Charles Wells of Bedford recently joined forces with Youngs of London to form the
Wells and Youngs Brewing Company
This followed the closure of the historic
Youngs brewery, the beers now being brewed (very well) at Bedford. Wells and
Youngs have now announced the purchase of the Courage ale brands from Scottish
and Newcastle. This means that
, brewed at Tadcaster
since closure of their Bristol home, will be produced at Bedford henceforth. Given S&N's
lack of interest in real ale this is very good news and will give a shot in the
arm to these well-known brands (and beer quality should improve as well).
Congratulations to the Green Jack
brewery from Lowestoft, Suffolk who have carried
off the 2007 Champion Winter Beer of Britain award with their
Ripper barley wine.
The 8.5% beer is brewed very much in the Belgian style, with distinctly sweet notes
amongst the strong hoppiness. Second place went to
London Porter and third
to the fearsome
Orkney Brewery. Another local brewery,
B & T from
Bedfordshire got gold in the Old Ales and Strong Mild category with
Black Dragon Mild.