In Brief

30 May, 2008

Students rebel against 21

Scottish student groups have banded together to form Cardas - the Coalition Against Raising the Drinking Age in Scotland. The group, whose website can be found at, opposes Scottish government outline proposals to make it illegal to sell alcohol to people under 21. Cardas argues that such a move would be ineffective and could create even more problem drinking.

Research on bulk imports

A new study in the UK will look to silence critics of bulk wine imports

by showing the practice is workable as well as environmentally friendly. The Waste & Resources Action Programme is seeking partners for an 18-month project, which

will begin within the next few months. It will consider the feasibility of importing wine in bulk and bottling it on arrival in the UK, assessing factors such as bottling capacity and recycling facilities.

Inbev to buy Anheuser?

Rumours are circulating that In bev is plotting a $46-billion bid for Anheuser- Busch. Such a move would seal a period of heavyweight consolidation in the brewing industry, which has already seen Carlsberg and Heineken buy Scottish & Newcastle, and SABMiller acquire Grolsch and merge with Molson Coors in the US. It is believed In bev, which owns Stella and Beck's, has shown interest in Anheuser before, only to be knocked back by the Budweiser brewer's board.

Specialist starts brewing

The former owner of a specialist beer off-licence has started his own microbrewery. David Carr, who used to run Tipplers in Bewdley, Worcs, has formed Bewdley Brewery with his son Tim. The company's first brew is to be called Old School, a cask beer targeted at the local on-trade.

Famous Dad

A limited edition Famous Grouse, called Famous Dad, has been produced for the Father's Day gift market. The special bottle carries an rrp of 13.49, in line with normal packs, and is being listed by Asda, Booker, Makro and Scottish convenience store group Botterills. Stocks will be in the trade from the beginning of June.

Cider gift

Magners has released a Father's Day gift pack, which includes a 75cl bottle of Magners, a branded pint glass and a stainless steel coaster and bottle opener. The 7.99 pack has been listed in Tesco. Cider buying manager Ian Targett said he picked the pack on the back of cider's recent "unprecedented" growth.

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