Paul Theakston, seen with is sons Jo and Rob, left the family brewery in Masham in the Yorkshire Dales when it was taken over by Scottish & Newcastle. He nursed his wounds for a few years then opened Black Sheep in a former maltings just yards from the rival brewery. He devised a new course for his brewery: he owned no pubs and relied on the free trade. It's been a rocky road but the brewery is flourishing. Paul has now handed over the reins to his sons and can reflect on his tumultuous brewing story
Added: Friday, November 9th 2018
Sofoklis Panagiotu founded Septem Brewery at the height of the Greek financial crisis but he has survived and now runs the biggest craft brewery in the country. He produces both draught and bottled beers and exports to 13 countries. He grows his own hops and used them to make a wet hop beer this autumn with Cascade and Chinook varieties. There are now some 45 small craft breweries in Greece but they face stiff competition from Heineken and Carlsberg who account for around 85% of beer sales
Added: Friday, October 19th 2018
London's oldest family brewer, Fuller's of Chiswick, has added a pilot brewery as part of its visitor centre. It will enable the brewing team to develop small-run new brews with exciting and unusual flavours. Successful beers will then be scaled up for production in the main brewery. Pictured left are Fuller's brewers with members of Gravity Systems that installed the new plant.
Added: Wednesday, September 19th 2018
Hogs Back brewery near Farnham in Surrey will more than double its production of hops when it moves to a new 8-acre site in 2019. The hops will grow alongside the brewery at Manor Farm and the range will include Farnham White Bine, English Cascade and Pioneer. White Bine was the forerunner of Goldings but disappeared until Hogs Back managing director Rupert Thompson revived the variety in 2014.
Added: Wednesday, August 15th 2018
Hook Norton Brewery is a magical place centred on a classic Victorian tower brewery. It has a steam engine, oak-lined brewing vessels and horse-drawn drays. But it's not living in the past. Managing director James Clarke has dramatically increased the range of beers and has turned the site into a major tourist attraction with a visitor centre, restaurant and a pilot brewery where beer lovers can make their own brews.
Added: Thursday, July 19th 2018
Monks at Mount St Bernard Abbey in Charnwood, Leicestershire, have brewed the first monastic beer since the Reformation. The abbey is a Trappist one and has strong links with the monastic breweries in Belgium but the beer is described as an "English Trappist Ale" using all English ingredients. The beer is on sale commercially and the income will help the monks' maintain the abbey and also help fund their charitable work
Added: Wednesday, June 27th 2018
Beavertown Brewery in North London has received a £40 million investment from Heineken in return for a major share in the company. This will allow founder Logan Plant (pictured) to build a new 450,000 hectolitre brewery. But will Heineken end up the sole owner of Beavertown? The omens are not good as "Big Beer" moves in on the craft sector in both the United States and the UK
Added: Saturday, June 23rd 2018
Bath Ales, owned since 2016 by St Austell of Cornwall, has opened a new £5 million brewhouse where both ales and lager can be produced. A new lager called Sulis has been launched but 50% of the annual 50,000-barrel production is in cask form and includes the flagship Gem Ale and a new West Coast IPA, Lansdown. Pictured: senior brewer Darren James who has been with Bath Ales for more than 15 years
Added: Thursday, May 17th 2018
A new brewery museum in Izmir traces the history -- sometimes turbulent -- of brewing in Turkey. The first commercial breweries didn't open until the last years of the Ottoman empire. Under the Turkish Republic there were periods of state ownership. The museum shows how the first breweries -- such as Bomonti in Constantinople (pictured) -- moved from ale to lager brewing. Today, the biggest brewery, Efes, is planning its own small museum in Izmir.
Added: Sunday, May 13th 2018
Bedford family brewer Charles Wells, who sold the Eagle Brewery to Marston's in 2017, has been given the green light by the local council to build a new plant at Fairhill close to the A6. The 30,000 hectolitre plant will produce the current range of Wells' beers along with new beers and collaborative brews with other companies
Added: Thursday, May 3rd 2018