Beer

Leeds-based Stew & Oyster opens second site

Leeds-based Stew & Oyster opens second site

By Emma Eversham

Stew & Oyster, the pub concept in Leeds which serves craft beers alongside a selection of stews and oysters, has opened its second site just outside the city.

Craft Beer Co expands with second site in Brighton

Craft Beer Co expands with second site in Brighton

By Emma Eversham

Craft Beer Co, the specialist beer bar concept founded by Martin Hayes, is expanding its reach with the launch of its second site in Brighton and a third also planned for later this year. 

Carling Zest will be available as single bottles to the on-trade from 18 March until September

Molson Coors launches 2.8% ABV Carling Zest

By Luke Nicholls

Molson Coors has launched Carling Zest, a limited edition larger for the summer which will take advantage of the lower tax payable on beers at or lower than 2.8% ABV.

SIBA chaiman Keith Bott believes the Government are intent on punishing the pub industry

'Give beer a break', urges SIBA chairman

By Luke Nicholls

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) chairman Keith Bott has called for policy makers to ‘give beer a break’ as he addressed delegates at the organisation’s annual conference yesterday in Stratford-upon-Avon.

It's been a long time coming but beer and food is finally back on the menu

Food and drink matching trends: Beer

By Luke Nicholls

When it comes to maximising drinks sales, beer has always stood in the shadow of higher GP wine and there has been little faith that diners would ever choose grape over grain. But, with a rise in the popularity of craft beers and a continuing surge in...

Beer Tax hikes are set to reach 42 per cent since the controversial escalator was introduced in 2008

Beer tax hikes threaten jobs of 300,000 young people, says BBPA

By Luke Nicholls

A new report commissioned by the British Beer& Pub Association (BBPA) shows that 300,000 young people are directly employed in the beer and pub industry, fuelling concerns that plans for huge beer tax hikes in next month’s budget will put more young...

Kevin Georgel, managing director, Admiral Taverns

Admiral Taverns introduces prize freeze for licensees

By Luke Nicholls

Pub company Admiral Taverns is to freeze the prices of a broad selection of its draught beers in an attempt to hit back at imminent increases in the amount of duty levied against alcohol sold in pubs and bars.

Pub beer sales decline at slowest rate since 2004

Pub beer sales decline at slowest rate since 2004

By Peter Ruddick

Beer sales continued to fall in 2011 with pub sales down by 3.4 per cent in the last year but the rate of decline has shrunk to the slowest since 2004, according to the latest Beer Barometer from the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).

Wadworth launches 2.8% beer for January 'squeeze'

Wadworth launches 2.8% beer for January 'squeeze'

By Emma Eversham

Wiltshire brewer Wadworth has created a 2.8% ABV beer for the January 'squeeze', designed for when consumers traditionally cut back on the calories they consume and their spending.

Decline in pub drinking drives beer sales down

Decline in pub drinking drives beer sales down

By Peter Ruddick

A decline in the number of people drinking in pubs has led to beer sales dropping by £2.2m this year, according to new data released by Mintel, although sales in restaurants rose slightly as the trend for matching beer with food grew..

Molson Coors will embark on a three-week sampling tour for Animée beer

Pink, girly beer won’t tempt women, says master beer sommelier

By Luke Nicholls

As Molson Coors launches a sampling campaign for Animée, its new low-calorie beer range designed for women, master beer sommelier Mark Stroobandt believes many brewers and pub operators are ‘getting it wrong’ when it comes to attracting the female beer-drinking...

Julian Grocock, SIBA chief executive, with Nigel and Vanessa Williams, licensees of The Ranmoor Inn, Sheffield

SIBA Locals pub scheme reaches 100 members

By Luke Nicholls

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has reached 100 members for its SIBA Locals scheme, which launched this summer in a bid to help licensees capitalise on growing demand for locally-sourced food and drink in pubs.

Colin Wilde (left) and Charlie Bromeley (right) of Castle Rock Brewery collected there Overall Winner award from SIBA chairman Keith Bott

Castle Rock named best UK brewer at SIBA Business Awards

By Luke Nicholls

Nottingham-based brewer Castle Rock was announced Overall Winner at the SIBA Business Awards 2011, while a further eight brewers were recognised for their business development skills last night in London.

Eighty per cent of pub owners expect sales of cask ale to rise

Pub landlords pin hopes on cask ale

By Luke Nicholls

Pub Landlords throughout the UK believe that cask ale could hold the key to the future of the Great British pub, according to new research by Molson Coors.

Crabbies Mulled Ginger Wine is available to the on-trade and take-home markets for the winter period

Christmas products: Drink

By Luke Nicholls

BigHospitality takes a look at some festive-themed drinks including Crabbie’s Mulled Ginger Wine, Medieval ale, Christmas coffee and Winter Shield ale. All of these drinks are available to the on-trade, and all are sure to make your business stand out...

Tolly English Ale is due to be released from October

Greene King to release 2.8% ale

By Luke Nicholls

Cask ale brewer Greene King is set to unveil Tolly English Ale, a new lower strength ale at 2.8 per cent ABV.

This is the fifth annual Cask Report and the fourth year in which cask has outperformed the on-trade beer market

Cask ale ‘helping pubs to survive’

By Luke Nicholls

Cask ale drinkers are twice as likely to visit the pub as non-cask drinkers, spend more when they’re there and, most importantly, can’t switch to the supermarket to purchase their favourite drink.

Pubs are judged by Camra's 130,000 members on all the criteria that make a great local

Camra reveals Britain's top 16 pubs

By Luke Nicholls

The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) has named the 16 best real ale pubs in Britain in its yearly guide released today.

Redefining the gastropub: Definition 4 - the craft pub

Redefining the gastropub: Definition 4 - the craft pub

The fifth and final part of our feature series, first published in Restaurant magazine, looks at whether a pub serving restaurant-quality food alongside a vast selection of beers would be better described as a 'craft pub' rather than 'food-led'...

Average beer price breaks £3 barrier

Average beer price breaks £3 barrier

By Becky Paskin

The average cost of a pint of beer has broken the £3 barrier, as increasing taxes force prices up across the UK on-trade.

Young's stops brewing to focus on pubs

Young's stops brewing to focus on pubs

By Kate Mead

Pub company Young’s has pulled out of its brewery operation selling its 40 per cent shareholding for £15.1m it has announced today.

Great British Beer Festival kicks off in London

Great British Beer Festival kicks off in London

By Lorraine Heller

The number of ale drinkers and real ale breweries in the UK have risen significantly over the past five years, creating a new market for more growth, says CAMRA as the Great British Beer Festival opens its doors today in London.

Business Profile: The Draft House

Business Profile: The Draft House

By Stefan Chomka

Burgeoning London-based pub group The Draft House is bucking the trend with its premium beer-led operations. Yet owner Charlie McVeigh says it’s still to prove its real mettle

Summer drinks trends: Beer

Summer drinks trends: Beer

By Lorraine Heller

Local and premium beers will continue to be a priority for consumers this summer, but in order to make the most of sales and appeal to a range of consumer groups, publicans must promote beer as a respectable drink with a diverse history.

Diageo to distribute Red Stripe from August

Diageo to distribute Red Stripe from August

By Becky Paskin

Drinks distributor Diageo is to take over the marketing and distribution of lager brand Red Stripe from Wells & Young’s as of 1 August this year.

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