Drinks

Proper Job: 'I absolutely have been conscious of the fact I’ve been born with a silver spoon in my mouth – but that has made me work twice as hard throughout my career because I’ve been so chippy about it'

Exit interview

St Austell to pass 200-pub mark in 'next few years'

By Stuart Stone

Having joined the company as an apprentice, St Austell Brewery’s CEO James Staughton officially bows out on 31 January after an impressive four decades at its helm. Here he shares a slice of his Cornish past.

Career change: 'there is simply nothing better than the buzz of a busy pub,' according to Brendan Padfield of the Unruly Pig in Woodbridge, Suffolk

Guv'nor

Teaching a pig some new tricks

By Brendan Padfield

After spending 33 years as a solicitor, Brendan Padfield – now owner of the Unruly Pig in Woodbridge, Suffolk - had a dramatic career change and became a publican.

Try something new: the nationwide campaign has encouraged people to support their local pubs this month

How have pubs been encouraging Tryanuary?

By Emily Hawkins

A nationwide campaign has encouraged people to make a trip to their local pub during ‘Tryanuary’ to try a new drink, even if they are not drinking alcohol.

On-trade targeted: Ryan Fritsch is ‘hugely excited’ to take on his new role at Budweiser Brewing Group

Budweiser takes on new on-trade sales director

By Alice Leader

Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I, a part of AB InBev, has announced Ryan Fritsch as its new on-trade sales director, who will be pushing on-trade sales across Budweiser Brewing Group’s entire portfolio.

To dare is to brew: One Of Our Own IPA will make its first appearance when Tottenham host Liverpool on 11 January

Beavertown creates official beer of Tottenham Hotspur

By Stuart Stone

North London-based brewer Beavertown has added new brew ‘One Of Our Own’ – the official beer of Premier League football giants Spurs – to its line-up at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Launch roulette: Rebel Pi founder and former contestant on The Apprentice Jackie Fast proved the best at pitching ideas at Drink Tank and has been busy producing ice wine

Drink Tank

Launch Roulette: Grape news on ice

By Emily Hawkins

Rebel Pi founder and former contestant on The Apprentice Jackie Fast proved that producing ice wine was a cool idea by winning the honour of ‘best pitch’ at the inaugural Drink Tank

Sales shifts: Champagne sales have dipped while Prosecco and English sparkling wine have enjoyed growth

English sparkling wine sales fizz

By Emily Hawkins

Champagne sales in pubs have dropped in the past year with consumers looking to other varieties of sparkling wines instead.

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