The London Craft Beer Festival brings together London’s niche craft brewing scene where those in attendance are guaranteed to have a love of quality beer. Last weekend’s festival, running from Friday to Sunday, saw Marc Sobbohi and James Pozzi travel down to the Oval Space in Bethnal Green.
The world of brewing is in something of a renaissance period. ‘Craft brewing’ is an apt description as the rise of skilled beer-makers continues. Marc Sobbohi visits Kernel Brewery in Bermondsey where the ethos strongly favours quality, not quantity.
In 2013, the alcohol industry remains big business for the UK economy. Currently worth £37.7bn annually to the country and employing two million people, the sector provides a crucial contribution to the national purse strings. But while its value is widely acknowledged, the way in which it is regulated is a divisive issue. James Pozzi explores the regulations both progressing and inhibiting the industry.
Exports of Scotch whisky hit £4.3 billion in 2012, a record and more than a quarter of all UK food and drink exports last year. Will Stirling takes the high road to learn more about the water of life.
Cutting your energy costs in half. Having your own power station. Buying energy at wholesale prices. Coming off the grid. All of this sounds fanciful, but that’s the future of manufacturing, according to energy expert Peter Rolton.