Against The Grain

The UK's oldest gluten-free beer has moved production to Wold Top in East Yorkshire after demand outstripped capacity at its previous brewer.

Against The Grain, a 4.5% abv citrus-flavoured beer for coeliacs, was launched by the Fine Ale Club in 2004.

Chairman Sonja Haggett said: "Unfortunately our last brewer, Oulton Ales, didn't have the bottling capabilities we needed, while Wold Top had a new line with spare capacity.

So instead of brewing it down in Suffolk and having it sent to Wold Top, we decided to move everything north."

The first brew is taking place this week and a period of testing will follow. Each brew will produce 3,000 bottles in addition to draught.


Jennings has re-launched

its Fish King guest ale

for a third consecutive year in response to

popular demand.

The 4.3% abv beer, originally developed in 2005 in recognition of the Bassenthwaite ospreys, will now be a regular guest ale on the Jennings portfolio. Available throughout August, the light golden ale is brewed with two new hops: Bodicea and TA200 - one of the first disease-resistant varieties to be developed.

Jennings head brewer Jeremy Pettman said: "We originally developed Fish King as a one-off guest, however the response from our customers was so positive that we re-launched it last year and have now decided to make it a regular within our offering."

Maggie's End

A beer launched to celebrate a new play has been so successful that a second batch has been ordered.

Maggie's End is the name of both the beer and the play penned by two writers - Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood.

Since its launch in June, the 5% abv beer has been a hit at 40 real-ale outlets throughout the Durham area, and the Jarrow Brewery is currently brewing another

72 barrels to meet demand.

Speaking at the time of the launch, Jarrow Brewery boss Jess McConnell said: "Ed and Trevor are big real-ale fans

and often pop into one of our pubs the Maltings in South Shields.

"As two of the region's best-known and most popular playwrights, I felt their work should be celebrated."