Budweiser brings dispense service in-house

Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I has announced it will be bringing its drinks dispense service in-house from 1 April 2020.

Laine Brew Company launches diversity scheme

Laine Brew Company has launched a new brewing apprenticeship scheme aimed at attracting brewers from diverse backgrounds.

Heineken to sponsor UEFA EURO 2020

Heineken will be the official beer partner of UEFA EURO 2020 and in a separate agreement has extended its UEFA Champions League partnership until 2024.

Camden Town Brewery appoints new MD

Camden Town Brewery has appointed Adam Keary as the brewery’s managing director following his promotion from sales director.

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout launch date announced

Goose Island Beer Company will release its 2019 Bourbon County Stout (15.2% abv) variant on Friday 29 November.

South Korea boycotts Japanese beer

The imports of Japanese beer to South Korea plummeted to almost zero in August this year following a technology trade dispute in July.

Paper Planes wins top prize at International Beer Challenge Awards 2019

A 4.6% abv session NEIPA from Shrewsbury was named the world’s best beer at the International Beer Challenge Awards 2019 in London on Monday.

Bira 91 targets India growth with latest appointment

Beer brand Bira 91 has announced the appointment of Deepak Malhotra as senior vice president, sales, India to its executive leadership team.

International Beer Challenge awards 64 gold medals

More than 60 gold medals have been awarded for the 23rd edition of the International Beer Challenge, held in London on August 1.

Galipette Cidre moves into Swiss market

Cider Supply Co, owner of Galipette Cidre, has signed a distribution deal with Paul Ullrich AG of Switzerland, effective from 1 August.

AB InBev reverses Hong Kong IPO decision

Anheuser-Busch InBev has decided not to proceed with the announced public offering of a minority stake in its Asia Pacific subsidiary, Budweiser Brewing Company APAC, on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange due to a lack of demand.

Purity Brewing earns organic status

Purity Brewing Company has passed the Soil Association organic certification process allowing it to brew organic beers.

Drygate Brewery launches new branding and core range

Glasgow’s Drygate Brewing has undergone a branding redesign and reshuffled its core range to become “more coherent” with consumers.

Isle of Skye brewery buys Black Wolf

Isle of Skye Brewing Company has purchased Black Wolf Brewery and their beer brands from VC2 Brands for an undisclosed fee.

Amstel campaign highlights UK pub industry health

Dutch brewing giant Amstel continued its campaign to bring people together by building a pub in London made entirely of garden fences.

Vasari Beverages to expand African brewing capacity

Vasari Beverages has completed a US$100m capital raise to fund a set of growth opportunities including the expansion of its Ethiopia brewery and the pursuit of new acquisitions and greenfield developments across Africa and Asia. 

Magners launches pink Rosé cider in UK

Magners Irish Cider has introduced Magners Rosé for the UK summer to follow the increased demand for pink gin and rosé wine.

KBE Drinks expands global beer portfolio

KBE Drinks, which is best known for representing and developing the brand of India’s Kingfisher, has added a range of world beers to its portfolio.

Amstel launches ad series with Jeff Bridges

Dutch brewery Amstel has partnered with Hollywood actor Jeff Bridges in a new TV commercial to encourage sociable drinking.

UK craft beer market reaches saturation point

The craft beer boom in the UK has plateaued with just 8 new breweries opening in 2018 compared to the 390 added the year before.

Saltaire offers new production services to local brewers

Saltaire Brewery in West Yorkshire, England has opened its doors to support other breweries with a range of new services including contract brewing and packaging into cask, keg and bottles.

Carlsberg UK unveils new Pilsner

Carlsberg UK has unveiled a new Carlsberg Pilsner as its entry level, standard lager.

AB InBev chair to step down

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV chairman Olivier Goudet is stepping down from the world’s largest brewer to focus on his roles as managing partner and chief executive officer at JAB Holding Co.

Heineken 0.0 launches on draught

Heineken 0.0 is now available on Blade in the UK, the Dutch brewing company’s draft beer system for the on-trade.

AB InBev records 4.8% revenue growth in FY18

The world’s largest brewing company, AB InBev, has recorded revenue growth of 4.8% for FY18 and a 0.3% increase in volumes.

Brooklyn launches Defender IPA overseas

Brooklyn Brewery’s Defender IPA (abv 5.5%) will be available in UK for the first time from the end of March.

Tennant’s appoints new leadership roles

Tennent Caledonian Breweries has appointed Kenny Gray as managing director Scotland, taking charge of all on-trade, national and convenience business.

Brewdog appoints new CEO

Scottish brewing company Brewdog has appointed Andy Shaw as CEO Beer to look after the global sales and marketing of beer.

Number of new UK breweries down on previous year

More than 400 new breweries opened in the UK in 2017, almost 100 fewer than in the previous year according to the brewers Association.

Hop Products Australia increases production by 50%

Australia’s largest hop grower, Hop Products Australia (HPA), has planted the first 50ha at its new farm in Victoria’s Buffalo River Valley.

Asahi to acquire Fuller's for £250m

Asahi Europe has agreed to acquire the entire beer, cider, soft drinks and distribution business of Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC for £250m on a debt free, cash free basis.

St Peter's appoints head of sales to grow on trade

UK brewery, St Peter's, has appointed Rob Breakwell as head of sales to "significantly grow its on-trade sales”.

Big Drop investment grants international growth

Big Drop Brewing Co has received a £500k investment via seed funding from private investors which will see its international distribution increase.

Curious Brewery appoints new head brewer

Curious Brewery, owned by UK winemaker Chapel Down, has appointed Matthew Anderson as head of brewing & production.

Estrella sales rise through The Luna Cinema

Estrella Damm’s partnership with The Luna Cinema has contributed to the increased UK sales of the Catalan beer brand according to Alison Cole, UK consumer brand manager.

St Peter's Brewery appoints new MD

British brewery, St Peter's, has appointed John Hadingham, formerly of Aspall Cyder, as its new managing director.

Brewdog under fire over new ad campaign

Scottish brewing company Brewdog has come under criticism following its latest marketing campaign across the UK which sees its flagship Punk IPA compared against other brands.

Major acquisitions of craft beer could "fragment" industry

New research into the UK’s brewing industry suggests the recent acquisitions of small craft breweries by multinationals – such as Heineken’s £40M minority stake in Beavertown – could become an industry wide trend.

Brewdog revenue up 55% on 2017

Brewdog’s latest financial results show a total revenue of £78m, up 55% versus this time last year while its on trade revenue is up 92%, generating £10m so far in 2018. 

Saltaire Brewery gets international export deal

Saltaire Brewery has joined forces with exporter Sovereign Beverage Company to build its worldwide sales.

North Brewing Co gains huge Chinese export sales

English brewer North Brewing Co has secured £96,000 worth of export orders from Chinese customers after exhibiting at China’s biggest trade show for the food and hospitality industry, Food & Hotel China (FHC).

Badger launches IPA to "bridge gap" in UK market

Badger Beer has released The Wicked Wyvern, a West Coast-style IPA following the brand’s successful rebrand of its entire core range.

Curious Brewery puts focus on canned cider

Chaple Down winery's Curious Brewery has released its Apple Cider expression in can form across the UK through Majestic Wine outlets.

Heineken mini kegs show success

Heineken has witnessed a successful summer through the sales of its mini kegs in the off trade according to Toby Lancaster, category and shopper marketing director for Heineken UK.

Heineken takes on AB InBev in China with $3bn deal

Heineken NV is buying a $3.1bn stake in China’s top beer maker - the country’s biggest brewery deal - as it seeks to unseat rival Anheuser-Busch InBev in a fiercely competitive market.

Peroni prepares for full rebrand

Peroni Nastro Azzurro has announced that the brand will undergo a rebrand in the UK, including a new logo, bottle design and glassware.

US craft beer volumes stable in 2018

Growth for small and independent US craft brewers remained stable for the first half of 2018, according to new mid-year figures released by the Brewers Association.

Stella Artois launches gluten free range

AB InBev has revealed it will be launching a new gluten-free variant of Stella Artois throughout the UK off trade from August.

Hindus want 'inappropriate' Italian beer withdrawn

Upset Hindus are urging Lazio-based Pontino Brewery (Birrificio Pontino) to apologise and withdraw its “Sons of Shiva” beer; calling it highly inappropriate.

Cider Supply Co gets China distribution

Cider Supply Co has made an agreement with Craft Republic to distribute its French cider brand Galipette Cidre across mainland China (excluding Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan).