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Beers of the World Issue 15

Published on 01/12/2007

Beer Tastings



Sally Toms considers how beer can play a part in the search for romance.

I’ve been thinking lately about image. As fairly typical 21st century consumerist slaves, we define ourselves by what we wear, what we drive and, yes, what we drink. And like it or not, first impressi...

By Sally Toms in the section From the Editor


Jeff Pickthall visits Keswick, one of North East England’s best beer hot spots.

The 700-year-old market town of Keswick is in the northern Lake District between Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwent Water. It is overlooked by fells which seem to change colour according to the weather an...

By in the section Spotlight


The full results of the first World Beer Awards 2007

Roger Protz, chairman of judges, says: “This is an exciting time for beer drinkers. More and more craft brewers throughout the world are making beers bursting with distinctive and exciting aromas and ...

By Sally Toms in the section


The winners of the World Beer Awards style trophies are:

LAGER STANDARD 2.5% ABV & UNDER Clausthaler Premium, 0.5% 2.6%-4.5% ABV Simonds Farsons Cisk, 4.2% PREMIUM DORTMUNDER DAB Original, 5% DARK Budweiser Budvar, 4.7% LOW CARB Simonds Farsons Cisk Excel...

By Sally Toms in the section


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 unsuccessfull...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section Regional Focus


Sally Toms looks at the relationship between beer and live music.

Alcoholic drinks make friends easily. Like schnapps and snow sports for example, whisky and hill walking, martinis and James Bond films, sherry and, actually no, not sherry. And you can forget sport, ...

By Sally Toms in the section


Gary Hayden visits Bakusyu Club Popeye in Tokyo, one of Asia's best beer pubs

Forget sake – beer is Japan’s numberone alcoholic drink. Most of it is industrial lager produced by major breweries like Kirin, Asahi and Sapporo, but it’s also possible to enjoy some excellent ji-bir...

By in the section Spotlight


Although better associated with grape than grain, the nations of France, Spain, Italy and Portugal still have much to offer the beer lover. Richard Jones reports

It is a much maligned experience in some of the more hardcore beer circles bringing with it overtones of characterless, mass produced ‘Euro fizz’. Yet while the wine industries of France, Spain and It...

By Richard Jones in the section International Focus


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 Englan...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section Regional Focus


Breweries HAMPSHIRE Bowman Ales Ltd, Droxford Tel: +44 (0)1489 878 110 Choice beer: Wallops Wood 4% The Crondall Brewing Co, Crondall Tel: +44 (0)1252 319 000 www.crondallbrewery.c...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section Regional Focus


Beer and wine go head to head at the Ra!n Bar in Manchester, at an event organised by JW Lees brewery. Sally Toms was there.

It’s fight night and inside the Ra!n Bar, an elegant yet traditional pub in Manchester, a crowd begins to gather. Invited by regional brewer JW Lees, a small group of brewers and wine merchants glanc...

By Sally Toms in the section Beer and Food


Each issue we feature some of beer's stranger and funnier stories as well as sorts of other nonsense.

It's all in the wrist offers a list “revealing” what your beer of choice says about you. It was based on a 2001 study commissioned by Guinness about what can be learned from how p...

By Sally Toms in the section Beer Matters


Jeff Evans visits the Weltenburger brewery in Germany; the oldest Abbey brewery in the world (without the monks).

The Danube is a wide and lazy river. As the pleasure boat chugs calmly upstream it sends a light, rippling wash over stony little beaches on either side. Apart from the splashing of the occasional can...

By Jeff Evans in the section


Charles D. Cook introduces us to the femaler brewers of Belgium, and their rather excellent beers.

Brouwerij De Ryck In 2007, An de Ryck celebrated her 30th year as the brewmaster of the appropriately named Brouwerij De Ryck. The family-owned brewery, located in Herzele (near Aalst) in East Fland...

By in the section


Some people love it, some people hate it, but what’s the deal with bottle conditioning? Nigel Huddleston reports

It might not seem like much, but when British retailer Marks & Spencer decided to launch four bottleconditioned beers from various small-scale producers around the United Kingdom, it marked a signific...

By Nigel Huddleston in the section Beer Trends


Canada is a major player in the beer revolution that is sweeping North America. Robert Hughey seeks out the beer venues in its largest city.

Toronto, Canada’s largest city with a population just under five million, was once known as ‘Toronto the Good’ because it was a bastion of Victorian morals. Reviving the line with a slight revision mi...

By in the section Beer Journeys


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 ...

By Dominic Roskrow in the section


In the latest of our series on beer styles, Roger Protz turns his attention to best bitter.

It is a common mistake to think that ‘best bitter’ is just bitter with hair on its chest. While it is true that some versions of ‘best’ are stronger versions of their weaker brethren, many brewers tak...

By Roger Protz in the section Beer styles


Six of the best

1. ADNAMS BROADSIDE SOUTHWOLD, SUFFOLK, 4.7% This Suffolk best bitter commemorates the Battle of Sole Bay off Southwold in 1672 when the unlikely combination of the English and French fleets defeated...

By Roger Protz in the section Beer styles


Adrian Tierney-Jones takes a walk through the hop farms of Herefordshire, England.

Hops and malt are the double act of brewing, the Gilbert and George or Laurel and Hardy of the copper, before being joined by their special guest star: yeast. Malt provides the luscious biscuity and c...

By Adrian Tierney-Jones in the section Spotlight


Buying beer online can be your gateway to exciting brews all over the globe. So we've got Melissa Cole to put together a guide to not only some of the most recommended websites in the UK and US but how to make sure that you stay safe when you're shopping on the internet.

No matter how internet savvy we think we all are these days there’s always the danger that the scammers are one step ahead. I mean, granted none of us are likely to fall for the emails that tell us we...

By in the section

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