In brief

05 February, 2010

l A new cider made from English conference pears has been produced by Thatchers for family brewer Hall & Woodhouse. Pearwood is the first pear cider to be marketed by Hall & Woodhouse and follows Applewood, a cider also made under contract by Thatchers.

Around 50 independent brewers competed for top titles at the SIBA National Beer Competition in Nottingham. The event brought together winners from regional heats. The 10 final winners will be announced at SIBA’s National Conference, held in Stratford-upon-Avon in March.

Fuller’s has released the latest brew of Gale’s Prize Old Ale, which has a 9% abv and is only available once a year. It is made from a blend of brews, one aged and one fresh, giving the beer a “unique flavour and character”.

Burnley brewer Moorhouse has started work on a £3.5 million expansion to treble production capacity for its Pendles Witch Brew, Blond Witch and Black Cat ales. It will double the workforce to around 50 and will include a training school and visitor centre.?

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English wine: a happy harvest for Christmas

All across England and Wales, vineyards are being harvested. Down winding country lanes come armies of welly-wearing conscripts wielding secateurs and buckets, ready to reap the rewards of our vines. Happily they come, their cheeks ruddy with pride. Half an hour later they’re crawling over muddy clods with lacerated hands, drenched in claggy juice and cold sweat, as if ploughing through an endurance race.

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