Impact of new alcohol duty rules on pubs


Thanks for next to nothing, Mr Prime Minister

By Ed Bedington

The days when Rishi Sunak was viewed as the white knight of the pub trade, riding to the rescue with furlough, VAT cuts, business rates holidays and (maybe) Eat Out To Help Out are now something of a dim and distant memory.

Interview with Great British Beer Festival champion Elland Brewery

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VIDEO: Interview with GBBF champion Elland Brewery

By Gary Lloyd

West Yorkshire-based Elland Brewery is a three-person operation – yet this tiny business took the coveted title of Champion Beer of Britain at this week’s Great British Beer Festival (GBBF). Here, the trio tells The Morning Advertiser about the victory...

Award winning beer: (l-r)Elland Brewery brewing director Joe Francis, brewer Rob Thomas and sales and marketing director Scott Hutchinson

2023 Champion Beer of Britain unveiled

By Rebecca Weller

Elland Brewery's 1872 Porter has been crowned the golden Champion Beer of Britain at the Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) 2023.

Choosing quality: Heineken's latest beer report identifies drinking trends (agrobacter)

Beer drinkers want to trade up

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Consumers are prioritising value for money through premium options and quality experiences despite financial challenges, according to the Heineken Beer Report 2023.

What's in the news 28 July?

Review of the Week

'We've got to support each other'

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington caught up with the Vaulkhard Group's Ollie Vaulkhard to talk about challenges, positivity and the price of a pint.

Event info: there are a number of licensing factors to take into account when hosting a beer festival (image: Getty/Rouzes)


Hop tips - beer festivals

By Alex Tomlinson, trainee solicitor, Poppleston Allen

As the summer sun hop-fully returns again, more and more people will be venturing out to enjoy another great British pastime – beer festivals.

Make-or-break time: cost of a pint of lager rises by almost 12% (Credit: Getty/blizzard_77)

Pint prices soar by almost 12%

By Rebecca Weller

Consumers and operators alike will “continue to feel the squeeze” as the average price of a pint jumps almost 12% year-on-year.

Success breeds success: the better England fare in the Women's World Cup, the more interest will grow (credit: Getty/JackF)

Feature – Women’s World Cup

FEATURE: Go into extra time to back the Lionesses

By Henry Woodland

Women’s football has been making big strides in the past year and this is due to the increased visibility of the matches. As a publican, it’s your duty to back our Lionesses and, as a business owner, it’s a sensible choice too.

Political move: Carlsberg, which introduced bio-based bottles a year ago to its UK subsidiary, has not been contacted by Russian authorities

Carlsberg’s Russian subsidiary seized by state

By Gary Lloyd

The Russian subsidiary of beer manufacturer Carlsberg has been taken over by Russia after president Vladimir Putin signed an order to put it in “temporary management” of the state.

Consumer demand growing for Cruzcampo Spanish lager

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Serve the taste of Seville with Cruzcampo

By Heineken UK

Spain’s number one lager, Cruzcampo, is set to make a splash in the nation’s pubs as Heineken UK responds to growing consumer demand for Spanish lager.

What's in the news 14 July

Review of the Week

‘It’s a bit of a war out there’

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington caught up with Heartwood Collection chairman Mark Derry to discuss the week's news, from duty rates to recruitment and the need to be more upbeat.

Raise a glass: Net number of breweries increases (Credit: Getty/ Sigrid Gombert)

2023 sees net rise in UK breweries

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The total number of breweries in the UK has risen in the second quarter of 2023, according to new data from the SIBA UK Brewery Tracker.

 New rules: from 1 August 2023, the alcohol duty system will be changing (image: Getty/Phill Thornton)

How are alcohol duty rates changing?

By Nikkie Thatcher

Ahead of the changes to alcohol duty rates in under a month (1 August), The Morning Advertiser takes a look at what the new system will look like.

Susan Chisholm talks about quality control at Greene King

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VIDEO FEATURE: Quality time at Greene King

By Gary Lloyd

Greene King quality control manager Susan Chisholm has worked for Suffolk-based brewer and pub operator Greene King for 45 years so she knows a lot more than most in the business.

How Brewfitt Future of Dispense System helps save space and energy

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Brewfitt: Going Green with the Future of Dispense System

By Brewfitt

The concept of “going green” encompasses a wide range of topics, including reducing our carbon footprint, minimising pollution, protecting the environment and promoting reuse and recycling. The benefits of embracing sustainability are evident and it is...

Desi-gnated drinking time: author David Jesudason at the Regency

Spice up your (pub) life

By Phil Mellows

Like accidentally biting on a cardamom pod, ‘Desi Pubs’ has exploded on our complacent palates and spiced up the way we think about the great British pub.

Obstacles and solutions: Experts give insight into breweries' financial landscape (Credit: Getty/ Klaus Vedfelt)

Brewery sector balanced by ‘optimism and concern’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The UK brewery sector is fighting a “toxic cocktail” of soaring costs, business rates, high taxation and Covid-ramifications, but there are silver linings, with many reporting better trade than expected.

St Austell trading up: the last four weeks of trading to 10 June 2023 shows like-for-like sales rising by 20%.

St Austell Brewery turnover up by 34%

By Gary Lloyd

South-west-based brewer and pub operator St Austell Brewery has grown its turnover by 34% to £209.2m – surpassing pre-pandemic sales by 10%.

Drinks Recovery Tracker: CGA data shows drinks sales were up 7% year-on-year in seven days to 17 June (Credit: Getty/Kar-Tr)

Drinks sales show 7% year-on-year growth

By Rebecca Weller

On-trade drinks sales have shown year-on-year growth for an eighth week in a row, the latest Drinks Recovery Tracker from CGA by NIQ’s has revealed.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In podcast episode 63

The Lock In Podcast

Season finale: The challenges ahead

By Ed Bedington

With season three of the Lock In podcast coming to a close, we take a look at some of the current challenges, energy, supply, inflation etc - and where we see things heading.

Asking questions: bringing education to the masses key for beer industry (Pictured Ed Hughes and Sam Lyne)


Education key to changing beer perceptions

By Rebecca Weller

The beer industry needs to bring education “to the masses” to help boost the category and support firms through recruitment and costs challenges.

New products: this week's round-up features Silent Pool, Stowford Press, Adnams, Ad Gefrin, Titanic Brewery and Vapoura Rum


Silent Pool releases new gin expression

By Rebecca Weller

This week's round-up features new products from Silent Pool, Stowford Press, Adnams, Ad Gefrin, Titanic Brewery and Vapoura Rum.

Beer expert: British Guild of Beer Writers chair Emma Inch


Understanding the realities of writing about beer

By Emma Inch, chair of the British Guild of Beer Writers

Do you remember that meme that did the rounds on social media a few years ago with the heading ‘what people think I do versus what I actually do’?

Strong start: Drinks sales shows double-digit year-on-year growth for seventh successive week (Credit: Getty/	Kar-Tr)

Drinks sales hit 15% year-on-year growth

By Rebecca Weller

Drinks sales in managed venues achieved double-digit year-on-year growth in the seven days to Saturday 10 June, the latest Drinks Recovery Tracker from CGA by NIQ has revealed.

What has happened to Brew by Numbers?

Brew by Numbers enters administration

By Ed Bedington

Craft beer darlings Brew by Numbers has gone into administration citing a combination of the pandemic and escalating prices.

Cruz control: Will Rice says people are going out less but the good news is when they do go out, they spend more money

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FEATURE: Providing better experiences in thriving pubs

By Gary Lloyd

As Heineken UK commits £3m in funding to help selected pubs cover the costs of their first energy-saving audit plus £5,000 towards the any improvements needed, we caught up with interim on-trade director Will Rice to talk about that and much more.

Swings & roundabouts:

BrewDog reports £24m operating loss

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

BrewDog has reported an operating loss of £24m in its latest trading update, but its founder retains “unshakeable confidence” in the Scottish brewery.

SIBA homebrew competition winner picks up national listings

The Cask Project

Homebrew beer winner to hit UK pubs

By Gary Lloyd

A hazy pale ale named the best homebrew in the UK is set to hit pubs and bars across the UK after winning a competition run by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).

New products: this week's round-up features Hooch, Shepherd Neame, Never Say Die Whisky, Rich's Cider and Radlow Hundred vineyard


Hooch unveils new flavour

By Rebecca Weller

This week's round-up features new products from Hooch, Shepherd Neame, Never Say Die Whisky, Rich's Cider and Radlow Hundred vineyard.