Britain exports one billion pints of beer

x New figures from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) show one billion pints of British beer were shipped around the world last year, bringing a £600 million boost to the UK economy. Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer...

Pubs ready for tougher times ahead

Pub operator J D Wetherspoon has posted an impressive 28% rise in profit (before deductions), with like-for-like sales up 4% over the past year. But it is getting ready for tougher times ahead, with the hospitality industry fearing that customers will start to rein in...

CAMRA reveals pub of the year finalists

The Campaign for Real Ale has named its top 16 pubs in the country as part of the nationwide search for the organisation’s national pub of the year. The contenders range from micropubs to street-corner locals and community-run pubs. Aside from serving beer, many...

Good Beer Guide highlights industry changes

The 45th edition of the Campaign for Real Ale’s Good Beer Guide hits the bookshelves today, with contributors reflecting on the massive changes to the beer industry since it started in 1974. It also recognises just five pubs across the country that have been in...

Purity is Good Pub Guide brewery of the year

Warwickshire-based Purity Brewing Company is celebrating after being named brewery of the year for 2018 by the Good Pub Guide. The annual travel guide, which has been listing and rating pubs up and down the country since 1982, has recently started including breweries...

St Peter’s takes five Global Beer Master medals

St Peter’s head brewer, Steve Groves, adds hops to a brew   St Peter’s Brewery is celebrating a clutch of top awards at this year’s Global Beer Masters competition, comprising one gold, one silver and three bronze medals. The microbrewery, based...

Sharp’s launches limited edition black IPA

Sharp’s Brewery has announced the launch of a new black IPA, Fathoms Deep (4.5% ABV), the latest addition to the brewer’s limited release series for the Blue Flag initiative. Brewed in Rock, the new beer is now available across on-trade outlets until October...

Preview: Eden Project Beer Festival

The Eden Project, in Cornwall, has announced the line-up of drinks for its annual beer festival, which takes place this year on Saturday, September 30. There will be beers from mostly Cornish breweries, including Blag Flag, Forge, Padstow and Tintagel, plus national...

SIBA brings quality to the fore

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) says all its members trading on the Beerflex scheme now hold a valid FSQ certificate or other professional food and drink quality accreditation commissioned themselves. This means 494 independent craft breweries can...

Hiver looks to create crowdfunding buzz

Hiver Beers launches a crowdfunding campaign today, looking to sell 8% equity in the business, established in 2013 to focus on honey beers. The company wants to accelerate its growth through investment in a second retail site, a new annual marketing campaign,...

BBPA warns against beer tax rise

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has issued a warning that today’s rocketing inflation rate should not be used to ratchet up beer taxes in the autumn Budget, as currently planned.  If the Chancellor sticks to an inflation-based increase already...

Thornbridge creates pale ale for Sheffield Wednesday

Thornbridge Brewery is kicking off a new partnership with Sheffield Wednesday by launching Wednesday Pale Ale for match days at Hillsborough. The beer was launched on the concourses and in hospitality lounges for the Championship clash with Nottingham Forest on...