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UK Pub giant Punch to sell off more than 800 sites

UK Pub giant Punch to sell off more than 800 sites | International Beer News | Scoop.it

 PUB company has more than 800 of its premises up for sale to the highest bidder, a report has revealed.

Punch Taverns, which owns three businesses in York and its surrounding villages, has released their Preliminary Results showing plans to dispose of 884 venues, and generate £227million.... [click headline for more]

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Is the glass half-full or half-emply for Britain's pubs? - Telegraph

Is the glass half-full or half-emply for Britain's pubs? - Telegraph | International Beer News | Scoop.it

There is nothing quite like the English pub. There are Irish bars, American saloons, and taverns of one kind or another all over the world. The German kneipe comes closest but it will never be a pub in the way that English people understand their “local”, any more than Pilsner, however wonderful, resembles ale.

Ah yes, English beer! Another thing that foxes foreigners. To their stupefaction, and to our delight, ale is best served at room temperature. Brother Hun may know all there is to know about Pilsner but the ales of England are supreme: Bateman’s of Wainfleet; Harvey’s of Lewes; Batham’s of Brierley Hill; Hook Norton of Hook Norton; and the greatest of ’em all, Timothy Taylor of Keighley. Those names, so evocative of old England, ring out like bells... [click headline for more]

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How science saved beer — NewsWorks

How science saved beer — NewsWorks | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie are, without question, classic components of a Thanksgiving Day meal. Still, more than a few people are thankful that beer is just as soaked with tradition; especially when it comes to the football-watching part of the holiday. It's one reason why breweries across the country are utterly obsessed with controlling tiny, tiny bacteria that cause spoilage. They know they're in big trouble if you end up cursing your drink more than the game... [click headline for more]

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Don’t put that cask of ale away just yet

Don’t put that cask of ale away just yet | International Beer News | Scoop.it

This weekend, at the Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto, six to seven thousand punters will brave the cool weather to drink a kind of ale that goes back to the Iron Age. Some 316 barrels, each containing a different brew, will be tapped in celebration of what Cask Days organizer Tomas Morana calls “the rawest way to serve beer.” In Canada, it also happens to be the trendiest... [click headline for more]

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Does Craft Beer Fail Its Female Fan Base?

Does Craft Beer Fail Its Female Fan Base? | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Not every craft-beer drinker is an upper-middle-class, bearded white male in his 20s or 30s, with disposable income to blow on bottles of Westvleteren 12.

At this year’s Great American Beer Festival, the Chief Economist for the Brewers Association, Dr. Bart Watson, presented a series of surprising numbers. One of the stats: Women ages 21-34 now consume craft beer over the national average, which means that they represent one of craft beer’s strongest groups of supporters. Even more telling: Females 21-34 represent 15% of total craft-beer consumption... [click headline for more]

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6 craft beer terms every beer geek should know

6 craft beer terms every beer geek should know | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Even if you haven’t yet fallen into the craft beer rabbit hole — a warren of minutia and terminology that can make even a brewer’s head spin — it’s helpful to get a grasp on some of the more common terms that beer writers and beer geeks use to discuss the beverage that enthralls them.

Here’s a selection of six terms that we’ve seen tossed around in beer reviews and at events without much explanation. Though there won’t be a test on the vocab, we’d recommend studying up anyway; it’s a great excuse to sit down with a pint or two... [click headline for more]

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Craft beer education classes make learning fun in Vancouver

Craft beer education classes make learning fun in Vancouver | International Beer News | Scoop.it

On first impression, things look pretty serious. About two dozen people have gathered in a darkened conference room at a Whistler hotel for a seminar. But while the two-hour history lesson features a large screen highlighting facts and figures, it also involves something that’s normally frowned upon in class: drinking beer.... [click headline for more]

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Brewers battle the Craft Beer Black Market

Brewers battle the Craft Beer Black Market | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Your next specialty beer could cost you a lot more. High demand for craft beers is creating a black market for some small batch brews, and unauthorized dealers are selling the beers underground (or online) for inflated prices up to 20 times above retail.

"Whether it's a top-rated brew or one with new or seasonal ingredients, everyone wants to get their hands on exclusive batches. The demand is certainly there, and people are stepping in to fulfill that need in unsavory ways," said beer cicerone Anne Becerra... [click headline for more]

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China is getting a taste for craft beers, but not for craft brewing

China is getting a taste for craft beers, but not for craft brewing | International Beer News | Scoop.it

There's no shortage of beer in China. In sheer volume, China produces more beer than any other country. It's even expected to overtake the US as the most valuable beer market in just a few years. The problem, according to a lot of beer aficionados, is that most of it isn't very good.

 

Chinese people joke that the local lagers — stuff like Tsingtao or Snow — could easily pass for water. Some people even drink it to rehydrate after getting drunk on other alcohol. But tastes here are starting to change... [click headline for more]

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9 Beers to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

9 Beers to Get You in the Holiday Spirit | International Beer News | Scoop.it

If you drink only one holiday beer this season, you're missing out.

Two colleagues and I lined up 10 beers for sampling purposes. We sipped. We noshed. Sartori's Merlot Bellavitana, with its plum and berry notes, goes surprisingly well with these beers. We sipped some more. Here are the top five of the 10 we tried, beginning with the favorite:

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Craft Beer Jubilee: 6 Must-Hit Winter Ale Festivals - Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine

Craft Beer Jubilee: 6 Must-Hit Winter Ale Festivals - Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine | International Beer News | Scoop.it

This winter promises a lineup of holiday and cold weather ale festivals across the country. Mark your calendars and make a date to check out at least one of these festivals. You’ll be glad you did... [click headline for more]

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A Not-So Nefarious History of Craft and Crafty Beer

A Not-So Nefarious History of Craft and Crafty Beer | International Beer News | Scoop.it

It was recently announced that Anheuser-Busch plans to acquire Bend, Oregon’s 10 Barrel Brewery, once again firing up the craft vs. crafty debate. The term “crafty” here is a reference to a big brewery’s attempt at masquerading as a small craft brewery, and it was used most prominently by the Brewers Association in a press release entitled “Craft vs. Crafty: A Statement from the Brewers Association,” which they issued in December of 2012... [click headline for more]

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British beer: Can Americans “Do” English beer? - LA Post-Examiner

British beer: Can Americans “Do” English beer? - LA Post-Examiner | International Beer News | Scoop.it

When I say ‘beer’ I mean ale.

This beer is the English-style pale ale, Shell Raiser, which is now on the taps at every Greene Turtle bar. I tasted it in Columbia, MD, but it’s available everywhere in the Baltimore region. English beer is popular here on the East Coast of the USA and the Greene Turtle has brewed this English-style pale ale made with crystal malts and English and American hops. Well, does it taste English?  ... [click headline for more]

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Bacardi's Cuban Style Craft Beer, sold exclusively in South Florida for the past 100 years, launches its national distribution in New York City Dec. 1 at Havana Centre

Bacardi's Cuban Style Craft Beer, sold exclusively in South Florida for the past 100 years, launches its national distribution in New York City Dec. 1 at Havana Centre | International Beer News | Scoop.it

As part of its centennial celebration, HATUEY beer is now making its distinguished, Cuban style craft brew available in New York. To commemorate the launch, a VIP reception is being held at a restaurant in Times Square on Monday, Dec. 1st from 7pm to 10pm. The New York City market is the first stop to the brand's eventual east coast expansion. Until now, it was sold exclusively in South Florida. In order to expand the brand in the northeast, HATUEY has proudly joined with a leader in the distribution industry, OAK BEVERAGES, INC.

The event will feature a live band playing Cuban music and a cigar roller, as a tribute to HATUEY beer's culture and heritage, as well as its new brand ambassador, Camille Arroyo, the mirror image of the iconic Cuban beauty depicted in the painting, "Beer Me" by Abdul Delgado... [click headline for more]

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This app can tell which brew is right for you

This app can tell which brew is right for you | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Ever gotten stuck in a grocery aisle debating what beer or wine to buy? For college students on a strict budget, that risk can sometimes cause frustration.

Now Next Glass, a new smartphone application that launched today, can provide newbies with some guidance.

The app was inspired by a disappointing restaurant experience Next Glass CEO and founder Kurt Taylor had with his father. The two ordered an expensive bottle of wine per the waiter’s recommendation but ended up disliking it... [click headline for more]

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10 Great Beer Books: Holiday Gift Guide 2014

10 Great Beer Books: Holiday Gift Guide 2014 | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Recent books on beer that have hit the market cover food, British beer, home brewing, overviews, world history and much more. With the holidays coming up, here's a primer to what came out in 2014 for the beer lover in your life ... [click headline for more]

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Craft Beer Heroes: Miro — The Crafty Pint

Craft Beer Heroes: Miro — The Crafty Pint | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Brewers make beer. Without them there would be no beer. Thus it's easy to fall into the trap of focusing on them and them only as the stars of the beer world, especially in the craft beer industry where doors are almost always open and access to brewers – often with a beer in their hand and a smile on their face – is easy.

But the people that make the beers we love are only one part of the broader picture. Without the work of myriad others those beers would never make it from their hands to yours and you would know far less about it than you do. This new regular feature on The Crafty Pint is here to right the wrong, one that we've been guilty of too, by shining a light on the heroes of the craft beer world that don't own a brewery or make beer but, without whom, the beer world wouldn't be the place it is... [click headline for more]

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U.K. Vote Allows Pubs to Opt Out of Buying Owners’ Beer

U.K. Vote Allows Pubs to Opt Out of Buying Owners’ Beer | International Beer News | Scoop.it

It looks like last call for a 400-year-old British rule requiring many pubs here to buy their beer from the large companies that own them.

Shares in Britain’s largest pub companies fell sharply Wednesday after lawmakers voted the previous evening to allow “tenanted” pubs to buy their beer on the open market. The change would let publicans opt out of the so-called “beer tie,” a centuries-old system that critics say force publicans to overpay for beer.... [click headline for more]

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Craft beer pairings for your Thanksgiving feast : Out and About at WRAL.com

Craft beer pairings for your Thanksgiving feast : Out and About at WRAL.com | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and supermarkets have all the ingredients for the big meal filling the aisles. Once you come up with a menu, your next thoughts might be about the beer you’re going to serve.

Most people gravitate towards wine because that’s always been the thing to do. The old “proper dinner setting” always had a glass for tea, soda or water and a wine glass for red or white wine set on the table. Well, it’s the 21st century now! We think craft beer is more appropriate... [click headline for more]

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These British beer innovators are driving the craft beer scene forward

These British beer innovators are driving the craft beer scene forward | International Beer News | Scoop.it

LONDON — It's no secret that craft beer is having a moment in the UK. From Aberdeen's Brewdog to the Craft Beer Co. in Brighton, the number of people brewing, selling, buying and supping interesting brews is growing every week.

Majestic have just reported a 165% increase in sales year-on-year as consumers run screaming from the mass-produced gassy lagers to something more interesting.

“Craft beers bridge the gap between wine and beer," their chief executive Steve Lewis told the Evening Standard this week. "People want something special and more interesting so we are moving away from sales of mass-produced beers,” he added... [click headline for more]

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Mapped: Beer sales around the world - who drinks the most? - Telegraph

Mapped: Beer sales around the world - who drinks the most? - Telegraph | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Does Europe still have a brewing desire for beer? Or have the emerging markets taken over this continent's love of the hop?

According to the world's second largest brewing company, SABMiller, Europe's not quite in love with beer anymore. Last week, SABMiller reported lower sales in Europe for beer, but data estimates from Euromonitor International about beer volume sales and growth shows Europeans still have a strong taste for the drink.

In fact, the country that consumes the most beer per head is the Czech Republic with 143 litres of the stuff consumed per person out of 80 countries Euromonitor has data for. In total - not surprisingly some would say - China consumed the most beer in 2014 with 54bn litres of the stuff consumed... [click headline for more]

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Nissos - a Greek 'boutique' beer now on Australian shores | Neos Kosmos

Nissos - a Greek 'boutique' beer now on Australian shores | Neos Kosmos | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Nissos, a 'boutique' beer produced in the heart of the Aegean Sea on the island of Tinos, is making its debut in Australia. Considering its award-winning journey within only 15 months of the production of its first bottle, this Greek craft beer coming to our shores is set to deliver a new refreshing experience for all those who appreciate a good beer.

At a time when businesses in Greece were shutting down the one after the other, four aspirational people - Alexandros Kouris, the well-known in Greece travel journalist Maya Tsokli, and Elina and Kostis Dalas - decided to set the foundation stone of their microbrewery Nissos... [click headline for more]

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Festive Pub of the Year competition hotting up

Festive Pub of the Year competition hotting up | International Beer News | Scoop.it

It may be cold and wet outside but our Festive Pub of the Year competition is really hotting up. Review readers have been voting in their numbers and more than 30 nominations have already been received.

The Retailer of the Year committee - which comprises of the Review, St Albans District Council, St Albans Chamber and St Albans Civic Society - has challenged city centre pubs to push the boat out in a bid to be crowned St Albans Festive Pub of the Year... [click headline for more]

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Best craft beer in London - London's best craft beer and ale

Best craft beer in London - London's best craft beer and ale | International Beer News | Scoop.it

There was a time when if you wanted a drink in London, you had just two options: foetid water straight from the Thames, or regular lager. Then the craft beer revolution took hold, and suddenly we were spoilt for delicious choice. Now, with more than 40 microbreweries in the city, craft beer is more popular than ever, and certainly isn't the preserve of beanie-wearing Hackneyites with their fancy moustaches. It's a revolution, it's for the people! However, the variety and choice can be overwhelming, so we've picked 20 of London's most brilliant beers to get you started. Happy drinking... [click headline for more]

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Left Hand Brewing leads the way for women

Left Hand Brewing leads the way for women | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Rachael Cardwell grunts as she lifts the 50-pound bag of oats off the grated metal floor in Left Hand Brewing Company's production factory.

With the bag wedged between her chest and the metal silo in front of her, Cardwell leans toward an opening pouring the oats into a batch of the Longmont brewery's staple milk stout.

Cardwell, 28, is the the 21-year-old brewery's first woman brewer and the only one in Boulder County, aside from a few female brewery owners who play many roles including brewer, according to a recent survey conducted by the Times-Call... [click headline for more]

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