Beer

New brews: Peter Wells of Charles Wells announces new brewery

Charles Wells announces new brewery

By Nicholas Robinson

Brewer and pub operator Charles Wells will build a 30,000hl brewery, worth £13m, in Bedford, after selling its Eagle Brewery to Marston’s in a £55m deal last May.

First try: Diageo to launch two new beers at Publican Awards

In association with Diageo

Diageo introduces new beers to UK at Publican Awards

By Nicholas Robinson

In a week’s time the pub trade will honour its successes at the largest industry celebration, the Publican Awards, which will feature dozens of brand activations including several introductions from spirit and beer giant Diageo.

Slowdown: the number of wet-led pubs has fallen by almost 20% in five years but the rate has slowed from 6% in 2014 to 3% in 2017

Wet-led sales are on the up

By Nikkie Sutton

Drink-focused venues may have been the hardest hit in recent years, but they are beginning to fight back, latest figures have shown.

Hot topic: sexist branding in beer has been a contentious issue in recent months

Sexist branding 'could violate alcohol-marketing guidelines'

By James Beeson

Breweries that chose to use sexist branding to advertise beer could soon be in violation of alcohol-marketing guidelines, after the Portman Group announced plans to launch a full public consultation of its code of practice.

'Unfair taxation system': Hawkes chief cider maker Roberto Basilico (left) and founder Simon Wright

UK cider taxation system ‘harming industry growth’

By James Beeson

London-based cider maker Hawkes has attacked the current UK cider taxation system, and accused the National Association of Cider Makers (NACM) of failing to represent the interests of smaller producers.