Drinks

Innovative taste: Big Drop's Sour is a 0.5% ABV version of a popular trend in craft beer

7 low-alcohol beers for 'mindful' drinkers

By James Beeson

While many new craft brewers are seemingly chasing numbers and producing ever-stronger beers, there are a whole range of great lower-strength ales and lagers available for more mindful drinkers.

Step up: the advanced course seeks to build upon the knowledge learnt in the foundation course

How to become a beer sommelier (Part Two)

By James Beeson

The Morning Advertiser returned to The Beer & Cider Academy to take its advanced course in beer - the next step on the journey towards becoming a beer sommelier.

Pressure: soft drinks businesses impacted by sugar levy

326 soft drinks makers hit by sugar tax

By Nikkie Sutton

HMRC has revealed that 326 soft drinks manufacturers have been affected by the ‘sugar tax’ according to research from a national accountancy group.

Here to stay: Mark Bentley insisted mainstream lager brands must remain stocked in pubs

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Why does mainstream lager have a bad reputation?

By James Beeson

The "lads and banter" marketing techniques employed by mainstream lager brands in the past has led to a negative image of brands such as Carling, Foster's and Carlsberg, according to Mark Bentley, on-trade category controller at Molson...

Off-trade beer: Richard Lee from Kantar Worldpanel talks supermarket sales

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Supermarket beer: a real threat to pubs?

By Nicholas Robinson

Craft beer sales in the off-trade have leapt significantly by 48% in the past year, with 4.6m households in the UK buying into the category, which is worth £136m to the off-trade.

Branching out: Lotte Peplow claims US beer exports don’t post a threat to UK brewers

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How big can US beer become in the UK?

By James Beeson

US beer exports are growing in the UK, fuelled by consumer “curiosity and experimentation”, according to Lotte Peplow, european representative for The Brewers Association.

On the up: sales of spirits are rising faster than any other drink segment

Beer, wine and spirits sales soar to £9.8bn

By Nikkie Sutton

Total value of beer, wine and spirits in pubs has risen by 1.8% to £9.8bn - with premium spirits accounting for £934m - in the year to 24 February this year, according to a new report.

Threat: beer is in good health, but there are real threats

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Threats to beer: ‘draught cocktails and soft drinks’

By Nicholas Robinson

The emergence of draught cocktails on the bar could pose a real threat to beer sales in pubs as font space becomes ever tighter in an increasingly competitive market, a leading analyst has warned.