Drinks

Lessons in beer: the taproom will also function as a training centre for Cave Direct’s customers in the on-trade

Beer Merchants Tap announces opening date

By James Beeson

The Beer Merchants Tap, the new Hackney Wick taproom, bottle shop, training centre and blendery from beer distributors Cave Direct, is to open its doors on 24 February.

Rumour quashed: Colin Valentine dismisses 'chaos' claims led to retirement

CAMRA chairman is not 'bailing out'

By Nicholas Robinson

Outgoing Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) chairman Colin Valentine has dismissed rumours he is "bailing out" on the organisation, saying he is "quietly" confident the Revitalisation Project will succeed.

A new look? CAMRA to ask members if they're happy with proposals

CAMRA ‘widens scope’ to cover all beers and outlets

By Nicholas Robinson

Beer and cider campaign group the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) will aim to broaden its reach to cover all “quality” beer and cider types, and will move its focus from traditional pubs to more on-trade outlets.

Straw debate: life is plastic, but it's not fantastic

7 alternatives to plastic straws

By Nicholas Robinson

More pubs and their customers are speaking out against the use of plastic straws and seeking alternatives to the environmentally hazardous tubes we’ve, for decades, grown accustomed to drinking from.

Cost increase: Molson Coors and AB InBev have announced price rises for this year

Big brewers announce 2018 price hikes

By Nikkie Sutton

AB InBev and Molson Coors will raise beer prices to above inflation over the next 12 months, making some beers and ciders up to 3.9% more expensive than in 2017.

Good news: drink-led businesses had the best of festive trading

Christmas and new year sales drop for pubs

By Nikkie Sutton

Britain’s managed pub and restaurant groups saw like-for-like sales down by 0.1% over the six week Christmas and New Year period, according to research.