Arran develops beer buyback scheme

Arran Brewery is taking back stocks of unsold beer from businesses closing over the winter, and will replenish stocks when the new season begins. The brewery hopes this will not only help its customers, but also help to alleviate problems it had this year when it ran...

St Peter’s targets London sales

Suffolk’s St Peter’s Brewery is setting out to increase its brand’s visability in London with the appointment of a new sales person. Daniel Lucas (pictured) is joining the national sales team with the key objective to boost the brand in London and...

Stonegate enhances apprenticeship programme

Stonegate chefs John Reynolds, Bruno Byrne and Chris Dickson at the Hanover Tap, Edinburgh   Stonegate Pub Company has enhanced its Albert Theory of Progression (ATOP) scheme with the launch of a new apprenticeship programme for back-of-house staff across the country....

Charles Wells takes stake in Little Gems

Charles Wells and Little Gems Country Dining, run by Steve Wilkins and Rachel Slater, are to form a joint venture to run a combination of the Little Gems and Charles Wells’ Apostrophe Pubs. The deal will see Charles Wells taking a stake in Little Gems. Little Gems...

Former head brewer to return to Woodforde’s

Neil Bain, a master brewer with more than 30 years’ experience, is to return to Woodforde’s Brewery in January 2018 as head of brewing. Neil previously held this role with the Norfolk brewery for seven years until 2015. Woodforde’s chief executive, James...

East Sussex microbreweries booming says study

The East Sussex microbrewery trade experienced 1500% growth in the last year, outperforming every other UK county, according to a new study. Business finance specialist Rangewell found that the craft beer industry in East Sussex showed 25% better revenue growth than...

Beer Merchants Tap coming to London

Cave Direct is set to open its first pub — The Beer Merchants Tap — in Hackney Wick, London, in January. To help fund the project, it’s running a crowdfunding scheme that offers people £2 to spend in the tap for every £1 invested. Fifteen years after closing its...

Marston’s in supply deal with Brakspear pubs

Brakspear chief executive, Tom Davies   Marston’s has signed a deal with pub operator Brakspear, which sees the company become the primary supplier of all wet products into the Brakspear pub estate. The agreement, which will go live from November 1, will include all...

Seminar highlights off-trade beer market

Speakers at the British Guild of Beer Writers off-trade seminar   The British Guild of Beer Writers shone a light on the vibrant off-trade beer market when it hosted its first seminar on the subject, in partnership with Drinks Retailing News. The seminar, held at the...