Posted tagged ‘craft beer’

Penpont Brewery’s Creation ale wins Society of Independent Brewers’ (SIBA) award

March 25, 2014

Penpont Brewery‘s latest beer, Creation pale ale, has won two Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) awards.


The light golden beer from the brewery in Altarnon, in east Cornwall, won a gold award in its product class and a silver in the overall Champion Keg Beer competition.



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.


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.”

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.


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.

The Harbour Brewing Company opens for business making craft beer in Cornwall

January 20, 2012

You have to admire the bravery of anyone setting up a food and drink business in the “current economic climate” – the only climate getting colder.

So news of a new brewery being set up in Cornwall is welcome. I haven’t had time to visit the Harbour Brewing Company yet or sample their ales, so will save comment for then and I look forward to doing so.

The brewery, set up by Rhys Powell and Eddie Lofthouse, officially opens for business today.

In the meantime, here’s what they themselves are saying about their operation.

Rhys Powell and Eddie Lofthouse have set up the Harbour Brewing Company


Two Cornish brewers have made their dream a reality and are launching a new craft brewery in North Cornwall.

The official opening of The Harbour Brewing Company will take place on 20th January 2012, where Dan Rogerson MP and Vice Chair of the Parliamentary Beer Group will officiate.

Brewer Rhys Powell and Eddie Lofthouse turned their dream in to reality in early 2011 by setting up the Harbour Brewing Company from scratch, based on the ethos of creating a craft brewing process and brand.

They apply a progressive and innovative approach to their beer style and brewing technique, whilst honouring traditional and proven methods to produce a range of full flavoured, balanced and creative beers.

Eddie said: “We are committed to making beers that are contemporary and deliver an uncompromising taste experience. We use pure Cornish spring water sourced on the hillside next to the brewery, and only the finest raw materials. We believe this is the only way to deliver a premium quality product.”

Starting with an installation of a brewery system which allows the brewing to be as creative as possible, their business took format their premises near Bodmin. The 10 British brewers barrel (bbl) system was designed in California and built in Hungary by the American firm Bavarian Brewing Technologies.

Rhys, who studied brewing and distilling at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, explained their unconventional equipment choice: “We chose a combined mash lauter tun, rather than a separate mash tun and a lauter tun, as it gives us all round flexibility with process control and use of adjuncts. It’s more efficient than a traditional British set up.

“We’ve also gone for sealed cyclindroconical fermentation vessels rather than traditional open vessels as it is more hygienic, allows faster fermentation, and ease of yeast harvesting.”

The business partners’ aim is to create a quality, great tasting product, which is different to other Cornish Beers in both taste and branding.

Speaking about the inspiration for the Harbour Brewing Co, Eddie said: “Mass-market bland beer aimed at gaining a market share is not what we are all about. We are all about taste and creativity.

“Beers from all over the world inspire us. The craft beer scene in the USA is an obvious place to draw inspiration and ideas, but there are great breweries and beers from all over the world.

“We are a product-focused business and for us it’s not all about profit, we have set out to make great beers that people enjoy drinking.”

Harbour Brewing Co have a starting range of four different beers including: Harbour India Pale Ale, their strongest beer made using a blend of six British and American hop varieties; malt driven Harbour Amber Ale; Harbour Light Ale; and the Czech-inspired pilsner Harbour Lager. All of the range will be available on draft and in bottles.

They are also working on speciality beers for their Harbour Special range, which will push the boundaries and incorporate some quirky ingredients including cassia bark, bog myrtle, rhubarb and chilli.

Competition for the Cornish lager market