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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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”.

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.

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...

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”.

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.

It’ll change your life: Maisie Adam joins Black Sheep Brewery’s cask campaign

Black Sheep partners comedy star to fight back on cask

By Gary Lloyd

Masham-based Black Sheep Brewery has launched the latest phase of its Drink Cask Beer campaign with the launch of a ‘mean tweets’ video starring comedian Maisie Adam that addresses haters of the cask category.

Tree planting among company’s schemes: BrewDog co-founders James Watt and Martin Dickie

BrewDog launches £12m eco-friendly plant plan

By Gary Lloyd

Scottish brewer and bar operator BrewDog has commissioned work to create a £12m bio-energy plant at its Ellon base that will power the production of 176m pints per year while reducing carbon emissions by 7,500 tonnes.

Pulling pints: Beer sales rise yet sector still needs support (Getty/ agrobacter)


450m more pints sold in 2022 first quarter vs 2021

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Almost 450m more pints were sold in the first quarter of 2022 versus 2021 thanks to the ending of Covid restrictions in pubs, new data from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) revealed ahead of Beer Day Britain today (15 June).

Price rise: the cost of a pint has increased by more than 70% in the past 14 years (image: Getty/kyrien)

Average price of a pint reaches £3.95

By Nikkie Thatcher

The average cost of a pint of beer has increased by almost three quarters (70%) since 2008, with a pint in London costing more than £8, research has revealed.

Long-standing history: the Caledonian Brewery has been running for more than a century

A deep dive into the Caledonian Brewery's past

By Nikkie Thatcher

With Heineken’s recent announcement of its intention to shut the Caledonian Brewery, The Morning Advertiser has taken a look into the site’s history and how it became one of Scotland’s oldest breweries.

New products round up: Camden and Joseph Holt breweries announce Jubilee beers


New products from Camden Brewery and Ciroc

By Rebecca Weller

Camden and Joseph Holt breweries announce limited edition Jubilee beers alongside new products from Ciroc and Bullards plus a celebrity appearance.

Staff impact: 30 jobs at the brewery are at risk

Heineken looks to close Caledonian Brewery

By Nikkie Thatcher

Drinks giant Heineken UK has proposed the closure of its Caledonian Brewery, citing the decades old infrastructure causing “significant inefficiencies and costs” as one of the reasons behind the decision.

Double joy: Salcombe has been recognised in both European and SIBA competitions

Salcombe Brewery celebrates two gold beer wins

By Gary Lloyd

Devon-based brewer Salcombe Brewery Co has scooped a gold medal at the 2022 European Beer Challenge for its Pilsner beer following hot on the heels of a gold for Belgica, its small batch Belgian Pale Ale, at the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) Awards.

Beer Day Britain 2022: celebration returns on Wednesday 15 June after two-year hiatus due to pandemic

Beer Day Britain returns for 2022

By Rebecca Weller

Beer Day Britain is returning after a two-year hiatus caused by the Covid pandemic, with Brits encouraged to partake in the event at the pub.

CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker: drink sales in managed pubs, bars, and restaurants up 1% in the seven days to Saturday 14 May (Credit: Getty/Henrik Sorensen)

Drinks sales in growth for fourth week in a row

By Rebecca Weller

Average sales by value in managed pubs, bars, and restaurants were up 1% in the seven days to Saturday 14 May compared to the same week three years ago, the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker has revealed.

Asahi Legacy 2030 initiative: Asahi have aimed to have 20% of its portfolio made up by no-alcoholic beer by 2030

Asahi aims to make 20% of its beer alcohol-free by 2030

By Rebecca Weller

Asahi Europe & International (AEI) has announced its desire to demonstrate inclusiveness for alcohol-free lifestyles by aiming for 20% of its portfolio to be made up by alcohol-free products by 2030 as part of the Asahi Legacy 2030 initiative.

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