Monday, 28 September 2009

BrewDog launches 'Nanny State'

After critisism of their 18.2% beer Tokyo, BrewDog have launched a new beer at 1.1%, called Nanny State.

The new beer is described as 'a mild imperial ale containing more hops per barrel than any other beer ever brewed in the UK'.

Read the report from BBC News

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Thursday, 24 September 2009

UK Beer Festivals w/e 25-27 September 2009

Thirsty? Fancy a drop of real ale?

Here is a list of all the ral ale events happenning in the UK this weekend

Real Ale Events

A special mention for our fellow Twitterers who are hosting Beer Festivals this weekend:

Kilvert's Beer Festival, Hay-on-Wye

The Castle Inn Beer Festival, West Lulworth

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Friday, 18 September 2009

International Beer Challenge 2009 Winners

The judging for the International Beer Challenge 2009 is now complete. Over 30 expert judges from the international beer industry blind tasted 300 beers and bronze, silver and gold medals were awarded.

Well done to all the winners.

The complete list of winners can be found HERE

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Thursday, 17 September 2009

Beer Festivals for weekend 19-20 September 2009

Looking for a real ale event this weekend?

They're all listed Here

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Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Stiff competition for erotic brew

Brewer Juergen Hopf has launched a libido-boosting beer in the UK.

He claims he made the uplifting discovery by accident when machines at his automated brewery in Schoenbrunn in Bavaria, Germany, broke down.

According to Juergen, the erotic tonic is better than Viagra with an "instant" effect.

Read the full story from The Sun

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Friday, 11 September 2009

CAMRA Good Beer Guide puts West Yorkshire first

WEST Yorkshire is Britain’s biggest region for real ale – and Huddersfield is one of its hotspots.

Figures show that West Yorkshire has the most real ale breweries in the UK with 34, with many of them in the Huddersfield area.

Mick Moss, Camra’s regional director for Yorkshire, said: “Despite many pubs struggling in the current economic climate, this year’s Good Beer Guide highlights that the real ale scene in Yorkshire is thriving.

Read the full Article from the Huddersfield Examiner

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Thursday, 10 September 2009

UK Beer Festivals for the Weekend 12/13 September

Find all the UK real ale events in one place


CAMRA launches Good Beer Guide 2010

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has today launched the 37th edition of its annual Good Beer Guide which features the best 4,500 real ale pubs in Britain.

CAMRA's 100,000 strong membership fully update and revise the Guide every year, thereby guaranteeing to supply the reader with the most up to date publication in helping to locate the best pint of real ale. There are a total of 1297 new entries in this year's Guide.

To celebrate the launch of the Good Beer Guide 2010, CAMRA has announced the 16 CAMRA Regional Pubs of the Year winners. These are the pubs that have been hailed as the very best real ale pubs in the country.

Central Southern: Royal Oak Inn, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8DF
East Anglia: Wheatsheaf, Writtle, Essex, CM1 3DU
East Midlands: Old Oak Inn, Horsley Woodhouse, Derbyshire, DE7 6AW
Greater London: Bricklayer's Arms, Putney, SW15 1DD
Greater Manchester: Crown Hotel, Worthington, Gtr Manchester, WN1 2XF
Kent: Bull, Horton Kirby, Kent, DA4 9DF
Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales: Golden Lion Inn, Llangynhafal, LL16 4LN
North East: Boathouse Inn, Wylam, Northumberland, NE41 8HR
Scotland and NI: Albert Tavern, Freuchie, Fife, KY15 7EX
South and Mid Wales: Severn Arms, Penybont, LD1 5UA
South West: Old Spot, Dursley, Gloucestershire, GL11 4JQ
Surrey and Sussex: Royal Oak, Friday Street, West Sussex, RH12 4QA
Wessex: Prince of Wales, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 8AL
West Midlands: Cock Hotel, Wellington, Shropshire, TF1 2DL
West Pennines: Taps, Lytham, Lancashire, FY8 5LE
Yorkshire: Kelham Island Tavern, Sheffield, S3 8RW

The National Pub of the Year winner will be judged from the final 16 Regional Pubs of the Year and announced in February 2010.

The Good Beer Guide 2010 features 1297 new pub entries and 71 new breweries.

For more information on the Good Beer Guide, visit the CAMRA website

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Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Are women better beer tasters than men?

Are women better beer tasters than men?
Women have been handed a most unlikely victory in the battle of the sexes - and it's enough to make grown men weep.

A new brewery opens in Australia next year and they will be looking for about a dozen professional beer tasters.

The majority of these jobs are expected to go to women because they apparently make better beer tasters.

Read the full article Here

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Tuesday, 8 September 2009

'Udders Orchard

‘udders orchard make cider from ordinary apples from in and around Huddersfield. Thousands of apple trees grow without want for their apples. ‘udders orchard lovingly make cider from these unloved, uncared for apples.

Are you in or around Huddersfield?

Do you have an apple tree but can’t use all your apples?

‘udders orchard will clear them up and take them away saving you valuable time.

You will also get a bottle of the finished product!

For more details see the ‘udders orchard website

visit us at

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Timothy Taylor 2009 Prize Quiz

To enter the Quiz, simply solve the clues which will produce Two of the Hop Varieties that Timothy Taylor's Brewery uses in the Golden Squares.

Most of the answers have connections with brewing and drinking beer.

1st Prize £250 plus Timothy Taylor Goodie Bag
Plus 5 x Runner up Goodie Bag Prizes

Print off the page Here

Closing date February 28th 2010

This weekend's Beer Festivals.

From the Trossachs to Ashford via Ulverston, Anglesey & Ipswich.

See them all Here

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Binge drink your way to a bigger beer belly

Drinking a bottle of wine or five pints of beer in an evening instead of over the course of a week gives you a big waist, British researchers say.

They found the pattern of drinking rather than the total amount of alcohol consumed has a greater effect on waist size. Men who binged had a waist size 2.3 inches (6cm) bigger than men who drank the same overall amount of alcohol but spread it out across the week, the study found.

The findings are significant because abdominal fat has been shown to be more dangerous for the heart than fat carried around the bottom and has been linked to diabetes and heart disease.

Read the full article from the Daily Telegraph Here

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Free pints to tackle binge drinking among young adults

Alcohol charity Drinkaware is today (1st September) unveiling a £100 million campaign to encourage 18-24 year olds to evaluate their drinking habits and in the long term, change the social acceptability of drunkenness.

In a new approach to tackling alcohol misuse, pubs, bars, phoneboxes, supermarkets and off licences around the country will carry campaign posters, drink mats, stickers and shelf strips presenting tips for smarter drinking. The campaign’s ‘Why let good times go bad?’ logo and strapline will also be featured on 13 million products including neck labels on bottles, cans and multi-packs. Free pints of water from pubs, bars and clubs to encourage young adult drinkers to pace their drinking is one of four creative executions people will see linked with the campaign.

The Campaign for Smarter Drinking is funded by the drinks industry and run in partnership with Government. The biggest ever responsible drinking campaign will present young adults with practical tips to help them curb the ill effects of their drinking: eating a meal; drinking water or soft drinks between alcoholic drinks; looking after mates and planning your journey home.

See the full press release Here