I keg your pardon: it is vital that pub staff know how the cellar works and can ensure beer reaches the consumer’s glass in mint condition

Hints and tips for working with local breweries

By Stuart Stone

There’s more to greasing the wheels between pubs and brewers than paying bills on time. Here, we look at how a licensee can build a better relationship with local brewers and the difficulties faced if you are not free of tie.

Beer in abundance: Great American Beer Festival (image: ©Brewers Association)


6 hot American craft beer trends

By Lotte Peplow

The US is a hive of craft beer activity, with a market that has significantly more going on than the UK’s. In this special feature, Britain-based beer sommelier, writer and judge Lotte Peplow reports on the latest trends from the Great American Beer Festival...

On the road: pub showcase could encourage more overseas tourists to visit British pubs

Mock pub aims to drive UK tourism and beer exports

By Fred A'Court

A British pub set-up complete with bar, seating areas and even an iconic red telephone box at overseas trade shows could also be used to boost beer exports – with the added bonus of visiting a pub as a ‘must do’ activity during a visit to the UK.

New ties: Camden will work with breweries this year


Camden Town Brewery reveals collaboration plans

By Nicholas Robinson

Camden Town Brewery will collaborate with at least two US brewers in AB InBev’s (ABI) craft beer portfolio this year and is open to working with independent London craft brewers, The Morning Advertiser (MA) can reveal.

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Beer sexism: It’s spelled ale not male

By Jane Peyton

Sexist marketing in the beer and pub industry has to stop. Jane Peyton asks brewers to market beer at people, regardless of gender and pubs to refrain from stocking beers with sexist pump clips

Lack of discourse over units is hard to swallow

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Lack of discourse over units is hard to swallow

By Ed Bedington

Life is all about risk. Some things are riskier than others — paragliding naked over a tank of ravenous sharks while juggling a set of sharp knives, for example.

Simon Clarke:

The chance to make a meaningful change

By Simon Clarke

Following the Monopolies and Mergers Commission report, prior to the Beer Orders 1989, it seemed the industry was going to be reformed after three previous investigations. But The Brewers Society submitted proposals and all six recommendations were watered...

Pete Brown:

The trade is alive and kicking

By Pete Brown

The number of pub closures may be on the up but innovation is rife in the industry, says Pete Brown.

Protz: How can the big brewers justify a 5p a pint increase?

Brewers charge more for less

The decision to raise beer prices and reduce ABV will save the global brewers money, but squeeze our pubs, argues Roger Protz.

Free tickets are now available

GBBF trade tickets now available

By Michelle Perrett

Licensees and brewers can now apply for free tickets for the Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) trade day on Tuesday, 2 August.

Kegwatch: charges going up

Kegwatch to increase charges

By Tony Halstead

Kegwatch is to increase the charge it makes for re-patriating lost beer containers to brewers and other suppliers by £1 from May to help plug a...

Whitbread brands add soup to menu

Whitbread pubs add low-salt soups to menu

By Lesley Foottit

A number of Whitbread brands have introduced a variety of lower salt soups to their menus. Brewers Fayre, Beefeater Grill and Table Table now offer...

Bah Humbug: Mr Scrooge bitter from Robinsons

Brewers have fun with festive brews

By Sonya Hook

Competition for witty ale names is high this year as brewers inject some festive fun into the on-trade. Three Sheikhs to the Wind is the quirky...