Brighton Tap Takeover 2018 returns even bigger

Brighton Tap Takeover 2018 returns even bigger

South coast’s biggest craft beer festival returns bigger and better from April 27-29 – and we’ll be there doing talks and enjoying ourselves

 

Brighton will be the centre of the beer world once again this April, when the third annual Brighton Tap Takeover (https://www.taptakeover.co.uk) takes place in the city, from April 27-29.

The festival sees 15 city centre pubs (up from 14 last year) dedicated to craft beer for the whole weekend, creating the world’s biggest craft beer pub crawl. Over 100 different craft beers, from 18 breweries, will be available on tap. A huge variety of brews will be available from porters to extra pales as well as several gluten-free and vegan beers.

Breweries taking part include New Zealand’s Yeastie Boys, Somerset’s Wild Beer Co, Leed’s North Brew Co, Newcastle’s Wylam and London’s One Mile End, Gipsy Hill and Four Pure. First Chop from Manchester and Berkshire’s Wild Weather will be bringing 100% vegan brews to this year’s festival.

Leading Sussex breweries are also represented at the festival with local favourites Two Tribes, Laine Brew Co and Lost & Found, taking over a pub each for the weekend. Others, including Hand Brew Co, Burning Sky and Cloak & Dagger, will showcase craft brews at the Fiddler’s Elbow. The North Laine Brewhouse serves again as the festival hub, where wristbands and maps will be available – as well as a brand-new range of keg beers for sampling across 36 separate taps.

The theme of this year’s festival is ‘collaboration’ with attending brewers bringing some of their most exciting collaborative beers, most of which will be pouring in Brighton for the first time. The North Laine Brewhouse will collaborate with Resident – Brighton’s premier record shop – producing a mash-up of sound and brewing, with a special music-inspired beer and festival playlist.

In addition to the beer takeover, festival goers can look forward to special entertainment and events curated by the guest breweries in most of the venues. For those keen to find out more about craft beer and how it’s created, several talks from leading beer writers and educators will take place at the North Laine Brewhouse, and other participating pubs across the city. Attendees are urged to visit www.taptakeover.co.uk for the full listings and beer information.

The Brighton Tap Takeover is a collaboration between leading Brighton-based pub operator The Laine Pub Company and Sussex beer distributor The Beer Collective. More than 4,000 beer lovers attended last year with the number of visitors expected to grow in 2018.

Gavin George, CEO of Laine Pub Company commented: “It’s going to be an incredible weekend. Festival goers will experience the unique ambience of Brighton as they wander from pub to pub, sampling great beer, tasting delicious food and enjoying great music. By taking craft beer out of the usual festival venues: conference centres, town halls and marquees, and putting it back in the pub where it can be enjoyed best, the Brighton Tap Takeover is one of the most unique beer festivals in the country.”

Niki Deighton, Director of the Beer Collective, added: It’s so exciting to have all of these amazing brewers in our city for the whole weekend, I can’t wait to see which beers they will bring, especially as this year’s theme is collaboration. But as well as great beer, each of the brewers will be bringing their own personalities to the party by putting their own stamp in each and every pub.”

Wristbands for the event – which come pre-loaded with four beers, a can to take away, swag bag and priority entry are available now for £15 fromwww.taptakeover.co.uk.


Wylam @ Dead Wax Social
Yeastie Boys @ The East Street Tap
North @ The Earth & Stars
First Chop @ Hope & Ruin
Wild Weather @ The Victory
Wild Beer Co @ White Rabbit
Two Tribes @ The Black Lion
Four Pure @ The Mesmerist
One Mile End @ The Mash Tun
Lost & Found @ The Western
Gipsy Hill @ The Fountain Head
Hand Brew Co, Kiln, Cloak & Dagger, Downlands and Darkstar @ The Fiddler’s Elbow
East London Brewery @ Bath Arms
Laine Brew Co @ The Tempest

Festival Hub (20-strong keg wall from all brewers) @ North Laine Brewhouse


Good Beer Hunting’s Uppers & Downers Festival returns

Good Beer Hunting’s Uppers & Downers Festival of Coffee Beer Returns to London this May

Good Beer Hunting is bringing its Uppers & Downers festival of Coffee Beers back to London for the second year at Mick’s Garage in Hackney Wick on Saturday May 19

 

Following a sold-out successful event last year, Good Beer Hunting is bringing its Uppers & Downers festival of Coffee Beers back to London for the second year running. The event, which will take place at Mick’s Garage in Hackney Wick on Saturday the 19th of May, will more than double in size this year. Taking place over two sessions, festival-goers will have the chance to experience some of the most progressive coffee and beer hybrids ever to be poured in the UK, created by some of its top brewers and roasters.

Uppers & Downers is a collaborative coffee beer series of events created by Good Beer Hunting’s Founder and Director Michael Kiser and World Barista Champion Stephen Morrissey. The goal of Uppers & Downers is to focus on coffee as a specialty brewing and blending ingredient with origin. At this event you’ll experience coffee beers in a range of unexpected styles, extraction methods, and blending techniques that showcase the innovative flavours, aromatics, and textures in the finished beer.

The following brewers will be pouring at this year’s Uppers & Downers London:

Beavertown, Boundary, Brew by Numbers, Cloudwater, CRATE, Fourpure, Fyne Ales, House Brewery, Magic Rock, Moor, Northern Monk, Siphon, Siren, The Five Points Brewing Company & Weird Beard.

We’ve also so far confirmed the following roasters who will be collaborating with our brewers and serving up coffee at the festival:

Artisan Roast, Caravan, Clifton Coffee, Dark Arts Coffee, Dark Woods,Has Bean, North Star, Or Coffee, Roasted Brown, Roundhill, Square Mile & The Roasting Shed.

Uppers and Downers recently celebrated its fifth successful year Good Beer Hunting’s hometown of Chicago. Over 1000 people gathered at Thalia Hall in what was its largest event to date. GBH Founder Michael Kiser explained why he’s thrilled to be bringing the festival to London once again in 2018:

“Bringing Uppers & Downers to London for the second time is both an incredible outreach and homecoming for us. We’ve had people from all over the world venture to Chicago for the fest, and because of that interest and awareness we’re now able to bring it to them, which creates a platform for local brewers and roasters to showcase their own beer and coffee cultures, and experiment through collaboration. And no place outside the States has been more important to us than the U.K.”

World Barista Champion and Uppers & Downers Co-Founder Stephen Morrissey recently moved back to London and added:

“People drink coffee and beer differently here in London than other cities, the line between the two considerably more blurred. Coffee shops open later and seem to serve the community till it’s appropriate to have a drink, which happens far earlier in the day than in the US. Bars have coffee machines, coffee shops have beers and as evident by this year’s festival – the companies behind them are fans of each other, and work together often. I can’t wait to the results of that work at this year’s festival.”

Uppers & Downers London will take place between 11am-3pm and 4pm-8pm on Saturday the 19th of May at Mick’s Garage in East London’s vibrant Hackney Wick neighbourhood. Tickets for each session are £45 (plus booking fee) with a discount available for members of Good Beer Hunting’s subscriber community, The Fervent Few:

http://goodbeerhunting.com/events/2018/may-19th-uppers-downers-festival-london


Brewers Market Beer Festival returns to Leeds Indie Food Festival

Brewers Market Beer Festival returns to Leeds Indie Food Festival

This 11th – 12th May, Brewers Market Beer Festival will return to Canal Mills for its fourth year and a new summer slot during Leeds Indie Food

 

This 11th – 12th May, Brewers Market Beer Festival 2018 will be returning to Canal Mills for its fourth year and a brand-new summer slot which to coincide with the opening weekend of Leeds Indie Food Festival; Leeds’ biggest city-wide, month-long independent food and drink festival.

Showcasing the very best of local and international craft beer over the course of two days and three sessions, this year will be their biggest yet. Swapping their usual November slot for the warmer climes of May, Canal Mills’ outdoor space will allow for even more craft beer and street food, as well as a pop-up gin bar hosted by Bathtub Gin, a selection of natural wines from Wayward Wines and DJs.

Joining them over the weekend will be a hefty bunch of brewery partners including the likes of: Verdant, Kirkstall, Northern Monk, Thornbridge, Vocation, Black Lodge, Zapato, Track, Buxton, the Tall Boys bottle shop with many more to be announced over the coming weeks. Over in the food department, there will be the likes of Mussel Pot, Little Bao Boy, Rabbit Hole Coffee, Sandos, MorMor and Little Red Food Truck.

“This year we’ve moved from our traditional November slot to the summer, which will give us the chance to use more of Canal Mills and therefore bring in more breweries than ever before! We’ll also have a wider selection of food and extras thrown in for 2018”.

“With more exciting breweries to be announced in the coming weeks, it’s going to be our biggest edition of Brewers Market yet” – Matt Long, Events Manager at Canal Mills.

 

SESSIONS

Friday 11th May 2018

5pm – Midnight

£8 (+ £1.20 BF)

Saturday 12th May

12pm – 5pm

£8 (+ £1.20 BF)

Saturday 12th May

6pm – Midnight

£8 (+ £1.20 BF)

Links:

https://www.ticketarena.co.uk/events/Brewers-Market-8

https://brewersmarket.eventgenius.co.uk

http://leedsindiefood.co.uk


Bristol brewery seeks £1 million in crowdfunding

Bristol brewery seeks £1 million in crowdfunding

Left Handed Giant is currently in the closing stages of an ambitious crowdfunding campaign that includes a partnership with a Michelin-starred chef

 

Bristol Brewery Left Handed Giant is currently in the closing stages of an ambitious crowdfunding campaign, with the company looking to raise £1million to fund its Finzels Reach development.

The campaign launched at the beginning of May and hit the initial £400,000 target within 24 hours. Stepping up its ambitions, the brewery is now looking to raise up to £1 million to build the brewpub project, which will feature a taproom, brewery and a restaurant partnership with one of the city’s most exciting chefs.

Bruce Gray, Managing Director at Left Handed Giant, said: “The aim of this brewpub project is to create a world-class facility where communities of friends and investors can have a real input into the day-to-day of the business, as well as having the opportunity to drink locally brewed fresh beer.”

The funds raised will be spread across different projects with the bulk being put towards to development of the Brewpub at Finzels Reach, which will also feature a new dining offering.

Left Handed Giant have teamed up with Bristol Michelin-starred chef Pater Sanchez-Iglesias, who will be operating a restaurant from the first floor of the development as well as developing a separate offering for customers of the brewpub in the neighbouring kitchen.

Peter Sanchez-Iglesias adds: “Forming this partnership with such a well-respected force as Left Handed Giant and creating food to go with their beer is an awesome project to be involved with. The development kitchen will evolve and enhance everything we do at Casamia, with our hyper seasonal dishes on an ever-changing menu, using the best ingredients, cooking it to perfection and then finding out what it needs to make it better.”

Left Handed Giant, which gets its name from the old legend that the Avon Gorge was carved by hand by the original left handed giant, has been part of the Bristol brewing scene since 2015. 

The brewery’s crowdfunding campaign closes on March 30th and those looking for further information or to invest should visit : https://www.crowdcube.com/companies/left-handed-giant-brewing/pitches/q47aGb


Five Points launch crowdfunding campaign

Five Points launch crowdfunding campaign

The Five Points Brewing Co, an independent craft brewery in Hackney is launching its first round of crowdfunded investment on Friday 9th March

 

The Five Points Brewing Co, an independent craft brewery in Hackney is launching its first round of crowdfunded investment on Friday 9th March, offering the general public a chance to become a Five Points Funder and receive shares in the business. The funds raised will be used to meet growing demand, accelerate growth and bring everything back to where it all began; the brewery based on the landmark ‘Five Points’ of Hackney.

The crowdfunding campaign will be live on the Crowdcube platform with a target to raise £750,000 of investment. The capital will be used to open the first Five Points Taproom at the iconic Pembury Tavern, as well as investing in state-of-the-art new brewhouse equipment and fermentation tanks which will triple production capacity volume, and which they hope will allow them to meet their ambitious plans to increase sales from 2 million to 6 million pints a year (34,000 hectolitres). A new research and development brew-kit at The Pembury Tavern will be used to develop new recipes and research innovative brewing processes. The fundraising will also mean investing in their growing team as well as expanding UK distribution and developing their growing export business.

The Five Points Brewing Co was founded by two local Hackney residents who have always strived to invest in their local community as well as their business. The Five Points was the first brewery in the UK to be an accredited Living Wage employer, sources electricity from 100% renewable sources and helped set up an apprenticeship scheme for young, aspiring brewers at Hackney Community College. This is what the Five Points team have continuously aimed to create; tasty beer brewed with the highest standards of quality and a company ethos which is accessible and inclusive to everyone.

Co-Founder and Managing Director of The Five Points Brewing Company, Ed Mason, comments, “We founded The Five Points in the heart of East London with a commitment to the community, and the prospect of inviting the community to join us on our journey is really exciting. What we love about crowdfunding is the ability to welcome on board 100s, maybe 1,000s of passionate beer lovers who will be literally invested in the success of our company”.

The decision to seek investment comes as the brewery is struggling to keep up with high demand. They reached capacity in late 2016 and have since been brewing some of their beer with an independent family-owned brewery in Belgium. This investment will enable the brewery to treble production capacity in Hackney and bring back all brewing production to London. Crowdfunding will also allow the Five Points to open their first Taproom, allowing this long-cherished ambition to become a reality.

In speaking on the Crowdfunding Campaign, Ed Mason, said “Investing in the company now will give us the resources to really take Five Points to the next level. We opened our brewery in the heart of Hackney, in 2013 with a simple ethos; to brew modern, flavourful, accessible beers with integrity, and we are delighted that our beers have become a staple of taps and shelves across London. We believe that we have the potential not just to cement our position as one of London’s favourite brands, but to become a truly national brand.”

“Crucially, as we grow the business into a truly national craft beer company, we will continue to give back to and support the community. We will remain a proud London Living Wage payer, continue to invest in our apprenticeship scheme for trainee brewers, and support local charity and arts projects”.

As part of the crowdfunding campaign, The Five Points is offering a number of exclusive rewards for investors, ranging from free birthday pints, to up to 25% discount in their taproom and online, and exclusive shareholder invites to brewery recipe development and hop-picking experiences – to investors receiving shares in the company.

The minimum investment is just £10.

The campaign will run for 30 days from Friday 9th March.


Original Gravity to launch in Toronto

Original Gravity to launch in Toronto

Original Gravity magazine is expanding overseas and will launch in Toronto on May 17. Toronto-based Stephen Beaumont, one of the world’s most respected beer writers, will be its Editor-in-Chief

 

Daniel Neilson, publisher of the leading British beer publication Original Gravity, and Stephen Beaumont, award-winning author or co-author of 13 books on beer, including the best-selling World Atlas of Beer, are pleased to announce the launch of a unique Toronto edition of Original Gravity!

Over the past decade or more, the beer and brewery scene in Toronto has grown dramatically in both numbers and overall quality, but drinks journalism in Canada’s largest city has not kept pace with these changes, being largely confined to beer news websites and blogs. Original Gravity seeks to change that, with outstanding columns and articles from many of the beer world’s top writers, including the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Stephen Beaumont.

“Toronto has been crying out for a top beer publication for a long time,” says Beaumont, “So when Daniel approached me with the idea of launching a local version of Original Gravity, a magazine I have long admired on my visits to London, I leapt at the chance.”

Although English by birthright, publisher Neilson has roots in Canada, having worked here and being husband to a Canadian, so expanding Original Gravity to the shores of Lake Ontario was a natural move for him.

Original Gravity in the UK is a respected publication with an interesting angle that appeals to all readers, from the merely craft beer-curious to die-hard beer enthusiasts,” says Neilson, “When I decided to launch in Canada, there was only one person to approach, and that was Stephen Beaumont, one of the world’s most respected beer writers. As editor-in-chief, Stephen will bring his vast expertise and brilliant writing to the magazine.”

To start, Original Gravity will be published quarterly, with three issues in 2018 beginning with a spring/summer edition that will launch on May 17. Featured will be Toronto-centric versions of columns popular with Original Gravity’s UK audience, including ‘The Art of Beer’ and beer style focused ‘The 6-Pack,’ as well as longer-form articles by Beaumont, Ontario Craft Beer Guide co-author Jordan St. John and others.

Specific details for the launch of the Canadian Original Gravity are still being worked out at the time of writing, but we couldn’t wait any longer to get out word that Toronto is finally about to get the beer magazine it deserves!

For further details:

Stephen Beaumont, stephen@originalgravitymag.com

Daniel Neilson, daniel@originalgravitymag.com

For advertising enquiries:

Jessica Olivier,jess@originalgravitymag.com


Dark Star Brewing bought by Fuller's

Fuller’s buys Dark Star Brewing

Brighton craft brewer Dark Star has been bought by Fuller’s, it was announced this morning

 

Brighton craft brewer Dark Star has been bought by Fuller’s, it was announced this morning.

The full details of the deal have yet to be revealed, but the move came after a period of the two breweries working successfully together. It’s believed that Dark Star has been exploring various sources of financing to fuel continued expansion in an increasingly competitive market and that the acquisition was one of the alternatives being considered.

Many commentators (including us here at Original Gravity) have predicted that 2018 will see a sharp increase in the number of craft breweries acquired by bigger players. While sales of craft beer overall continue to rise sharply, from a brewer’s perspective trading conditions are increasingly tough in a market that some estimates put at over 2,000 UK brewers.

Dark Star was founded in 1994 in the cellar of Brighton’s Evening Star pub and went on to be a pioneer of the UK craft beer movement, with Hophead being an early champion of the US hop-forward pale ale style.

Fuller’s, founded in 1845, has won respect for its stance on the burgeoning craft beer scene, becoming a founder member of the London Brewers’ Alliance, recreating old recipes from its archives and recently launching ‘Fullers & Friends’, a series of collaborations with breweries including Thornbridge, Cloudwater and Fourpure.

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Brewing will continue at Dark Star’s Partridge Green site, Managing Director James Cuthbertson will remain at the helm and the brewer will continue to operate as a standalone business.

James Cuthbertson said: “Since our inception in 1994, we have continuously grown from those early days in The Evening Star Pub in Brighton to the current brewery in Partridge Green. The partnership with Fuller’s, another independent brewery with fantastic heritage and great beer at its very core, will allow us to take the brewery to the next level. The deal means we will continue to do what we do, but gives us huge opportunities to brew more one-off small batch beers hand-in-hand with exploring the export market and expanded bottle and can formats.”

He added: “We’ve always described Dark Star as more of a hobby that got out of control than a business, an ethos that will remain at the centre of what we do and what we’re about, after all, beer should be fun and accessible.”

Simon Dodd, Managing Director of The Fuller’s Beer Company, said: “Following on from the success we have had with our acquisition of Cornish Orchards, we have been looking at similar opportunities to invest in and work with young, exciting companies that have a similar ethos and commitment to quality as Fuller’s. Following discussions with James and the team at Dark Star, we could see that we could add real benefit to the Dark Star business and it provides a great new range of delicious cask beers that will enhance the Fuller’s portfolio.

“Both Fuller’s and Dark Star are brewers with quality and taste at their heart. I just can’t wait to see how Dark Star innovates further with the support of Fuller’s and access to our expertise in brewing, retailing and business elements such as finance, purchasing and IT systems.”


Five Points announce charity partnership

Five Points announce annual charity partnership

The Hackney-based brewery commits to fundraising efforts and staff paid time to support its local charities

 

The East London-based Five Points Brewing Company has announced the start of a new annual charity partnership programme. Each year the company will partner with two local charities, fundraising for them and helping to raise their profile across the year. Brewery staff are encouraged to have an input: they will be canvassed for their suggestions on which charities will be supported that year, and can complete a day’s paid voluntary work on behalf of their chosen charity.

This year, it is two charities local to the brewery that have been chosen to receive support. The Hackney Winter Night Shelter, a homeless shelter running during the coldest winter months, and Headway East London, a charity supporting people affected by brain injury, will both receive fundraising support across the year.

Ed Mason, founder and Director of The Five Points, said: “Since founding The Five Points in 2013, we have strived to be a socially responsible business and employer, based in our local community. The community has taken us into their hearts, and it’s important for us to give something back.

“Our ethos is not just about ‘the bottom line’. While of course this is important, we believe that businesses also have a responsibility to both the local and wider community. Supporting two partner charities each year is a great way for us to be able to demonstrate this commitment and responsibility.”

The Five Points has also improved its Charity and Community Support Policy. All staff members will receive an additional day’s paid leave to work on a charity or community project. Staff will be working with the 2018 partner charities, The Hackney Winter Night Shelter and Headway East London, but are welcome to work on their own projects if there’s an issue or organisation close to their heart.

The Five Points organises a large number of events every year; in 2017, they organised over 100, hosting and participating in events and festivals around London and across the UK. Their first 2018 fundraising event, the Tryanuary Hackney Beer Hop, is taking place on Saturday 27th January, and will visit five different breweries and craft beer-spots in Hackney Wick, including the Five Points’ craft beer bar Mason & Company. The event is now sold-out, and all ticket and raffle proceeds, plus donations on the day, will go to the Hackney Winter Night Shelter.

You can read more about The Five Points’ charity support on their blog, and stay up to date with future fundraising events on their website, Twitter, Facebook and Eventbrite pages. If you would like to read more about the two charities, or sign up to volunteer, visit www.headwayeastlondon.org and www.hwns.org.


CAMRA to embrace kegged and canned 'quality' beer

CAMRA to embrace ‘quality’ kegged and canned beer

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is set to widen its remit to represent drinkers of quality beers, ciders and perries of all types, as well as moving its focus beyond traditional pubs, if its members approve recommendations put before them in April

 

We’ll have some updated news and opinions soon but first we wanted to share the press release as soon as we can in full that advocates that CAMRA, as part of its far-reaching Revitalisation, it will embrace ‘quality’ beer and not just real ale.

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The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is set to widen its remit to represent drinkers of quality beers, ciders and perries of all types, as well as moving its focus beyond traditional pubs, if its members approve recommendations put before them in April.

While continuing to advocate that real ale is the pinnacle of the brewer’s craft, the Campaign’s wider focus will mean all drinkers who enjoy a range of beers, ciders and perries will feel welcome in the organisation.

If the changes are approved, the Campaign will work to provide an enhanced education and information experience for its members, and all drinkers who attend CAMRA festivals, to help them appreciate and learn about all types and styles of beer, cider and perry – and make informed decisions about what constitutes “quality”.

While campaigning for the continued production and consumption of real ale, cider and perry will remain at the core of CAMRA’s objectives, members will be asked to consider changes to the organisation’s Articles of Association which will widen the range of types of beer that it represents – including quality beer which does not meet the organisation’s definition of “real ale”.

The recommendations also propose that as a result of widening its scope of interest CAMRA will be able to represent and engage with all beer drinkers and with all pubgoers, irrespective of what they choose to drink, increasing its ability to campaign in the interests of a much larger constituency.

This broadening of consumer representation will also see CAMRA demonstrate an interest in and lobby for a much wider range of on-trade outlets. While the organisation will continue to campaign for the preservation of the traditional British pub, it will also encourage on-trade outlets of all kinds to serve quality beer, cider and perry. CAMRA will continue to advocate drinking in public social venues, rather than the increasing practise of consumers buying their drinks from supermarkets for home consumption.

The proposed changes may take the form of:

  • CAMRA festivals offering a wider range of quality beers, ciders and perries in all formats

  • CAMRA engaging with drinkers of all types – with the hope of taking them on a ‘journey of discovery’ of why real ale, cider and perry is particularly special

  • CAMRA supporting members in their appreciation of beer, their ability to both recognise quality products and campaign effectively for them to be stocked in pubs and bars

  • CAMRA providing information about all kinds of beer, not just real ale, as well as opportunities for members to learn more about brewing and the different types and styles available to drinkers

  • CAMRA recognising a wider range of drinks and establishments in its local and national competitions

The 46-year-old consumer organisation launched a root and branch review of its purpose and objectives, called the Revitalisation Project, at the start of 2016. CAMRA’s 190,000 members have been involved and consulted throughout the process and will soon have their say on whether the resulting proposals for change are adopted.

Seeking approval for their recommendations, the Campaign’s leadership argue that a wider appeal and closer connection with the current revolution in beer and bars will enable the organisation to connect with modern-day beer drinkers and pub goers. This in turn will strengthen CAMRA’s campaigning voice: enabling it to increase the already-considerable influence it exerts on the Government and industry decision-makers.

CAMRA chairman Colin Valentine said: “It’s always been important that our members have had a say throughout this review process and we’re now at the point where we’ll be giving all our members the chance to vote on the final Revitalisation Project recommendations.

“The vote will be held at our Annual General Meeting, in Coventry in April. In the months between now and then we’ll be making sure members can access the full details of the changes we’re recommending, along with the analysis of the impacts and potential opportunities the changes will have.

“My colleagues and I will be making ourselves available at meetings around the country over the next three months so that members can ask us questions about the proposed changes. We’ll also be making sure that we’re available online at frequent intervals. At the end of this process our aim is to make sure that every member has been given the opportunity to learn more about the proposals before they voted.

“Our recommendations mark an important stage in CAMRA’s long history. We recognise that the beer and pub landscape has changed and continues to evolve, and our place in that landscape has changed as well. We’re determined to make sure that we continue to change and evolve so that we are relevant to drinkers of all types and continue to offer a compelling reason for people to join our organisation.”

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Yeastie Boys announce new Head Brewer

Yeastie Boys announce new head brewer

Former Thornbridge and Buxton brewer James Kemp will join the Yeastie Boys UK operation

 

New Zealand brewing company Yeastie Boys have taken a further step toward making United Kingdom their major focus by announcing the signing of renowned brewer James Kemp from Manchester’s Marble Brewery.

From mid-March James – a respected former brewer of Thornbridge Brewery and Buxton Brewery – will take over the lead brewing role for the small multinational New Zealand company.


Yeastie Boys’ irreverent ales – founded down under in 2008 and now brewed in New Zealand, Australia, and United Kingdom – have made a considerable impact in the UK since arriving in 2015 and the business recently announced that they had tripled UK sales in the 2017 calendar year.

“We’ve got off to a cracking start in the UK, from absolutely nothing, but we’re always thinking of the future and this was the perfect place to bring someone on board” Yeastie Boys’ founder Stu McKinlay explained.

“Bringing James into the team is an investment in our brand as well as the product. We’ve long been known for innovation but in the UK we’ve focused on our core range products, only bringing in very small volumes of seasonals and specials from New Zealand.

“As our reach expands nationally and into Europe, and often outside the traditional ‘craft beer’ venues, it’s important to us that we continue to excite and delight the independent trade and that needs to happen from here in the UK rather than back in New Zealand. I can’t think of anyone better to do that than James Kemp. I’ve known him for over a decade and his dedication to innovation and quality make him one of the very best brewers that I know.”

James Kemp said: “I’ve been a fanboy of Yeastie Boys since I first tried Pot Kettle Black almost ten years ago and I’ve always considered them to be one of the most exciting and edgy breweries in the world. I’m really looking forward to having a lot of fun making great beer and helping take them to the next level.

“We’ve not mapped out an exact plan of what we’ll brew, yet, as we really want to let James focus all his energy on his last couple of months at Marble” added Stu, “but expect a good dose of easily accessible seasonal beers, possibly with melon balls, followed by a really exciting long-term focus on elegant and very special beers.”

Yeastie Boys – who celebrate their tenth year in 2018 – are now just over two years into in brewing in UK and are a year into production in Australia.
 
“Exporting our products around the world is becoming less of an option as we see local beer scenes really exploding in terms of both diversity and quality,” said the UK-based McKinlay, “The setup of Yeastie Boys UK and Yeastie Boys Australia allows us to build a base making local beers with a New Zealand accent. We’ve got to the point where we really needed someone far better than me to oversee all this production and James is the perfect person for that job!”