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Pete Brown on Marston's selling last 40% of brewing business

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OPINION: What does Marston’s sale mean for cask?

By Pete Brown, beer author

The announcement last week that Marston’s has sold its 40% stake in Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company (CMBC) to its Danish partner for £206m has deepened the gloom around the already beleaguered cask ale category.

New deal: BBG to take over distribution of San Miguel in the UK from CMBC

BBG to take over San Miguel's UK distribution from CMBC

By Rebecca Weller

Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company’s (CMBC) has shared its “disappointment” at Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I’s (BBG) new deal with Mahou San Miguel to distribute San Miguel in the UK.

March to victory: Woodforde's relaunches Lion Heart in support of the England football team during the 2024 Euros

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Woodforde's brings back limited-edition ale for Euros

By Rebecca Weller

Norwich-based Woodforde’s brewery has re-released a limited-edition beer exclusively available to pubs on cask to show support for the Three Lions during the Euros 2024.

Joseph Holt to allow brewery tours for first time

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Joseph Holt to celebrate 175 years with festival

By Gary Lloyd

Northern brewer Joseph Holt is allowing fans of the brand a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to go have a look behind the scenes of its Manchester brewery as part of its inaugural beer festival.

Number of women drinking beer in UK has decreased since 2018

Fewer women drinking beer than in 2018

By Gary Lloyd

Six years after research revealed the UK had the lowest percentage of beer drinkers in the world, new evidence has shown the figure has fallen further.

Positive trading figures: Thornbridge reports 18% uplift in sales during Q1 2024 (Credit:Getty/andresr)

Thornbridge sales up 18% in Q1 2024

By Rebecca Weller

Multi-site pub operator and brewer Thornbridge has announced “positive trading figures” in its latest update.

What now for Brewdog?

End of an era?

By Ed Bedington

As BrewDog’s James Watt steps down from leading the disruptor business he founded, does this mark a watershed moment for the operation?

The Cask Project: St Austell Brewery scoops three awards at SIBA South West Independent Beer Awards 2024

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St Austell scoops trio of awards

By Rebecca Weller

St Austell Brewery has scooped three silver awards at the Society of Independent Brewers Association (SIBA) South West Independent Beer Awards 2024.

Official stats: data from SIBA shows there were 38 fewer breweries in the first three months of the year compared to the previous quarter

38 fewer breweries so far in 2024

By Nikkie Thatcher

The UK brewing industry has seen a net closure rate of 38 in the first quarter of 2024, new figures have shown.

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BEER REPORT 2024

Experts give comment for the Beer Report 2024

By The Morning Advertiser

If you want to know the beer trends to follow, the prices of the best-selling beers across Great Britain and how experts are seeing the future of the beer market for the on-trade – look no further.

Flagship site: the Reading town centre taproom and restaurant will be part of the Station Hill development

Siren hits £250,000 fundraising target

By Gary Lloyd

Berkshire-based Siren Craft Brewery has hit its £250,000 crowdfunding target with the aim of using donations to build a flagship bar in Reading.

Timothy Taylor's Dewey argues Fresh Ale may help cask sales

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Fresh Ale could mean more people go for cask

By Gary Lloyd

Despite complaints about ‘Fresh Ale’ being poured through hand-pulls, Timothy Taylor’s Tim Dewey believes if it draws people to the cask category – then it’s not a problem.

Number crunching: the average price of a pint of beer is £4.94, according the data from The Morning Advertiser (image: Getty/Rouzes

EXCLUSIVE: Average lager pint prices across GB

By Nikkie Thatcher

A survey of The Morning Advertiser readers has shown the difference in pricing of beer across a range of regions and has taken a closer look at the lager category.

Demand for parity: SIBA CEO Andy Slee says investors and Government are not listening to the sector

OPINION

OPINION: How are we viewed by the outside world?

By Andy Slee, chief executive, Society of Independent Brewers & Associates (SIBA)

I recently took a call from a broadsheet journalist wanting to do a piece on “Why all breweries are closing and why cask beer is dead?”

Hop in your DeLorean: Adam Mayers is going Back to the Future

BIG INTERVIEW

The Big Interview: Expect the unexpected

By Gary Lloyd

No one expects a pub boss to talk about TV shows and films from the 1980s but Hydes Brewery managing director Adam Mayers does.

Significant investment: Northern Monk expands brewing capacity by 20%

Northern Monk expands brewing capacity by 20%

By Rebecca Weller

Northern Monk Brew Co. enters “exciting new era” as it increases its brewing capacity by a fifth after injecting half-a-million pounds into its main brewery.

Focus areas: SIBA has put forward its manifesto ahead of a general election (image: Getty/8213erika)

SIBA outlines areas next Gov should focus on

By Nikkie Thatcher

Fairness across the market and taxation as well as environmentally sustainable policies are some of the areas one trade body is calling for ahead of the next general election.

Doom and gloom: sector needs to be more positive about cask

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Bradbury: Cask has seen 'too much doom and gloom'

By Rebecca Weller

Cask beer has been the victim of too many reports of “doom and gloom” during the past couple of years as consumers seek consistency, quality and tradition within the category, according to T&R Theakston managing director Richard Bradbury.

The right stuff: branded glassware has been designed to increase the enjoyment of that particular beer or range

OPINION

OPINION: A touch of glass in elevating beer

By Georgina Young, brewing director and head brewer, St Austell Brewery

The hot topic of glassware came up recently on The Morning Advertiser’s Lock In podcast – touching on whether it’s OK or not if a customer gets their beer in an unbranded glass.