest-established brewing competition, The Brewing Industry International Awards, has changed its name to The International Brewing Awards, as it gears up for a bumper entry for its 2013 competition. The next awards ceremony will be at the National Brewery Centre in Burton-upon-Trent, from February 13-15, 2013. And with expressions of interest flooding in, Read the full post…