Good beer guide announces 1000 breweries!

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CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2013 – out today (September 13th) – is celebrating the perfect 40th anniversary as its research finds there are now more than 1,000 breweries (1,009) operational across the UK, the highest number for over 70 years.

Exhaustively compiled by CAMRA’s 143,000 members, this anniversary edition of the Good Beer Guide reports a record shattering 158 breweries have opened up in the space of just 12 months, the highest rate of new openings ever recorded in the Guide’s 40 year history.

Such an astonishing number is put into context when considering that 1,009 is five times more breweries than there were in operation 30 years ago, four times more than there were 20 years ago, and more than twice as many as there were a

Gearing up for debut the new Mini Cooper

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The limited-edition MINI John Cooper Works GP is the sportiest and fastest production model ever built under the nameplate of this British premium brand. The MINI John Cooper Works GP will cost £28,790 in the UK. It will make its world debut at the Paris Motor Show (29 September to 4 October 2012), and production of a limited edition of just 2,000 units will start later this year. Extensively equipped with John Cooper Works motor sport

Farm sprayer of the year

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tractorJames Stafford of Corsham, near Chippenham, is the UK’s top farm sprayer operator.  He was presented his prestigious accolade as the overall winner of the Syngenta Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year at the International Sprays and Sprayers event, held as part of Cereals 2012 in Lincolnshire last week (13-14 June).The acclaimed Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year (FSOOTY) Award is sponsored by Syngenta, in association with Farmers Weekly.


Warwickshire's Hogans wins awards

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1Hogan’s Cider is celebrating again this week having secured first place for both their Medium and Dry Cider at the Royal Bath and West Show. 

Hogan’s Cider, based in Haselor, Warwickshire, achieved first place in the Dry Cider class and first place in the Medium Cider class, ahead of around 600 total entries in the Orchards and Cider category.

Allen Hogan, of Hogan’s Cider said: ”We are absolutely delighted to win

Visitor centre is an award winner

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hnvisit0612An independent assessment by visit England has commended Hook Norton, the Cotswold Hills based family brewer, for its visitor centre, describing it as a high quality visitor experience that is fully deserving of its 'Quality Assured Visitor Attraction' award.

Praised for its high standards of customer care and quality of interpretation, Hook Norton holds the award for a second year, and remains one of just five family brewers to possess the