Champions of cask and keg: the winners at MaltingsFest – Eight Arch and Yonder Brewing

Eight Arch and Yonder win best cask and keg SIBA titles

By Gary Lloyd

Eight Arch Brewing Co and Yonder Brewing have taken home the two Overall Champion awards in the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) South-West Independent Beer Awards, which took place last night (Thursday 20 April) at the MaltingsFest beer festival...

Brewer response: Heineken has issued a statement in reply to claims it had been relabelling date on beer (stock image)

Heineken responds to ‘relabelling’ keg claims

By Nikkie Thatcher

Global brewer Heineken has responded to claims it had been relabelling kegs of beer that had previously been taken from pubs amid the lockdown to replace, with new best before dates.

Knowledge gap: Make sure you hop on the right line when it comes to improving cellar skills

Cellar skills: banish common mistakes many staff still make

By Georgina Townshend

For some staff, the pub cellar is ‘out of sight out of mind’. But unless you want off ale and ice cream beers, it’s a space that should be treated with respect. The Morning Advertiser (MA) joins a cellar management training course

Declining Market: cask beer sales have fallen 5% in the past six years

The Cask Report 2018

Cask beer sales down 5%

By James Beeson

Overall sales of cask beer have fallen by 5% in the past six years, according to data compiled by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) for The Cask Report 2018.

Top tips: make sure your beer is served at its best

Exploding beer video goes viral

By Nikkie Sutton

A viral video of an exploding beer keg from a German brewer has prompted the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) chair Buster Grant to give advice on ensuring beer quality.

It's bright: the future of cask beer is strong

Marston’s MD on ‘the cask beer conundrum’

By Nicholas Robinson

Cask brewers may have improved their beer quality over the years, but the on-trade’s openness to flout the rules and sell the product beyond its best condition could spell trouble for the category, according to Marston’s managing director Richard Westwood.

Cellar services: be clean, not mean


Cellar services: be clean, not mean

By Fiona McLelland

Skimping on line cleaning to reduce waste is false economy. As Fiona McLelland explains, there are plenty of ways to keep cellar standards high without compromising profits.

Honey beer maker Hiver says operators must help craft brewers


Small craft brewers ‘priced out’ of mainstream pubs

By Nicholas Robinson

Small craft brewers are being priced out of a beer market that’s made of pints and halves, driven by demand for low price points from operators, the founder of honey beer firm Hiver has claimed.

Craft Beer Co secures site near Gherkin


Craft Beer Co secures site near Gherkin

By James Evison

The Craft Beer Co has announced that the group will debut in the City of London, after securing a site in Mitre Street, in the shadow of the insurance district's landmark Gherkin building.

Pete Brown

Pete Brown on the Cask Report

By Pete Brown

Working in beer often feels like living in a busy, hyperactive bubble - less so now that beer is finally enjoying the mainstream media attention it deserves.

Marston's Fastcask system

Marston's prepares to license Fastcask

By Robyn Black

Marston’s Beer Company managing director Richard Westwood has confirmed that the company is in discussions with rival brewers to license its Fastcask technology, the Publican’s Morning Advertiser can reveal.

Men jailed for £5m keg theft plot

Men jailed for £5m keg theft plot

By Adam Pescod

Five men from the Midlands have been handed jail sentences totalling 14-and-a-half years for their part in a plot to steal £5 million worth of beer kegs from across the region.

FIlm-enthusiast: Roger Protz recommends The History of CAMRA

Pints, camera, action!

By Roger Protz

CAMRA is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and to emphasise the point a film has been launched that traces the history of the movement and its success in saving cask beer, reports Roger Protz.

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...

Kegs: lost at 'alarming' rate

Heineken to charge for beer keg losses

By Tony Halstead

Brewer Heineken UK is planning to introduce a £25 charge for each beer and cider container customers fail to return after revealing kegs and casks...

SIBA: food for thought at annual conference

Molson Coors: brewers must unite

By Graham Ridout

Brewer Molson Coors has called for all brewers — large and small — to work together to help boost beer sales. Speaking at the Society of...

Brulines: claims report shows equipment is accurate

NMO: no conclusion from Brulines report

By Ewan Turney

The National Measurement Office has stressed its report on Brulines does not mean the equipment is either accurate or inaccurate. The NMO said the report neither gave a "pass or a fail" to the beer flow monitoring equipment.

Cask Ale Club: Moorhouse's beer drive

Moorhouse's Cask Ale Club drive

By John Harrington

Lancashire brewer plans to expand the reach of its ales in the free trade by delivering beers from brewers based at opposite ends of the country.

Barrels: a lost keg equivalent to 5,000 pints

Beating the barrel bandits

By Nigel Huddleston

The BBPA is determined to do something about the long-term problem of the theft of empty beer kegs, reports Nigel Huddleston.

EPA: Marston's beer was served on train

Cask ale trialled on train

By John Harrington

Cask ale could become a permanent feature on trains after the new Fastcask system was trialled on a train from London to Birmingham. Fastcask, from...

Punch: looking to help licensees build margin

Punch to trial free-of-tie prices

By The PMA Team

Punch Taverns is to trial new leases in September that offer licensees free-of-tie prices and a free-of-tie option on cask ale produced by smaller...

Beer tapas: try three different cask ales

Brains Beer Tapas on menu

By Sonya Hook

Beer Tapas is on the menu from Welsh brewer Brains this Spring, in time for Cask Ale Week.

Keg thefts cost trade £50m per year

Licensees urged to be Keg Aware

By John Harrington

A new campaign has been launched to combat keg thefts, which cost the trade £50m per year. The Keg Aware campaign, backed by the British Beer &...

Plans to introduce a £50 deposit scheme have hit the buffers

Keg deposit scheme put on hold

By John Harrington

Plans to charge licensees deposits on kegs have "hit a brick wall" and brewers will now focus on other measures of preventing thefts.

Protz: sorry to see Stag brewery close

The rise and fall of the Stag

By Roger Protz

The demise of the Stag Brewery has evoked mixed feelings among the cask fraternity, says Roger Protz.

Average pint will cost over £3

Average pint will cost over £3

By John Harrington

The pub trade is facing up to the prospect this year that the average price of a pint of beer will rise to £3 or more. Caledonian brewery chief...