Q&A with Lakedown Brewing Co. co-founder Jamie Daltrey

Beer Insider sits down with Jamie Daltrey, co-founder of Lakedown Brewing Co., to ask him about his brewery & beers along with a bit of music and his dad. 1. Why launch yet another brewery and more beers onto the market? Our family farm is at the heart of the brewery’s story, and it sits…

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The party’s sadly over for some smaller breweries

Brewery numbers in the UK have doubled over the past decade, which comes on top of a similar growth rate experienced in the previous 10 years. This equates to a net addition of almost 1,500 new breweries between 2001 and 2021, taking the total to 1,902, according to The Good Beer Guide. This has been…

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Let’s hear it for cask ales

Something very unusual happened at my local pub The Great Northern Railway Tavern this week. Among the constantly changing 20-plus beers on draught the two most interesting brews were rarely available hand-pulled cask ales from London-based Signature Brew and Deya from Cheltenham. In the four years since Fuller’s purchased the pub it has been fully…

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The curse of reservations…

Some years ago the organisation of a birthday drink at The Lamb pub on Lamb’s Conduit Street in London for a group of around 10 friends was a carefree process simply involving me telling them to turn up at the allotted time. I’ve a feeling that replicating the event today would be less easygoing and…

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Beer Travels with Adrian Tierney-Jones

At the recent British Guild of Beer Writers’ awards and dinner I was seated next to a Belgium brewer whose sole beer was a wine-beer hybrid, which used Chardonnay grapes. These sort of mash-ups between the grape and the grain are commonplace in Italian brewing circles, but as far as I know, Viva brewery is…

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Extracting most from new UK/Czech hop variety

Bohem Brewery hosted hop merchants Charles Faram at its North London home to exclusively use within the UK a newly developed hop Möst™ to create a unique dry-hopped lager. The collaborative brew involved Paul Corbett, MD of Charles Faram, and Jon Stringer, sales manager at Charles Faram, developing a beer with Bohem head brewer Matěj…

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Things are looking up for London’s pubs

When diverting off Berkeley Square in Mayfair and turning into Bruton Place, the cacophony that hit me was overwhelming. The sound echoing down the street emanated from a very large boisterous crowd of drinkers, enjoying a mild November’s evening outside the renowned Guinea pub that now straddles units on both sides of the road. With…

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Budweiser Budvar winds up the hops with Clock collaboration

Budweiser Budvar has released its first collaborative beer outside the Czech Republic through a tie-up with one of the country’s smaller craft breweries Pivovar Clock. The move follows three previous collaborations but these former brews were restricted to the domestic market whereas this new collaboration, Bohemian Idols, will be available in Europe in a limited…

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Beer Travels with Adrian Tierney-Jones

As ever, when I start on this column, I haven’t got a clue what I am going to write about without repeating myself or getting caught in a cul-de-sac of unreason, where no beer does sing. And then it becomes obvious, what I want to write about is the infinite and indivisible appeal of beer,…

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Pulp non-fiction

I’ve never felt any compulsion to collect them. In fact, in the past I’ve been more inclined to tear them apart as a way to do something with my hands while my mates took the more dangerous option of smoking. But all the while I have taken note of the designs on them and admired…

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