Small beer… Hand-Pumped in brief

By: JimOldfield

July 22nd, 2016

Sometimes news, like beer, comes in gills rather than pints. Here’s Hand-Pumped’s latest round-up of ale stories in brief:


beerNew Prime Minister Theresa May has only been in the job a few days… but already she has her own BEER! Come What May has been brewed in her honour by Hieneken UK’s pub business, Star Pubs and Bars, and will go on sale on draught in pubs in her Maidenhead constituency.

beerPembroke landlord and town coun Jonathan Nutting has teamed up with the town’s CAMRA branch to launch the first Pembroke Beer Festival, which will combin with an arts and music fest. The event runs from July 29 – 31, at Pembroke Town Hall, and there will be 25 ales, plus ciders and wines, to go at. The long-term plan is to build the festival into a national event.

beerThe England v Wales Euro 2016 football match drove London pub sales up by 296 per cent as fans flocked to bars with an average 163 per cent increase across the UK. In Bolton, takings rocketed by an amazing 987 per cent above normal, whilst in Wales, Swansea and Cardiff racked up 426 per cent and 418 per cent rises respectively.

In brief beer glass logoCAMRA’s Rail Ale Festival takes place in the Goods Shed, Station Road, Market Bosworth, today and runs until Sunday, July 24. On offer are 70 real ales, together with perries, ciders, fruit wines and a Pimm’s Bar. There will be appearances by everything from steam trains to steam organs and vintage bikes. Cost is £5 per person; CAMRA members free.

beerSussex brewer Bedlam has added a new keg pale ale to its range – powered by a mix of bramling cross, target and a new UK cascade hop which add notes of lemon citrus, lychee and blackcurrant to the 4.8 per cent brew.