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Purity Brewing Company launches keg ale after cask success

22-Feb-2017 - Purity Brewing Company is to roll out its Bunny Hop cask pale ale in kegged format.

Sour and extra strong beers recognised at world brewing awards

22-Feb-2017 - Three new categories have contributed to a leap in entries to the International Brewing and Cider Awards, with 50 countries putting forward more than 1,100 products.

How Carling plans to stay relevant in a craft beer world

21-Feb-2017 - Carling bosses will continue to pump money into the UK’s biggest-selling lager brand to ensure it remains relevant to consumers in a challenging market overburdened with choice.

Mad new name and expansion plans for Red Squirrel microbrewery

20-Feb-2017 - Red Squirrel microbrewery has changed its name to Mad Squirrel ahead of plans to expand operations and produce its beers in new formats.


Guinness ready to extend range of new beers

14-Feb-2017 - Guinness’s Open Gate Brewery Project in Dublin, the initiative that launched Hop House 13 and Dublin Porter, will release new beers over the next three years, The Morning Advertiser (MA) can reveal.

2017 drinks trends: what to stock

13-Feb-2017 - Gin will give way to Tequila and more consumers will seek to buy only locally-made alcoholic drinks, including craft beer and spirits.

CAMRA boss defends cask quality in face of Brown's snub

16-Jan-2017 - Beer writer Pete Brown’s shocking confession that he’s mostly stopped drinking cask ale has drawn fire from Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) national chairman Colin Valentine.


‘We’re taking Meantime’s head brewer,’ says Hop Stuff boss

06-Jan-2017 - Hop Stuff Brewery has hired former Meantime head brewer Andrew Dickson to oversee its £1.5m expansion plans and will announce two more big-league appointments soon.


Brewers pump another £5m into There’s A Beer For That

06-Jan-2017 - Brewing heavyweights Heineken, Molson Coors, AB InBev and Carlsberg have backed the There’s A Beer For That (TABFT) campaign for another year to the tune of £5m.


Men push women off #DryJanuary wagon

04-Jan-2017 - Men are more likely to push their female partners off the #DryJanuary wagon, goad them into breaking healthy drinking plans and consume more alcohol than the other way round.


Hop Stuff Brewery kicks off £1.5m expansion

04-Jan-2017 - Hop Stuff Brewery will expand its brewhouse, open four new bars, hire 40 people and increase its smaller pack offering after raising £750,000 via Crowdcube within three weeks.

Designated driver

Revisiting ‘near beer’ category

06-Dec-2016 - Are brewers finally managing to create no and low-alcohol beers that are genuinely palatable, rather than the curate’s egg we have endured for so many years before?


New UK MD for Molson Coors

06-Dec-2016 - Molson Coors has promoted its former European chief supply chain officer Phil Whitehead to managing director of its UK and Ireland businesses, The Morning Advertiser can exclusively reveal.  


Marston’s £1m beer modernisation to attract younger drinkers

01-Nov-2016 - Marston’s has overhauled some of its key beer brands, including Pedigree, as part of a £1m programme to bring its image in line with the modern beer market and to attract younger drinkers.


South African craft brewer threatens to ‘shake up’ UK beer scene

01-Nov-2016 - South African craft brewery Devil’s Peak Brewing Company has threatened to “shake up” the UK’s craft beer scene with its King’s Blockhouse IPA.


Marston’s future: acquisitions, partnerships and microbrewing

01-Nov-2016 - Marston’s will flex the full potential of its five breweries by partnering with international and UK beer brands and snapping up other beer companies, if they fit with the brewer and pub group’s proposition, The Morning Advertiser (MA) understands.


Beer trends for 2017: what will you be serving?

31-Oct-2016 - Sour beers, porters, stouts and barrel-aged strong beers are just a few brews identified as key trends set to hit the UK hard, according to fanatics from the annual Great American Beer Festival (GABF).

Craft beer

Seven Bro7hers Brewery to open first city bar

27-Oct-2016 - Craft brewery Seven Bro7hers is to open its first Manchester city-centre bar, following a £245,000 investment through crowdfunding and a Government-backed loan.


16 of the world’s best beers revealed

26-Oct-2016 - A staggering 16 beers have been recognised by the International Wine and Spirit Challenge (IWSC) group as the world’s best.

New Products

Charles Wells’ new Bombardier

25-Oct-2016 - Charles Wells has produced a new lighter variant of its classic Bombardier Burning Gold and Glorious England cask variants, in an attempt to tap into craft ale drinkers and lighter, lower-ABV beer drinking consumers.