Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company

Carlsberg’s UK and Marston’s PLC have announced a proposed deal to form a joint venture beer company in the UK, valued at £780m. Both companies will inject their brewing and distribution assets into the new venture. At completion, Carlsberg will pay up to £273m to Marston’s PLC, £34m of which will be a deferred contingent …

Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I, part of AB InBev, has developed a platform to support the on-trade with reclaiming excise on kegs that go out-of-date within the current closure period. The UK Government has committed to refunding the duty on any opened kegs that go out of date during the current lockdown. However, there has been …

SIBA

Results released from a survey of small independent breweries across the UK, undertaken by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), suggest that beer sales are down by 82% since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The survey, based on 282 SIBA members, reveals the devastating impact of the Covid-19 lockdown measures on the industry. Eight …

Purity Brewing Co Bunny Hop

Purity Brewing Co has relaunched its extra hopped pale ale Bunny Hop with a new recipe to appeal to increasingly health-conscious consumers. Bunny Hop is now available in cask without isinglass finings, changing its appearance from a light golden beer to a hazy pale ale that is both vegan-friendly and gluten-free. The strength stays at …

Black Sheep IPA

Yorkshire-based Black Sheep Brewery is bringing “a taste of the new world” to British pubs and bars with the launch of its new keg beer, Black Sheep IPA. Inspired by innovators of the modern American IPA from the West Coast of the USA, the latest addition to the Black Sheep portfolio features a blend of …

Bira 91 craft beer range

Independent craft brewer Bira 91 is rolling out its range of craft beers, including Blonde Lager, White Ale and Indian Pale Ale, across the UK. Brewed in India with Belgian recipes, Bira 91 is on a mission to “drive the global shift in craft beer towards more colour and flavour”. The three-strong portfolio begins with …

St Peter's Without beer range

Suffolk-based brewery St Peter’s has refreshed the recipe for its Without brand of alcohol-free beer for 2020 to appeal to a wider range of customers. The brewery has made changes to the profiles of Without Gold and Without Original, which launched in 2016, as well as Without Elderberry & Raspberry, which launched last year. Although …

VandeStreek Fruit Machine and Playground IPA

Drinks importer Morgenrot has extended its selection of low-alcohol beers from Netherlands brewery VandeStreek with the launch of Fruit Machine and Playground IPA. Available to the on and off-trade in 33cl bottles in cases of 24, Fruit Machine (0.5% ABV) is brewed with fresh raspberries and blueberries alongside Amarillo and Cascade hop varieties. Arriving in …

Big Drop Brewing Co

Suffolk-based low-alcohol brewing specialist Big Drop Brewing Co has collaborated with beer expert Melissa Cole and UK craft breweries to create four 0.5% ABV beers. The limited edition brews include Raspberry Gose, India Pale Lager, Hibiscus Saison and Black IPA, which were developed with the help of Fyne Ales, Salt, Harbour Brewing Co and Fourpure …

Heineken Halloween

The team at Heineken UK are offering a host of support and advice to help bar operators to capitalise on the 2019 Halloween party celebrations. Falling on a Thursday this year, Halloween represents a significant opportunity for operators to boost mid-week sales, as well as providing outlets with the perfect excuse to extend the occasion …