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A Glasgow microbrewery has applied to build a second site in the East End of the city, as demand for their product has risen. The West brewery has applied for planning permission to build another site at Clyde Gateway East, as demand grows for traditional brewed beer.
They have been brewing their own blends in the iconic Templeton building on Glasgow Green since 2006. The number of micro breweries across the UK is at a 70 year high, with more than 50 microbreweries in Scotland making 300 types of beer.
A MUCH loved pub has reopened under new management after it had closed suddenly last year.
The Kings Arms, in Dovercourt High Street, has been leased by experienced publican Steve Picton from Punch Taverns, who has spent 15 years running bars and clubs in Cambridgeshire. The interior of the Kings Arms has been refreshed since Mr Picton was given the keys in late December and the landlord is looking forward to a new era at the watering hole which was built during the reign of Queen Victoria... [click headline for more]
Dalehouse is a pretty, tiny hamlet on the edge of the North York Moors with Staithes as its neighbour.
Is it in Yorkshire or Teesside? For the sake of a few hundred yards, let’s say Yorkshire, since it would be a shame to miss this cracking old pub, nestled as it is in the cleft of the valley next to an ancient stone bridge over the river. Inside, you won’t find artfully-placed vintage items, or a whiff of Farrow & Ball – it’s a proper, old-style, unspoiled boozer complete with swirly carpets, blackened beams and woodchip on the walls.. click headline for more]
Brew New Hampshire, a nonprofit with both industry and state support, hopes to draw more attention to its fast-growing craft beer industry—and perhaps sell a few more bottles in the process. Something’s brewing in the Granite State, but could a stronger marketing approach get things really hopping?
That’s what a few major breweries and some beer industry trade groups hope to pull off with a new marketing-focused nonprofit. Brew New Hampshire is a collaborative effort to help give the industry a major launchpad. The campaign started earlier this month and is already making waves.. [click headline for more]
A bill moving through the Florida Senate may allow shoppers to sample beer at their favorite grocery stores, like Publix, Trader Joe's or Costco. Under the current Florida law, only liquor and wine can be sampled inside a grocery store, even though beer has a lesser alcohol content than both other types of spirits.
If the bill were to pass, customers would be able to sample different types of beer before making purchases inside the store. But it could be sometime before that happens - the bill passed in its Senate committee but has a long way to go... [click headline for more]
We know beer contributes quite a lot to America’s economy, from the brewers who make it, the retailers who sell it, and the bartenders who serve it. The Beer Institute‘s Beer Serves America gives a great overview of the economic impact of the beer industry as a whole, with breakdowns of direct and indirect impacts, and also by related industries that support the beer industry.
But recently the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) published online their own map of how beer distributors are “Fueling Jobs, Generating Economic Growth & Delivering Value to Local Communities.” Not surprisingly, it’s a lot, too, with 130,000 jobs and $54 billion for the entire United States.... [click headline for more]
Only a few months ago, The Brew Shop was Southeast Texas’ one shop that served home brew enthusiasts the supplies needed to make tasty beer in their own kitchen. Now, Mid-County home brewers can pick up brewing essentials right off Twin City Highway at Mid-County Farm & Feed.
There are several reasons to brew your own beer at home. Once you’ve made the initial investment in brewing equipment, the cost per beer is much lower with home brews, unless you’re trying to brew Bud Light (but why would you do that?).
With home brewing, you can clone your favorite beers, account for dietary restrictions, or simply learn a skill that’s been around for thousands of years... [click headline for more].
As millions of people gear up to watch the NFL Championship games this weekend, most of them will be gulping down a nice cold beer.
Beer, which is ranked the third most popular beverage in the world only behind water and tea, has hundreds of different types. From the old staples like Bud, Miller, and Coors to the small craft brewers that have popped up across the country decided what type of beer to pick can be a tough decision.
In the last 70’s there was less than 90 breweries across the nation, now there are over 2,500. So what is the difference between these beer styles? The Brooklyn Brewery beer master Garrett Oliver joined The Cycle on Friday to give us some pointers on the different types of beers... [click headline for more]
The Seattle Seahawks will be playing for a trip to the Super Bowl when they square off Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game, but win or lose, the season is a success for one Seattle brewery.
Hilliard's Beer, a 2-year-old brewery with six full-time employees, has scored big with the release of 12th Can, a beer named in honor of Seahawks fans, who are so loud they are referred to as a "12 man" on the field... [click headline for more]
For those of you that have some experience with German beer steins, you already know to display them, with the lids down. Many owners did not think of the aging process when they displayed their old steins with the lid up and the damage it could do. By keeping the lids closed, the interior of the steins will have a reduced amount of oxidation that could occur.
All steins are manmade and will age. With this understanding you should preserve your German beer steins the best possible way. The ultimate would be to place them in a vacuum sealed container to slow the aging process, but this is really unpractical... [click headline for more]
I was interested to read the Herald's Jan. 12 editorial "N.H. Renews Rich Legacy of Brewing." It was gratifying to see the entrepreneurial spirit and creativity of New Hampshire's brewers applauded. And while it's nice to think that a Saturday listening session between brewers and legislators over beers helped spark a brewing renaissance in the Granite State, the reality is more complex and far more interesting.
The emergence of New Hampshire's new generation of brewers is part of the stunning increase in the number of new craft breweries that has taken place nationwide in recent years. According to data provided by the Brewers Association, in 1991, the year New Hampshire's first craft brewery opened its doors, there were 248 small breweries operating in the United States... [click headline for more]
Britain's proud brewing industry has rarely faced such tough times. Beer drinking is in decline, pubs are closing at an alarming rate, consumers are feeling the pinch and the threat of minimum alcohol pricing hovers menacingly. Despite all these problems, Andy Wood, chief executive of Suffolk brewer Adnams, is upbeat.
Perhaps it is the OBE he received last year. Or maybe it is the recent launch of Adnams Whisky. The company sold 500 bottles in the first hour and a half of it going on sale last month... [click headline for more]
The craft beer movement isn't built on hops alone: Writing and social media have played a major role in promoting craft beer, according to a University of Kentucky professor. "Craft Writing: Beer, the Digital, and Craft Culture" is the brainchild of UK writing, rhetoric and digital studies professor Jeff Rice, who will host a one-day symposium Feb. 15.
On the event's website, Rice lays out the case for craft beer as an academic topic: "Craft beer, the annual production of under six million barrels of beer by small breweries, is one of the fastest growing areas of the food industry. According to the Brewers Association, craft beer provides over 108,000 jobs and its retail dollar value in 2012 was estimated at $10.2 billion... [click headline for more]
The big day approaches. It's about the game, sure, but don't forget the fixins — and that means beer. Done right, the Super Bowl is an all-day affair, from the singed-arm-hair poof of grill ignition to the last bro-hug as the guests stumble home. And stumble they might — but not too much. All-day drinking demands a session beer. Something light and versatile, with enough flavor to keep each taste a pleasure, whether washing down hot wings or hummus, but subtle and soft enough that you don't start placing bets you can't cash. A beer with, in a word, "drinkability." I know, you've heard the term — sneered at by beer nerds or crowed by macro-brands like Coors.
It’s about to play host to its second annual Campaign for Real Ale beer festival – and this year Blackfriars will also get its very own cider festival as well.The beer festival kicks off on April 4, with a warm-up for the Witcombe Cider Festival taking place at the same venue two weeks later.
At the first Camra event, more than 100 real ales will be on sale, along with a range of ciders, perries and artisan cheeses. Live music and entertainment is being laid on throughout the weekend.
Nine-thousand pints of real ale and cider will be drunk over three days as Hull's popular beer festival returns. The Hull Real Ale and Cider Festival will once again be held at Holy Trinity Church in Market Place – bringing with it 115 different real ales and 25 ciders.
It is the third time the place of worship has hosted the event, organised by the Hull and East Yorkshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra). Festival organiser Stewart Campbell said: "We are delighted to be returning to Holy Trinity Church after the success of the past two years... [click headline for more]
Since 1516, a Bavarian food purity law mandated that beer could contain only water, malts and hops. (When yeast’s role in brewing was discovered in the 19th century, it was added to the list.) Known as the Reinheitsgebot, this law helped ensure quality, consistency — and a bit of stodginess.
About 500 years later, craft breweries around the world experiment with ingredients, often producing terrific new beers. With few exceptions, though, these innovations are not coming from Germany... [click headline for more]
My thanks to Boak & Bailey for pointing me at this interesting piece on the Bear-Flavored blog, How Not To Open a Brewery. In it, the author Derek points out how many US craft breweries are now the product not of passionate brewers but of investors who see it as a good bet and a hot business to be in. He wonders which ones will last - the products of passion, or the investments.
It immediately made me think of my experiences with German brewpubs - I realised that while the best fitted the 'passion' category (eg. Klindworths, Heidenpeters, Eschenbrau), many of them really just felt they'd been added to give the bar a bit more atmosphere and identity, and make it a bit more of a destination.. [click headline for more]
With tens of thousands of beers being produced every year by thousands of breweries around the world, there is likely to be some very interesting names for those beers. Some breweries lean towards naming beers for local landmarks, the style of beer or heroes. An example of a beer named for a landmark is Intuition Ale Works’ Silvertown, named for an area of Jacksonville, Florida’s Riverside neighborhood that was set aside for African Americans. SweetWater Brewing Company of Atlanta, Ga. is an example of a brewer that has named a beer after its style; the company’s core hoppy beer is named simply SweetWater IPA. And Pliny the Elder by the Russian River Brewing Company is named for the ancient Roman botanist that is said to have discovered hops... [click headline for more]
Not too long ago, craft beer lovers seemed to be at a consensus that brews are best served in bottles.
Andrew McLean of Michigan Mobile Canning shows how his canning machine works Andrew McLean, owner of Michigan Mobile Canning, demonstrates how the machine works during a presentation at Wayside West as part of Kalamazoo Beer Week. Now, the industry is shifting away from that line of thinking for several reasons, according to Andrew McLean, owner of Michigan Mobile Canning, a company that specializes in canning craft beers for breweries by using its mobile machine.
"Cans protect against light better, protect against oxygen better and are 100 percent recyclable," McLean said as he gave a presentation Wednesday night to beer enthusiasts at Wayside West as part of Kalamazoo Beer Week. "They're also lighter and you can carry cans a lot of different places." [click headline for more]
Ken Grossman, who owned a home brew shop in Chico, Calif., was among the first generation of craft brewers who started out as home brewers.
As Grossman recounts in his book, “Beyond the Pale: The Story of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.” (Wiley, $24.95), he cobbled together recycled dairy equipment to launch Sierra Nevada in 1980, founding one of the first craft breweries in the U.S. And, of course, his boldly bitter Sierra Nevada Pale Ale helped define the American craft beer revolution. More than 30 years later, the revolution has grown into a major business. Sierra is the second-biggest craft brewer in the U.S., based on sales volume, and the company is set to open a second brewery early this year in Mills River, N.C., near Asheville.
The pattern of homebrewers becoming professional brewers and opening breweries hasn’t changed much since Grossman’s early days... [click headline for more]
What super power would your brew empower you with? You know, like when the wonder twins [I’m really dating myself here] clashed their rings together each would say “Size of a…” name an animal or object and become that thing they needed to thwart evil. So when you enjoy your brewski and you say size of a ??? what power would you have? Leap tall buildings and then kick booty of an evil independence-hating giant?
Like most super heroes their powers are based in part on a positive character trait that is heightened to right a giant wrong or exact punishment upon an evildoer.. [click headline for more}
Legislation in the Ohio House would allow production and sale of beer with higher alcohol content in the state. The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1i9d1lC ;) that House Bill 391 would increase the maximum percentage from 12 to 21 percent. Democratic Rep. Dan Ramos has been promoting the measure, saying Ohio brewers need to be able to use the higher alcohol content to compete with beer in other states. The higher-alcohol beer couldn't have caffeine or other stimulants in it. Ramos has bipartisan support from 20 co-sponsors in his latest effort to increase the beer's punch... [click headline for more]
Britain's most beard-friendly pub has been crowned following an online poll of bristled boozers. The Cock Tavern in Hackney, London, beat Manchester's Port Street Beer House by a whisker to claim the unusual title. The poll was organised by The Beard Liberation Front, which 'campaigns in support of beards and against discrimination of those who wear them'. ... [click headline for more]
Legislation that would allow beer tastings and half-gallon containers has spawned a “beer food-fight” among factions in the industry. A bill that would allow supermarkets and other retailers to host beer tastings received a unanimous nod from a Senate panel on Thursday, but not before getting attention from lobbyists for brewers, retailers and wholesale distributors.
The committee delayed discussion of a second measure that would legalize 64-ounce growlers — containers popular among microbrew fans that allow people to take draft beer home — so that various segments of the beer industry could sort out their differences... [click headline for more]