Cotswold based brewery, Hook Norton has brewed two celebratory cask beers to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Waterloo 200 and 25 Barons will form part of the Brewery’s Crafty Ales range, developed in order to respond quickly to customer needs and brew specific beers for special occasions.
Since its launch earlier this year, the Crafty Ales range has proved increasingly popular with the Brewery’s free trade and tied estate. So much so that sales of the 4.7% Red Rye Crafty Ale, which is red in colour and fruity in taste, has driven a 330ml bottled version to now be available, and soon a kegged Red Rye. The unique beer selection will be on constant rotation throughout Hook Norton’s pubs, with different tastes, aromas and styles being developed through the trial of different methods, raw materials, innovative hops and novel ingredients.
James Clarke, Managing Director (brewing) comments: “Project Crafty Ales has been underway since 2013 when we began experimenting with late hopping beers and small fermenters. We wanted to expand our range, and since then, the development of the range has gone from strength-to-strength. We’re delighted with the positive response we’ve received so far, and predict that the craft beers will be a big favourite with our current customers, whist appealing to a new type of customer too.”
Robinsons Brewery have celebrated 42% like-for-like growth in export sales by creating two special craft beers, 9 Hop IPA and Steam Lager, to answer the continuing demands of the global market.
The two new beers have already received interest from several key countries and have opened new export trading routes to Trinidad and Tobago; a country that the Stockport brewer have never exported to before.
Research by the BBPA (British Beer and Pub Association) in early 2014 has shown that British beer exports are worth £629 million to the UK and exports outside the EU have grown by 46.2% in volume since 2008. 
Ben Robinson, Head of Sales for Robinsons Brewery said: “The rise of craft beer is helping reach out to a new audience of drinkers and is thus driving sales. Innovative brews from microbreweries are en vogue and these new craft beers are a further chance for Robinsons to branch out into this demographic on a global platform.”
The two new beers have been created to capitalise on the popularity of lagers and the rise of India Pale Ale style beers; In the US alone, I.P.A’s are soaring with volume up 47% and one in every five beers sold being an I.P.A. 
Whilst I.P.A’s are shifting drinking patterns, lager remains the most popular style of beer with the top ten best-selling beers in the world all lagers. 
Robinsons Brewery’s partnership with British rock legends Iron Maiden on their collaborative Trooper beer has been a big factor in driving export for the brewer creating 13 new routes to market across the globe.
Ben continued: “The collaboration has certainly helped establish the Robinsons name in different places across the globe and many of these stockists are now starting taking other beers from the Robinsons range as well. These new routes to market have helped us grow our export sales by 42% in comparison to that of 2014”
Oliver Robinson, Managing Director for Robinsons Brewery (Beer Division) said: “The continued growth of our export division is representative of the global popularity of premium British beer. The demand is helping Robinsons enter new countries and share our brewing passion with new locations around the world. We’re very excited about 9 Hop IPA and Steam Lager, these brews have challenged our state-of-the-art brew house and allowed us to explore new styles that Robinsons aren’t synonymous with. It’s an exciting time for British beer.”
 Research carried out by the BBPA shows exports are important to the growth of UK beers - http://www.beerandpub.com/news/new-strategy-for-beer-exports-makes-most-of-world-s-growing-taste-for-british-beer
 I.P.A’s popularity is soaring with 47% volume - http://www.brewersassociation.org/press-releases/year-beer-2014-craft-beer-review-brewers-association/
 The ten most popular beers in the world by volume - http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-06-13/the-top-ten-beers-in-the-world-aren-t-what-you-think-