BEER NEWS

Beer is Here

Beer is Here tops £5m in sales

Beer is Here was created back in March by hop supplier Simply Hops, in a bid to connect consumers with local breweries who could suffer greatly or even potentially close due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pub closures won’t stop us celebrating Beer Day Britain on 15th June

Pub operators and brewers are being urged to use the occasion to connect with their customers, some of whom they may not have seen for a while.

Loan extension welcomed, but pubs still need more support

The expanded loans will be available from the 26th May to large firms who do not qualify for the Bank of England’s Covid Corporate Financing Facility or who have enough finance to meet cashflow needs during lockdown.

Hospitality industry welcomes extension of Jobs Retention Scheme

“The government has done absolutely the right thing by extending the scheme, and we hope it will prevent job losses.”

Georgina Young Bath Ales

Brewing giants to join forces in the UK as Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company

Carlsberg will become the controlling shareholder, owning 60% of the joint venture, with Marston’s owning 40%. The transaction is anticipated to complete in the second half of this calendar year, subject to shareholder approval at Marston’s, and competition clearance.

Purity Wasps bar

Purity has agreed a new three-year deal to supply Wasps’ Ricoh Arena

The agreement will see Purity’s ales served across the concourse and hospitality areas at the Ricoh Arena, as well as the development of some new initiatives.

Georgina Young Bath Ales

BrewDog donates hand sanitiser to children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent

BrewDog turned to sanitiser production early in the lockdown when it was established there would be very high demand.’

Licensed Trade Charity offers personal emotional guide app

Through CareFirst, which delivers its 24-hour Helpline, the group can offer the Woebot app, free of charge, for three months to people in the licensed trade.

CAMRA survey aims to paint a picture of our pubs’ futures

The Campaign for Real Ale has launched a survey for pub-goers, and beer and cider drinkers, to determine their attitudes towards visiting the local once lockdown lifts.

Fewer than half of publicans confident their businesses will survive lockdown

The survey of 560 pubs, carried out on behalf of the Forum of Private Business, indicates that fewer than one in three licensees are at all confident of opening their doors again if the pub lockdown rules remain in place until the end of the year.

Georgina Young Bath Ales

Bath Ales’ head brewer Georgina Young to host tasting and Q&A session

During the session, Georginawill be talking beer lovers through the flavour profiles and brewing process of four beers: Gem Amber Ale, Wild Hare Pale Ale, Lansdown IPA, and Darkside Stout.

Tate Fourpure

Virtual blessing for Hogs Back Brewery’s hop garden

Rev Claire Holt, of St Paul’s Church in Tongham, where Hogs Back is based, officiated from the hop garden next to the brewery, accompanied — at a safe distance — by owner Rupert Thompson and a handful of team members, who recorded the ceremony.

Tate Fourpure

Brewers announce replacement scheme for out-of-date kegs in pubs

Magic Rock, Fourpure, and Little Creatures will be replacing all full and un-breached draught beer kegs which are out of date, and Magic Rock will be doing the same for casks.

PUBS AND BARS

Devonshire Arms

Gift cards are helping locals to support their Derbyshire pub

The Devonshire Arms, in Middle Handley, has worked with gift card platform Toggle to encourage loyal customers to buy cards which can be used to buy food and drink there once the pub can re-open.

BBPA

Pubs with beer gardens ‘should be first to re-open’

The BBPA estimates that there are some 27,000 pubs across the UK with beer gardens — more than half of the UK’s total of 47,000 pubs.

Zetland, Middlesbrough

The Red Lion, Ealing, re-invents itself as an Italian community store

Like all pubs, The Red Lion is unable to operate in its usual manner — provide delicious Italian food, a great range of beers and a convivial pub atmosphere — but licensee Edin Basic was determined to continue to serve the local community.

CORNWALL

Mike Mason Driftwood Spars

Mike Mason is named as new Driftwood Spars head brewer

Formerly head brewer at Brewhouse & Kitchen, in Lichfield, Mike was appointed before the Covid-19 lockdown, but has only recently been able to begin work on a full-time basis due to interruptions to brewing supplies.

Cornwall chefs contribute to hospitality industry fundraiser cookbook

A digital cookbook showcasing Devon and Cornwall’s unique food and drink culture has been released, just weeks after the idea was first conceived.

Woodman's Wild Ale

It's business as usual as Woodman's Wild Ale is acquired by Goodh Brew Co

There are changes afoot in Ponsanooth, the village noted as having Cornwall’s — maybe even the UK’s? — highest concentration of brewers.

BUSINESS NEWS

BBPA publishes guidelines on retrieving containers from pubs

The BBPA estimates that some 1.9 million containers of beer are currently left in pub cellars, following the rapid closure due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

Wetherspoon has new share placings, plans June openings

A total of 15,668,430 new ordinary shares in the capital of the company have been placed by Investec Bank plc, at a price of 900p per share.

Muntons anaerobic digester

Muntons reaches an energy milestone thanks to anaerobic digester system

Maltster Muntons has reached a milestone having generated 10 million kilowatt hours of electricity since opening its anaerobic digester (AD) plant in 2015. That’s enough electricity to power 2,000 average sized homes every year.

Paul Thompson

Brewers urged to check out research and development tax credits scheme

Paul Thompson, of Wolverhampton-based Accounts Superhero, said: “The government’s R & D tax credits scheme is available to any business investing money in innovation, but there is a misconception that it is only available in scientific applications.”

Budweiser fire service

Budweiser Brewing Group hails Save Pub Life success

For Budweiser Brewing Group — AB-InBev’s UK branding — a strong start to the year, with a growth in market share and brands, has given way to sales drops and uncertainty.

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).

BUSINESS FOCUS

Crisp Malt pallets

Crisp Malt initiatives are helping brewers to weather the storm

While the whole brewing and distilling industry is suffering the knock-on effects of Covid 19, the craft brewing sector is being hit disproportionately by the lockdown. It’s no understatement to say that cask brewers, in particular, have a problem.

Lockdown stories: Thornbridge adapts to a new sales model

In what is undoubtedly an extraordinarily challenging time for the beer industry as a whole, Thornbridge Brewery has moved fast to shape and diversify its business to face the challenges presented by Covid-19.

Beatson Clark sees upturn in demand for glass bottles

The South Yorkshire company is concentrating on production of its 330ml amber 1907 beer bottle.

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.

FOREIGN NEWS
AND IMPORTS

BREWERS ASSOCIATION: EXCLUSIVE MONTHLY COLUMN

Jurgen becomes Erdinger ambassador

A new role for the Liverpool FC manager. Plus:a new Tropical Ale from Lowlander Botanical Beers; a change at the top at Yakima Chief Hops; Purity’s Australian ‘twinning’ arrangement; and more …

Livelihoods are at risk, but there's a rescue plan brewing

“The craft beer community is rooted in collaboration and philanthropy, and now is our chance to come together and give back to our most vulnerable breweries.”

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