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Miller: we'll be dumbed up, not down

Miller: we'll be dumbed up, not down

Nick Miller, chief executive of Meantime Brewing Co, says the takeover by SABMiller won't affect beer quality: "They haven't got the balls to tell brewmaster Alastair Hook what to brew," he says. The brewery's London Pale Ale, Lager and Stout can now enjoy export to other markets while the Greenwich brewery will become a "centre of innovation" for the global brewer

Added: Friday, May 15th 2015

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Global giant in grab for Meantime

Global giant in grab for Meantime

Meantime Brewery in Greenwich, South London, has been bought by the world's second biggest brewing group SABMiller. Meantime was founded by Alastair Hook and was joined by Nick Miller as chief executive: Miller had previously run Miller Brands, SABMiller's UK subsidiary

Added: Friday, May 15th 2015

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Purity: beer with a clear conscience

Purity: beer with a clear conscience

"Brewing with a conscience" are the watch words at Purity Brewery in Warwickshire. Steam is trapped and recycled while water is fed into a wetland system of ponds and reed beds where algae clean it, return it to the brewery and encourage wild life to develop. The brewery is on a farm and spent grain and hops are used as animal feed and compost. Left, brewer Florent Vialan in the new £1.8m brewhouse

Added: Friday, May 8th 2015

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'Beer Bucks' bond to build I&G brewery

'Beer Bucks' bond to build I&G brewery

Dougal Sharp, pictured, founder of Innis & Gunn, the Scottish brewery famous for its oak-aged beers, has launched a bond scheme that will enable supporters and investors to help the company build a state-of-the-art brewing facility in Scotland

Added: Saturday, May 2nd 2015

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1m euro expansion by Irish craft brewer

1m euro expansion by Irish craft brewer

Carlow Brewing, Ireland's leading craft brewery, is investing more than 1 million euro in an expansion plan that will create 12 new jobs, including the brewing side. The brewery produces stout, wheat beer, ale and lager. Founder Seamus O'Hara (pictured) says there is both increasing demand and space for growth in the Irish beer market and in exports

Added: Friday, April 24th 2015

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Bradford brewery in bitter political row

Bradford brewery in bitter political row

A tweet from Bradford brewery founder Matthew Halliday has enraged George Galloway, the Respect parliamentary candidate (pictured), and sparked a rush for the new brewery's beers and support on Twitter from around the world. On the positive side, this is the first new brewery in Bradford since the 1950s and, thanks to the political storm, sold six casks of ale in its tap room over Easter

Added: Tuesday, April 7th 2015

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Thwaites deal favours Marston's

Thwaites deal favours Marston's

The £25 million Marston's has been for the brewing side of Thwaites of Blackburn will reap the Burton giant a rich reward as it can flood Thwaites' tied and free accounts with its own beers. Thwaites says it still plans to build anew brewery -- but what would it produce there as it has signed a 10-year production deal with Marstons? It's more likely that Thwaites is destined to become just a pub company but will keep control of the Crafty Dan micro plant

Added: Friday, April 3rd 2015

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Marston's £25 million grab for Thwaites

Marston's £25 million grab for Thwaites

National brewing giant Marston's has paid £25.1 million for the brewing division of Daniel Thwaites of Blackburn, a family-owned brewery dating from the 19th century. The deal will give Marston's control of two leading ale brands, Wainwright's and Lancaster Bomber

Added: Tuesday, March 31st 2015

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Beer is booming in Birkenhead

Beer is booming in Birkenhead

Peerless Brewing on the Wirral has grown from 12 to 30 barrels in five years and its new plant is energy-efficient, saving on electricity, oil and steam. The brewery has won a clutch of medals from the Society of Independent Brewers and offers a beer range that covers pale, gold and black and a strong stout that's a Riot to drink.

Added: Monday, March 2nd 2015

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Boost for Truman's with major investment

Boost for Truman's with major investment

Truman's, the revived East London brewery, is planning a major expansion at its Hackney Wick site with a half-million pounds investment. The brewery opened in 2013, restoring the name of the famous Whitechapel brewery that closed during the period of mergia mania at the end of the 20th century. The expanded site will be able to produce keg beers as well as cask. Pictured: the cask store at Hackney Wick

Added: Thursday, February 19th 2015

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