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Keg's big challenge to cask at Adnams

Keg's big challenge to cask at Adnams

Adnams Brewery in Suffolk is famous for its cask ales -- but times are changing. Chairman Jonathan Adnams (pictured),in a frank interview, says only a tiny proportion of his production goes to his own pubs and in the free trade there's a growing demand for keg beer -- and sales of keg will overtake cask by 2019.

Added: Wednesday, May 16th 2018

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Steve Wellington: Burton's beer hero

Steve Wellington: Burton's beer hero

Steve Wellington, a revered figure in brewing circles, is retiring...allegedly. He has retired four times before but this time he means it -- except that the owners of the Heritage Brewery in Burton-on-Trent want him to stay on as a consultant. He is seen on the left in the brewery with his colleagues Caroline Horrabin and Martin Hodson. Steve worked in various parts of the old Bass empire but his main claim to fame was bringing Worthington's White Shield back to Burton

Added: Monday, February 5th 2018

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Stone's Greg Koch: I'm an IPA diehard

Stone's Greg Koch: I'm an IPA diehard

Greg Koch launched Stone Brewing when he discovered there was more to American beer than Budweiser and Miller Lite. Starting with a 30-barrel kit in 1996 he now has breweries in California, Virginia and Berlin and is producing some 400,000 barrels a year, with 30 IPAs in his portfolio

Added: Friday, July 28th 2017

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Marston's chief on the future for pubs

Marston's chief on the future for pubs

Ralph Findlay, chief executive of Marston's, is bullish about the future of beer and pubs. He has more than 1,560 pubs and plans to bring back more "wet led" outlets to cater for the demand for craft beer. He says the recently acquired Charles Wells's beers won't change and will continue to be brewed at Bedford. He hopes to give greater presence to Courage and Young's beers in London and to boost McEwans in Scotland.

Added: Tuesday, June 27th 2017

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Colin Dexter on Morse, murder...and beer

Colin Dexter on Morse, murder...and beer

Colin Dexter, who died on 21 March, had a life-long love affair with good beer, starting in his home town of Stamford. He took that love with him to Oxford and it helped inspire his great creation, Inspector Morse, In this interview with Roger Protz in May 1990, Dexter spoke of his favourite beers and the crime writers he admires.

Added: Wednesday, March 22nd 2017

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Joe Stange, the accidental beer writer

Joe Stange, the accidental beer writer

Joe Stange, an American journalist from Missouri, is based in Berlin and writes with Tim Webb the Good Beer Guide Belgium. It was while he was working as a freelance in Brussels that he came across Belgian beer and started a journey that led to a Brussels beer guide and now co-author of the Belgian book. He calls himself a "beer conservationist" and is a great defender of European styles. He is critical of American "sours" that discredit the true Lambic tradition

Added: Saturday, July 30th 2016

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Breandan likes the smaak of Belgian beer

Breandan likes the smaak of Belgian beer

Breandan Kearney, annointed Beer Writer of the Year by the British Guild of Beer Writers, is an Irishman who has settled in Ghent to write about Belgian beer and has quickly acquired a big following for his forthright views and tastings on his blog Belgian Smaak. He is seen picking up his award at the guild's annual dinner.

Added: Friday, January 29th 2016

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Moorhouse's in for long haul in north-west

Moorhouse's in for long haul in north-west

David Grant, managing director of Moorhouse's of Burnley -- famous for Pendle Witches Brew -- says the town has fought back from the nightmare of riots in 2001 and now a real community spirit is aiding the brewery to build its sales. But the beer market is changing and the brewery has had to sell three of its six pubs. Grant is critical of Progressive Beer Duty that doesn't help a company of his size

Added: Monday, January 18th 2016

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Meantime's Miller answers his critics

Meantime's Miller answers his critics

Nick Miller, chief executive of Meantime, says there was no behind-the-scenes deal when SABMiller bought the South London brewery in May. Miller had been preparing to put Meantime on the market for a year and a half before the SAB takeover in order to pay back the original shareholders who had never received a dividend. But now Meantime is in limbo, put up for sale by new owner AB InBev

Added: Friday, December 11th 2015

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Mulholland anger at watered-down MRO that's 'in defiance of will of parliament'

Mulholland anger at watered-down MRO that's 'in defiance of will of parliament'

Greg Mulholland, the LibDem MP who chairs the Parliamentary Save the Pub Group, says the draft Pub Code put forwared by the government breaches the legislation agreed by parliament before the general election. The code's interpretation of the Market Rent Only option means, he says, that tenants will find it impossible to trigger MRO and go free of the pubco beer tie

Added: Monday, November 30th 2015

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