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Real ale brewers face down Heineken in BBPA awards

By: JimOldfield

October 15th, 2012

The shortlist for the British Beer & Pub Association’s first ever awards ceremony has been announced with independent real ale brewers heading the race for the gongs. Among the beer and pub companies vying for the three new accolades – which recognise “exceptional company and individual contributions to the brewing and pub sector” – are Read the full post…

Scottish pubs crash: one in five shuts in half a decade

By: JimOldfield

September 30th, 2012

While Scotland’s big independent brewers are ploughing cash into massive expansion plans, one in five Scottish pubs shut its doors in the past five years – with rural pubs in a nosedive, a new study has reported. The “Local Pub; Local Hub” report, carried out for Molson Coors, says that a massive 703 community pubs Read the full post…

Sheffield ale trails launched

By: JimOldfield

September 30th, 2012

Sheffield’s ongoing bid to be Britain’s real ale capital is being back by a new Real Ale Trails venture, in which beer lovers tour pubs AND breweries. Each trail will take in some of the city’s best beer pubs and include either a brewery tour or a tasting session organised by a local brewer. Local Read the full post…

Welsh breweries on the increase as the nation’s pubs continue to close

By: JimOldfield

September 27th, 2012

The Welsh thirst for cask ale brewing shows no sign of slaking as 11 new micro-breweries open in Wales in just one year. There are now 52 micro-breweries in the country – a 27 per cent rise on last year. However, recent figures show Welsh pubs are still among those closing at a rate of Read the full post…

Ossett hops off to Sheffield for a celebration of the green stuff!

By: JimOldfield

September 23rd, 2012

Ossett Brewery is hopping off down the road, to present a celebration of English hops … at its aptly-named Sheffield pub, The Hop! Beers produced with new-season fresh (green) English hops will feature, in a mini beer festival from Thursday to Sunday, October 18-21. There will be a minimum of eight ales on the bar Read the full post…

Let’s escalate the beer duty battle rto the front doors of Westminster!

By: JimOldfield

September 21st, 2012

Beer drinkers from across the nation are set to descend on London for a mass lobby of Parliament – to demand the restoration of a fair price for their pint! Within hours of the e-petition against beer duty hitting the 100,000 target, CAMRA announced its intention to storm Westminster… with hundreds of real ale lovers Read the full post…

Beer tax petition smashes past 100,000-name mark

By: JimOldfield

September 20th, 2012

Hand-Pumped EXCLUSIVE The e-petition calling on the Government to scrap the hated beer tax escalator hit the 100,000-signature mark this morning. The target was reached at 10.25am today (Thursday) and Hand-Pumped was the first to carry the story – posted within half a minute of the barrier being broken! But the e-petition achievement should NOT Read the full post…

Spitfire aces Jon and Linda down another compo kill!

By: JimOldfield

September 18th, 2012

When it comes to winning Spitfire Ale competitions, no Fokkers come closer than pub owners Jonathan and Linda Quinn! The owners of Ilfracombe’s oldest pub have won a year’s supply of the ale, from Britain’s oldest brewery… their SECOND Spitfire kill in two years! The couple’s George and Dragon pub in the Devon town – Read the full post…

British beer tax gap grows ever wider on the Beer Escalator to ruin

By: JimOldfield

September 16th, 2012

The tax gap between what British beer drinkers have to pay for their pint, compared to their European neighbours, has become even wider, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) chief, Brigid Simmonds has warned. As the association published its latest “statistics bible for the beer and pub industry”, the Statistical Handbook 2012, chief executive Read the full post…

New GBG hails UK’s biggest brewers boom in 70 years!

By: JimOldfield

September 13th, 2012

The 40th edition of CAMRA’s drinkers’ bible, the Good Beer Guide is out today – celebrating the highest number of breweries in operation across the country for 70 years! The guide numbers a truly astonishing 1,009 UK breweries – 158 of which opened over the past year to give the greatest rate of opening over Read the full post…