Big plans for Rhymney Brewery

After seven years of brewing in Merthyr Tydfil, family-run Rhymney Brewery has announced plans to relocate to Blaenavon, where it will to open a new 15,000sq ft purpose-built brewery and visitor centre – the first of its kind in Wales. The new brewery, which is expected to open in October, will be twice the size […]

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Rules relaxed on beer, wine and bread sales

The UK government has confirmed that it’s to scrap regulations banning the sale of small measures of beer and wine as well as different unwrapped bread sizes. Existing laws limit licensed premises to selling alcoholic drinks in certain measures, while bakers may produce loaves of unpackaged bread in set sizes only. But science minister David […]

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Innovation in brewing ‘no one thought possible’

A collaboration by the world’s oldest brewery, Weihenstephan, and specialist US brewer Samuel Adams has led to what the pair are calling a ‘unique champagne beer’. The brewers say they have shattered industry preconceptions of the limits of the German purity laws with the launch of Infinium – a beer with a ‘remarkably light colour, […]

A thirst for the eccentric

Following the launch of the world’s most expensive beer – The End of History – BrewDog co-founder James Watt has announced that all 12 bottles of the 55%ABV beer, priced at £500-£700 each and served inside stuffed dead animals, were sold within four hours. The blond Belgian ale, brewed in Fraserburgh, Scotland, is infused with […]


Brewer’s whoop!

SABMiller, the brewer behind big name brands such as Peroni, Grolsch and Miller light, has reported a 4% rise in revenue despite falling sales in Europe and flat sales in the US. The world’s second largest brewer saw European lager sales drop 5%, while remaining static in the States, with the company revealing that it […]

Marks & Spencer breaks 85-year habit

Following a successful trial in 54 stores in the north-east and south-east of England, Marks & Spencer is to stock branded products – bringing an end to its 85-year own brand rule. Items from brands including Heinz, Fairy, Persil, Coca-Cola and Kellogg’s will now sit alongside M&S’s own products on its shelves. No M&S products […]

Beer cheer for Heineken

British beer lovers have helped Dutch brewer Heineken to increase its share of a declining market and report better than expected earnings. Investors saw the beer-maker’s shares rise to an 11-month high, as they reported a 20 per cent jump in profits for the first half of the year. The firm said price increases and […]

Beer sales fall flat

Cash-strapped consumers shunning bars, pubs and restaurants has led to beer sales across West Europe falling by more than four per cent in the first half of 2009 – the equivalent of 580 million litres, or more than a billion less UK pints of beer – according to leading beverage research agency Canadean’s Quarterly Beverage […]

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Super-strength beer slammed

Health campaigners have reacted furiously to the launch of a new beer containing 18.2 per cent alcohol. Tokyo, launched by Scottish brewery BrewDog, has been declared Britain’s strongest beer, with a single pint containing 12 units. The brewery defended its latest offering, saying that it is ‘priced in a way that encourages responsible consumption and […]

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Beer sales slump slows

Brewers have been cheered by new figures which show the decline in beer sales appearing to slow. Total beer sales fell 4.8 per cent in the second quarter of this year, compared to a 7.8 per cent drop in the first three months. According to figures from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), pub […]

Premium lager market set to lose its fizz, says new report

For a 20-year period from the mid-1980s, premium lager was the major growth sector of the whole beer category, overtaking the UK’s indigenous dark beers and standard strength lagers to become a market worth £11.1bn by 2006. However, in its new Premium Lagers, Beers & Ciders Market Report, market intelligence provider Key Note predicts that […]

Brewing breakthrough

A sensor that measures dissolved oxygen in beer products has been unveiled by the Process Analytics arm of Mettler Toledo. Dissolved or residual oxygen can affect the quality and shelf life of beer – problems which the company has addressed with its chemo-optical technology. The sensor, called the InPro 6970i, is also said to reduce […]


Drinks giant sells wines and spirits arm

Irish drinks giant C&C Group has sold its Northern Ireland wines and spirits business with the loss of three jobs. The news comes just weeks after C&C axed 121 jobs – a fifth of its workforce – across its Irish operations, including seven in Belfast. The company has also introduced a pay freeze for 12 […]

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