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 OCTOBER 2012

Bateman takes first prize

George Bateman & Son of Lincolnshire has won first prize in Sainsbury’s Great British Beer Hunt with an ale flavoured with coffee and chocolate.
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Cask ale sales rise

Sales of cask-conditioned beer, or real ale, have increased for the first time in 20 years – up by 1.6 per cent in 2011 at a time when beer volumes overall were down and the number of pubs continued to shrink.
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Beer tax gap widens

The tax burden on beer drinkers in Britain compared with other European Union countries has reached new heights, according to the latest statistics from the British Beer & Pub Association. The organisation says action is needed to save jobs.
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£1.99 a pint at festival

Fifty draught beers will be available at £1.99 a pint at the latest Wetherspoon real ale festival, which begins on Wednesday 24 October in the free-house group’s 870 pubs throughout Britain.
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Victorian ale revived

A West Yorkshire brewery has delved into the archives to bring back a 130-year-old beer called dinner ale, which is now available on draught and in bottles.
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