Beer news: new section on my blog

As you might imagine I receive a lot of information about beer on a daily basis and dozens of invites to beer events (it galls me that I can’t attend them all) so I’ve decided to try and share more of this beer news with you in 2014.

Fear not – I won’t merely cut and paste every press release I get – instead, you’ll see short posts about things I’ve been sent that I think worth writing up. These will always be titled ‘Beer news’ to differentiate them from my regular posts. Here’s an example of what to expect…

Shoot off to Docklands


The Gun is holding a winter ales festival
The Gun is holding a winter ales festival

The Gun pub, in E14, is holding a winter ales festival featuring more than 30 cask and keg brews from the likes of the Kernel, Thornbridge and Windsor & Eton breweries. An added bonus is that beers from new Dorset brewery Gyle 59 are also being launched at the pub during the same period as the festival.


Beer and food matching is also writ large at the event – a specially-created beer matched menu recommends the best bar snacks to accompany all the available ales and there’s also the opportunity to try a ‘Homage To Fromage’ cheeseboard combining miniature ales paired with a selection of artisan cheeses.


Sound tasty? Fire yourself in the direction of Docklands from Thurs 30th Jan – Sat 1st Feb inclusive. No entry fee, just turn up and quaff.

  • The Gun, 27 Coldharbour, London, E14 9NS (0207 515 5222) 

Roaring in Devon

The Westcountry has another new brewery in the shape of the resurrected New Lion Brewery in Totnes. The former Lion Brewery once occupied a large section of the town’s South Street and owned many pubs in and around the area, but closed in 1926 despite being the brewer of, ‘the [apparently] celebrated Totnes Stout’.

The team behind the new brewery look to be a savvy bunch. They launched at local pub The Bay Horse late last year with a mini beer festival showcasing their six pilot brews – four cask ales and two keg beers. As well promoting a brewery membership scheme at the event they canvassed the opinions of drinkers with a feedback form to determine which beers people preferred. (‘Number one’ a light, fruity bitter made with Chinook and Amarillo hops was my favourite.)

New Lion Brewer Mat Henney (left) with colleague Paul Hawksworth at their launch event.
New Lion Brewer Mat Henney (left) with colleague Paul Hawksworth at their launch event.


Promote it with fire

Caerphilly-based brewers The Celt Experience are launching their new ‘village development’ with a fire festival featuring Welsh rockers the Super Furry Animals.

Festival-goers can expect a “celebration of innovative craft beer, art and ‘smokey’ food” and will be given free samples of the brewery’s beers. Super Furry Animals will be taking part in a live collaboration brew on the night and beery stalwart Melissa Cole will also be presenting at the event.

The festival is on 1st February from 7pm – 1am; transport available from Cardiff (via a minibus from Cardiff Central train station) – advance booking essential.Tickets (£10 each including beer samples) and further info from


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