Death of John Adnams, aged 92

Former chairman and president of Adnams Brewery, John Adair Adnams, has died at the age of 92, the company has announced. John was the grandson of company founder Ernest Adnams and joined the board in 1956, becoming managing director in 1963. During this time he...

Butcombe acquires Bristol’s historic Hatchet Inn

Butcombe Brewery owner, the Liberation Group, has acquired an historic pub, The Hatchet Inn, in Bristol, bringing the Butcombe estate up to 27 premises. The city centre pub is grade II listed and has been serving pints since before the English Civil War. It is famous...

Report’s vision for London’s night-time economy

British Beer and Pub Association chief executive, Brigid Simmonds, has welcomed a new report from the Mayor of London on how to foster London’s nighttime economy, with a vision for a 24-hour city. She said the report not only acknowledged the importance of the...

Pale ale features prototype un-named hops

XT Brewing, in Buckinghamshire, is bringing a new pale ale to market this summer made with experimental British hops. XT is one of a select few breweries given the chance to create a beer with prototype hops known only as CF160 and CF182 — the work of the Charles...

MS Society to benefit from GBBF fundraising

The Great British Beer Festival is teaming up with the MS Society this year to raise much needed funding for research into the illness The MS Society will host an awareness table where it will run games, including beer pong and pitch ‘n’ putt. It hopes to raise...

North East festivals return, this time with gin

Two popular North East beer and cider festivals are set to return this summer, with an added attraction for gin lovers. For the fourth year running, the Malhotra beer and cider festivals are taking place at The Runhead, Ryton, and The Sandpiper, Cullercoats. Not only...

National Pub Aid award for Joseph Holt

Joseph Holt head office staff celebrate the win   Manchester brewer Joseph Holt has received a National Pub Aid award, presented and judged by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group. It is awarded to the brewer or pub company throughout the country which has done...

BrewDog’s looking for a location Down Under

‘Top Dog for Australia: Zarah Prior has a mission to set up BrewDog Down Under   BrewDog is one step closer to establishing an initial production facility in Australia with its first recruitment under way, as well as indications as to where it plans to...

Hogs Back optimistic about 2017 hop harvest

Hogs Back Brewery is on track for a bumper crop of hops as it enters the all-important final weeks before the 2017 harvest. The Surrey-based brewer is hoping to exceed the 1,100kg of hops that it harvested in 2016 from the 3.5-acre hop garden adjacent to the brewery...

Brakspear honey beer boosts Bee Cause

Brakspear has donated £2,890 to Friends of the Earth, generated from sales of its Honey Bee, a seasonal honey ale sold in its pubs during April and May. The money raised will support the charity’s Bee Cause campaign to help Britain’s under-threat bees. For...

Another gold for revived Thomas Hardy’s Ale

Thomas Hardy’s Ale, revived by the Vecchiato Brothers and brewed by Meantime, has won its fourth gold medal since reappearing on beer shelves. The vintage barley wine, matured in Hine cognac barrels, took gold at this year’s World Beer Challenge. The...