Welland Valley Beer Festival Report

Mark Shirley at Rockingham Forest Cider has a good write up of the Welland Valley Beer Festival on his blog.

Read it here.



Clipston Beer Festival

A beer festival is being held at Clipston Village Hall, High Street, Clipston, Market Harborough this weekend to raise money for the All Saints Church Clipston Restoration Fund.

The festival will be open from 6pm till 11pm on Friday night and from 11am till 11pm on Saturday and will feature beers such as Vicar's Ruin and Bishops' Farewell!

The festival has beers from local brewers Langton Brewery, Belvoir Brewery, Church End Brewery, and Tunnel Brewery.



Drop in Beer Sales, Good News?

Roger Protz in today's Guardian reports on 'plummeting pint sales' for the major brewers. Given reports of local pubs closing at the rate of one a week, you'd think this was bad news.

However, as Roger points out, it is the sales of 'mass-marketed beers' that are falling. Sales of real ale, particularly those from the smaller 'micro' breweries, are on the increase.

Leicestershire is well served by smaller breweries including, among others:

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Organic milk reduces eczema in children

Lubcloud Organic Milk

On 15th October I posted on the claimed benefits of drinking unpasturised milk. Today, New Consumer reports that organic milk helps reduce eczema in children.

In a separate report the organic sector of the milk market is shown to be the one creating most growth - ahead by 11.5% year-on-year.

This is great news for local organic dairy farmer Lubcloud, whose milk and cream is available at many of the local food shops in the County.

The picture shows their modern logo, but I can't help but prefer the image on the farm-gate sign. Less professional maybe, but brilliant all the same.



Organic food is healthier

The Farmer's Guardian reports that a study, carried out by Professor Carlo Leifert at Newcastle University, has found that organic fruit and vegetables contain more than 40 per cent more antioxidants than non-organic fruit and veg.

The scientists also found that organic milk contained almost 90 per cent more antioxidants than non-organic milk.

So, its great that Local Lubcloud Organic Milk is widely available at the County's Farm-shops.