Boom: 520 new breweries opened in the UK last year

Number of beer trademarks rises by 19%

By James Beeson

The number of new trademark registrations in the UK for beer brands has risen by 19% during last year, as larger drinks companies seek to introduce ‘craft’ products. 

Fiery: BrewDog's James Watt:


Has BrewDog bitten the hand that feeds?

By Daniel Woolfson

BrewDog’s trademark dispute with an independent pub is likely to have upset many beer aficionados. But experts say James Watt’s craft beer behemoth acted the way many companies of its size do to protect intellectual property. Was BrewDog really out of...

BrewDog's James Watt:

BrewDog hits back at pub name debacle

By Nikkie Sutton

BrewDog pleads “please don’t steal our trademarks” in a blog post following the dispute over a Birmingham pub name that left the brewer and pub operator criticised by consumers.

Major brewers capitalising on craft's popularity

Craft beer

181 new beer brands registered in the UK in 2015

By Nicholas Robinson

Beer trademark registrations in the UK have hit a record high, following the continued rise in the popularity of craft beer, according to City law firm RPC.

Establishing the value of a pub business

Property advice

Establishing the value of a pub business

By Jeremy Over

There are many aspects to consider when trying to establish the value of a business. Here, Jeremy Over gives us his insights.

Mast-Jäegermeister has warned pubs that it will crack down on venues 'passing off' its product

Jägermeister targets pubs 'passing off'

By Ellie Bothwell

Mast-Jäegermeister UK has warned it will take legal action against pubs and clubs that repeatedly ‘pass off’ and ‘pour over’ as part of a fresh crackdown.

Warning: Jagermeister being 'passed off'

Jägermeister acts on 'passing off' at bars

By John Harrington

The maker of Jägermeister, the herbal liqueur brand, has warned five bars to stop passing off other products as Jägermeister or face legal action.

Punch Bowl: Guy Ritchie's pub in Mayfair

Guy Ritchie in brewery plan

By Lesley Foottit

British film director and Madonna's ex Guy Ritchie is planning to open his own brewery, according to reports.

No half measures

No half measures

By Nigel Huddleston

A growing number of pubs have been tempted into believing that, where spirits are concerned, there really is a substitute for the real thing. But as...

Branding on the brain

Branding on the brain

By Pete Brown

Strong brands guarantee quality and ultimately good profit. Pete Brown looks at the ethos surrounding them and why, more than ever, pubs need them....

Pubs fined for fake spirits

Pubs fined for fake spirits

By Iain O'Neil

Two east London licensees have been fined for passing off cheap spirits as brand names like Smirnoff and Bacardi. The Cross Keys in Dagenham and the...



Many licensees get away with breaching a creator's copyright without even realising they are doing it - but there are some areas where this could end...