Brewing

Figures found: 2020 saw the number of breweries fall by to 1,816 - down on 2019 but this rose for 2021 to 1,902 (image: Getty/Stefano Gilera)

Brewery numbers rise after 2020 drop

By Nikkie Thatcher

The number of total independent breweries has increase to 1,902 in 2021 from 1,816 in 2020, new figures have found.

Pandemic impact: I say this with no expectation or not as a jibe; at the end of the day, Covid has put an exceptional strain on the hospitality sector and no one could blame someone for squeezing out more profit where possible during what has been an incredibly testing time'

Opinion

The great restaurant pricing debate

By Sarah John, director, Boss Brewing

It was popcorn at the ready for me recently as I saw the argument unfold between Wine Expert Guy Woodward and Celebrity Chef Tom Kerridge on Twitter.

Recruitment issues: 'The solution is not as important here as getting across the point that we need to stop blaming the hospitality sector itself for this staff shortage crisis'

Opinion

Stop blaming the industry for the hospitality staff crisis

By Sarah John, director, Boss Brewing

Those of us within the hospitality industry are well aware that we face a staff crisis; there is no disputing that we are experiencing rising worker shortages, with job vacancies at higher-than-ever levels.

Category perception: ‘For too long the no and low category has been marred by the stigma that ‘not drinking’ is dull,’ Ellie Webb, founder of non-alcoholic spirit Caleño, says.

‘Low and no isn’t about compromise’

By Stuart Stone

With the help of category experts, The Morning Advertiser pours over some of the ways in which low and no drink producers are raising the bar.

The Morning Advertiser profiles the three finalists in the Best Brewing Pub Company category – sponsored by Lumina Intelligence – at the 2021 Publican Awards

Publican Awards 2021

Meet the finalists: Best Brewing Pub Company

By The Morning Advertiser

The Morning Advertiser profiles the three finalists in the Best Brewing Pub Company category – sponsored by Lumina Intelligence – at the 2021 Publican Awards.

Reports state: this follows news earlier this year of SA Brain selling 40 sites

SA Brain ‘up for sale’

By Nikkie Thatcher

Welsh brewer and pub group SA Brain is reportedly up for sale, recruiting advisers to “navigate this period of uncertainty”.

New venue: “Beaverworld has been a long time in the making and we are thrilled we have now started brewing on site in Enfield,

Beavertown to open new £40m brewery

By Nikkie Thatcher

Beavertown Brewery has announced it is launching ‘London’s largest brewery’, allowing 90,000,000 pints to be produced a year – 10 times more than at its current Tottenham location.

Path to recovery: 'this is the first time in the company’s long history of over 300 years that our business has been interrupted,

Shepherd Neame banks £25m ahead of July restart

By Stuart Stone

Kent-based brewer and pub operator Shepherd Neame has agreed a £25m borrowing facility through the Government’s Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS).

Brew regime: It turns out that you can strike up a pretty good relationship with your local wholesaler who will be happy to look after your cellar equipment, says Sam Cornwall-Jones

Guv'nor

Beat the brewer (a game for all the family and staff)

By Sam Cornwall-Jones

I was under the impression you must always have a ‘majority brewer’ on your bar so that they look after your cellar equipment, says Sam Cornwall-Jones, owner/proprietor of the Drawing Board, Warwickshire.

Boardroom changes: chairman Miles Templeman’s departure has triggered a reshuffle

Kevin Georgel to join Shepherd Neame

By Stuart Stone

Kent-based brewer and pub operator Shepherd Neame has announced a boardroom reshuffle that will see Miles Templeman step down as chairman and Kevin Georgel join the company next year.

Testing facility: Fuller's launches first pilot brewery beer

Fuller’s launches pilot brewery

By Nicholas Robinson

London brewer and pubco Fuller’s has announced the launch of its new pilot brewery at the firm’s Griffin Brewery in Chiswick.

Iron Maiden: Bruce Dickinson is passionate about beer

Robinsons sets out future of Trooper beer

By Nicholas Robinson

Robinsons’ Iron Maiden Trooper beer brand has grown significantly since its launch in 2013, with plans afoot for a further sales boost in the years ahead, according to managing director Oliver Robinson.

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.

Awards success: London's Fourpure Brewing Co won brewery of the year at last year's SIBA BeerX

SIBA Business Awards 2018 finalists revealed

By James Beeson

The UK’s top craft beer and brewing businesses have been named as finalists in the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) Business Awards 2018, with winners due to be announced on 14 March at BeerX in Liverpool.