Heineken develops BrewLock system to deliver fresh beer onboard

Published: 02/09/14

Source: ©The Moodie Report

By Melody Ng, Asia Bureau Chief


Heineken Global Duty Free has launched BrewLock, a new 100% recyclable draught technology developed to deliver draught beer at brewery quality to consumers onboard cruise lines and ferries.

While standard keg systems require additional gas and regulator systems to pull beer to the tap, the BrewLock system uses a multi-layered keg that relies on normal atmospheric air to squeeze the inner wall and push the beer through to the faucet. This way the system is easier to operate and protects the beer from outside influences – leaving it untouched – and ensures that it stays at brewery quality, according to Heineken.



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Beer Writing Awards deadline extended to 12 September

The British Guild of Beer Writers is extending the deadline for this year’s awards for beer writing, giving entrants an additional week to submit their work. Entries will now close on Friday, 12 September.

Winners and runners up in this year’s awards will share a prize fund of £9,500. Entries are welcomed to any of the competition’s eight categories, including Young Beer Writer, introduced this year. All winners will be announced at an Awards dinner in London on Thursday 4 December.

The competition is open to writers, broadcasters, photographers, poets, illustrators, designers, webmasters and bloggers whose work has broadened the public’s knowledge of beer and pubs. You do NOT have to be a member of the Guild of Beer Writers to enter and we welcome nominations by third parties – so if you have been impressed by a press article, book or blog about beer, please think about entering it.

Judging this year’s entries is a panel of judges chaired by Will Hawkes, current Beer Writer of the Year. The judges are: Will Dean, editor of the Independent magazine; Natalie Whittle, associate editor, FT Magazine; Tim Hulme, chief executive of the BII and Georgina Young, brewing manager at Fuller Smith & Turner.

Full details of how to enter the Awards, including a list of the categories, criteria and downloadable entry and nomination forms, can be found on the British Guild of Beer Writers website http://www2.beerguild.co.uk/?page_id=2162


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Entries open for IInternational Brewing Awards and International Cider Awards

Photo of IBA champions group april 2013

Championship winners from the 2013 competition with chair of judges Bill Taylor (middle row, right)

Entries are now open for the International Brewing Awards and International Cider Awards 2015.

Around 1,000 beers and ciders are expected to enter the competition, with judging taking place in February next year in Burton-on-Trent. Last year’s contest attracted entries from brewers and cider makers in 50 countries and awarded more than 100 medals and trophies to winners from 25 countries.

Following an enthusiastic response from cider makers, the cider competition is being expanded for 2015. Ciders were included in last year’s Awards for the first time in several decades and attracted some 60 entries. Next year, judges will make awards in 10 cider categories, with one overall Championship winner, in addition to the nine Championships in the brewing competition.

Bill Taylor, group technical director at Lion and chair of judges for the Awards, said, “We’re pleased that the 2015 competition is now open and confident that it will again be wholeheartedly supported by brewers and cider makers.

“The number and diversity of beers and ciders submitted to last year’s competition demonstrated the popularity of the awards among the global brewing and cider community, as does the willingness of respected brewers and cider makers to serve as judges in the competition.”  A panel of around 40 judges, all commercially active brewers and cider makers, is being recruited from around the globe.

Industry enthusiasm for the Awards is evident in the partnerships with organisations globally, whose support is helping to ensure the competition’s repeated success. Leading packaging and filling technology manufacturer Krones have signed up as headline sponsors, while brewing process aid manufacturer AB Vickers is again an industry sponsor.

Gamko is providing the fridges to store the hundreds of bottles and cans expected to compete in the smallpack categories, while Centriflow Services is providing the cask cooling system.  Molson Coors is again consolidating delivery of all the competitor beers and managing the keg installation at the National Brewery Centre in Burton. On the other side of the world, the Japan Craft Beer Association has confirmed its partner status.

Ruth Evans, director of Brewing Technology Services, which organises the competition, said, “Most of our industry supporters have been with us since our start in Burton, and we’re grateful for their loyalty.  Our awards clearly command a lot of esteem, and affection, among the global brewing fraternity and we look forward to repaying that by staging another successful competition next year.”

The entry fee for 2015 is £160 (+VAT at UK rate) per beer or cider, with no duty payable on entries due to duty suspension. Entries to the competition close on 31 December 2014. For more details and to enter, visit www.brewingawards.org



31 December 2014: entries close

30 January 2015: deadline for beers and ciders to arrive in Burton-upon-Trent

10-12 February 2015: competition judging

12 February 2015: medal winners announced

29 April 2015: Championship Beer & Ciders announced, Guildhall, London


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Bath Ales get on board as official Bath Rugby partner

Photo of Bath Rugby - Dave Attwood and giant Gem

Bath Rugby - Dave Attwood and giant Gem

West Country brewer, Bath Ales, has come on board as an official partner of Bath Rugby in time for the start of the new season.


The two-year agreement, which starts immediately, is the biggest partnership deal the brewer has ever committed to and signals a significant investment by the business.


As part of the new relationship, Bath Ales’ branding, featuring the award-winning beer brand ‘Gem’, will be included on the team’s shorts throughout the season.


Robin Couling, Managing Director of Bath Ales, said “We’ve always had an interest in Bath Rugby and they

​ are a great fit with us. As our local team we have been supporting them from the stands for many years – and it’s very exciting to be involved in an official capacity now.​

“The Rugby World Cup is being held in the UK next year and there will be increased focus on the sport so it’s a great time to get involved and support a local team that is among the elite national and international club sides.


“We have got some exciting activation plans in the pipeline so watch this space.”


The West Stand at the Recreation Ground will be Bath Ales branded, and in-stadia advertising and regular product sampling will take place through the season.


Matt Powell, Business Development Director at Bath Rugby, said: “Bath Ales is a successful and growing local business and we’re delighted to welcome them as a partner.


“We share similar values and ethos and look forward to enjoying a long and fruitful relationship with Bath Ales.


“Our partnerships are hugely important to us and we want to work with businesses we can create long, lasting connections with.”


Bath’s first home game of the season will take place Saturday 13th September when Aviva Premiership newcomers, London Welsh, visit the Rec.


Robin added: “We’re putting our full support and commitment behind Bath Rugby and we anticipate a very successful season ahead for this talented side.”


For a full list of fixtures and tickets, visit http://www.bathrugby.com/fixtures-and-results/first-team/


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World Beer Award Winner launches into Morrisons

Bottle imageEast Riding based Great Newsome Brewery is delighted to announce that Yorkshire supermarket chain Morrisons is to begin stocking its award winning bottled beers.

World Beer Award winning ‘Frothingham Best’ will be available in 75 Morrisons stores throughout Yorkshire from early September. The East Yorkshire based family brewery clinched the order working closely with drinks distributor PLB Group and Ilkley based ARC Retail Consultancy.
Matthew Hodgson from Great Newsome Brewery commented, “We are delighted that Morrisons have decided to stock our beer and very proud of all our recent award success. This is the largest single listing that we have had for one of our products since we began in 2007 and we are doubly pleased that a quality Yorkshire retailer has chosen to stock a quality, award -winning Yorkshire Beer.”

Great Newsome Brewery’s ‘Frothingham Best’ received national coverage in 2013 when it won a World Beer Award receiving the title the ‘Best Bitter under 5%’ in both Europe and the World. More recently, it has picked up a coveted gold star in the Guild of Fine Foods, 2014 Great Taste Awards reaffirming its pedigree. Frothingham Best has now gone on to become the brewery’s best selling beer, available in both cask and bottle, in numerous pubs, bars, shops and delis throughout the region.

Great Newsome Brewery uses old local dialect and points of interest to name its beers, like ‘Sleck Dust’, ‘Pricky Back Otchan’ and ‘Jem’s Stout’. Based on a working farm near Patrington just outside Hull, the brewery is able to use its own barley to brew its stunning range of beers. Having celebrated its 7th birthday in April, Great Newsome Brewery now supplies its award winning cask and bottles beers throughout the UK and to a growing overseas market.

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VIDEO: Marston’s documentary to air tonight

By James Wallin, 29-Aug-2014
Marston’s staff will star in their own primetime documentary this evening.


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Murphy & Son server is back up

Murphy & Son are now able to receive emails again

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Hunters Brewery to show on BBC 2′s The Fixer

Hunters Brewery from sunny Devon recently took part in BBC2’s The Fixer with Alex Polizzi.

The show will air on September 1st 9pm BBC2 and gives a great insight into the ups and downs of running a brewery.

Paul Walker who started Hunters in 2008 has managed to produce some top award winning ales and has no problems selling to lots of happy customers but managing the finances and keeping cash flow going whilst expanding has been hard and his ambitions of installing automated bottling has been fraught with set backs.

Catch the show and see how Alex steers and advises Paul and the Hunters Team on his journey to exporting and a financially more stable future.


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Devon bitter is voted the best in the West Country.

Otter Amber has been named the “Champion Bitter of Britain for the South West” by the Campaign for Real Ale.

Brewed by Otter Brewery in the Blackdown Hills near Honiton, Otter Amber has been recognised by CAMRA as the Westcountry’s best bitter.

Otter Amber is one of the five main beers produced year round by the brewery all of which are made using natural ingredients and their own spring water.

Each brewery in the 16 regions across the country was able to enter up to 5 beers. Following a blind tasting at the Cheltenham Beer Festival by members of CAMRA, landlords and other brewers, Otter Amber, a golden beer in colour with a citrus and piney aroma, came out on top.

The award was presented by CAMRA’s East Devon representative Alan Cottee to Patrick McCaig and Head Brewer Keith Bennett at Otter Brewery.

Patrick added: “This is great news for a great beer! Amber is a year round favourite with our drinkers – the taste is predominantly a balance of soft tropical fruit, spice and smidge of ginger. Landlords require consistency and a stand out flavour on the bar so it’s great to see our beer being held in such high regard.”

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