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Bath Ales signs deal to export beers to Russia

January 25, 2014

Bath Ales has signed a deal to export beer to Russia, which becomes the Bristol brewery’s tenth overseas customer.

The deal makes the land of vodka and caviar the firm’s largest foreign market at a stroke, ahead of Brazil and New Zealand.

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The deal with Russia will see Bath Ales’ flagship beer, Gem, as well as Wild Hare, Dark Side and Barnsey, available in the off-trade market nationwide. Distribution will be handled from Moscow.

Bath ales says shipments for sale abroad doubled in 2013 and the brewer intends to double sales again in 2014.

Export manager Moussa Clarke said: “Demand for quality craft beer overseas is booming and we’re confident the quality of our products will see us deliver further success.

“We currently export to countries as far away as Mexico, Brazil and New Zealand as well as closer to home in Europe, and this year we’re planning to significantly increase our distribution abroad.

“We’ve been working hard to build our reputation overseas. This new deal sets the tone for what we can achieve.”

Sharpham 2011 Dart Valley Reserve leads the pack at South West Vineyard Association 2013 Awards

September 16, 2013

Sharpham Vineyard’s 2011 Dart Valley Reserve was named South West Wine of the Year at The South West Vineyard Association 2013 Awards.

Sharpham from Devon, Camel Valley from Cornwall and Furleigh Estate from Dorset all scooped gold at the awards for the region’s booming wine industry.

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Camel Valley won two golds for two 2010 sparkling vintages, Annie’s Anniversary and White Pinot.
Furleigh took gold for its 2010 sparkling rose and Sharpham for the 2011 Dart Valley Reserve white wine.

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Trooper Inn and Old Spot Inn up for Camra Pub of the Year as Good Beer Guide 2014 is launched

September 12, 2013

Two south west pubs, the Trooper Inn in Stourton Caundle, Dorset and the Old Spot Inn in Dursley, Gloucestershire, are in the running to be named Camra National Pub of the Year 2013.

The two pubs, named the best in Wessex and the south west regions respectively, are among 16 pubs that have made the shortlist for the accolade.

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The shortlist was released to coincide with the launch of the 2014 Good Beer Guide, which reveals that despite the difficult business climate 187 new breweries have opened across the UK in the past 12 months, an increase of 14%.

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St Austell Brewery’s Korev Cornish lager now only outsold by Tribute as sales rocket

September 10, 2013

Some interesting news for beer fans – St Austell Brewery’s Cornish lager Korev is now its second highest-selling beer behind Tribute just three years after being launched.

The growth seems to have been helped by some strong pick-up on draught, with the brewery signing an exclusive deal with the Browns brasserie chain in the summer to serve the 4.8% lager – whose name is the Cornish for beer – in all of its 27 locations across the UK.

It is also the only draught lager served Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall and the only lager the Tanner brothers serve in their excellent Barbican Kitchen restaurant in Plymouth.

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10th South West Chef of the Year competition – judged by Michael Caines, James Tanner, Simon Hulstone, Mark Hix, Nathan Outlaw and … are you crying yet?

August 15, 2013

It’s important you don’t get intimidated in competitions, but entrants into the 10th South West Chef of the Year competition would be allowed a whimper when they see the judging panel includes Michael Caines, Nathan Outlaw, James Tanner, Simon Hulstone, Mark Hix, Nathan Outlaw and more.

Entries are now open for the competition aimed at experienced pros, up and coming young chefs and amateur cooks.

A new class is being launched this year, the Junior Class, aimed at children aged 11 to 16.

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St Austell Proper Job, Moor Revival, Cotswold Spring Old Sodbury Mild and Butcombe Bitter among awards at 2013 Great British Beer Festival

August 14, 2013

St Austell – Proper Job Moor’s RevivalCotswold Spring’s Old Sodbury Mild and Butcombe Bitter were among the winners at the 2013 Great British Beer Festival at Olympia in London.

They didn’t win the top prize of Best Beer in Britain, which went to Yorkshire brewery Elland’s 1872 Porter, but there were wins in the bottled and cask beer categories.

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Flavour Fest returns to Plymouth for tenth anniversary with Michael Caines, Mitch Tonks, James Tanner, Chris Tanner and Masterchef’s Anton Piotrowski,

August 13, 2013

Celebrity chefs Michael CainesMitch Tonks and Anton Piotrowski, the winner of Masterchef The Professionals 2012, will join established Plymouth culinary stars James and Chris Tanner for the tenth anniversary Flavour Fest, which starts on Friday.

Helluva good.

Helluva good.

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CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival will see announcement that 100 pubs have been listed as Asset of Community Value

August 11, 2013

Community Pubs Minister Brandon Lewis will announce at the Great British Beer festival on Tuesday that 100 pubs in England have now been listed by councils as Assets of Community Value (ACV), which affords them greater protection from being sold off for redevelopment.

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Mr Lewis will make the announcement while opening CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival, “Britain’s Biggest Pub” with over 800 real ales, ciders and perries on offer to 55,000 people this week.

Under new Community Right to Bid powers introduced through the Localism Act listing a pub as an ACV with the Council means a pub can’t be sold on without the local community being told.

It gives the council greater ability to refuse planning applications from developers and the community up to six months to put in a bid to buy the pub should it be put up for sale.

Mr Lewis said: “CAMRA’s campaign to list your local is doing a fabulous job raising awareness of our new Community Right to Bid and I am delighted that in 100­ loved locals have now been listed as assets of community value. Cheers to each and every one!

“We have known for hundreds of years just how valuable our locals are. Not just as a place to grab a pint but also to the economies and communities of those they serve and that is why we are doing everything we can to support and safeguard community pubs from closure.”

CAMRA’s chief executive Mike Benner added that he was pleased that the Government has recognised the vital importance of pubs and “empowered communities to protect them”.

“By listing their local, communities are ensuring that if the pub is under threat in the future, there is a much-needed extra layer of protection which “stops the clock” should it be put up for sale,” he said.

The announcement that 100 pubs have been listed as ACVs means pubs are the most listed community building and among the most popular listed asset overall, second only to playing fields, he added,

“CAMRA’s List Your Local campaign is aiming to get 300 pubs listed as community assets. We’re a third of the way there and we encourage communities to make the most of these new powers to help us achieve that goal,” he continued.

The Great British Beer Festival will be officially opened by Mr  Lewis on Tuesday August 13.

St Austell Brewery to launch Belgian-style kriek beer with Cornish cherries

August 5, 2013

St Austell Brewery has teamed up with Bohetherick Farm in the Tamar Valley in Cornwall to create a limited-edition beer with a difference – a Belgian-style kriek beer.

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You know these beers, small bottles, high alcohol content, flavoured with fruit, usually cherries or raspberries.

They are beers brewed in the “lambic” tradition, using wild yeasts, and flavoured through a refermentation with fruits rather than hops.

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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall gets to meet me at River Cottage near Axminster in Devon

August 4, 2013

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall gets to meet me at River Cottage near Axminster in Devon.

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It’s a joke of course for all those SEObots out there.

I went to River Cottage in early 2012 to celebrate it reopening after the fire and got to meet the man himself.

For some reason it’s sat on my camera until now.

Readers, I share it with you for no apparent reason, thus.

 


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