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Cask ale week launch

Cask Ale Week 2015

Cask Ale Week is in full swing All over the country breweries and pubs are running events and promotions to celebrate Britain’s national drink. From beer festivals and tutored tastings to new brews and free pint offers, there is a wide array of activities. This year the Week takes on a special significance. Findings of the recently published 2015 Cask Report show cask beer, or ‘real ale’ drinkers to be the lifeline of tens of thousands of British pubs. They visit more often, and over the course of the year, spend nearly double the average.* “Cask Ale Week is a great [...]

CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain 2012

In a remarkable turn around from recent years, CAMRA haven’t this year selected a run-of-the-mill real ale as their champion real ale  beer of Britain but Coniston Brewery No9 Barley Wine. A beer brewed once a year and described as ‘Rich in fruit flavours with Marzipan, herbal hoppiness and Cognac overtones finishing with a warming alcohol essence. The residual sweetness is balanced by large amounts of best English Goldings Hops. ‘ What’s more, it’s 8.5%! That should get the anti-alcohol lobby nicely envigorated… Good news indeed for Coniston Brewery as the same beer only managed third overall at the CAMRA Winter [...]

CAMRA Champion Winter Beer of Britain 2012

Driftwood brewery’s (of St Agnes, Cornwall) ‘Alfie’s Revenge’ has been crowned the Supreme Champion Winter Beer of Britain 2012 by a panel of judges at the National Winter Ales Festival in Manchester. The 6.5% ABV old ale is described in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2012 as a ‘strong and fruity, well-balanced premium ale’. The winners list: Old Ales and Strong Milds category Gold- Driftwood, Alfie’s Revenge (St Agnes, Cornwall) Joint Silver- Nant, Mwnci Nell (Llanrwst, Conwy) Joint Silver- Brunswick, Black Sabbath (Derby, Derbyshire) Bronze- Beowulf, Dark Raven (Brownhills, Staffordshire) Porters category Gold- Hammerpot, Bottle Wreck Porter (Poling, West Sussex) Silver- Blythe, Johnson’s (Hamstall Ridware, Staffordshire) Bronze- Sulwath, Black Galloway (Castle [...]