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West Berkshire Brewery - IPAnema
West Berkshire Brewery - IPAnema

►IPAnema Launched! - West Berkshire Brewery is in full swing with IPAnema (4.0% abv) - A celebratory brew that may well last longer than our national side!


This hoppy IPA has been brewed especially for Fifa Football World Cup™ in Brazil.  Rio's Beach and it's famous girls have everything in common with this golden, citrusy IPanema - 'tall - tanned and truly lovely' - a bitter sweet hoppy beer, that exudes spices and summer zesty tangerines.   A brew to be savoured on a warm summers day.  Buy direct from West Berkshire Brewery -

Treboom Maillot Blanc - Beer Searcher
Treboom Maillot Blanc

►Industry award winning, Treboom Brewery are 'banging the drum' once again - announcing the arrival of their Yorkshire saison - Maillot Blanc.


The beer is a tribute to the holder of the Maillot Blanc or white jersey, worn by the best-placed rider under 26 years old in the Tour de France.


Treboom is a micro-brewery located near York and is celebrating, with others, the presence of the great Tour de France Cycle race and The Grande Depart on 6th and 7th July this year.


The saison has been specially crafted, using crushed coriander and lemon peel to create a honey coloured beer that is both aromatic and strong in flavour.   Available in cask and a limited edition of 500 hand-numbered 75-ml champagne style bottles. This 'Belgium-styled' beer along with attractive labelling and pump designs will be available from the end of June.  Read Full Press Release

Beer News in Brief

►Compass Brewery beers now stocked in Oddbins nationally

Early this year the Oxfordshire based Compass Brewery was asked by Oddbins to create a collaboration brew that was innovative and challenged the drinker. The result was Oddbins No.2, available exclusively from Oddbins: a 4.5% pale Koelsch-style beer brewed with smoked malt. Pale and refreshing, its sweet smoky flavours will match well with barbequed food this summer.   You can also find a range of Compass beers at Oddbins from Aberdeen to Poole (and of course from Oxford's own Little Clarendon St branch).

►Hopping Mad Brewery announces closure.  On the 16th June 2014, the Hopping Mad Brewery announced that is will be closing.  The Brewery is currently in talks with various interested parties to try and keep the brand alive.  All remaining stock can be purchased from Bacchus Wine in Olney.

It has been reported that whilst craft beer has a 'relatively small market share' - four out of ten publicans are already exploring the possibility of stocking 'Craft'.  This reflects a belief that it attracts a broader set of drinkers, and the profit margins can be higher for those publicans stocking 'craft beer'.

West Berkshire Brewery is proud to be releasing a special beer in memory of those who served in World War 1. Called ‘Tommy Atkins Traditional Ale’ .'The beer is a fitting commemoration of this significant milestone in world history.'  Brewed to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War in memory of those who were lost and in gratitude to those who served. The beer will be bottled and launched at the Heroes at Highclere Castle in early August.

Customers both new and old also believe that drinking craft beer is a 'special experience', and paying up to 90p per pint more for a pint is good value.  This was a typical response Beer Searcher received, when questioning real-Ale drinkers in two recent beer fests in the South East.

Sharp's Connoisseur Range of Ales

Sharp's Brewery introduce a 'Connoisseurs' range of bottled beers

Sharp's 'Connoisseurs' range of bottled beers are just that - complex brews that can serve to satisfy most tastes and accompaniments.   Beer Searcher reports on the current availability of these ales that are often brewed in small batches with limited availability.


Current availability:
No.1 Quadruple Ale (abv 10%)
No.3 Honey Spice Tripel (abv 10%)
No.4 Single Brew Reserve (abv 4.5%)
No.5 Spices Red (abv 9%)
No. 6 Dubble Coffee Stout (abv 7%)


Collectors and imbibers of these special beers will recall the early releases at the beginning of the year.  They were Honey Spice Wheat Beer (abv 6.4%)

St Endoc Double (abv 8.5%) and Massive Ale (abv 10%).  For those unfamiliar with these very special beers, it is worth taking a look at their complexity which is a prime indicator of current brews in the ' Connoisseur' range: 


Honey Spice Wheat Beer  (abv 6.4%) was brewed with Golding and Borek hops, wheat and barley malts, fermented with local honey and conditioned with spices for over six months - described as being light, spritzy and sparkling.


St Edoc Double  (abv 8.5%) brewed with Hallerton Northern Brewer and Challenge hops, Simpsons pale ale, Fawcett's crystal and French & Jupps choco malts, all brewed with dark Belgian candy sugar, Cornish yeast and fermented in open fermentors.  Conditioned for 9 months with fresh Styrian Goldine hops introduced before Krausener, bottling and cold storage prior to release!


Massive Ale  (abv 10%) - brewed with Northdown and Perle hops and a selection of good-quality malts and candy sugars.  Fermented and conditioned over the course of 12 months.  The beer is unfiltered and bottle conditioned.


As with all of the above, the flavour will improve with time and cool upright storage will ensure best results.  Beer Searcher recommends a mix case purchase.  See Sharp's brewery for further details.


Badger - Billy Stinger

This summer’s Tour De France will be celebrated by Moorhouse’s Brewery with French Biere de Garde style cask ale

On Yer Bike (4.2% abv) is the latest brew in an ambitious range of special ales from the ‘North West’s newest regional brewer’.  It is being rolled out for July 2014 to celebrate the UK visit of the world’s greatest cycle race, part of which will be held in Yorkshire.   Moorhouse have brewed in the classic easy drinking method, malt driven, in the French Biere de Garde style.  The brewer says that it is a blonde tipple with an upfront sweetness from the pale, pilsner and Munich malts, leading in to  ‘a dry lingering finish’.  Floral notes are present from the French Alsace hop Aramis, backed with a hint of lime from the Slovenian Aurora hop.

Badger - Billy Stinger

Badger Launches Spring Nettle Ale. (4.5% ABV)

Not unsurprisingly, Badger have called this ale Billy Stinger.  Loaded with refreshingly herbal flavours and a grassy aroma, Billy Stinger is brewed with nettles releasing a subtle herbal character that lingers on the palate.  It compliments a nice Thai currey, roast lamb or even Asian style fishcakes.


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Smoked Porter


Saltaire Brewery have teamed up with the Northern Monk Brewery to create a Smoked Porter (6% abv).  Released last month, this dark red to black porter releases rich dark flavours from German malts, leaving a satin smooth taste in the mouth.  Saltaire hope to produce a further collaboration brew with Dark Star Brewing Company in July 2014.



Pubs are Great launch - Mike Jordan / Brandon Lewis

Beer Searcher’s Mike Jordan Meets Local Government and Pubs Minister Brandon Lewis MP at the Launch of the ‘Pubs are GREAT' website

The launch, which took place on the 20 May at the Phoenix, Victoria, was co-hosted with The British Beer & Pub Association (BPPA) and in conjunction with Inapub. The website is a new feature of the successful and high profile GREAT Britain initiative, led by ... more

Adnams - Mosaic

Adnams' Jack Brand Mosaic Pale Ale now in 330m bottles

The success in cask and keg of the Jack Brand Mosaic Pale Ale has led to its inclusion in 330m bottles.  The Mosaic hop variety was released in 2012 after a successful cross-pairing of two different hop varieties.  The resulting flavours and aromas were considered to be outstanding.  The result is a blonde beer with a dry hoppy finish loaded with the Mosaic hop character.  It is perhaps worth mentioning that last year, Adnams bacame the first UK Brewery to carbon footprint their bottled beer range.


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Moorhouse - Eldorado

Moorhouse's two limited edition summer ales

May poles the inaugural appearance of Eldorado (4.2%abv).  A naturally golden coloured beer, strongly flavoured with summer fruits and supported with a sweet biscuit taste from the Maris Otter malt.  The single hop, American Eldorado gives it its name and a rich full flavour.

Moorhouse - Vanilla Cream Ale



'Flaming June' will see a cooling off with a Vanilla Cream Ale - 3.9%abv.  This ale returns from last year, with good form and an interesting mix of New Zealand Wakatu hops and Madagascan bourbon vanilla.


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Black Sheep - re-brand

Black Sheep reveals new-look label

No 'bleating about the bush' as Black Sheep reveals new-look label.  Black Sheep is the first of the Masham Brewery range to receive its new coat!  The original design dates back to 1992 when the ale was first launched.  The new bottles will be distributed to pubs and retailers from May.



Dark matter - Peerless Brewing Company

Peerless Brewing Company reveals two new summer brews

Of prime interest is Dark Matter - (3.6% abv).   A black mild ale completely devoid of hops, yet garnishing the palate with eight compete malts - Oats, Munich, Crystal, Special B, Abbey, Wheat, Pale and Roast.  Surprisingly, there is still a perceived bitter note through the roast malt.  Classified as a an excellent dark beer session ale, bursting with flavour and at a modest abv.


Accompanying Dark Matter will be Boston Red - a pale red malty beer that has a high fruit quality with a hoppiness born in the USA from American Chinook and Columbus hops.  The anticipated intense malt from Belgium Abbey and and Special B should create biscuit and raisin overtones.  At 4.5% ABV this is a second beer produced for the baseball-themed brews.

Thwaites - Louder than 10

Thwaites - Louder Than 10

Do we start with the homage to the film classic 'This is Spinal Tap' celebrating its 30th anniversary this year?  Or, that Thwaites have created a distinctive double IPA with intense bitter notes, a distinct pine flavour embellished with spicy grapefruit overtones?  Either way, it will be available this month, brewed in Thwaite's brew house, Crafty Dan, and its eighth signature ale to hit the markets in 2014.


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