Greene King to be sold for £2.7bn

Greene King is to be sold to Hong Kong’s CKA Group in a deal worth £2.7bn. The Suffolk-based brewer and pub operator recommended a takeover bid to its shareholders by CK Noble UK Ltd, a subsidiary of CK Asset Holdings Ltd. The deal, which values the company’s beer and pub business at £2.7bn, will mean...

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Consumers want low to no-alcoholic beers

Consumers are rejecting beer and cider at the check-out in favor of low to no-alcohol beer and cider, according to e-commerce insights company, Edge by Ascential, and reported in the Retail Times. The company said that it found the average number of alcoholic beer and cider ranges stocked in UK supermarkets is declining, as trends...

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Big bucks with cannabis beer

Molson Coors CEO Mark Hunter has projected cannabis-infused non-alcoholic beverages will soon account for up to 30 percent of all cannabis sales. In anticipation of this, Molson Coors acquired a controlling stake last year in Canadian marijuana grower Hexo. Anheuser-Busch Inbev Inc. invested $50 million in a joint venture with Canadian marijuana company Tilray. Constellation...

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Small brewery creates big fallout

A Texas-based craft brewery is taking the heat for naming one of its beers after the location of a South Pacific island blown pretty much into smithereens by US nuclear testing. Fallout from nuclear testing exposed those living in the greater area to high levels of radiation. The tests, which happened from 1946 to 1958,...

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Brewers Lectures comes to Bristol on October 10th

Some of the UK’s leading brewers, designers, brewery owners and marketeers will be speaking at the Brewers Lectures in Bristol this October. Taking place at The Watershed on the afternoon of October 10th, the event will feature talks on brewery expansion, branding your business, recipe formulation, working with the local community and more. Tickets for...

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His beer at his club

What would be the highlight of any football-loving brewer? Getting your beers as your team’s official ale supplier. That is exactly what’s happened to Paul Halsey, Purity Brewing Company’s CEO and Co-Founder, and a huge Aston Villa fan. “As a lifelong Villa fan, this is one of the pinnacles of my career,” said Halsey. “I...

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Boss Brewing renames beers following legal fight

In a David vs Goliath battle, there was never any doubt who would come out on top: tiny Welsh brewer Boss Brewing or international company Hugo Boss. One has a net income of £236 million, the other £202,500 – minus the £10,000 it just lost in attorney fees. According to the Daily Mail, Boss Brewing...

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‘Mad about beer’ and want job?

Bath Ales’ brewery in Warmley is looking for two brewing apprentices that have to have a passion for beer. “If you’re mad about beer and looking to unbottle your hidden potential, this could be your perfect job,” says the job advert. The successful candidates will both report to head brewer Georgina Young, who oversees all...

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Brewery teams with distillery

Georgia’s Monday Night Brewing has announced that it has released a Scottish-style single malt whiskey, brewed and distilled in partnership with ASW Distillery, located less than five miles away from the brewery’s home in Atlanta. The Brewers Journal is seeing more breweries either creating their own hard spirits such as gin, or working in collaborations....

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London Beer Factory refreshes brand

London Beer Factory has refreshed its branding and launched two new beers. The company said it has “refocused, redesigned, and reinvigorated its branding, while launching Sour Solstice and Big Milk Stout into Tesco stores. “We were disassociated with ourselves” said James Leaver, marketing manager at London Beer Factory. He added: “And I personally struggled to...

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Bowness Bay makes two acquisitions

Bowness Bay Brewery has acquired two microbreweries as it looks to grow its market share. Standish-based Windmill Brewery and Cumbrian-based Appleby Brewery will now come under the Bowness Bay Brewing company. Brewery founder Richard Husbands said the business had been in talks with Windmill and Appleby breweries for some time and it “was the right...

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Changing with the times | Denver, Colorado

The state of Colorado boasts some of the best breweries in the world. Its capital, Denver, is home to a sector that continues to flourish with close to 20 new operations in construction or planning. The landscape is changing, sure, but the demand for quality beer remains insatiable in the Mile High City, and its...

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East Anglian brewery goes global

Norfolk brewery Woodforde’s has appointed its first ever export manager as it launches a major growth plan which will see its tipples sold world-wide, reports the Eastern Daily Press. Ryan Crisp, who joins from a similar role at St Peter’s Brewery in Suffolk, will spearhead the project. He’s tasked with taking Woodforde’s into key international...

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Water, brewing and the sustainability agenda

Driven primarily by product quality, sustainability appears embedded into operational activities delivering efficiencies and improving the bottom line. While there is strong evidence that the industry is environmentally aware and active, it might begin to present this to its drinking customers, more than its investors, as sustainability becomes a differentiator in the eyes of the...

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Microbial control for small brewers in high-volume markets

With more people choosing to buy their beer from supermarkets rather than pubs, there’s never been a better time for craft breweries to enter this market. However, competition is fierce and brewers’ choice of microbial control method could be key to their success. Oliver Rudman, application engineering specialist for the Separation and Purification Sciences Division...

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