Beer

ale, lager, stout, porter, mild, barley wine – the list is almost endless!

Curious Brew Lager

One week after winning Wine of the Year for its Bacchus Reserve 2010, Chapel Down Winery has won another major award – for beer this time! 

Curious Brew Lager has picked up Gold in the International Beer Challenge, one of only 30 brews to do so. 

Available at a range of bars, pubs and restaurants, and by the case from Chapel Down, £29.99, 24x33cl

Summer Affair

21 July 2012 - 12:00pm - 11:59pm


Hurtling towards its first birthday, Hackney's London Fields Brewery is holding Open House in the Summer every weekend. From midday to midnight, its very own pop-up bar, The Brewhouse is home to a meeting of minds, with food from The Dead Dolls Club, local food providers of note, and beers from LFB.

Plus there's DJ's and more stalls to make it more of a fiesta.

Knops Musselburgh Broke

From a wee Edinburgh brewing company, this is a traditional Scottish ale, brewed with an eye to older styles of beer rather than the currently trendy hop monsters.

Knops use four different malts in brewing Musselburgh Broke, which is named for the racecourse at Musselburgh, just east of Edinburgh.

33cl/4.5%, £2.10 from Edinburgh branches of Oddbins; see brewery site for further stockists.

Wadworth Jubilee Beer Festival

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Wadworth Brewery
2 June 2012 - 12:00pm - 9:00pm

A special cask of Wadworth's commemorative ale, the Queen's Jubilee Ale, has been brewed for Wadworth's Jubilee Beer Festival, taking place this Saturday. The original bottling has all but sold out, so take advantage of this chance to try this spicy, fruity brew, as well as other Wadworth regulars, guest beers and a selection of ciders.

With live bands and food stalls - plus a marquee just in case the heavens do open - the centre of Devizes looks set to be a jolly place.

Tickets cost £6, including a pint glass; £1 for non-drinkers; available from the Visitor Centre; 01380 732277; visitorcentre@wadworth.co.uk

Chiltern Brewery Sparkling Jubilee Ale

Smart and celebratory – and hand-labelled by the brewers and their team – Chiltern’s Jubilee Sparkling Ale is amber in colour, with tropical banana notes on the nose, plenty of apricot and peaches, and a pleasant earthy finish. 

In a limited edition of 1000 bottles, serve lightly chilled in either champagne flutes or wine glasses. 

Norwich City of Ale Political Debate

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Norwich City of Ale
1 June 2012 - 7:00pm

Sparks might fly as shadow Pubs Minister Toby Perkins (Lab) takes on local MPs Chloe Smith (Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Con) and Simon Wright (Lib Dem). BBC East's David Whiteley takes the umpire's for the evening. This is your chance to join in what is likely to be a heated debate covering good beer, community and the survival of pubs.

Perfect start to the evening, after which you can either sample some of the ales at the venue, the Festival hub, St Gregory's Centre for the Arts, or venture to one of the other City Centre pubs.

Time Gentlemen Please!

6 June 2012 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Chris Higgins is a man with two hats. Not only landlord at the popular Trafford Arms, the pub everyone would love to have at the end of their street, he's also Sheriff of Norwich.

Spend an hour in his company and hear about his career serving the good people of Norwich, then make a trip to his popular pub. Choose between lively front bars with his historical bottle collection at one end, or the white walled, leather sofa-ed snug.

Really part of the community, Chris makes a point of supporting charities close to his customers' hearts. This year it's Downs Syndrome. We wish him well.

The Fusion, Norwich; admission free

Traditional Pub Games at Ribs of Beef

5 June 2012 - 7:30pm

Join Ribs of Beef's genial hosts Roger and Anthea Cawdron for an evening of traditional pub games at their riverside hostelry.

This historic building sits by one of the earliest bridges crossing the Wensum and had been an inn for over 200 years before being delicensed in the 1950s.