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Molson Coors UK has taken on the UK rights to brands from the Dutch brewer Bavaria.

Derbyshire’s Thornbridge has announced a £2 million investment in increased brewing capacity, a new bottling line and improved warehousing and logistics facilities at its Bakewell site.

Duvel Moortgat has chosen a variety so new that it doesn’t yet have a name as the third hop in its latest Tripel Hop series of beers.

The online beer retailer and wholesaler Best of British Beer has stopped selling Brewdog beers in the wake of last night’s appearance by the brewer on BBC2’s Who’s The Boss? programme.

Caledonian Brewery is releasing its Coast to Coast pale ale and Three Hops lager in bottles.

Heineken has reported “low single digit” decline in beer volumes in the UK during 2015.

Fuller’s has launched its Frontier lager in 33cl craft cans and is planning to put other beers into the format.

London’s Beavertown Brewery has been named Supreme Champion Brewer in the 2015 International Beer Challenge run by Off Licence News.

London’s Meantime brewery is looking to tap into Wimbledon fever in the capital with the launch of a beer inspired by the tennis tournament’s signature strawberries and cream.

Carling has launched a £3.6 million promotion aimed at football fans ahead of the new season, which starts in August.

Twickenham specialist Real Ale has won a listing with Marks & Spencer for one of its own beers.

Pilsner Urquell is switching from green to brown glass bottles for the UK market. Supplier Miller Brands said the move was intended to “reinforce the brand’s quality and original Pilsner credentials”.

The Californian microbrewery Ruhstaller is to launch in the UK for the first time, with five beers available from March 1.

Budvar is now offering its 500ml bottles in new 10-packs after the brewer reported a 60% year-on-year sales of that bottle format.

The Beer Academy sommeliers held their first annual reunion at the Parcels Yard at Kings Cross Station this week.

John Smith’s ale is ending its nine-year sponsorship of the Grand National after next year’s race.

Budvar eyes UK expansion

14 December, 2012

Budvar plans to grow its UK off-trade business by 40% in 2013 with the help of a new £3 million canning factory in the Czech Republic.

Innis & Gunn flew workers in from as far afield as Canada and the USA so it could put its entire 35-strong staff through the Beer Academy Foundation Course in Edinburgh.

Greene King has relaunched its 8 x 50cl Head Brewer’s Selection packs to encourage consumers to try new bottled ales in the run-up to Christmas. 

Budvar drinkers can win cash prizes or a year’s supply of beer by tweeting pictures of their receipts in a promotion that will run until the end of December.  

St Stefanus Grand Cru launched

09 November, 2012

Belgian master brewer Jef Versele was in London last night to launch a 75cl St Stefanus Grand Cru that is crafted to mature in the bottle.

Laverstoke Park Farm’s ale and lager packaging has breached alcohol responsibility rules by using a drawing that would appeal to young children.

World beer has added £28 million to the off-trade lager category in the past 12 months.

Stella Artois has moved to cement its relationship with the film industry by launching a new bursary scheme designed to bring movie fans closer to the films they love.

Suffolk brewer Adnams has launched a limited edition beer called Flame Runner that will commemorate the start of the London Olympics.

A new company has been set up to provide marketing and sales support to overseas craft brewers.

Heineken buys Stassen

15 June, 2012

Heineken has bought Belgian cidermaker Stassen in a move to boost its production capacity and bolster its new product development capability.

Booker’s wine category manager, Rob Hart, has left the business to start his own microbrewery.

Molson Coors has launched a £2 million ad campaign for citrus-flavoured 2.8% abv lager Carling Zest.

Diageo GB is boosting distribution of its Nigerian-brewed Guinness Foreign Extra Stout and non-alcoholic Malta Guinness through Surrey-based distributor Kato Enterprises.