Reasons to be cheerful: publicans explain how Heineken Silver has helped boost their sales

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Publicans profit from growing light lager opportunity

By Heineken

Since launch in April, Heineken Silver has sold an average of 54 litres per week, per outlet[1], cementing itself as ‘one to watch’ in the lighter lager category, with more than 3,400 outlets already serving it on draught[2].

Unaffordable luxury: average cost of a pint sees biggest increase for 10 years (Credit: Getty/miodrag ignjatovic)

Pint sees biggest price hike in 10 years

By Rebecca Weller

The average cost of a pint of draught lager saw its biggest increase in 10 years between October 2021 and October 2022, figures released yesterday (Wednesday 16 November) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed.

Operator opinion: Gav Young from the Plough and Barleycorn hits back at recent price rises


A resignation by any other title

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

The annual pantomime of brewery price rises has begun, kicked off by the same villain that brought you two price rises this year.

Clarity and certainty: BBPA calls for relief ahead of Autumn Statement to help sector survive difficult winter (Credit: Getty/Shaun Taylor)

Pint becoming 'unaffordable luxury'

By Rebecca Weller

The cost-of-living crisis is leading consumers to see having a pint in their local pub as an “unaffordable luxury” the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has stated.

Bright and progressive future: former Black Sheep Brewery chair Andy Slee (pictured) to take over as SIBA chief executive from January 2023

SIBA appoints new CEO

By Rebecca Weller

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has announced the appointment of its new chief executive.

New products round-up: this week's feature includes new offerings from Camden Town and Beavertown breweries


Camden and Beavertown release seasonal beers

By Rebecca Weller

This week's round-up features new products from Camden Town Brewery and Beavertown Brewery alongside two new hand-crafted gins and a new chai tea liqueur.

News of the brews: CAMRA estimated some 70% of beer made in the UK is produced by a few global brewers (image: Getty/Jonathan Knowles)

Eagle Brewery sale ‘highlights UK beer market imbalance’

By Nikkie Thatcher

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has reacted to the recent news of Carlsberg Marston's Brewing Company (CMBC) selling the Bedford-based Eagle Brewery, stating it ‘highlights the dominance of global brewers in the UK and further squeezes small, independent...

Skyrocketing costs: sector leaders have called for more Government support to secure the future of British breweries (Credit: GettySusumu Yoshioka)

Breweries facing 'tsunami' of operating costs

By Rebecca Weller

Industry leaders have urged the Government to provide sector specific support to secure the future of British breweries as “skyrocketing” costs across the board cause a “perfect storm”.

Executive comment: CMBC boss Paul Davies says he is grateful to his colleague and their Damm counterparts for their 'collaboration throughout the process of making the agreement a reality'

CMBC sells Eagle Brewery

By Nikkie Thatcher

Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company (CMBC) is planning to sell the Eagle Brewery, Bedford to Spanish brewer SA Damm (Damm) for an undisclosed sum.

Pricey pints: Brits could spend millions of pounds more on beer as inflation rockets (Getty/ miodrag ignjatovic)

Brits could spend £6.9m on pints per hour

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Inflation could cost Brits an extra £4m on pints per hour, research from Real Business Rescue has revealed following reports of £7 pints.

New products: this week's round-up features new serves from Stella, Jameson, Salcombe Brewery, BrewDog Distilling Co, Smirnoff and renowned chef Gordon Ramsay


Stella and Smirnoff announce new products

By Rebecca Weller

This week's round-up features new products from Smirnoff, Salcombe Brewery , Jameson and BrewDog Distilling Co. alongside a new on-trade launch from Stella and a new gin from a celebrity chef.

See it, say it, Salt it: Salt brewery will also serve eight cocktails on draught

Salt to open 8th taproom

By Gary Lloyd

Craft and cask beer brewer Salt will open its eighth taproom this autumn with plans for a ninth mooted too – both in the business’s heartland of Yorkshire.

Drinks on James: 'Good vibe' pints from BrewDog CEO

Free pints from BrewDog CEO

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

BrewDog co-founder James Watt is handing out free pints to the public for three days this week to spread “positivity and good vibes”.

Tumultuous time: average drinks sales ahead of last year but rising inflation leaves them down in real terms (Credit: Getty/Klaus Vedfelt)

Inflation holds sales down in real terms

By Rebecca Weller

Drink sales in Britain’s on-trade have exceeded last year’s levels for the fourth week in a row but remained down in real terms due to rising inflation, the latest Drinks Recovery Tracker from CGA by NielsenIQ has revealed.

Denver style: attendees at the Great American Craft Beer Festival enjoy a silent disco (credit: images © Brewers Association)

What’s trending in US craft beer?

By Lotte Peplow

Beer festivals around the world come in many different iterations but none push the borders of innovation and discovery quite like the Great American Craft Beer Festival (GABF).

Boon for beer: SIBA says the SBR policy has helped grow the number of UK breweries

SIBA praises 20-year-old policy that led to brewing boom

By Gary Lloyd

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has launched a report to mark the 20-year anniversary of the Small Breweries’ Relief policy that has had a huge impact on UK brewing, including a boom in small breweries and increase in different beer styles being...

Sad state of affairs: pubs being hit from all angles with soaring costs across the board (Pictured: Green Dragon Licensee James Pickard / Credit: Elise Boucher)

Pubs and suppliers need 'better communication'

By Rebecca Weller

A Suffolk-based operator has called for sector specific support from the Government and distributors as well as "better communication" between pub customers and suppliers before small pubs and breweries "disappear".

Turbulent times: Northern Monk Founder Russell Bisset says rising CO2 costs make budgeting and planning challenging for breweries (Credit: Getty/Monty Rakusen)

Rising CO2 costs 'hugely challenging'

By Rebecca Weller

Uncertainty regarding rising CO2 costs has created “hugely challenging” and “turbulent” operating conditions for breweries, according to Leeds based craft brewery Northern Monk co-founder Russell Bisset.

Encouraging growth: latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker shows drinks sales were 3% ahead of 2021 in seven days to Saturday 1 October (Credit: Getty/Jamie Garbutt)

Drinks sales up 3% amid 'economic turmoil'

By Rebecca Weller

Average sales in Britain’s managed venues during the seven days to Saturday 1 October were 3% ahead compared with the same week last year, the latest Drinks Recovery Tracker from CGA by NielsonIQ has revealed.

Record sales so far this year: BrewDog reports £36.9m turnover in year to December 2021 (Pictured: BrewDog co-founder James Watt)

BrewDog reports £36.9m turnover

By Rebecca Weller

BrewDog Retail has reported a turnover of £36.9m in the year to December 2021, up from £25.2m in 2020.

Extreme volatility: high gas prices could result in liquid CO2 and beer shortages according to ECIU (Credit: Getty/Jonathan Knowles)

Cost of liquid CO2 rises by almost 3,000%

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs and brewers are being forced to make “extremely tough decisions” as soaring gas prices could cost the UK’s food and drink sector an extra £1.7bn in liquid CO2 expenses, research from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) has revealed.

Something to pour over: operators have to consider what to serve in more detail post-pandemic (credit: Getty/JGalione)

Beer report 2022

FEATURE: Beer volumes down but there are winners

By Phil Mellows

A new normal for the on-trade beer market is taking shape. Disrupted by pandemic lockdowns and now an inflationary crisis that’s constraining consumer spending power and squeezing profit margins, pub operators are having to review what they sell and how...

Initiative launched: Drink Fresh Beer aims to end the perception of cask being an ‘old man’s’ drink

Bid to shake off ‘male, pale and stale’ cask image

By Gary Lloyd

A campaign that recognises cask beer is in “steep, sustained decline” and is struggling to shake its “male, pale and stale” image will be launched at the Future of Cask Seminar on Thursday 22 September.

Devastating loss: MCBC announces closure of National Brewery Centre (Credit: Getty/Lingbeek)

MCBC confirms closure of National Brewery Centre

By Rebecca Weller

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has called for brewing artefacts to be “safeguarded” following the “devastating” announcement the UK’s only museum dedicated to brewery history will close later this year.

Business story: Jennings Brewery had been making beer for almost two centuries (image: Getty/Jonathan Knowles)

A look into Jennings Brewery history

By Nikkie Thatcher

In light of the recent news that Carlsberg Marston's Brewing Company (CMBC) looking to sell the Jennings Brewery, The Morning Advertiser has taken a deep dive into the backstory of the venue.

Boost for businesses: beer trade bodies want support to be long term (credit: Getty/franckreporter)

Gov vow on energy will ‘keep wolves from door’

By Gary Lloyd

Leading beer industry bodies have said Liz Truss’s announcement to give support to the sector will “keep the wolves from the door” but fear what will happen after the initial six-month period ends.

Shutdown site: Jennings Brewery in Cockermouth, Cumbria has closed after operating below capacity for a number of years, according to CMBC (image: Getty/ilbusca)

CMBC closing Jennings Brewery ‘devastating blow’

By Nikkie Thatcher

The decision to close Cumbrian operation Jennings Brewery by Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company (CMBC) has been labelled a “devastating blow for the area’s brewing heritage”.

Brewery relief: the scheme was first introduced 20 years ago (image: Getty/Lingbeek)

MPs to debate small breweries’ future

By Nikkie Thatcher

The future of small breweries is being debated today (Tuesday 6 September) as the Small Breweries’ Relief (SBR) marks 20 years since it was announced and the sector is battling the energy crisis.

Plenty of room: Big Penny says its Walthamstow beer garden is one of the largest in the capital

Truman’s beer renamed as Big Penny

By Gary Lloyd

Truman’s beer will be known as Big Penny from 15 September following the acquisition of the trademark by the management team at the Old Truman Brewery.

CO2 catastrophe: EFRA urges Government to help keep CF Industries plant open (Getty/ baranozdemir)

EFRA urges Gov to stop CO2 plant shutting doors

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has written Government with concerns about the halting of CO2 production CF Industries' only remaining UK plant.

Four of the finalists: Horse & Jockey, Larkin's Alehouse, Mold Alehouse and Olaf's Tun

CAMRA names 16 best pubs in UK

By Gary Lloyd

The best 16 pubs in the UK have been named by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) with all having the chance to become the organisation’s Pub of the Year 2022.