Annabel Smith and Jane Peyton, members of the Guild of Beer Writers, have both received Lifetime Achievement accolades from the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group at its annual dinner (2018) in Westminster.
Annabel Smith is a beer educator, writer, beer and food matching presenter, and founder of Beer Belle training agency. She is also a founding member of Dea Latis, the women and beer group that encourages more women to try, buy and enjoy beer. She was recently voted onto the Guild of Beer Writers Board of Directors.
Jane Peyton is an award-winning drinks writer, was Britain’s First Beer Sommelier of the Year, and is the founder of School of Booze events, training and consultancy. She is also the instigator of Beer Day Britain, the UK’s national beer day annually on June 15th. Jane is a past winner at the annual Guild Awards for beer writing (winning gold once and silver twice).
Mike Wood MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group said “The lifetime achievement award is for people in the industry who have done something remarkable over and above the day job. ”
Annabel commented: “I feel highly honoured to be awarded a lifetime achievement award. I am driven by my passion for people, pubs and beer – they are such a fantastic combination and it’s a wonderful industry to work in.
Jane commented: ‘’What a marvellous surprise to be recognised with a lifetime achievement award for something that gives me so much pleasure. Working in the beer and pub world never feels like work so I am fortunate indeed!
From left to right: Annabel Smith, Mike Wood MP, Jane Peyton
We have a number of events planned for Guild members over the next few months, starting with our Summer Party on 6 August. Please read the summaries below and go to our events page for more details on each.
This programme is a benefit of Guild membership, events are free to Guild members or charged at a much-subsidised rate. To book a place, or with any questions, please email email@example.com
Guild Summer Party Date + time: Monday 6 August, 6.30 – 9.30 Venue: Brixton Brewery, Unit 1-2 Dylan Road (off Milkwood Road) London SE24 0HL
The Guild’s traditional pre-Great British Beer Festival party. Meet friends old and new and enjoy a selection of beers kindly donated by supporters of the Guild.
We are delighted to be holding this event at Brixton Brewery, with thanks to the team at Brixton and at Heineken for their generous hospitality. This event is free to Guild members.
NB:Brixton Brewery has recently relocated and their previous address still appears online. Please use the above, correct address to find the shiny new brewery!
Seminar: The Pub: Evolving or Dying? Date + time: Wednesday 19 September, 10.00 – 4.00 Venue: The Button Factory, 25 Frederick Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham B11 3HH
The British pub has survived, even thrived, by changing with the times. This seminar, organised with the Brewery History Society, looks at the evolution of pubs and the societal changes and other influences that have shaped their development.
Our speakers include: David Bruce, founder of the Firkin chain of pubs and City Pub Co and chairman of West Berkshire Brewery; Susan Martindale of Mitchells & Butlers; Peter Martin of CGA; pub history experts Mike Hailwood and Paul Jennings and Charlie Rawlings of the Micropub Association. Robyn Black, editor of Inapub, will be chairing the event, which will include lunch at the pub.
We are holding this event at the Button Factory, 25 Frederick Street, Jewellery Quarter Birmingham, B1 3HH. An optional tour of the city’s pubs will take place in the evening.
This event is free of charge to members of both the Guild of Beer Writers and the Brewery History Society.
Annual Awards and Dinner
Date + time: Thursday 22 November, 6.30 – midnight
Venue: Chelsea Harbour Hotel
The Guild’s annual dinner and presentation of our awards for beer writing, will take place on Thursday 22 November.
We are this year at a new venue, the Chelsea Harbour Hotel, for this not-to-be-missed event which includes a four-course dinner matched with beers, pre-and post-meal beers provided by our sponsors and the announcement of the winners of our nine award categories, Beer Writer of the Year and Brewer of the Year.
Tickets will be on sale shortly at £60 (inc VAT) per head for individual Guild members and £125 (inc VAT) for corporate members or non-members. Please save the date and watch this space for details of how to buy tickets.
At the Guild AGM last month, members voted to increase the annual membership subscription to £55. Subscriptions are now due and can be paid using the details below.
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Guild members are invited to the launch of the new edition of CAMRA’s Essential Home Brewing, by Graham Wheeler & Andy Parker in association with Malt Miller. This is being held The Beer Merchants Tap next Tuesday, 17 July.
Graham’s excellent original edition has been updated by Andy, Owner & Brewer of Elusive Brewing, with over 30 brand new recipes from some of the UK’s leading breweries. Home brewing is undergoing a revolution of its own akin to that of craft beer more and more people are getting involved in making beer at home.
Andy is well respected in the brewing industry not only for his ability to produce great beer across a wide variety of styles and formats but also for being the goddamn nicest man in beer.
On the night the tap will featuring a number of beers from Elusive, both in cask and on keg, and we hope to see a large number of brewers featured in the book. There will also be members of a number of London Home Brew clubs in attendance so if you’ve ever though of getting started in home brewing this is the perfect occasion to come down and chat to those that already do!
Also check out www.maltmiller.com for all your home brewing needs because they are lovely people.
Pub operator and brewer Brakspear is today reopening the doors of the Frogmill near Cheltenham – its biggest project in its 240-year history.
The 16tth century inn in Shipton Oliffe, near Andoversfold, Gloucestershire, is now Brakspear’s biggest managed site and comprises a 100-cover restaurant, bar, 28 boutique bedrooms and wedding and conference facilities for up to 150 guests, all housed within extensive grounds.
Brakspear purchased the Grade II listed Frogmill in December 2015 and the inn has been given an extensive eight-month redevelopment, including creating a bar at the heart of the site in a former cellar space and transforming the inn’s former bar area into a cosy snug with open fire.
The redesign has retained many of the building’s original features including fireplaces, flagstone floors, exposed beams and a wisteria-covered stone pergola and watermill in the grounds.
The Frogmill’s new-look restaurant area has been extended with a spacious open plan layout. The inn will offer all-day dining with seasonally changing breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday menus, as well as daily specials and a speedy ‘working lunch’ midweek menu. A Josper oven and American smoker are at the core of the state-of-the-art kitchen.
The kitchen team is being led by head chef Jonathon Pons, formerly of the award-winning Feathered Nest in Nether Westcote, Oxfordshire and Cheltenham’s Ellenborough Park. He will work with Brakspear’s executive chef Arthur Knights to develop menus which showcase the best in fresh, seasonal produce.
The Frogmill’s boutique bedrooms have been designed to offer style and comfort, with Feather & Black beds and statement wallpapers from William Morris and Zoffany.
The refurbished wedding and events space features a minstrel gallery complete with traditional imported French balustrading; ideal for wedding photographs. Outside, the extensive dog-friendly grounds include a dining terrace and boules court and a large lawned area where younger guests can play.
Brakspear chief executive Tom Davies said: “The redevelopment of the Frogmill has been an extensive project, which has seen our biggest investment in a site to date. We are really excited about the potential of this fantastic inn.”
He adds: “I’m really proud of what we have achieved in terms of the look and feel of the Frogmill and its food, drink and accommodation. We have a great track record of running successful, award-winning pubs and have a strong infrastructure and great team in place to enable us to replicate our success at this larger, more complex site.”
The Frogmill takes Brakspear’s managed estate to 12 sites. The division was formed in 2013 with the opening of the Bull on Bell Street in Henley-on-Thames and includes pubs across the Cotswolds and south east. Eight sites – including the Frogmill – currently offer accommodation, with a total of just over 100 rooms.
For more information on The Frogmill visit www.thefrogmillshipton.co.uk. For more information on Brakspear visit www.brakspear.co.uk.
Pic caption: The Frogmill has undergone an extensive eight-month redevelopment including the 100-cover restaurant
Pic credit: www.osbournehollis.co.uk
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Great British Bake-Off winner, Candice Brown, has been named as the “Beer Drinker of the Year” for 2018 by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group. The presentation was made at the Beer Group’s Annual Awards Dinner in Westminster which attracted over 200 MPs, Peers and senior industry figures.
Mike Wood MP, the Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group said “Candice shot to fame winning Bake Off by creating a replica of her parents’ pub in gingerbread— complete with a sticky carpet. She remembers how her mum used to cook pub grub for the customers and that’s the kind of food she still loves.”
“Since winning Bake Off she has used her celebrity to encourage young people working in the Pub and Hospitality sector. Candice came to the House of Commons for a reception for apprentices from the brewing and pub sector that was hosted by Andrew Griffiths MP, the Minister for Small Business. She told the participants how she learned to cook in the pub and picked up so many other important life skills too.”
The Beer Group also presented its other awards at the dinner:
Brewer of the Year: Sara Barton, Brewster’s Brewery
Lifetime Achievement: Annabelle Smith and Jane Peyton
Special Award: Colin Valentine and Tim Page, CAMRA
Beer Parliamentarian of the Year: Ruth Smeeth, MP for Stoke North.
Pub Parliamentarian of the Year: Ben Bradley, MP for Mansfield.
PubAid Award: Stonegate Pub Company.
For more information: Paul Hegarty, Honorary Secretary, All Party Parliamentary Beer Group, email@example.com or 07808 096250
Beer Adventures App now offers all of their 150 beer and brewery tours in 85 global cities for free
Rapidly expanding iOS and Android travel app Beer Adventures is sweeping through the global craft beer community, offering beer and food lovers an interactive way to explore the beer scene in major cities and travel destinations on almost every continent. Having already thousands of registered active users, the Beer Adventures app makes vacations and urban expeditions more exciting with over 150 app-led beer tours, plotting out all the top pubs, bars, restaurants, breweries and taprooms in town.
Beer Adventures has announced all of its 150 beer and brewery tours are available for free to download, meaning anyone with a love of beer and food can enjoy using its services. All it takes is a quick download on Apple iOS and Android Google Play to create a Beer Adventure home and away.
Beer Adventures Founder and Guild member Jonny Quirk said:
“Paid Beer Adventures have been taken 1000’s of times across 85 global cities since we launched late last year, but now we want even more beer fans from all over the world to enjoy our tours and see what we’re all about”
“So we’ve decided to offer our app and all its tours for free, zilch, zip, zero – that’s not a bad deal if you’re looking for a great day out wherever you are in the world.”
“We feature over 1000 pubs, bars, breweries and eateries across all our cities with more added every week. Plus each tour route is lovingly curated so as you get to see the city sights in-between all the beering and food stops”
Features of the app include: pro-built routes and navigation powered by Google Maps, informative pop-ups about the local beer and food scene, check-in ability and group adventures that allow friends to link up numerous phones together through the app for a day out to remember.
With the Beer Adventures app aimed at locals and tourists Quirk has said:
“it’s already been great to see people from the UK and Europe using our US tours when on holiday and US citizens enjoying our tours in Amsterdam, Brussels and Munich. Beer is such a universal language and we’re looking forward to playing a part in even more people’s travel plans by making our app completely free to use all over the planet”
One of the most popular features of the app is that it gives you the freedom to take your beer tour at your own pace. You can stay as long as you like at each stop and take detours or make pit stops at your own leisure.
“We want everyone to feel like a local whenever they join a Beer Adventure app tour” explains Quirk. “It’s a very highly curated tour experience which people are going on, it just so happens that it’s an app taking you around as opposed to someone telling you to be there at 12 o’clock on a Tuesday. Ok so you may not be on an organised group tour but you will be out together with 1000’s of people in the global Beer Adventures community. So everyone who uses our app can make a real day of it, not feel rushed, enjoy it with friends and really tap into the authentic food and drink scene wherever they are”
Each of the tours on the Beer Adventures app has five to ten bars, breweries, taprooms and restaurants with the option to skip anywhere that doesn’t appeal, and each city has at least one tour to select with some now having up to four or five tours.
The full list of Beer Adventures cities can be found below, with more tours and city launches arriving in the coming months.
New York, Toronto, Chicago, Asheville, Vancouver, San Francisco, San Diego, Portland, LA, Denver, Philadelphia, Austin, Seattle, Boston, Detroit, Montreal, Cincinnati, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Atlanta, Charlotte, Las Vegas, Tampa, Nashville.
Dublin, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Buenos Aires, Cologne, Munich, Copenhagen, Tel Aviv, Prague, Oslo, Stockholm, Lisbon, Madrid, Bruges, Hamburg, Vienna, Warsaw, Athens, Budapest, Rio, Santiago, Mexico City, Helsinki, Tallinn, Reykjavik, Bangkok, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Moscow, St Petersburg, Beijing, Shanghai.
London to welcome UK’s Largest Independent Craft Beer Festival
August 3-5, Tobacco Dock, London E1
The world of modern brewing gathers for three days only
10th July 2018: The UK’s largest gathering of independent craft breweries is taking place next month courtesy of the London Craft Beer Festival. From Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th August, over 70 of the best breweries hand-picked from around the globe unite under one roof to create one of the most outstanding collections of craft beer ever seen at a festival.
Showcasing both new and established craft beers to an audience of over 10,000 consumers, the London Craft Beer Festival, now in its sixth year, is holding a trade focused day and inviting buyers, licensees and suppliers to visit and experience this uniquely curated selection of beers.
On Friday 3rd August, Tobacco Dock in London will open its doors to those in the drinks industry seeking to discover the latest trends, tastes and experiences the craft beer world has to offer.
Entry also allows trade visitors to attend the Raise the Bar Sessions, a series of talks from inspirational voices including Pete Brown and Adrian Tierney Jones and market leaders from all sectors of brewing. Over 20 companies including Aroxa, Mini Brew, Simply Hops and Keg Stars and Moorgate Finance will attend the Raise the Bar Sessions, offering invaluable advice to young breweries on how to navigate the industry.
“Craft beer is one of the fastest growing sectors of the drinks industry and our festival offers the trade the opportunity to taste, network and share ideas and practical advice,” explains Daniel Sylvester, co-founder of the festival. “Brewery owners and head brewers will be there in person, guaranteeing that buyers can meet the decision makers on the day.”
All visitors will be able to sample special brews from exhibitors, including UK favourite, Cloudwater, Danish mavericks, Mikkeller, innovative stateside brewer, Stillwater Artisanal and Polish newcomers, Browar Artezan and Pracownia Piwa.
Other brewers are creating immersive experiences for festival-goers in the Vaults space within the venue; Wild Beer Co, Fuller’s & Friends, Thornbridge, Harbour Brewing Co, Beer Merchants Store, Honest Brew Beer, BrewDog, Lervig, Wylam, Collective Arts and Sierra Nevada.
As well as bringing together the best in craft beer, The London Craft Beer Festival experience includes the best in music, food and drink; cider, whisky and gin are available. Wine is provided by festival partner, Treasury Wine Estates’ 13 Crimes.
An exclusive VIP pass for Friday 3rd August allows the trade free entry, pre-planned tours, introductions to key brewers and access to the inspirational Raise the Bar Sessions. Simply email LCBF@lime-pr.co.uk to request your free pass and plan your day.
We Are Beer was founded by two friends, Greg Wells and Daniel Sylvester. A new-found love of craft beer led them to collaborate on something that was, back in 2013, greatly missing – a modern festival, celebrating modern beer. We Are Beer’s first endeavour was the London Craft Beer Festival in 2013. It broke the mould as the first tasting-led festival in the UK, combined with headline music acts and the best food producers out there.
The core mission of celebrating the creativity, diversity and dynamism of modern brewing culture, led them to set up the Bristol Craft Beer Festival in 2016 and the Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival in 2017.
That mission is still at the heart of everything they do today and everything they’re planning for the future. Their aim is to be a platform that promotes modern beer –bringing breweries, drinkers, musicians, chefs and brands together to help grow this fantastic category be it through festivals, beer collaborations, partnerships or story-telling.
Alcohol education charity Drinkaware is extending its Drinkaware Crew scheme to the Splendour Festival in Nottingham on 21 July.
Drinkaware Crew was launched in 2014 in pubs, bars and clubs as a way of keeping young people safe on a night out and has been introduced to 18 areas around the country. The Drinkaware Crew teams will operate at Splendour in much the same way as they do in bars and clubs; after receiving special training, developed by Drinkaware, they will interact with festival goers and support people who might be vulnerable after drinking too much.
Working in pairs, Drinkaware Crew will mingle with festival visitors, wearing branded Splendour/Drinkaware Crew clothing, and help vulnerable people where needed. As well as reactive support, teams will proactively promote a positive atmosphere, by talking to customers queuing to enter the festival, and engaging with them during the event.
Drinkaware Chief Executive Elaine Hindal said:
“Drinkaware are delighted that the Splendour Festival has taken the decision to introduce our highly successful Drinkaware Crew scheme.
“Four years ago, Nottingham was the first city to have the scheme in bars, pubs and clubs, so it’s a natural progression to now introduce it to a festival in Nottingham, to help keep people safe.
“We are confident that Drinkaware Crew will prove to be an effective tool at Splendour and look forward to seeing it in action.”
Julie Tippins, Head of Compliance at venue operator DHP Family, which runs the Splendour Festival, said: “Over the 10 years we have been staging Splendour, we’ve seen it more than double in size and it now attracts around 25,000 people. It has a wonderful family friendly atmosphere where everyone comes together to enjoy the music, comedy and fringe entertainment.
“As a responsible and experienced venue operator and concert promoter, we take a progressive approach to ensuring we provide an environment that is safe and welcoming to all and we are proud to be the first festival outside of London to be welcoming Drinkaware Crew.”
Drinkaware Crew is designed for venues with a 500+ capacity and training has been delivered in: Bolton, Cheltenham, Glasgow, Plymouth, Shoreditch, Cardiff, Swansea, Nottingham, Bristol, Derby, Coventry, Leicester, Birmingham, Loughborough, Stalybridge, Pontypridd, Exeter and Wakefield. Venues interested in operating Drinkaware Crew should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Smaller venues can benefit from the Drinkaware Alcohol Vulnerability Awareness e-learning course, based on the Drinkaware Crew training programme. This gives customer-facing staff the skills and knowledge to identify alcohol-related vulnerability and support customers at risk from harm. For more information: email@example.com
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Drinkaware is an independent UK-wide, alcohol education charity with the objective of positively changing public behaviour and the national drinking culture. It aims to reduce alcohol misuse and minimise harm by helping people make better choices about their drinking. It achieves this by providing impartial, evidence-based information, advice and practical resources; raising awareness of alcohol and its harms and by working collaboratively with partners, including the medical community, public health, third sector organisations, local authorities, police and the drinks industry.
Drinkaware has more than 100 funders, including UK alcohol producers, retailers in the on-trade and off-trade and wholesalers.
It’s not so very long ago that anyone asking for a beer in a restaurant would have received a cool response. Wine was the accompaniment to fine food. Michelin starred chef, Galton Blackiston, has finally put the nail in the coffin of that myth.
He has gone further than offering beer in his renowned Morston Hall and No 1 Cromer restaurants. Working with local farmers, maltsters and brewers, Galton has now created two beers of his own: No1 Norfolk Lager and No1 Norfolk Ale. Their flavours showcase what is probably the world’s best malt – produced in North Norfolk.
“I loved the idea of crafting my own ale and lager to match with our food,” Galton explains. “In a region so rich in local produce, food takes centre stage and chefs take a lot of plaudits. The county’s beer and brewers also deserve attention. So do those along the supply chain. That’s why I’ve spent time with the barley growers and the maltsters at Crisp Maltings, as well as with the brewers.”
Enlisting Norfolk Brewhouse (of Moongazer Ale fame)
The celebrated chef enlisted the support of micro-brewery Norfolk Brewhouse, which is known nationally for its award-winning craft lagers. Conveniently, it is located just a few miles from Morston Hall.
David and Rachel Holliday, who co-founded the brewery, were only too pleased to help, especially when they realised that Norfolk malt was a prerequisite of any recipe. David says:
“Norfolk-grown, Norfolk-malted Maris Otter barley is sought after across the world by craft brewers longing to replicate British-style beers. So, with fields of Maris Otter barley on our doorstep and Crisp’s traditional floor maltings so close by, it was clear what ingredients we’d be using in Galton’s brews.
“He really is passionate about the local malt – to the extent that he’s used it not only in his signature beers, but also as a key ingredient in an ice-cream he has created!”
Teaming Up with Crisp Maltings
Galton chose to blend two of Crisp’s iconic malts for his brews: floor-malted Maris Otter for the depth of flavour it delivers – and Clear Choice, loved by craft brewers for the crisp, clean character it gives to beers. The Harrison farming family grow both barley varieties in Morston and Stifkey, right on Galton’s doorstep. Crisp Maltings, based in nearby Gt Ryburgh, then steeps, germinates, kilns and crushes the grain ready for brewing.
Crisp’s Rob Moody says, “We were delighted to be part of the project, offering support and advice on the malts – and their impact on flavour, colour, body and mouthfeel of the beers. We’re also very grateful to Galton for recognising the importance of malt, and raising its profile. It’s something everyone has heard about, but few people could tell you what it is!”
According to both Rob and David, Galton’s attention to detail in developing recipes for the beers was legendary. “I guess that should have come as no surprise given his Michelin stars!” says David. He adds that the recipe development was supported by Norfolk Brewhouse head brewer Bruce Ash – one of just a handful of beer sommeliers in the region.
They ended up choosing a single hop, the French Strisselsplat for No.1 Lager and a combination of seven hops including the American Mosaic and Azzacca and British Cascade for No.1 Ale.
Beer and Food Matching
“The pairing of seafoods served at No1 Cromer with beers seemed to involve an unusually large number of beer tastings,” David jokes. “The result is beer profiles which match them perfectly – but also work brilliantly with other foods.”
Both beers have also been made so that they are gluten free.
Celebration of the Region’s Best
Galton says his beers have been crafted to celebrate Norfolk’s excellent growers and maltsters – as well as the stupendous ingredients they supply to the beer and food industry.
Not content with leaving great ingredients solely in the province of drinks, Galton experimented in his kitchens with Maris Otter and Clear Choice malt – and came up with No1 Norfolk Malted Ice Cream. “The rich malt flavours and soft sweetness from the natural sugars work stupendously,” says Galton.
Where to Try the Beer
No1 Norfolk Ale, No1 Norfolk Lager and No1 Ice Cream were launched at No1 Cromer and Morston Hall on Sunday – and will now feature alongside the most exquisite food produced by the Michelin star chef.
“It’s worth visiting Morston Hall and No1 Cromer for Galton’s new beer alone,” says Rob Moody of Crips Maltings. “But you would never drink it alone given the absolutely stunning food to match it!”
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