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Beers of the World author Dominic Roskrow

Dorset brewer Hall & Woodhouse uses the most advanced retailing and marketing techniques to stay competitive. But it hasn’t forgotten its roots either. Dominic Roskrow reports

A few years ago a group of trade journalists were invited down to Hall & Woodhouse in Dorset for what it is technically known in the industry as a jolly. Ostensibly we were there to learn about the brewer’s strong link with Hofbräu Lager, a genuine Munich lager that Hall & Woodhouse brewed to Germa...

Brewery Focus from Issue 19 published on 30/07/2008

A year after moving to new premises Spectrum Brewery in Norfolk is thriving while doing its bit for the planet. Dominic Roskrow spoke to the brewery's founder.

Andy Mitchell is a man with a plan. For at the risk of getting all Biblical, when it came to planting the seeds of his new business he made sure that they were well grounded. And now, as the beer industry struggles along with the rest of the economy, he’s reaping the rewards of his thorough and pain...

Spotlight from Issue 19 published on 30/07/2008

Marston’s is eating up outstanding British regional breweries faster than Beers of the World can visit them. But could this guarantee the future of some of England’s best premium ales? Dominic Roskrow reports

Don’t look now, but a giant is stirring and it’s got its eyes set firmly on the future. Whatever you might think of Marston’s and the way it is eating up English brewers there’s no denying two things: one, that it is exhibiting exceptionally good taste, and two, that maybe, just maybe, it’s positio...

Brewery Focus from Issue 18 published on 19/06/2008

Alcohol is being portrayed more negatively than it ever has before. But the evidence
suggests that moderate beer consumption could be good for you. Dominic Roskrow
looks into the issue

A couple of years back Paul Walsh, the chief executive of Diageo, met a group of business journalists to discuss his new role as deputy chairman of the Scotch Whisky Association. The meeting was held on the day the British Government announced the date that the smoking ban would take effect in Engl...

from Issue 18 published on 19/06/2008

Ales and porters finished in oak casks are set to take beer in an exciting new direction. Dominic Roskrow reports

The news that wine had overtaken beer as the most popular drink of choice in Britain will have left many of us crying into our pint pots. But if the grain is at war with the grape then the grain has started the fightback – and it’s turning to its big brother to help it do so. A clear trend towards ...

Beer Trends from Issue 17 published on 30/04/2008

Flushed by the success of its barley-enriched golden ales, East Anglia’s breweries are going from
strength to strength. Dominic Roskrow reports

If there’s one thing we don’t like up here in Norfolk and Suffolk, it’s folks from elsewhere assuming that we’re stupid and backward. Now admittedly the accent in both counties doesn’t help much. Nor do the colloquialisms, particularly the Norfolk ones, such as ‘drive you steady bor,’ ‘on the sku’ ...

Brewery Focus from Issue 17 published on 30/04/2008

Breweries ADNAMS, Southwold, Suffolk +44 (0)1502 727 200 www.adnams.co.uk CHOICE BEER: Broadside 6.3% BARTRAMS BREWERY, Rougham, Suffolk +44 (0)7790 596 539 www.bartramsbrewery.co.uk CHOICE BEER: Jester Quick One 4.4% GEORGE BATEMAN & SONS, Wainfleet, Lincolnshire +44 (0)1754 880 317 www.bateman.co....

Regional Focus from Issue 17 published on 30/04/2008

This year is a crucial one for Ringwood Brewery in Hampshire, marking the start of a new era. Dominic Roskrow reports

Is the glass half full or on its way to being threequarters empty? If ever there was an example of cold wet post- Christmas reality it came in the shape of the British broadsheet business pages in early January. The turkey had hardly gone cold when the economists poured cold gravy all over the cele...

Brewery Focus from Issue 16 published on 25/01/2008

Wells & Young's has undergone huge changes in the last two years. But as Dominic Roskrow reports, the parent company has been evolving for decades.

It says masses about the major upheavals that have taken place at the brewery formerly known as Charles Wells that ever since Beers of the World was launched in 2005, we have been trying unsuccessfully to visit the brewery. Meetings have been scheduled, postponed, cancelled and rearranged and email...

Regional Focus from Issue 15 published on 01/12/2007

Dominic Roskrow gets to grips with the breweries of Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

If you’ve been reading too much about brewery closures and the depressed state of the beer industry in the United Kingdom, then perhaps you should treat yourself to a trip down to the corner of England round London. While the Home Counties have a significant number of casualties and some great name...

Regional Focus from Issue 15 published on 01/12/2007

Breweries HAMPSHIRE Bowman Ales Ltd, Droxford Tel: +44 (0)1489 878 110 www.bowmanales.com Choice beer: Wallops Wood 4% The Crondall Brewing Co, Crondall Tel: +44 (0)1252 319 000 www.crondallbrewery.co.uk Choice beer: Crondall’s Best 4% The Flowerpots Brewery, Alresford Tel: +44 (0)1962 771 534 Cho...

Regional Focus from Issue 15 published on 01/12/2007

Horses have played a key role in the development of the brewing industries in both Europe and America. Could they have an important future role too? Dominic Roskrow reports.

It never fails to impress; the sight of two mammoth dray horses, liveried and resplendent, pulling a dray stacked with beer casks, the drayman be-suited in period costume. It is at once a page ripped from our history, a demonstration of endeavour and strength, a bridge between the land and industry,...

from Issue 15 published on 01/12/2007

In this issue Dominic Roskrow looks at the family brewers of Manchester as well as Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside

The folk of Manchester understand better than most that if something isn’t broken, you don’t fix it. And being a pretty down to earth bunch they don’t do fancy for fancy’s sake. On the contrary: Manchester does gritty, grainy and genuine better than anyone else. And so it is when it comes to beer. ...

Regional Focus from Issue 14 published on 04/10/2007

The Reinheitsgebot , a 500 year old German purity law, is still held up as a standard for brewing excellence. So how relevant is it? Dominic Roskrow reports

t’s held up as the longest standing consumer protection act in the world. It is championed by its supporters as the ultimate act of quality control, and its supporters maintain that because of it the Germans have maintained their position as the world’s top beer producers. But is the Reinheitsgebot...

from Issue 14 published on 04/10/2007

The Caledonian Brewery is the last brewery in Edinburgh and after some tough times it is in fine form.
Dominic Roskrow visited it

They’re a modest bunch at the Caledonian Brewery in the heart of Edinburgh. Ask them how they have managed to succeed as a brewery when so many others failed, and how they have survived against the odds and outlived 40 other beer makers in the city and you’d think they would take a bit of credit fo...

Brewery Focus from Issue 13 published on 03/08/2007

The Rugby World Cup kicks off in France in September and no sport attracts a larger number of premium beer
drinkers. So where should you go for a decent beer during the six weeks that the tournament is on? All Black devotee Dominic Roskrow scrums down

Is it really three and half years since that heady, sticky, steamy night in Sydney when England battled the host nation for the last rugby union World Cup? Nearly four years since a tired but resilient Australia drew on every ounce of gutsy determination, willpower and energy to drag the match into...

from Issue 13 published on 03/08/2007

The hop is a quintessentially British addiction to ale isn't it? Not historically it isn't, no. Dominic Roskrow looks at its bitter past

Talk about a bad press. You’ve spent hundreds of years building a reputation as a positive and healthy force and blow me if you don’t go and get blamed for a violent uprising, incur the wrath of royalty, get condemned as anti British by polite society and spend the next few hundred years being treat...

from Issue 13 published on 03/08/2007

St Austell Brewery is celebrating after winning a supreme champions award from the South West Independent Brewers’ Association. Dominic Roskrow joined in the celebrations

Have you heard the theory about Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon and the classic film The Wizard of Oz? Some very sad person discovered that if you start the album on the third roar by the MGM lion at the start of the film, the music is perfectly co-ordinated with events on screen. I’ve never bee...

Brewery Focus from Issue 12 published on 25/05/2007

The South West of England remains a tightly competitive region for beer producers. Now some of them are turning to the internet to push their products forward. Dominic Roskrow reports

Established regional brewers and the latest advances in new technology are reluctant bedfellows, and it remains one of the drink industry’s greatest ironies that while many state of the art microbreweries are rightly acclaimed for beers produced in technologically advanced equipment sited on industr...

Regional Focus from Issue 12 published on 25/05/2007

The church played a major role in establishing beer in Britain during the Middle Ages. Dominic Roskrow reports

In his highly entertaining and animated masterclasses the celebrated whisky blender Richard Paterson credits the priesthood for establishing brewing and distilling in Britain. With tongue only partially in cheek, Paterson, who is responsible for Whyte & Mackay’s blended whiskies, states that there ...

from Issue 12 published on 25/05/2007

Greene King has grown from its Suffolk base to become a national company. Dominic Roskrow went to Bury St Edmunds to rediscover its roots

The two huge businesses that dominate the Suffolk town of Bury St Edmunds have much in common. They are both massive employers in the town. They both have large production centres there. They both enjoy a reputation for quality that stretches far beyond the Suffolk border. And they have both achi...

Brewery Focus from Issue 11 published on 23/03/2007

Several regions of Britain could lay claim to be its most fertile beer producer. One of the least celebrated is the East Midlands. Dominic Roskrow grew up there

For most of us that queasy period when we travel from awkward teenager to young adult is fraught with insecurity and fear. Our first metaphorical fumblings with the bra strap of adult life are ungainly, uncouth and uncultured. But the memory plays strange tricks on us as we grow older. Light-headed...

Regional Focus from Issue 11 published on 23/03/2007

The Yuengling Brewery wasn’t the first American brewery but it’s the longest surviving. Dominic Roskrow looks at its history

The history of American beer is a diverse and varied one, and it has taken a new wave of small brewers to remind us that right across the States there is life beyond Budweiser. But for one Pennsylvanian brewery the link with the past has never been broken. During a 180 year period in which brewerie...

from Issue 11 published on 23/03/2007

Budweiser Budvar's Czech brewery is a monument to good brewing practice. Dominic Roskrow reports

We’re standing in the grandiose and pristine marbled reception area of the Budweiser Budvar brewery sipping tentatively at the first lager of the day. Back in London it is just 9.15am. We know this because above us there are a series of clocks telling us the hour across the world. It’s almost as if...

from Issue 10 published on 26/01/2007

Dominic Roskrow sees what's brewing in Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire

There are a band of counties in a commuter belt round London that don’t fit in to any discernible regional area. They occupy a no man’s land somewhere between the South West of England, North West London and The Midlands, and they epitomise the suburban towns and rural communities that define middl...

Regional Focus from Issue 10 published on 26/01/2007

In the first in a new series on the history of beer Dominic Roskrow looks at its earliest origins

The length of time human kind has spent perfecting the production of alcohol from grain is probably matched only by the time spent improving weapons to kill other humans. Indeed which came first would make for an interesting debate. There are parallels between the two pursuits. An alcoholic beer-l...

from Issue 10 published on 26/01/2007

Shepherd Neame in Kent is doing a fine job of being all things to all people. Dominic Roskrow reports

If ever there was a case of having your cake and eating it, it’s Kent’s Shepherd Neame. On the one hand its publicity people are sending out press releases showing how Britain’s oldest registered brewer is even older than they thought. The next they’re showing off a state of the art visitor centre....

from Issue 9 published on 22/11/2006

Marston’s is the official beer of this winter’s cricket Ashes series between England and Australia. Dominic Roskrow spoke to Justin Way, Marston’s marketing manager, about the deal

If you’re English and you follow cricket, then the events of 18 months ago are no doubt indelibly scratched on your memory. You probably own the dvd and replay it after every England one day game defeat. It’ll be up there as one of your favourite sporting memories of all time. And always will be. A...

from Issue 9 published on 22/11/2006

Scotland has undergone a real ale revolution in recent years. Dominic Roskrow reports

What a difference a decade makes. At least in the story of cask ale it does. In the mid 90s there was more chance of seeing scantily-clad rah-rah girls doing the conga on Scotland’s beaches than finding a good selection of real ale in its bars. My, how times have changed. On one occasion way back...

Regional Focus from Issue 9 published on 22/11/2006

Bev Escott has made a business out of her collection of beer adverts. Dominic Roskrow reports

Bev Escott is a hoarder. She has collected and stored classic old magazines ever since she was a student at art college. She continued her hobby in to her marriage and through to motherhood. But she knew things had got out of control when her massive collection started to take over the house. “I s...

Spotlight from Issue 9 published on 22/11/2006

In the first of a new series we talk to a key beer industry person. This issue Dominic Roskrow talks to Jonathan Neame, chief executive of Shepherd Neame

How is business for Shepherd Neame at the moment? We feel we are in a very strong position. We do not share the gloom and doom that you find elsewhere. We feel our position is actually getting stronger and stronger. The market is moving towards more special beers and we have an interesting portfoli...

Last Shout from Issue 9 published on 22/11/2006

The Moorhouse's Brewery in the North West of England has survived through difficult times and is now branching out. Dominic Roskrow visited it

On paper at least, it was a good enough idea: travel to the depressed North West of England and report how the community was turning its back on its traditional past and embracing the future, symbolised by the regional brewery. That was until I spoke to my first local. In retrospect perhaps it was...

from Issue 8 published on 27/09/2006

The Netherlands has had a rough ride from beer aficionados but is it really that bad? Dominic Roskrow reports

Have you ever wondered whether Dutch beer is better than sex? Thought not. But some 15 years ago I did. Not any old sex, either – filthy, depraved, stoned backstreet sex with prostitutes. Perhaps I should explain. In 1991 I returned from New Zealand to live in London. In my late 20s, with few fri...

International Focus from Issue 8 published on 27/09/2006

Each issue we’ll feature some of the stranger and funnier stories as well as all sorts of other nonsense in association with the Little Beer Company

This edition of Beers of the World we bring a couple of cautionary tales about being desperate for a pint. Our first little tale comes from the vaults of the Darwin Awards. For those yet uninitiated to these awards they are worth checking out. Named in honour of Charles Darwin, the father of evolut...

Beer Matters from Issue 8 published on 27/09/2006

Yet more goggles Those of you who read these pages closely will know in the beer lovers’ world there is a certain fascination with beer goggles. Normally these refer to men being lonely at the end of an evening and mistaking a lady who is less than lovely for a supermodel. Now before BoTW loses a...

Beer Matters from Issue 8 published on 27/09/2006

Tiger has established itself as the leading Asian beer but what do we really know about it? Dominic Roskrow found out

If Tiger beer is ever looking for a slogan it could do a lot worse than adopting and adapting the opening line from Jeff Beck’s Hi Ho Silver Lining: “We’re everywhere and nowhere baby, that’s where we’re at.” For while the rest of the lyrics are well wide off the mark, these words are as good a summ...

from Issue 8 published on 27/09/2006

Dominic Roskrow dons the Editor’s hat for the last time and looks at his baby’s first year in existence

This is my last issue as Editor of Beers of the World and as of issue eight, Sally Toms will be at the helm. I’ll still be consultant editor to the title and will be writing regularly for it, but I must admit to a degree of sadness at going. It’s always a little bit hard when you move on from a job...

From the Editor from Issue 7 published on 28/07/2006

Each issue we’ll feature some of the stranger and funnier stories as well as all sorts of other nonsense in association with the Little Beer Company

Beer history If you thought heavy handed Government legislation, streets awash with drunken people and drinking binges were just a thing of modern times, then think again. A new exhibition running at the National Archives in Kew – DRINK: The History of Alcohol (1690-1920) – looks at four centurie...

Beer Matters from Issue 7 published on 28/07/2006

The English don’t shout loudly enough about good news, says Dominic Roskrow, or stand up enough when it’s bad

Ask anyone from elsewhere in the British isles and they’ll tell you that the English are an arrogant race. I think this is a load of old poppycock. The English might be bellicose and aggressive when roused, but by and large they’re a humble breed who queue up in an orderly fashion, rarely complain,...

From the Editor from Issue 6 published on 18/05/2006

Jack wakes up with a huge hangover after attending his company’s Christmas party. Jack is not normally a drinker, but the beer was particularly palatable. He didn’t even remember how he got home from the party. As bad as he was feeling, he wondered if he did something wrong. Jack had to force himse...

Beer Matters from Issue 6 published on 18/05/2006

Editor Dominic Roskrow on those magic malt moments that sneak up on you and remind you why beer and whisky can be so special

Over my many years on this planet, I’ve had more magic moments from malt – beer and whisky – than Champagne ones. The principle reason for this is that celebration moments with Champagne tend to be contrived – you have something to celebrate so out comes the Champagne. Malt moments are more spontan...

From the Editor from Issue 5 published on 24/03/2006

A selection of letters and postings from our forum www.beers-of-the-world.com

BeerMonkey Subject: Polypins I was at a friend’s house party recently and I sampled the most amazing beer. It was in the form of Speckled Hen from Greene King and came in a polypin which holds 36 pints. The thing is, I spoke to the friend who had brought it and apparently Greene King only make ab...

from Issue 5 published on 24/03/2006

A bear walks into a bar in Billings, Montana and sits down. He bangs on the bar with his paw and demands a beer. The bartender approaches and says: “We don’t serve beer to bears in bars in Billings.” The bear, becoming angry, demands again that he be served a beer. The bartender tells him again,...

Beer Matters from Issue 5 published on 24/03/2006

Design student has come up with the idea of a hand-held, portable drinks cooler – called The ‘Coolboy’ – and says this is how we will be chilling our drinks in 2020. The ‘Coolboy’ concept is a lightweight device, about the size of a cocktail shaker. It plugs into the mains and is fitted inside with...

Beer Matters from Issue 5 published on 24/03/2006

There are rumours in the film world that The Dukes Of Hazzard’s director Jay Chandrasekhar is working on a beer-related film. The film is being billed as Fight Club with booze, and may possibly be called Beerfest. Apparently it is the tale of two brothers who stumble on an old German drinking comp...

Beer Matters from Issue 5 published on 24/03/2006

Several members from Everards’ football team got in touch with their feminine side when modelling for the company’s charity calendar. The staff from the Leicestershire based brewery borrowed clothes and make-up from their female colleagues to pose for the calendar in aid of Children in Need. Pete ...

Beer Matters from Issue 5 published on 24/03/2006

Last edition we featured four games, but the Splinter beer game is possibly one of the best things out there in cyberspace for the beer devotee. We have all been in the scenario: home late, slightly worse for wear and everything, including doors and locks, seems to be on high volume. The idea is t...

Beer Matters from Issue 5 published on 24/03/2006

Brahma beer website Worthy of a mention in this month’s edition is the website of Brazil’s number one beer, Brahma. The site really does reflect the colour and vibrancy of Brazilian life and has been lovingly put together with some very thoughtful artwork. There are four main sections to the map...

Beer Matters from Issue 5 published on 24/03/2006

Beer has become a topic of conversation at the dinner table. And, says Dominic Roskrow, that’s very good news

Writing about rock music, someone once said, is a bit like dancing to architecture. The same could be said with regard to talking about beer. There have always been a group of people who seem to talk about nothing else, of course, but if I’m brutally honest, I’ve always considered them a bit nerdis...

From the Editor from Issue 4 published on 27/01/2006

Despite fears that the United Kingdom would become engulfed by 24-hour binge drinking, new licensing laws came into being recently – with very little trouble. The British media predicted city streets awash with regurgitated alcohol and legless abusive drunks, but the police authorities reported tth...

Beer Matters from Issue 4 published on 27/01/2006

Many of us have experienced Beer Goggles – the source of many regrets after a heavy night out. But now science can explain how it happens, from the first glimpses across the bar, to the bitter end. The drink-fuelled phenomenon has long been said to transform less attractive people into beauties - ...

Beer Matters from Issue 4 published on 27/01/2006

Well fancy that – we’ve been enjoying a high profile since we launched a few months back but it seeems that even the most serious establishment media are catching on. We were chosen as the London Daily Telegraph’s favourite magazine in a food and drink feature recently. Food and Drinks journalist ...

Beer Matters from Issue 4 published on 27/01/2006

Want to play a beer game while enjoying a glass or two? Here are some of the best ones on line

BEER GOLF www.widmer.com/games/go lf.html This is a well-designed game that pops up quite a lot on the internet, but brewers Widmer have given it a welcome beer slant. The addictive game features beer bottles for added interest as you try to sink a putt. Some of the holes are quite challenging ...

Beer Matters from Issue 4 published on 27/01/2006

www.samueladams.com For the discerning beer lover then a quick visit here is a must, particularly lovers of this great American beer. In the downloads section, the first thing of real interest is the little film clips showing how the iconic brew is made. Then the serious beer drinker and compute...

Beer Matters from Issue 4 published on 27/01/2006

As England and Wales brace themselves for the much hyped 24 hour drinking laws, Dominic Roskrow argues it need not lead to onslaught of drunken behaviour

It’s not often that you get to be part of history. But as we went to press with this issue England and Wales were taking the monumental step of joining the rest of the civilised world and allowing its pubs to extend their opening hours. This being the United Kingdom, the move came accompanied by me...

From the Editor from Issue 3 published on 12/01/2006

A selection of postings from our forum www.beers-of-the-world.com

Big Ell Panda Bear Subject: Restaurants Does anybody know of a decent restaurant where I can turn up and not be affronted by a myriad of wine glasses trying to tempt me on the table. It never works, I want a beer with my food. Surely there must be a quality establishment which could have a few b...

from Issue 3 published on 12/01/2006

St Peter’s Brewery is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary but it’s up for sale. What’s going on? Dominic Roskrow reports

It’s a success story with the buttons stuck in fast forward mode. From nought to the end of the 90s in record time, picking up awards on the way, St Peter’s Brewery has been on a white knuckle ride from the off. Where did the time go? Is it really 10 years since the words ‘St Peter’s Brewery’ first...

Spotlight from Issue 3 published on 12/01/2006

What a difference a year can make! In the past year Everards Brewery has seen major make overs of its main brands and the launch of a new campaign ‘Support Your Local’. The pace of change looks set to sweep into next year with the firm’s Sunchaser Blonde beer being added as a permanent brand and t...

Beer Matters from Issue 3 published on 12/01/2006

A Cumbrian landlord has been crowned the World’s Biggest Liar, an international competition to find the person who can tell the most outrageous whoppers. Beating competition from around the world, 49 year old Michael Naylor scooped the Jennings trophy for the second year running, with tales of Wass...

Beer Matters from Issue 3 published on 12/01/2006

The world of marketing and promotions is littered with spectacular own goals, particularly when the ad men start messing around with foreign languages. So what will become of Nissan’s latest offering to the world of driving technology, unveiled recently at the Tokyo Motor Show. It’s a car with a c...

Beer Matters from Issue 3 published on 12/01/2006

Fancy brewing your own but can’t face the effort? Help, it seems, is at hand. The Beer Machine is a selfcontained, single-step brewer that makes brewing your own fresh premium naturally made beer as easy as brewing coffee. The idea is simple: after assembling it, you can make any of dozens of inte...

Beer Matters from Issue 3 published on 12/01/2006

Much has changed in the beer industry since Editor Dominic Roskrow last wrote about it three years ago... But, he argues, not all the change has been bad

What a remarkable few weeks it’s been since we published the first issues of Beers of the World. Never in my entire career have I experienced a more joyous and welcoming response to a newspaper or magazine. From an editorial point of view the most exciting aspect is that we can honestly say ‘you ai...

From the Editor from Issue 2 published on 16/11/2005

Everards is a family brewery with lots of plans. Dominic Roskrow paid it a visit

First impressions can be deceptive. Drive up to the Everards Castle Acre Brewery in Leicester and you’re not exactly writing missives back to your family. It sits on the edge of the city’s newest and biggest retail park, just after a busy motorway intersection. It is neighboured on one side by a s...

Brewery Focus from Issue 2 published on 16/11/2005

You may recall that in the first issue of Beers of the World we wrote about a beer website in which you had to try and glance at a blonde woman sat on the couch next to you without her noticing. This issue we’d like to draw your attention to Beer.com and its virtual barmaid – or barmaids, as the si...

Beer Matters from Issue 2 published on 16/11/2005

Nothing like officialdom, eh? In Cambridge brewery staff are having to roll barrels 43 yards down a busy road to deliver them to The Fountain Inn – or else run the risk of a parking ticket. The City of Cambridge Brewery, based at Chittering, has been making weekly deliveries to The Fountain Inn, i...

Beer Matters from Issue 2 published on 16/11/2005

Stockport pensioner Ernie Cross was so attached to his local pub that when he died his family asked if his cremated ashes could be sprinkled over the pub’s flower boxes. Licensees at the Hatter’s arms, Marple, agreed. And next thing they know they’ve won the ‘best pub in bloom’ award in a competiti...

Beer Matters from Issue 2 published on 16/11/2005

The recent worldwide move to severely restrict or completely ban smoking has been continuing apace, and with it have come all sorts of ideas to get round the rules. But among the most bizarre come from Germany, where a lager has been introduced containing nicotine. The new anti-smoking drink is ca...

Beer Matters from Issue 2 published on 16/11/2005

An apology to all our non-English readers but there can only be one winner of our inaugural Personality Award. His name’s Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff and he plays cricket. If you’re not familiar with the game it’s enough to say that each game can last five days, it is incredibly gripping if you under...

Beer Matters from Issue 2 published on 16/11/2005

It’s been months in the planning but it’s finally here - a consumer magazine devoted to beer. And, argues Editor Dominic Roskrow, about time too

Welcome to the first issue of Beers of the World, the international consumer magazine dedicated to celebrating beer and the people who make it. We’re well aware of how ambitious we’re being by taking on such a vast subject. But let’s be honest, there couldn’t be a better time to do it. Across the ...

From the Editor from Issue 1 published on 26/08/2005

The Great American Beer Festival Denver, USA September 29 – October 2 2005 According to the Guinness Book of World Records, The Great American Beer Festival offers more beers than any other in the world. http://www.beertown.org Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival Stockholm, Sweden September 29 – Octob...

from Issue 1 published on 26/08/2005

London brewer Fuller’s is launching innovative new beers while keeping its core drinkers happy. Dominic Roskrow reports

When London brewer Fuller’s decided to launch an all-new permanent cask ale to its core range for the first time in more than 20 years it was fitting that it called it Discovery. For what it set out to do was to find the perfect hybrid beer – a beer with the properties that would appeal to a lager ...

Brewery Focus from Issue 1 published on 26/08/2005

Tetley’s helped put Leeds on the map. Its founder is among Yorkshire’s most famous sons. Dominic Roskrow reports

I shall call it my Darth Vader moment. Remember the scene when Luke Skywalker finds out that his father isn’t dead but is in actual fact the black-helmeted one? In a manner of speaking that’s what it felt like when I was told that the bloke in the red jacket on the Tetley’s logo wasn’t ‘Uncle Josh....

from Issue 1 published on 26/08/2005

When a group of 20 Poles started a regular Sunday drinking session in the Rising Sun, manager Ian Gardner could tell something was missing. “We like your pub,” said one of the group, almost all of whom had arrived within six months to work in Redditch. “But we miss Zamkowe Jasne.” “Who’s she?” sai...

Beer Matters from Issue 1 published on 26/08/2005

American-based spirits writer Gary Regan found himself in the middle of an unholy row when he ran a joke competition on his website recently. He chose what he thought was the best joke and awarded the prize to the winner, who will remain anonymous but who happens to be a beer writer and writes for ...

Beer Matters from Issue 1 published on 26/08/2005

Ah, the internet. Our office has just managed to pry itself from a baseball game when we discovered an amusing game from Milwaukee’s Best Light, brewed by Miller. It’s called Beer Ogle-Meter and it features a man and a woman on a couch. Your mission is to control the man and (how can we put this?) ...

Beer Matters from Issue 1 published on 26/08/2005


 
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