I'm sorry to announce that after 18 years online, Beermad will be closing down later this year. Please see the announcement and explanation page for more details.
With some regret I've decided that I can no longer continue to run Beermad, as it's simply become a task which is far too big for me.
I first launched "Tony's Beer Pages" back in 1999 as nothing more than an exercise to teach myself how to make a website, and I never expected more than a handful of people to visit. I could never have guessed that it was destined to become the huge site it is, with thousands of regular visitors. At the time, there were only a few hundred breweries in Britain and keeping the site up-to-date only took a little bit of my time.
Today, with the number of breweries approaching 2 000, it's become impossible for me to find the time needed to keep the database straight - even though I'm now retired. It's also become harder to work out from many brewery websites which beers are actually Real Ale and which are so-called "craft" (ie keg beer with an excessive price-tag) or even that most bastardised of beer packaging, tinned.
As a historical record, the database of nearly 60 000 beers is too valuable to throw away, so a read-only archive of the site will remain online (moving shortly to a new URL), though with no attempt made to differentiate between historical beers and those still being brewed.
There are a number of other websites with far better resources than I have, where up-to-date beer information can be found. I haven't looked at enough of them to feel I should make any recommendation, but I'm sure if you do a web-search you'll find one that suits your needs.
The Beermad mobile Android app will remain in the Play Store and continue to receive the occasional update or bug-fix as necessary. Not least because my friends and I couldn't manage without it.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the many people who have helped me through the years by feeding me much of the information without which the site would have been far more inaccurate. And my apologies to those who have been in contact more recently but who I haven't been able to reply to or make use of your information.
Keep on enjoying the Real Ale - Tony.