Preview: Craft Beer Rising

  • Craft Beer Rising 2015
  • Craft Beer Rising 2015
  • Craft Beer Rising 2015

Craft Beer Rising (CBR) — part of London Beer Week — returns to the Old Truman Brewery in East London for a third year on February 26 and 27, with more than 150 breweries showcasing over 600 beers. » MORE

Preview: London Beer Week

London Beer Week (February 22-28) comprises a week of events in and around the capital, culminating in the third annual Craft Beer Rising festival. » MORE

Annual beer sales down 1.5% says BBPA

The decline represents a loss of 114 million pints from Britain’s pubs, bars and restaurants, as off-trade sales in shops and supermarkets held steady in 2015. » MORE

Norwich landlord pulls his one ‘Phillionth’ pint

Phil Cutter The Murderers

Phillip Cutter is toasting his millionth pint as landlord of The Murderers freehouse in Norwich by launching commemorative brew One in a Phillion. » MORE

Pub closures down, but duty cut still important

Pub campaigners are welcoming a fall in the number of pub closures in the UK, but have called on the Government to cut beer tax to help reinforce the fragile recovery. » MORE

Keg Montezuma’s Chocolate Lager for M&B pubs

Customers in Mitchells & Butlers pubs will be able to satisfy their cravings for chocolate and beer in one easy serve, as Montezuma’s Chocolate Lager, from Hogs Back Brewery, goes into keg format in time for the three key chocolate occasions of Valentine’s, Mothers’ Day and Easter. » MORE

North Hop takes to the road for four-venue trip

North Hop on tour

Promising a blend of craft beer, cocktails, street food and live music, North Hop — Scotland’s biggest ever celebration of craft beer culture — is hitting the road for the first time with a four-date 2016 tour expected to attract more than 8,000 festival-goers. » MORE

Camerons to bring Head of Steam to Headingley

The brewery has taken control of the former Havana Bar on North Road and will be extensively refurbishing the site. The new venue will open in early April. » MORE

0101: a beer that tastes of joy and optimism

Customer engagement agency Havas helia has worked with IBM Watson to capture the mood of the nation during the New Year party season and create a “beer that tastes of joy and optimism”. » MORE

St Austell Estate Awards highlight exceptional year

St Austell Brewery Estate Awards

The event took place at the Eden Project, with managers and tenants from among the brewery’s 170 pubs, inns and hotels in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. » MORE

Scottish beers showcased in Euro Parliament

The Scottish party included: Colin Valentine, chairman of CAMRA; Gerald Michaluk, chairman of Scottish SIBA; Yaser Martini, of PubAid; and Richard Ashworth MEP, chairman of the British Pub and Beer Group in the European Parliament. » MORE

Pubs and bars news: from Hall & Woodhouse, Brakspear and the BII

• Hall & Woodhouse has released its first ever benchmarking report, compiled using data supplied by its business partners, or tenants, over the past 18 months. It features key prices as well as operating costs. » MORE

• Brakspear has appointed Paul Gilchrist as director of retail for its managed pubs division. He joins as the managed estate reaches eight sites, following the purchase of two Cotswolds pubs in the last two months.

• Following its recent restructure, the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has announced that Mike Clist, formerly of Fuller’s, will
become its managing director from April 1.