Sharp's and Shepherd Neame win beer awards

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Sharp’s and Shepherd Neame scoop awards

By Gary Lloyd

Cornwall-based Sharp’s Brewery is celebrating after its cask ales were among beers from its portfolio that earned honours at prestigious awards events.

Comment piece: Gav Young outlines his thoughts on recent beer price rises


Are we the elephant in the ‘partnership’?

By Gav Young, the Plough and Barleycorn, Isle of Wight

It is probably because I am not an accountant or a multinational brewery that I have some issues with the recent mid-year price rise announcement from one of the big brewers.

New products: this weeks round-up features new serves from BrewDog Distillery, Curious Brewery, Silent Pool, and Camden Brewery


BrewDog and Candy Kittens new vodka

By Rebecca Weller

This week's round-up sees Silent Pool enter the whiskey category alongside new serves from Curious Brewery, BrewDog Distilling Co and Camden Brewery.

Company mitigation: Heineken says it is in continuing to look at ways to drive greater efficiency (image: Getty/Level1studio)

Heineken to push prices up by 6%

By Nikkie Thatcher

Global brewer Heineken will be increasing the prices of its draught beer and cider brands by 6% from next month (Monday 5 September).

Beer is top choice: rugby fans prefer beer to any other beverage when watching a match (credit: Getty/South_agency)

Beer is the choice of drink for rugby fans

By Gary Lloyd

Research by the organisers of the Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) has found 42% of rugby fans choose to drink beer at the pub when watching a match.

Event return: the coronavirus pandemic meant the Great British Beer Festival hasn't been available for two years

GBBF returns to capital

By Nikkie Thatcher

The Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) is set to start in London tomorrow (Tuesday 2 August) after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

Fluctuating sales: average sales in the on trade 0.4% up vs 2019 in week to Saturday 16 July after drops between 1% and 7% in last three weeks (Credit: Getty/Alina Rosanova)

Drinks sales 0.4% ahead vs 2019

By Rebecca Weller

Average drinks sales by value in Britain’s managed pubs, bars, and restaurants in the seven days to Saturday 16 July were 0.4% ahead compared with the same week in 2019, the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker has revealed.

New products round up: this week's list features new serves from Beavertown, Anspach & Hobday and Tempus Two


Pasqua wine estate launches two organic wines

By Rebecca Weller

This week's round-up features two new organic wines from Pasqua wine estate alongside new products from Beavertown, Anspach & Hobday, Tempus Two and Gyre & Gimble.

Time of tenure: James Calder was appointed chief executive in 2019, replacing Mike Benner

SIBA boss Calder to step down

By Nikkie Thatcher

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) chief executive James Calder is stepping down after three years at the helm and five years with the trade body in total.

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Let spirits and wine do the work for you

By Gary Lloyd

Spirits and wine sales at pubs are making a massive comeback – so you could be missing a trick if you don’t make sure your offer includes these favourites.

CMBC technical specialist John Fogg Q&A session

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All the technical help you need for cask

By Gary Lloyd

Adding a cask beer offering to your pub can be a great way to introduce a new revenue stream while paying homage to what many describe as the most quintessentially British of products.

Craft definition: Powderkeg Beer’s Jess Magill says craft is not a style but is about the producers of beer


What is craft beer and why is it important?

By Jess Magill, founder & orchestrator, Powderkeg Beer

A few years back it became a running joke among our brewery team as to who could define craft beer. It’s such a notoriously slippery concept that no one wanted to attempt it, especially not in print.

Fast-growing popularity: rum sales top £1bn and overtake whisky  (Credit: Getty/MarioGuti)

UK rum sales top £1bn

By Rebecca Weller

Rum sales in the UK topped £1bn over the past 12 months, making up 13% of the whole spirits category, data from CGA by NielsenIQ has revealed.

Free pints: BrewDog to gift year's supply of beer to one of first customers at Bristol venue

BrewDog to give away year’s supply of beer

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The first 100 guests to visit BrewDog’s new Bristol-based site today (Friday 22 July) will be in with a chance to win a year’s supply of free beer.

New products: BrewDog, Black Sheep Brewery, Adnams and Purity Brewing all feature in this weeks round up


BrewDog Distilling Co announces new vodka

By Rebecca Weller

This week's round-up features a fruity new vodka from BrewDog Distilling Co as well as Black Sheep Brewery's latest release as part of its 2022 Seasonal Cask Range and new products from Adnams, Hattingley Valley Wines alongside a new collaborative...

Undue emphasis: Independent Complaints Panel found Dead Man's Fingers did not breach any codes

Complaint against Dead Man's Fingers not upheld

By Rebecca Weller

A complaint by a member of the public against Dead Man’s Fingers (DMF) Super Spiced Rum and Dead Man’s Fingers Tequila Reposado was not upheld by the alcohol industry’s Independent Complaints Panel (ICP).

CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker: average sales down 1% vs 2019 in the seven days to Saturday 9 July (Credit: Getty/william87)

Drinks sales down 1% vs 2019

By Rebecca Weller

Average sales by in Britain’s managed pubs, bars, and restaurants in the seven days to Saturday 9 July were 1% down on the same week in 2019, the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker has shown.

Consumer ideas on how to improve the cask category

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Could cooling cask create a greater customer base?

By Marc Walker, consumer journalist and cask ale lover

As someone who came of age in the late 1990s, my journey to cask ale drinker might be considered fairly typical; as a student, I simply went for the same drink as my peers: big brand, non-descript lager, entirely unaware that an alternative, boasting...

BBG staff take further strike action: GMB union states three percent pay offer

BBG staff continue strikes after 'cruel' pay offer

By Rebecca Weller

Strike action has continued at a Budweiser Brewing Group (BBG) site in Lancashire after workers downed tools for 36 hours from 7pm on Saturday 16 July to 7am on Monday 18 July amid pay disputes.

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FEATURE: Make spirits and wine work for you

By Gary Lloyd

You’ve got your lovely range of craft beers, scrumptious cask ales and ever-popular mainstream pints and cracking ciders on the bar but something’s missing… sort out your spirits and wines and you’ve pretty much got it perfect.

Pint price: drinkers at more than 700 JD Wetherspoon pubs can buy a pint of Ruddles Best for under £1.50

JDW serving pints for under £1.50

By Nikkie Thatcher

Pub giant JD Wetherspoon is selling pints of beer of £1.49 in a large majority of its pubs across the nation.

New products round up: Black Sheep Brewery launches new cider and Freixenet Copestick expands its wine portfolio


Black Sheep Brewery launches new cider

By Rebecca Weller

This week's round-up features new products from Black Sheep Brewery and Spirit of Manchester Distillery as well as a tongue in cheek nod to outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson while Freixenet Copestick expands its wine portfolio.

Greene King creates new role to champion cask ale

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Cask has to be perfect to attract younger drinkers

By John Malone, head of brewery customer engagement, Greene King

Brewer and pub operator Greene King has created a new role that is set to champion the most British of drinks – cask ale. Here, head of brewery customer engagement, John Malone, explains what he and the Suffolk-based business is doing to help the cask...

CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker: sales 3% down compared with 2019 in week to 2 July (Credit: Getty/AleksandarNakic)

Drink sales down 3% vs 2019

By Rebecca Weller

Average sales by value in Britain’s managed venues in the seven days to Saturday (2 July) were 3% down on the same week in 2019, according to the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker.

In style: more than a third of Londoners favour a craft beer

Londoners sup 2.5 pints every week

By Gary Lloyd

Londoners drink two and a half pints of beer every week and most enjoy a mainstream brand of beverage, according to research by Bermondsey craft brewer Fourpure.

Questions asked: James Watt was interviewed by Steven Bartlett on his Diary of a CEO podcast (image: Diary of a CEO)

James Watt: ‘I did push people too far’

By Nikkie Thatcher

Scottish brewer and operator BrewDog co-founder James Watt has admitted to “pushing people too far” and setting “unattainable standards”.

New products round up: this week features new serves from London Essence and Freixenet Copestick alongside three new cask ales


London Essence launches new mixer

By Rebecca Weller

This weeks new products round up includes new serves from London Essence and Freixenet Copestick as well as three new cask ales from Salcombe Brewery, Bruha and Hogs back.

Industrial action: workers at Budweiser's Samlesbury site will strike later in July (image: Getty/stocknshares)

BBG worker strikes to continue into July

By Nikkie Thatcher

Budweiser Brewing Group (BBG) staff who work at the company’s Samlesbury brewery are set to strike later this month (July) after crisis talks collapsed.

St Austell Brewery talks about cask quality and give top tips

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Top cellar tips to ensure quality cask

By Su Stafford, St Austell Brewery trade quality manager

When it comes to cask beer, cellar management is key to achieving top quality and taste. St Austell Brewery’s trade quality manager, Su Stafford, gives her top tips.

Rebranding: KBE COO Shaun Goode (pictured) has big plans for the drinks distribution company

Consumers 'drinking less but better' says KBE COO

By Rebecca Weller

Distribution business KBE Drinks has set out a five-year strategy to bring its premium brands, such as Kingfisher and Yeastie Boys, into the forefront of the on trade as consumers desire for premiumisation continues to grow, according to the company’s...

Pete Brown on how cask ale can use some hops better than kegged beers

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Cask is building on craft ideas

By Pete Brown

Too often in this industry, we tend to take an adversarial approach to trends: beer versus wine, lager versus ale, keg versus cask, cask versus craft...

Black Sheep Brewery and Salcombe to release new cask ales

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New cask ales to hit pubs UK-wide

By Gary Lloyd

Cask fans will be able to enjoy new beers from Black Sheep Brewery and Salcombe Brewery Co next month (July).

Investor news: BrewDog co-founder James Watt has defended the company's latest initiative

BrewDog set to ‘tokenise’ Punks’ money

By Gary Lloyd

James Watt, co-founder of Scottish brewer and bar operator BrewDog, has announced the business is working with digital finance company Globacap to give its shareholders the option of having their equity “tokenised”.

New products: Smirnoff, Greenall's and Beavertown feature in this weeks round up


New serves from Smirnoff and Greenall's

By Rebecca Weller

Smirnoff launches a new berry flavoured serve and Greenall's gin goes tropical as well as new products from Beavertown, Burleighs, Brighton Gin, Mr Black Rum and Terlingham Vineyards in this weeks round up.

Fibre Bottles: Carlsberg announces launch of first bio-based bottles

Carlsberg launches first bio-based bottles

By Rebecca Weller

Carlsberg has announced the launch of Fibre Bottles, its first bio-based bottle, available to 100 consumers to trial via social media giveaways throughout the summer from Friday 24 June.

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