Brand appeal: drinkers have a small portfolio of go-to brands according to Watneys’ Nick Whitehurst

‘Vast majority of drinkers buy brands over beer’

By Stuart Stone

Watneys Beer director Nick Whitehurst explains that while drink producers need to care ‘deeply and passionately’ about their product, consumers increasingly prioritise tried, tested and recognisable brands.

New role: James Calder will become SIBA boss next month (1 July)

SIBA appoints new chief executive

By Nikkie Thatcher

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has appointed a new chief executive James Calder, replacing Mike Benner who is leaving to head up the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

Expensive taste: Northern Ireland is the region where drinkers expect to pay the most for a standard pint

Priciest beer regions revealed

By Nikkie Thatcher

Ahead of Beer Day Britain tomorrow (15 June), personal finance experts have polled the UK to find out how much people would expect to pay for a pint of lager or craft beer.

No comment: Dark Star managing director James Cuthbertson

Dark Star MD leaves brewery?

By Ed Bedington

Confusion surrounds the disappearance of the Dark Star brewery managing director (MD) James Cuthbertson who appears to have left the role.

Beer delivery threat: drivers vote in favour of strike

Strike vote threatens northern beer deliveries

By Nicholas Robinson

Drivers who deliver beer to pub chains in the north and the Midlands have voted in favour of strike action, which could threaten stock levels in some pubs.

Masters plan: the accreditation aims to ensure quality in brews

Stella Artois launches beer accreditation scheme

By Nikkie Thatcher

Budweiser Brewing Group-owned Stella Artois has unveiled a new accreditation programme in partnership with Beer Marque, in a bid to increase beer quality and premium experience.

New twist: Bunkers Hill pub will host beer yoga classes during Nottingham Craft Beer Week

Nottingham pub brings ‘beer yoga’ to the East Midlands

By Stuart Stone

East Midlands pub Bunkers Hill is bending over backwards to cater for both health and beer enthusiasts during Nottingham Craft Beer Week by hosting ‘beer yoga’ sessions in partnership with Wild Card and Northern Monk breweries.