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Beers For New Year’s Eve

The Christmas decorations are starting to wilt, the turkey carcass is finally in the bin, and you’re ready for one last hurrah before returning to normality: it’s New Year’s Eve.

Even if you’ve sworn you can’t eat any more festive food, there’s always room for New Year’s Eve nibbles. I love canapes with a passion, these miniature, condensed versions of...

Beers For Your Festive Cheeseboard!

Put away the port, retire the red wine, and bring out the beer with the Christmas cheeseboard this year. Why beer, instead of the traditional fortified wines? For a few very good reasons.

  1. All beer has fizz, carbonation, sparkle: little bubbles of CO2 which act like a scrubbing brush on your tongue after you’ve had a mouthful of cheese....

Fuller’s Three Wise Men on sale to raise funds for prostate cancer awareness

Fuller, Smith & Turner has joined forces with Prostate Cancer UK for the third consecutive festive season to brew the hugely popular Wise Men – a beer designed specifically to raise money for, and awareness of, prostate cancer.

The cask ale was officially launched today and will be available during December in Fuller’s managed and tenanted pubs and independent free...

Q3 2018 Beer Barometer – beer sales grow, but sector needs certainty on Brexit, says BBPA

Beer sales in the third quarter of 2018 were up 4.4% on the same period in 2017, according to the latest Beer Barometer sales data from the British Beer & Pub Association.

Pubs (referred to as the On-Trade) in particular benefited from the much-needed boost, enjoying their first third quarter growth in over 15 years, with sales increasing by...

Lancaster Brewery announces record profit and significant investment plans

Award winning Lancaster-based brewer and regional leisure venue operator, Lancaster Brewery, has filed record pre-tax profits of £667,102 in 2017/2018 - up 88% year on year - and has announced significant investment plans for 2019.

Lancaster Brewery, which owns top Lancashire and Cumbria hospitality venues including The Brewhouse & Tap and The Sun Hotel & Bar in Lancaster, The Mill...

CAMRA names 4 best pubs

CAMRA has named the best four pubs in the country as part of its Pub of the Year 2018 competition, one of the most respected and well-known pub awards in the UK.

Among the finalists is the Volunteer Arms (Staggs) in Musselburgh, a traditional local decorated with wooden floors, wood panelling and mirrors from defunct local breweries. Run...

What Ails Cask Ale? (Part Two)

(Reproduced courtesy of Pete Brown. Follow him here.)

After talking last week about some general attitudes and behaviours around cask ale, this week I’m focusing in on the sense I got from research about some specific issues around how cask is presented to the consumer.

Everyone has their own opinions about cask. The main reason we do...

Pete Brown talks about Cask Report research

Here’s a video of beer journalist, and 9 time Cask Report writer Pete Brown talking about his research for the 2018-19 Cask Report.

Interesting Points:

People are interest in benefits, not features...

Quality always matters! Closely linked to awareness and knowledge.

The vast majority of drinkers have a preference to a cooler cask ale temperature when served.

 When licensees are...

What Ails Cask Ale? (Part One)

(Reproduced courtesy of Pete Brown. Follow him here.)

The latest edition of the Cask Report has prompted quite the debate around the plight and possible future of cask. I didn’t write the Report this year (well, only bits of it) but I did do the research behind it. With a head full of stats, here’s my take. 

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Ale Enthusiasts bound together by Cask Marque Ale Trail

A group of ale enthusiasts brought together by Cask Marque’s ‘Ale Trail’ have forged a firm friendship after becoming Ale Ambassadors for the brand.

Drinkers are awarded ‘Ale Ambassador’ status by Cask Marque when they scan 500 or more Cask Marque certificates, using the Caskfinder app. Caskfinder users are encouraged to seek out the certificate in Cask Marque accredited pubs...

Cask Report 2018-19

Download the Cask Report 2018-19 and read about the action plan to tackle cask's decline in sales.

One of the key points in the report is TEMPERATURE

Research found that 85% of licensees interviewed say they take pride in cask ale and getting it right.

Yet 69% of pubs are serving cask ale at over 13 degrees centigrade during the...

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