Can I still buy beer? Of course you can!

Your lounge, kitchen, or garden shed  is the new pub for now. Here’s our guide to beer available online, and breweries which are going above and beyond with local home deliveries. Support our great British brewers!

CORONAVIRUS

HMRC relaxes regulations on the destruction of spoilt beer

Brewers can now appoint the publican or an agreed person at the premises to carry out the destruction of spoilt beer. An authorised company representative from the brewery does not need to be present.

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Salcombe Brewery offers local food with beer deliveries

The free service goes directly to the door of consumers across all TQ postcodes, and specified PL and EX postcodes. Details can be found on the brewery website.

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Camden's virtual bar will boost Hospitality Action funds

Camden Town Brewery has set up a virtual bar in partnership with Hospitality Action, to raise money for the group’s Covid-19 Emergency Fund.

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CAMRA is launching a virtual pub for meet-ups and events

The Red (On)Lion is a video platform where anyone can enjoy a lively chat over a beer or cider. There is a ‘main bar’ area, and visitors can also create or book a table to set up video conferencing with their friends.  

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Initiative is transforming pubs into community shops

The site gives pubs the ability to take and process orders online, providing them with a valuable income stream while offering their local community a way to access essential household staples, such as bread, eggs, and milk.

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Business group enters debate on closed pub rents

The Forum of Private Business has joined the demand for pubs forced to close as a result of the coronavirus crisis to be given rent holidays by the pub companies.

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BEER NEWS

A Yorkshire brewery and distillery have collaborated on a barrel-aged beer

The teams at Wold Top Brewery and sister company Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery have launched Swell, a limited edition dark beer that has been matured for 11 months in casks that held spirit at Yorkshire’s first single malt whisky distillery. 

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SIBA Beer Awards 2020: full results

Quantock Brewery and Wye Valley Brewery have taken home overall champion gold in the cask and keg awards at the SIBA Independent Beer Awards 2020, with Eight Arch Brewing Co brewing the best bottled or canned beer.

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Author Patrick O'Neill is to conduct an online masterclass in cellarmanship

CAMRA’s Cellarmanship book explains what one needs to know about running a good cellar and ensuring that the pints served from there do both the pub and brewer proud. 

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Big name brewers are taking part in Beer 52's online festival

Beer52 has today announced Cyber Fest, an online beer festival which can be enjoyed from the comfort of one’s home in these unprecedented times.

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Lorry and £150,000 worth of BrewDog beer is stolen

In a statement, BrewDog said: “A BrewDog order was destined for our online shop distribution centre to keep up with high demand. It was a full truck load with 26 pallets of BrewDog beer.

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St Peter's creates beer to mark the centenary of Suffolk NFU

Farmer’s Flagon is a rich pale ale brewed with Cascade and Progress hops, Flagon pale ale malt, rye crystal malt, Munich malt, and crystal malt.

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Purity's green credentials recognised with SIBA award

Purity was founded in 2005 by friends Paul Halsey and James Minkin, who set about to build a brewing business with sustainability at the heart of what they do.

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Say hello to a trio of new brews from Docks Beers

Grimsby-based Docks Beers has released three new brews — a stout porter, a Belgian IPA, and a plum pastry sour IPA.

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There's fresh branding and a new look for Signature Brew

Launched in 2011, Signature is a specialist in band collaboration beers, having brewed with Idles, Mogwai, Alt-J, Slaves, Mastodon, Frank Turner, Rodney P, Enter Shikari, and many more.

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PUBS AND BARS

Brakspear has raised more than £31,000 for Mind

Brakspear has presented a cheque for £31,296 to Mind, the mental health charity, after a year-long fundraising drive across the company’s 130 pubs. 

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PubAid boost its steering group ahead of expansion

PubAid has welcomed a number of new members to its steering group, as it gears up to expand its activities over the coming months, with a new website in development and increased marketing and PR spend. 

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Publican Award for Camerons' The Head of Steam, Park Row

Opening in September 2019, Park Row is the 16th bar in Camerons’ The Head of Steam portfolio, forming part of the brewer’s growing retail estate.

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CORNWALL

Comfort Cookbook to raise funds for Hospitality Action

Cornwall-based chef/publicans Emily Scott and Paul Ainsworth are among those who have contributed to a new Comfort Cookbook raising funds for Hospitality Action’s Covid-19 Emergency Appeal.

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Award-winning Firebrand boosts its online presence

Firebrand has recently rebranded, incorporating the Cornish chough into the logo, keeping Cornish identity at the brand’s core.

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Man Down named as Skinner's 2020 charity of the year

Steve Skinner said: “Levels of anxiety are scary right now, and I’m sure mental health services are feeling the strain too. Check out their website and spend a moment appreciating the important work they are doing.”

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EVENTS

Exeter is to get its first international beer festival in April

Craft Beer Boom — Exeter’s first international beer festival — has been announced for April 9-12, at the city’s Queen Street Dining.

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Chance to win prizes on the Kendal Calling festival ale trail

To celebrate 15 years of the festival, organisers have teamed up with Lancaster Brewery to launch the trail. The route winds its way around the North West’s best drinking spots

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CAMRA Discovery Zones will return at beer festivals this year

The Discovery Zones, which debuted last year, give festival-goers the chance to meet local brewers, sample comparative beer and ciders to calibrate their senses, and explore fresh brewing and cider-making ingredients.

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Ash to headline Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival

Organisers of the Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival have announced that Ash will play the main stage this year, with support from the Fun Lovin’ Criminals. Also appearing will be the Worzels and Elvana.

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BUSINESS NEWS

There's a growth in seasonal sales at Brewhouse & Kitchen

Brewery experience days, which offer guests the opportunity to become a brewer for a day, was the biggest selling gift. The company has also reported that sales of its overall experiences grew 22% year on year in 2019.

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Finance boost for Glasgow's Genius Brewing

Genius Brewing was established in 2016 with a mission to make healthier drinking a pleasure, not a compromise. In April 2018, the company launched Gen!us Craft Lager, which won best UK craft lager at the 2019 LUX Life Food and Drink Awards.

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Increased profit and investment at Simpsons Malt in 2019

The fifth generation, family-owned company delivered a profit before tax of £9.8 million (2018: £7.5million) and an increased turnover of £168 million (2018: £156.6million).

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BUSINESS FOCUS

Watson Marlow report identifies global brewing trends

Offering a wealth of intelligence and insight, the report is aimed at helping UK brewers of all sizes to achieve greater and greater competitive advantage through greater understanding of industry drivers.

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Insurance: advice for brewers during the Coronavirus pandemic

Russell Scanlan, specialist insurer to the brewing industry, on how businesses will be affected during the pandemic.

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Saxon Packaging finds mail order solution for London Beer Factory

The company required a sustainable pack that could be used to ship 12 bottles of premium craft beer from the brewery, in South East London, to customers across the UK.

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FOREIGN NEWS & IMPORTS

BREWERS ASSOCIATION: EXCLUSIVE MONTHLY COLUMN

Jurgen becomes Erdinger ambassador

A new role for the Liverpool FC manager. Plus: a change at the top at Yakima Chief Hops; a ;preview of the Zythos Beer Festival, in Belgium; Purity’s Australian ‘twinning’ arrangement;and more …

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Savor great food and beer in DC

Bob Pease, CEO/president of the Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers, looks at how beer can elevate food.

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