Friday, 21 March 2014

Real Ale News round-up 2014-03-21

Success in the 2013/14 London and South East Area Champion Beer of Britain competition! 300's Old Ale Wins Again…
Mar 21st 2014, 10:59

The Chiltern Brewery are thrilled to have had more success in the 2013/14 London and South East Area Champion Beer of Britain competition.

Their 300′s Old Ale was judged Silver in the Old Ale & Strong Mild Category, a really great accoladefor a beer that they have been brewing consistently for many years now.

The finals of the area competition took place after a year of beer tastings, tasting panels and nominations. Successful beers are submitted from these into the style final and are conventionally judged by a panel made up of journalists, fellow brewers, and, of course, a few CAMRA members – so we are truly honoured to have been a winner.

WPA Pinfold at SIBA's BeerX
Mar 21st 2014, 10:48

Last week, members of the WPA team travelled down to Sheffield to exhibit at SIBA's second BeerX event, held at iceSheffield. The event hosted over 1,000 guests in the form of delegates, exhibitors and beer enthusiasts. Informative seminars were held regularly across the four days – including a talk from Steve Grossman of Sierra Nevada – and SIBA ensured a magnitude of interesting brews were available.

They spent two days exhibiting and met some great new faces in the brewing industry whilst showcasing some of their most recent work. It was great discussing all things beer and branding with brewers from all over the country. From large, established breweries to smaller start-ups, it was an excellent opportunity to keep people up to date with their fantastic achievements, and to offer valuable insights to delegates. WPA maintained live twitter coverage enabling us to immediately keep in touch with the many people they met.

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Campden BRI helps microbrewers to brew better beer
Mar 21st 2014, 10:25

Campden BRI, a company which provides research, analysis and consultancy for the food and drink industry worldwide, is launching a new course to help microbrewers produce better beer.

The one day 'Improving Your Brewing' course, which will first run on 18 June at the company's world-leading brewing research centre in Nutfield, Surrey will help microbrewers improve the quality and consistency of their beer.

Brewers will learn how the various parameters at each stage of the brewing process – from grain to glass – can be monitored and controlled to reduce faults and optimise processes to make better beer. The course will also demonstrate how microbrewers can make the best use of raw materials, assess and analyse products and monitor shelf life, and improve quality control and quality assurance.

Ed Wray, Brewer and Maltster, at Campden BRI commented:

"We have seen a recent rise in interest from UK microbrewers for our services. According to the Good Beer Guide 2014, 187 new breweries started up in the UK in the last 12 months, many of which were microbrewers, so we have developed this course specifically to address some of the issues we are frequently approached about. We are the UK's leading brewing research centre, and while we work with many breweries all around the world on beer development, production and analysis, we find we are increasingly being called upon by micro-brewers to provide technical support they might not otherwise have access to."

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Campden BRI ( provides technical, legislative and scientific support and research to the food and drinks industry worldwide – with a comprehensive "farm to fork" range of services covering agri-food production, analysis and testing, processing and manufacturing, safety, training and technical information services. Members and clients benefit from industry-leading facilities for analysis, product and process development, and sensory and consumer studies, which include a specialist brewing and wine division.

CapitalStackers impress at GB Private Investor Summit, London
Mar 21st 2014, 10:22

Steve Robson, Managing Director of CapitalStackers presented to a packed audience at the highly successful Great British Private Investor Summit in London yesterday, organised by Angel News. Some 250 high net worth and angel investors were in the audience listening to pitches from a range of crowdfunding and peer to peer lending platforms.

Following the event, Steve said:
"We are delighted with the response from investors to the business model and really encouraged by their level of interest in the platform. The completion of two deals marks an important step for us and we now look forward to the formal launch to enable us to engage with the wider investment community."

At a recent pre-launch event hosted by Hallidays LLP, CapitalStackers generated enough interest to complete its first two deals. The CapitalStackers business model seeks to engage with banks and allow investors to choose their preferred risk and return profile. That, and the fact that all deals are secured by commercial and residential real estate, made the Stockport based firm stand out in this embryonic but fast growing and dynamic sector.

CapitalStackers and its website aim to be the destination of choice for investors looking to finance property investments and development schemes. These will be high net worth individuals or sophisticated investors with a minimum of £5,000 to invest and looking to achieve a better deal than through some of the more traditional investment routes.

It is supported financially and professionally by Hallidays LLP, a firm of accountants with an excellent reputation. This is not the first time these people have come together in the world of property finance and information technology. In 1999 they set up pi-FRAME Ltd, a small and specialised software house which sells real estate lending risk analysis software to banks and property lending boutiques.

Interested parties can visit for more information.

Ilkley Brewery and Charles Faram reveal new British Hop
Mar 21st 2014, 10:11

A brand new British hop named Olicana, which was grown by Charles Faram & Co Hop Merchants, and test brewed by Ilkley Brewery, has been unveiled.

The Herefordshire-grown hop was revealed at the 2014 SIBA BeerX conference in Sheffield last week where thousands of brewers, licensees, hop growers, maltsters and craft beer fans gathered for this annual celebration of British beer.

The Olicana seed was originally sewn in 2009 and in 2013, after three years of agronomic assessment, Charles Faram and Ilkley Brewery teamed up to exclusively harvest and brew with this new hop, then, simply named 1391. Ilkley Brewery will brew exclusively with Olicana this season but it is hoped the hop will go into full scale production in 2015.

"Working with Charles Faram brings a fantastic opportunity to brew with a completely new hop that has wonderful citrus characteristics and challenges the convention that you need to source hops from the New World to brew hop-forward beers," said Chris Ives, managing director of Ilkley Brewery.

"British breweries have been importing aromatic hops from countries like America and Australia for many years now but the knock-on effect is that British hop growers have taken a back seat. Creating different and exciting hops like Olicana, and growing them here in the UK, is vital for the British hop industry to stay alive," added Chris.

Paul Corbett, managing director of Charles Faram and Co. Hop Merchants, continued: "We are delighted to have had the help and support of Ilkley Brewery with this, one of the first varieties from our new hop breeding programme. It gives us an excellent first-hand opportunity to assess the brewing potential of this new hop and we hope that it is well received."

About Olicana

The name Olicana was chosen in honour of the Yorkshire spa town of Ilkley where the five year old brewery is based: Olicana being the name of the Roman fort from which the town grew.

The Olicana hop is a daughter of the US variety, Cascade, and an English male from the Charles Faram hop development programme. It boasts mango, grapefruit and passion fruit qualities. Charles Faram is working closely with their growers to get more Olicana plants propagated and planted this year. The new breeding programme has been established to compliment the great work that Peter Darby is doing at Wye Hops Ltd, giving a two-pronged attack to the search for more highly aromatic British hops.

To find out more about Ilkley Brewery, visit: or follow Ilkley Brewery on Twitter @Ilkleybrewery and Facebook

For more information on Charles Faram, visit

50 new beers for Wetherspoon beer festival
Mar 20th 2014, 16:43, by (Robyn Black)

A plum porter, a juniper beer and a hazy wheat beer will be among some of the more exotic brews on offer at the next JD Wetherspoon beer festival.