Beer Today http://beertoday.co.uk British beer news, blog and events listings, updated daily Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:40:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 76251598 Preview: The Bar and Pub Show 2016 http://beertoday.co.uk/bar-pub-show-2016/ Sun, 28 Aug 2016 08:40:01 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=39062 The Bar & Pub Show will launch this year, in partnership with The Morning Advertiser and supported by The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR). The...

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The Bar & Pub Show will launch this year, in partnership with The Morning Advertiser and supported by The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR).

Bar and Pub Show 2016The event will run alongside The Restaurant Show from October 3-5 at Olympia, London. 

At the heart of the new dedicated trade event will be the Bar & Pub Hub, the place to see live demonstrations, debates and discussions featuring some of the industry’s most successful names.

The hub will be entirely devoted to the bar and pub sector and the issues that matter to the industry.

Register and find out more at www.thebarandpubshow.co.uk

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MP becomes Luna Brews’ first ‘mashtronaut’ http://beertoday.co.uk/mp-becomes-luna-brews-mashtronaut-0816/ Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:04:09 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=39043 The post MP becomes Luna Brews’ first ‘mashtronaut’ appeared first on Beer Today.

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Luna Brews, a new joint venture between White Horse Brewery and Titanic Brewery, is set to bring pub-goers ‘out of this world’ flavours with its new beers.

Using the latent creative talent that the Luna team has recognised can be found in Britain’s pubs, their main goal is to create the universe’s best brews with the public. This initiative is set to help demystify the brewing process, and promote responsible drinking in local community pubs.

Members of the public can use their knowledge and tastebuds to take the bold step into the brewery and create their own Luna Brew. Those who take the challenge are named ‘mashtronauts’ and will have the opportunity to spend the day learning about the craft of brewing before putting it into practice.

If creating your own beer to bottle wasn’t enough, all mastronauts will have their name inscribed on a new honours board in the Royal Blenheim, the pub of the White Horse Brewery in Oxford.

To launch this new experience, former chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, Andrew Griffiths MP, spent the day at the White Horse Brewery to create his own Luna beer.

His knowledge and passion for beer meant that he was the ideal candidate for the first Luna mission. He was a key member in removing the beer duty escalator, and is a champion of keeping pubs as is the beating heart of the community.

Andrew said: “This project allows those of us who love beer and pubs to fully understand how life is breathed into new beers. It’s a great experience, and I would recommend it to anyone. I will be taking a few bottles of the finished product back to Burton for my friends to enjoy!”

Keith Bott, of Titanic Brewery, said: “If any MP understands our great industry better than Andrew, I am yet to meet them. We wanted to find a way to thank him for his tireless effort on behalf the UK brewing industry so when this opportunity arose we made contact immediately.”

Andy Wilson, of White Horse Brewery, added: “We’re proud of our new venture and excited to see what our mashtronauts create with us. I can’t wait to add more names under Andrew’s on the honours list.”

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Red IPA added to Whitstable Bay Collection http://beertoday.co.uk/red-ipa-whitstable-bay-collection-0816/ Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:03:27 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=39049 Whitstable Bay Red IPA is the newest permanent addition to the Whitstable Bay Collection from the Shepherd Neame-owner Faversham Steam Brewery. Deep red in colour,...

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Whitstable Bay Red IPA is the newest permanent addition to the Whitstable Bay Collection from the Shepherd Neame-owner Faversham Steam Brewery.

whitredipa0816Deep red in colour, Whitstable Bay Red IPA (4.5% ABV) is a rich full-bodied beer, combining the citrus fruit and pine aromas of an IPA with roasted and caramel malt flavours.

It features Pale Ale, Crystal, Caramalt, and Roasted Barley malts, with Kentish Challenger hops for bitterness and American Amarillo hops for aroma.

The introduction of Red IPA follows the huge success of the Whitstable Bay collection — comprising Pale Ale, Blonde Lager, Organic Ale and Black Oyster Stout — since it was launched in 2013. All the beers are brewed using 100% natural ingredients, including chalk-filtered mineral water from the brewery’s own artesian well.

The contemporary lens design for Whitstable Bay Red IPA features an oyster dredger silhouette on a striking red background, reflecting its namesake, the popular coastal town of Whitstable. There is also a tap handle shaped in the style of a barge sail, to reflect the beer’s nautical origins.

It will be available in 500ml bottle and on draught keg (both 4.5% ABV) from September 12.

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Fuller’s Pride and Passion Open Day returns http://beertoday.co.uk/fullers-pride-passion-open-day-0816/ Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:38:35 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=39039 Fuller’s Brewery will be hosting its popular Pride and Passion Open Day on September 3, with free entry, between 11am and 4pm. This year the event will run alongside...

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Fuller’s Brewery will be hosting its popular Pride and Passion Open Day on September 3, with free entry, between 11am and 4pm.

Fuller's logo 2015This year the event will run alongside the London Pride 10k Run and 10k Walk for Cancer Research UK.

Over the years, this run and walk has raised more than £1 million for Cancer Research UK and the vital work taking place locally at the Hammersmith Hospital. The 10k Run and 10k Walk will start from 10:30am.

During the Open Day there will be live music, food from Fuller’sc chefs, dray horse rides, brewery tours running every 15 minutes from 11am, beer and wine tastings and a whole host of other fun activities.

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Publican beats world darts champion http://beertoday.co.uk/publican-beats-world-darts-champion-0816/ Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:46:53 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=39036 John Murphy, a customer at The Ash Tree, in Spennymore, beat Gary Anderson, current Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) world champion, in a darts event organised by Punch....

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John Murphy, a customer at The Ash Tree, in Spennymore, beat Gary Anderson, current Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) world champion, in a darts event organised by Punch.

John and the darts team he captains got the opportunity to play against Gary after winning Punch’s Darts Classic competition last year. The Ash Tree came out top in a fierce competition, with more than 900 teams entering.

As well as winning £2,500, they were given the priceless opportunity to play darts against reigning PDC world champion Gary at a World Matchplay Darts event held in Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.

John said: “I thoroughly enjoy playing in Punch’s Darts Classic event. It is a great competition and lots of fun for everyone who takes part. Last year was the second time we won (and the second time I then beat Gary in our prize event!) so I can’t wait to see the outcome of this year’s competition.”

John Healy, commercial director at Punch, added: “Our annual darts competition is a big hit with our publicans and customers alike. It’s a great opportunity for publicans to drive footfall while organising an event that puts them at the heart of the local community. It’s the biggest competition of its kind in the world and we’re looking forward to seeing who wins this year.”

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Beer festival at Robinsons’ Visitor Centre http://beertoday.co.uk/robinsons-beer-festival-0816/ Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:21:19 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=39031 In conjunction with Stockport Old Town, Robinsons Brewery is host the first beer festival at its visitor centre as part of Stockport Beer Week. The festival, which will start on Thursday, September 22,...

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Robinsons beer festival 2016

In conjunction with Stockport Old TownRobinsons Brewery is host the first beer festival at its visitor centre as part of Stockport Beer Week.

The festival, which will start on Thursday, September 22, and run until Sunday, September 25, will feature 17 cask ales from a selection of independent brewers in Manchester and Cheshire, including Robinsons’ own core cask ale range and Iron Maiden’s Trooper Red N Black porter.

Gill Yates, brands manager at Robinsons Brewery, said: “It’s great that we have this opportunity to celebrate the nation’s favourite drink as part of Stockport Beer Week. A beer festival is something we’ve never done at Robinsons so we are excited to feature some of the finest cask ales that Stockport and beyond has to offer.”

John Barratt, from Seven Miles Out and Stockport Old Town, added: “Robinsons Brewery are great supporters of all our community events in Stockport Old Town and it’s a privilege to be collaborating with them on their first beer festival, bringing new visitors to enjoy the food and award-winning ales on offer in the historic Old Town area during Stockport Beer Week.”

Beers from Thirst Class Brewery, Fool Hardy, Stockport Brewing, Cryptic Ales, Quantum, Poynton Brewery, Tweed Brewery, Westwood Brewery, Howard Town Brewery, Torrside Brewery, Rock Mill Brewery and Wily Fox will be available throughout the festival in half and full pint measures.

The event will also feature live music from local bands across the two evenings, and street-style food will be available.

Tickets for each day cost £4 when purchased in advance, or £5 on the day, and give access to the festival along with a branded glass to keep. Beer tokens are available from inside the festival on arrival.

Tickets for the event will be available by contacting 0161 612 4100 or by e-mailing events@frederic-robinson.co.uk

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Pubs Code Adjudicator guidance published http://beertoday.co.uk/pubs-code-adjudicator-guidance-0816/ Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:30:10 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=39023 Initial guidance on how Pubs Code Adjudicator Paul Newby intends to operate has been published by the Government and is available to view online now...

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Initial guidance on how Pubs Code Adjudicator Paul Newby intends to operate has been published by the Government and is available to view online now here.

Pubs Code Adjudicator consultationThe guidance comprises a consultation document, with responses sought by September 30.

The code offers more rights to tenants of the big pub companies, such as Punch Taverns, Enterprise Inns and Greene King.

The adjudicator’s role is to encourage and enforce compliance with the new statutory Pubs Code which came into force on July 21. The Code has two over-arching principles: fair and lawful dealing by pub-owning businesses in relation to their tied pub tenants; and that tied pub tenants should be no worse off than they would be if they were not subject to any product or service tie.

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BBPA Industry Awards deadline extended http://beertoday.co.uk/bbpa-industry-awards-deadline-extended-0816/ Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:32:40 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=39016 The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has extended the deadline for entries into its annual Industry Awards, to be presented at the association’s annual dinner on...

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The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has extended the deadline for entries into its annual Industry Awards, to be presented at the association’s annual dinner on October 12.

BBPAApplications will now be accepted until Tuesday, September 6, across four categories: off-trade retailer, beer champion, pub champion and Heart of the Community award.

For more information on each of the award categories, entrants can visit the dedicated awards website

The awards and annual dinner see the continuation of the BBPA’s partnership with Pub & Bar Magazine that began last year. The event takes place on Wednesday, October 12, at the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, London.

 

 

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AB InBev SABMiller merger: the end is in sight http://beertoday.co.uk/ab-inbev-sabmiller-merger-end-sight-0816/ Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:03:46 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=39011 Guest blog, by John Colley, Associate Dean, Warwick Business School At long last the end is in sight for merger of the world’s two biggest...

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Guest blog, by John Colley, Associate Dean, Warwick Business School

At long last the end is in sight for merger of the world’s two biggest Brewers AB InBev and SABMiller in a $106Bn deal. The deal, if completed, will result in one in every three beers brewed globally being produced by AB InBev.

So far, the deal has been running a year and crunch time arrives on September 28 when both company’s shareholders vote on the issue. SABMiller’s shareholder vote remains uncertain. While AB InBev have been deal making to divest all SABMiller’s businesses in North America, Europe and China to appease competition authorities, activist shareholders have built positions in SAB Miller.

AB InBevActivist shareholders/hedge funds have one objective which is to maximise their own profit and will do whatever is necessary to achieve that end. If that includes scuppering the entire deal then so be it. If AB InBev gains the necessary 75% majority then its CEO Carlos Brito will breathe an enormous sigh of relief. If not, it is back to the drawing board. 

Hedge funds take up equity positions in target businesses with the objective of influencing the deal one way or the other. Typically, when a bidder makes an offer, the target businesse’s shares trade below the offer price to reflect uncertainty about whether the deal will succeed. A hedge fund will buy the shares and then vote them for the deal or attempt to force the price higher so that they benefit from the discount to the original offer price if the deal is subsequently done.

Steinhoff International’s bid for Poundland in the UK followed this course. Activist investors bought almost 42% of Poundland’s shares and forced the price higher. Aberdeen Asset Management and Elliott’s, a US activist investor, have positions in SABMiller and have forced the cash price higher already due to the fall in Sterling prompted by Brexit. 

An alternative approach is to borrow shares and sell them, manipulate the deal to fail, then buy them back at a much reduced price. This is known as ‘short selling’ or ‘shorting’. Hedge funds tend to operate in cooperation with each other. 

SAB MillerDue to the shareholder structure in SABMiller, which has two large shareholders, Altria and Bevco, owning 41% of the shares, a UK court has agreed with the SABMiller board that they should form one shareholder class whilsethe rest make up another. As both classes need 75% of the votes to succeed,the mathematics means that an 85% shareholder vote is needed to approve the deal.

As the activists have said they will vote against the deal, this creates some uncertainty. It may be that they are also ‘shorting’ the deal. If between them they have enough votes to stop the deal but have more ‘shorted’ shares they can make money. 

If one considers the enormous costs of the deal so far and the effort involved in satisfying competition authorities, this would be an enormous blow to AB InBev and, indeed, many others. The remainder of the industry may now want the deal to succeed as it effectively precludes AB InBev from any further deal in US, Europe or China. It has restricted their ability to buy craft brewers or distributors in the US and likely elsewhere.

SABMiller’s businesses are being fragmented to a variety of buyers, some still to be determined. Molson Coors, Asahi, China Resource Enterprises have been beneficiaries so far. SABMiller’s senior managers will breathe a sigh of relief as only one stood to make Carlos Brito’s 19-strong top team. The rest would, no doubt, have been made available to pursue other opportunities.

The City believes the deal will happen as the SAB Miller discount to the offer price is relatively small at £1 below the cash bid price. However, one month to the vote can be a very long time when hedge funds are involved. Carlos Brito still has plenty to worry about.

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Box Steam ready to joust with national brands http://beertoday.co.uk/box-steam-joust-national-brands-0816/ Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:36:06 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=39007 Box Steam Brewery master brewer Philip Downes in front of the new billboard ad A Wiltshire brewery is making a stand against what it sees...

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Box Steam Brewery master brewer Philip Downes in front of the new billboard ad

A Wiltshire brewery is making a stand against what it sees as the encroachment of national brands into its local market.

Frustrated that beers like Sharp’s Doom Bar are taking over pumps on bars across its county, Box Steam has erected a provocative ad in a field on the borders of Wiltshire, Bath and Bristol. The ad depicts a noble knight astride the iconic white horse of Westbury, doing battle with his nemesis.

Family owned and run Box Steam is proudly independent and home to one of only a handful of master brewers still working in the UK. It believes beer is at its best when it’s brewed by hand, using the best Warminster malts, reflecting regional character.

Managing director, Andy Roberts, said: “We supply cask and bottled beers to pubs, bars, restaurants and shops across Wiltshire. But we keep coming up against Doom Bar and other national beer brands. We work hard to sell our award-winning Tunnel Vision and other ales. I’m sure it’s the same for other small brewers.”

The brewery is working with local pubs across Wiltshire, Bath and Bristol to offer beer fans the chance to try its real ale, Tunnel Vision, as an alternative to the ubiquitous Doom Bar.

Andy added: “We thought it was time to make our voice heard and fight our corner on behalf of smaller brewers. This is our patch and we’re proud to lead the charge for Wiltshire beer.”

James Nicholl, senior brand manager at Sharp’s Brewery, said: “We are delighted that Doom Bar can stand alongside Tunnel Vision and Box Steam’s beers on the bars of Wiltshire and congratulate them on their recent award wins at the International Beer Challenge.”

“Much like Box Steam Brewery, we started Sharp’s as a small microbrewery here in Rock, Cornwall, back in 1994  and we never dreamt our beer would prove so popular that consumers and customers  would choose it to become the number one cask and bottled ale in the country.

“We’re super proud of what we have achieved, our Cornish roots, our Cornish home and our Cornish team, and the support of Molson Coors which enables us to keep up with the extraordinary demand for our beer. Cheers to great beer and to an ever-growing and exciting beer market.

“PS: we’d rather sit down for a beer than a have a joust, that’s just our Cornish way.”

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