Petra Wetzel: Career Profile

Petra Wetzel: Career Profile

By Emma Eversham

German-born Petra Wetzel gave up a career in law six years ago to save the restaurant, bar and brewery in Glasgow she'd bought for her ex-husband to run. A self-confessed new-born 'beer nerd' Wetzel has grown the beer hall considerably...

Keeping it real: Cask Ale now appeals to a broad range of drinkers; male and female, young and old

Real ale pubs ‘missing a trick’ by not providing tasting notes

By Luke Nicholls

With the 2014 Cask Report revealing that real ale is now outperforming the beer market, new research has found that licensees can still do more to encourage younger drinkers to try the drink, simply by providing tasting notes on the bar. 

The second BBPA Awards were announced at the organisations Annual Dinner last night

BBPA Awards 2013: Winners revealed at Annual Dinner

By Luke Nicholls

The winners of the second British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) industry awards were announced at the organisation’s Annual Dinner which took place at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge.

The Swift offers American craft beer, beer-based cocktails and a range of burgers, hot dogs and pizzas

Fuller’s unveils new 'American diner' bar concept

By Luke Nicholls

London-based brewer and pub operator Fuller’s is today opening the doors of a new ‘raw and exciting’ concept in Putney with an American diner theme, which could be rolled out to other venues if successful.

Charles and Christine Harris will re-open The Lygon Arms as The Forest at Feckenham in August

CD Pub Co hits Worcestershire

By Luke Nicholls

Warwickshire-based business CD Pub Co has added a third venue to its portfolio of food-led pubs, having purchased the freehold of The Lygon Arms in Feckenham from Enterprise Inns. 

The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) has launched a new version of its Good Bottled Beer Guide

Camra launches new Good Bottled Beer Guide

By Peter Ruddick

The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) has released a new version of its guide to the best bottled beers - the Good Bottled Beer Guide features over 1,800 beers.

Laverstoke Park Farm’s Organic Ale is still available on the producer’s website with the same labelling, priced at £19.99 for a case of 12 330ml bottles

Laverstoke refuses to comply with ruling over 'childish' beer labels

By Luke Nicholls

Laverstoke Park Farm is refusing to comply with what it calls an 'ill-informed and unjustified' ruling by The Portman Group to change the labelling of its bottles of beer and ale after the products were deemed to potentially appeal to children.

Shadow Small Business Minister Toby Perkins was speaking SIBA's BeerX conference earlier today

Beer tax argument heats up at BeerX event ahead of 2013 Budget

By Luke Nicholls

Labour may have to retain the controversial Beer Duty Escalator if it came into power at the next election as Shadow Small Business Minister Toby Perkins admitted to brewers at SIBA’s BeerX conference that they ‘can’t solve all the problems facing pubs’.

According to SIBA's Local Beer Report, pub-goers can now choose from around 3,200 permanent local ales in pubs across the UK

Lifeline for UK pubs: SIBA Beer Report raises a glass to local brewers

By Luke Nicholls

Amidst the ‘perfect storm’ of a weak economy, lack of support from Government and low consumer confidence, locally brewed beer has offered a lifeline to Britain’s pubs, with volume sales up by an estimated 6.8 per cent last year - in contrast with on-trade...

It might not be a comprehensive dictionary for publicans, but our A-Z of Pubs and Bars is a handy guide on some of the key terms and trends in the fast-moving industry

The A-Z of Pubs and Bars

By Peter Ruddick

While publicans might not be faced with as baffling a list of acronyms as hoteliers or as driven by fashion as some restaurateurs, our handy A-Z glossary of key industry terms and trends is a must-read for those looking to make a few pounds from a few...

Bedford-based brewer and pubco Charles Wells has announced a small profits increase across its estate of pubs

Charles Wells' pubs increase profits despite drop in turnover

By Peter Ruddick

Bedford-based brewer and pubco Charles Wells has revealed its financial results for the last year; its UK pubs operation has reported an increase in profits per pub of 3.8 per cent driven by a 1.2 per cent rise in like-for-like sales.

BrewDog Ghost Deer bottles

BrewDog sells 28% ABV beer Ghost Deer in 60ml bottles

By Emma Eversham

Scottish brewer BrewDog is now selling its 28% ABV beer Ghost Deer in 60ml bottles in a bid to 'kill beer stereotypes' and teach drinkers that beer can be more than a 'pint of fizzy, apathetic, yellow lager’.

How to serve the perfect pint


How to keep beer fresh

By Emma Eversham

With cask ales back in growth, publicans will be looking to stock more of them, but what is the best way to keep beer? Conrad Boucher of automated beer line cleaning system Beer Piper, underlines the importance of keeping beer lines clean to ensure pubs...

The inaugural industry awards gave a new dimension to the BBPA Annual Dinner

BBPA Annual Dinner & Industry Awards

By Luke Nicholls

The winners of the inaugural British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) industry awards were announced at the organisation’s Annual Dinner which took place at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square hotel last night.

Bath Ales will open its largest pub to date when the Graze Bar & Chophouse near Bath Spa station is launched before Christmas

Bath Ales set to open largest food-led pub to date

By Peter Ruddick

Independent south west-based brewer Bath Ales is set to open its 11th managed pub and its largest to date when the latest site under the Graze brand launches near Bath Spa train station.

Now in its sixth year, The Cask Report is backed by Camra, the Society of Independent Brewers and the Independent Family Brewers of Britain

Cask ale sales back in growth for first time in 20 years

By Luke Nicholls

Around 2.2 million barrels of cask, equating to some 633 million pints, were sold in the UK last year, marking a 1.6 per cent uplift in volume on 2010 - the first increase in sales of the drink since 1991.


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