Beer Today http://beertoday.co.uk British beer news, blog and events listings, updated daily Sat, 23 Jul 2016 08:04:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dartmoor appoints new head brewer http://beertoday.co.uk/dartmoor-brewery-head-brewer-0716/ Sat, 23 Jul 2016 07:55:03 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=38394 Ian Cobham (pictured) has been named as the new head brewer at Dartmoor Brewery, joining from Harbour Brewing Company where he worked as lead brewer....

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Dartmoor Brewery Ian Cobham

Ian Cobham (pictured) has been named as the new head brewer at Dartmoor Brewery, joining from Harbour Brewing Company where he worked as lead brewer.

He will be working alongside the outgoing head brewer, Mike Lunney, who is due to take up a consultant role within the brewery after more than 40 years in the brewing industry.

Ian will be concentrating on the core range of ales, including Jail Ale, Legend and Dartmoor Gold, while also developing new recipes in the background.

Ian, 44, has worked in the alcohol industry for the past 15 years, including as a wine maker in France, a sommelier in Glasgow and a brewer in Cornwall.

In Bordeaux, Ian worked as the cellar master for Château St Georges, where he produced world-class wine at a rate of 300,000 bottles per year. Later, he worked as a wine salesman in London, before going on to become a fully-qualified sommelier and working in hotels across the North East and Scotland.

In 2012, Ian left the wine trade and moved to the South West and began working in the beer world, starting as a production brewer at Sharps Brewery, before going on to join Dartmoor Brewery as second brewer late in 2013. After 18 months, he moved to Harbour Brewing Company as the lead brewer to gain experience in producing different styles of beer in a variety of packaging formats.

Now, Ian has returned to Dartmoor Brewery. He said: “It’s a daunting prospect to work on a product which has such a cult following, but with the team here I know that I can maintain the high standards of quality that customers have come to expect from Dartmoor Brewery.

“I’m also very excited to develop some new additions to the range. I’ve got lots of ideas, and look forward to working with the team to turn these ideas into a reality.”

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Anniversary for Adnams Bitburger tie-up http://beertoday.co.uk/anniversary-adnams-bitburger-tie-up-0716/ Fri, 22 Jul 2016 07:21:07 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=38389 Adnams is celebrating 25 years working with the brewer of Germany’s number one draught beer brand, Bitburger. The Suffolk-based brewer and distiller imports and distributes Bitburger’s...

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Adnams Bitburger

Adnams is celebrating 25 years working with the brewer of Germany’s number one draught beer brand, Bitburger.

The Suffolk-based brewer and distiller imports and distributes Bitburger’s beers throughout the UK alongside its own beers both on and off trade. Over the past 25 years, Adnams has seen the range of Bitburger Braugruppe GmbH products available in the UK extend: from its Pilsner-style beers, Bitburger Pils and König Pilsener, to Kostritzer, a black lager, wheat beer Benediktiner, and the alcohol-free Bitburger Drive.

To mark the anniversary of the partnership, Adnams’ representatives travelled to the brewer’s headquarters in Bitburg, Germany, and presented the Bitburger team with framed artwork (pictured above). The piece, by Christopher Wormell, features Southwold, the location of the Adnams brewery, and its colourful beach huts.

The Adnams contingent comprised chief executive Andy Wood, sales director Max Bond, marketing director Emma Hibbert and national account manager Rob Breakwell.

Andy Wood said: “We have built an extremely strong relationship with Bitburger and felt it was important to mark 25 years of working together – a monumental achievement in business of which we are very proud. Both companies hold similar philosophies, both are heritage brands with a long-standing brewing history committed to producing premium-quality beer.

“Yet we also take an innovative approach to the future of our businesses and share a sense of social responsibility, supporting charitable initiatives and community projects. These mutual characteristics have been key to creating a sustainable partnership with Bitburger and we look forward to a continuation of our work in the future.”

Bitburger’s director of international division, Dr Arno Lippert, added: “It is important for us to develop lasting relationships with our distributors and business partners as this can bring value to both parties.

“The 25 years we have worked with Adnams is testament to the mutual benefits that can come from working with a like-minded companies. The relationship has enabled us to distribute effectively in the UK market and added to the diverse range of beers Adnams offers to British consumers.

“The artwork presented signifies our partnership and it’s great that we now have a small part of the Suffolk coast to hang in our offices and remind us of our friends at Adnams.”

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‘Underlying momentum’ for SABMiller http://beertoday.co.uk/underlying-momentum-sabmiller-0716/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:48:38 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=38386 In one of the least important earnings releases imaginable, SABMiller revealed today that net producer revenue grew by 2% across the three months to the end...

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In one of the least important earnings releases imaginable, SABMiller revealed today that net producer revenue grew by 2% across the three months to the end of June.

SAB MillerChief executive, Alan Clark, said: “This was another quarter of good underlying momentum for our subsidiaries, with continued delivery of our strategic priorities; in particular Europe, South Africa, Colombia, Peru and Australia delivered good growth.

“Our performance was tempered by a more challenging quarter in some markets in the rest of Africa, where volume was negatively impacted by economic volatility and challenging trading conditions. We also continued to face trading headwinds in our associates’ and joint ventures’ key markets such as China, Angola and the USA.”

Connor Campbell,  a senior market analyst at www.spreadex.com, told Beer Today: “Of course, SAB could have sent out a blank piece of paper as its latest release and it wouldn’t have mattered given the fact that, at the same time, the US Justice Department approved the company’s takeover by AB InBev as SAB agreed to relinquish its ownership of the MillerCoors brand.”

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New voluntary codes of practice welcomed http://beertoday.co.uk/new-voluntary-codes-practice-welcomed-0716/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:17:32 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=38366 The Pub Governing Body (PGB) has welcomed the introduction of three new voluntary codes of practice, for leased pubs, for tenanted pubs in England and...

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The Pub Governing Body (PGB) has welcomed the introduction of three new voluntary codes of practice, for leased pubs, for tenanted pubs in England and Wales (covering pub companies which operate fewer than 500 tied pubs), and for tied pubs in Scotland, all published in recent days.

The new codes have been developed by the Independent Family Brewers of Britain (IFBB) and the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) in conjunction with Trust Inns, NewRiver Retail and Mitchells & Butlers, alongside tenants’ representative groups on the PGB.

Pub Governing BodyThey coincide with the coming into force today of the new, statutory regulation of the UK’s larger pub companies. The new codes will ensure that a voluntary system that covers pub company/tenant relationships continues to operate for lessees and tenants of smaller companies and in Scotland, where the new the system of statutory regulation in England and Wales does not apply. 

The new codes replace Industry Framework Code Six (IFC6) and individual company codes, which now cease to operate. As with IFC6, the PGB will oversee the new codes, ensuring that lessees and tenants covered by them will continue to enjoy access to low cost arbitration of rent and other disputes, through the Pub Industry Rent Review Scheme (PIRRS) and PICA-Service, which will continue to be administered by the BII.  

IFC6 has now been replaced by the new statutory and three voluntary codes. PIRRS and PICA-Service will, however, also continue to consider complaints from tenants and lessees for all tied pubs that arose during the operation of IFC6, for one further year from the commencement of statutory regulation.  

The Pub Governing Body members are six of the industry’s leading associations representing both tenants and landlords: the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), Brighton & Hove Licensee Association, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), the Federation of Licensed Victuallers Associations (FLVA), and the Guild of Master Victuallers (GMV).

Sir Peter Luff, chairman of the Pub Governing Body, said: “I am very pleased that the three new codes are now in place. They ensure that the vital work of the PGB to protect tenants and lessees continues, following the introduction of the new statutory regime for larger companies, this week. I am also glad that we have been able to put in place a lengthy transition period for complaints arising under IFC6.

“Companies will make their tenants and lessees aware of these changes. I urge tenants and lessees who believe they have cause for complaint to make use of PIRRS and PICA -Service in the future. 

“A great deal of hard work has gone into developing the new codes. They show a commitment from all involved that self-regulation should continue to move forward in the pub sector. They will give tenants and lessees confidence that the very effective services already established will continue to work for them. I thank everyone who has been involved in securing this welcome outcome.”

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BII welcomes end of Pubs Code uncertainty http://beertoday.co.uk/bii-welcomes-end-pubs-code-uncertainty-0716/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:15:14 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=38373 The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has said it is pleased that the Pubs Code legislation has now been approved by the Government and that...

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The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has said it is pleased that the Pubs Code legislation has now been approved by the Government and that a period of uncertainty for the industry is coming to an end.

BII logoChief executive, Mike Clist, said: “For the BII, it is important that all our members have clarity about their rights and responsibilities under the new code.

“Our role is to help our members and ensure they have a full understanding of the consequences of the new legislation by providing them with a low fixed cost, independent viewpoint.

“This will enable them to make an informed decision so they can continue to grow their businesses whether that be under their existing tied system or via the new MRO (market rent only) offers available.

“We have question and answer sheets available for our members and are running a number of events across the remainder of the year to support this and recommend our members attend these and utilise our helplines.”

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No 1 Stone Ale launched at Langtry’s pub http://beertoday.co.uk/stone-ale-launched-langleys-pub-0716/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:14:03 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=38375 The post No 1 Stone Ale launched at Langtry’s pub appeared first on Beer Today.

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  • Joule's Stone No 1 Ale
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Licensees Jamie and Sue Sherlock with No 1 Stone Ale

Tenants, customers, suppliers, even the local mayor had a chance to try Joule’s new No 1 Stone Ale at a launch event at Langtry’s, Stone, last night.

Joule’s Brewery director, Neil Bain, said: “No 1 Stone Ale features two of my favourite hops, namely Motueka and Nelson Sauvin, both grown in Nelson, New Zealand, which add spice, citrus and wine character to a delicious malty base.”

Joule’s retail marketing co-ordinator, Vicky Shirley, added: “It was a delight to launch No 1 Stone Ale in such an important place to us, especially as Langtry’s, formerly The Bridge Inn, is an original Joule’s House.

“I was overwhelmed with the community support and it was fantastic to see publicans, sponsors and Joule’s friends joining us from across Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire to celebrate the launch. No 1 Stone Ale is now available to order and will be on a Joule’s bar near you very soon.”

The evening included live music, local food and an appearance by the Mayor of Stone, Jim Davies.

 

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SABMiller acquisition coming at ‘heavy price’ http://beertoday.co.uk/sabmiller-acquisition-heavy-price-0716/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:07:22 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=38380 AB InBev’s acquisition of SABMiller is looking increasingly expensive, says a well-known academic, as the various competition authorities exact a heavy price to approve the...

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AB InBev’s acquisition of SABMiller is looking increasingly expensive, says a well-known academic, as the various competition authorities exact a heavy price to approve the deal.

Professor John Colley, of Warwick Business School, thinks that instead of one in three beers worldwide being brewed by AB InBev post the deal, it is looking like one in four or even five.

AB InBevProf Colley said: “The US Department of Justice has just approved the acquisition of SABMiller on the condition that all the US acquired business is disposed and smaller brewers are allowed unfettered access to distribution. The European Competition authorities have been particularly demanding, similarly requiring all the European acquired businesses to be sold off.

“Grolsch and Peroni have gone to Asahi, a Japanese Brewer for $2bn. Something of a surprise to AB InBev is that all the Eastern European assets, including Pilsner Urquell, have to be sold and are up for sale at a price tag of around $5bn. The EC has required all the Eastern European assets to be sold to one buyer.

“In the US,all the acquired SABMiller businesses have had to be sold at a price of $12bn to Molson Coors in Canada, which included the Miller brand. While in China, the joint venture which owned Snow, with around 20% market share, is being sold to the joint venture partner China Resources Enterprise for $1.6bn.”

He added: “In effect, all the purchased assets of SABMiller in North America, Europe and China have had to be sold at a combined price of around $20bn. As AB InBev’s total outlay was $106bn for SABMiller, this means they have paid $86bn for the positions in the growth markets of Africa and Central and South America. The extent of divestments to gain competition clearance has come as a shock to AB InBev. This is starting to look like a very expensive purchase indeed and AB InBev may well struggle to justify it.”

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Aldi to sponsor Scottish Beer Awards http://beertoday.co.uk/aldi-sponsor-scottish-beer-awards-0716/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:03:49 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=38382 The Scottish Beer Awards judging panel The first annual competition to celebrate Scotland’s booming beer business has secured a headline sponsorship deal with one of the...

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Scottish Beer Awards judges

The Scottish Beer Awards judging panel

The first annual competition to celebrate Scotland’s booming beer business has secured a headline sponsorship deal with one of the UK’s fastest-growing supermarket chains.

The Scottish Beer Awards will be sponsored by Aldi in Scotland in a two-year deal to support and promote the competition alongside the supermarket’s own in-store Scottish beer festivals.

The deal is the first major corporate sponsorship for the awards programme which launched six months ago and which has received entries from 31 breweries with 154 beers.

Work is now under way to prepare a celebration industry awards dinner for 300 people which will announce the winners in 15 categories.

Michael Whiteford, buying director at Aldi in Scotland, said: “Sponsoring the Scottish Beer Awards is an opportunity to promote the fantastic range of Scottish beers available to our growing customer base.  With three annual Scottish beer festivals running in store, our commitment to Scottish brewing has never been higher and the quality of beers being produced in Scotland is outstanding.

“We look forward to working with the Scottish Beer Awards contenders to support their achievements as finalists and winners, alongside our growing range of Scottish beers available throughout our 67 Scottish stores.”

Kirsten Speirs, director of KDMedia, which operates the awards, added: “Securing the support of Aldi is a game changer for the Scottish Beer Awards and our work to promote the best of Scottish brewing.   Aldi will join a team of people including an expert judging panel and many other loyal sponsors committed to helping hard-working Scottish brewers gain the recognition and reward they deserve.”

The Scottish Beer Awards takes place on Thursday, September 29, at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange.

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Brewer and whisky distiller team up again http://beertoday.co.uk/brewer-and-whisky-distiller-team-up-again/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 06:59:38 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=38361 A beer collaboration between Inveralmond Brewery and The Glenturret Distillery is enjoying a second round of success after a new batch was released. The brewery and...

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A beer collaboration between Inveralmond Brewery and The Glenturret Distillery is enjoying a second round of success after a new batch was released.

OoskabeerThe brewery and the distillery have issued a second batch of Ooskabeer, which sold out just weeks after being launched last November. Ooskabeer blends the distilling skills of The Glenturret Distillery, home to The Famous Grouse Experience in Crieff, with the brewing skills of Inveralmond, located in nearby Perth, to produce a slowly matured beer infused with the delicate aromas and flavours of whisky. Inveralmond provided premium Scotch Ale which was then slowly matured in Glenturret’s whisky barrels.

Ooskabeer Batch #2 has been partly distributed in Switzerland, with the remaining 100 cases available for sale direct to the public by Inveralmond and Glenturret Distillery. After the success of Ooskabeer Batch #1, Inveralmond is encouraging craft beer lovers to get their orders in quickly.

Fergus Clark, managing director of Inveralmond Brewery, said: “Ooskabeer is the perfect coming together of two Perthshire companies who live and breathe great products and heritage. Glenturret provided the casks while we added our brewing expertise and our premium Scotch Ale.

“We’re always looking to experiment with our beers and this one was a great success, having been snapped up by distributors in the UK and Europe. The infusion of malt whisky gives the beer an extra warmth and richness. Such was the demand that we’ve launched Batch #2, which we know is going to be just as much of a hit.”

Ooskabeer Batch #2 is available for sale at www.inveralmond-brewery.co.uk and shop.thefamousgrouse.com

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Robinsons creates beer for Stockport band http://beertoday.co.uk/robinsons-creates-beer-stockport-band-0716/ Wed, 20 Jul 2016 14:18:32 +0000 http://beertoday.co.uk/?p=38357 Robinsons Brewery has teamed up with Stockport band Blossoms to create a very limited one-off beer — Charlemagne — to celebrate the release of their debut album. Charlemagne...

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Robinsons Brewery has teamed up with Stockport band Blossoms to create a very limited one-off beer — Charlemagne — to celebrate the release of their debut album.

Robinsons CharlemagneCharlemagne is a 4.1% ABV full-bodied golden ale with a rich malt and hop character that will be sold exclusively at The Blossoms pub in Stockport, the same pub which inspired the name of the band.

To celebrate the launch of the band’s debut self-titled album, the pub will be offering a free pint to fans who purchase either a physical copy or digital copy of the album and can present proof of purchase at the bar on August 5.

Gill Yates, brands manager at Robinsons Brewery, said: “We are delighted to be working with Blossoms on this very limited edition beer. We are a proud Stockport brewer and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate the success of a local band than by creating a beer for their fans.” 

Blossoms’ rise to the top of the charts has been a national success story over last 18 months with the band racking up numerous accolades including being named in the top five in Radio X’s Great X-Pectations, fourth in BBC Radio’s Sound of New Music 2016 and one of the featured bands in MTV’s Brand New for 2016. The band even knocked Adele off the top of the iTunes album chart with the release of their At Most A Kiss EP earlier this year.

With a recent slot at Glastonbury under their belts and forthcoming appearances at festivals such as Reading and Leeds, Blossoms will return to play a special homecoming show at Stockport Plaza at midnight on August 5 (with doors opening at 10pm on August 4).

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