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Kantar’s latest beer, wine and spirits (BWS) spending data has indicated a decline across all categories, with beer & lager showing the largest drop (11.6%) over the 12 weeks ending August 7, compared to the same period in 2021. 

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Some 200 new breweries opened in the UK in the year to March 31, but growth has slowed on previous years.

Asahi Super Dry has been confirmed as the official beer partner of the four City Football Group clubs: Manchester City, Melbourne City, Yokohama F. Marinos, and Sichuan Juiniu. 

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Organisers of the Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) have issued a statement following allegations of sexism at the 2022 event, which took place last week.

St Austell Brewery has announced a new advertising campaign for its flagship Tribute beer.

Australian brewer Lion has announced the sale of its domestic UK-based operations, including the Magic Rock and Fourpure brands, to Odyssey Inns.

Jaega Wise co-founded London’s Wild Card Brewery 10 years ago. Now, Wise is a TV presenter, author, and pioneer brewer.

The August beer review

26 July, 2022

Jeff Evans back with his bimonthly beer review.

Diageo has reported a 20% net sales increase for its Great Britain trading unit.

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Molson Coors has launched its first ad campaign for the Madrí Excepcional lager brand.

Carlsberg Group has started a consumer trial scheme for its new fibre bottle. The sampling initiative involves 8,000 bottles in 8 countries, including the UK. The bottle also contains beer brewed with “organic and regenerative barley”, the company said. 

Online beer retailer HonestBrew has ceased operations.  

The May beer review

31 May, 2022

Jeff Evans is back with his bimonthly beer review. 

Asahi Super Dry beer is set to launch its largest multi-channel advertising campaign in the brand’s history. 

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Following Mental Health Awareness Week (9-15 May), Lucky Saint alcohol-free beer has partnered with Beder and ASCND to launch a series of activations and mental health training courses. 

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AB InBev’s UK arm, Budweiser Brewing Group, has announced the introduction of popular Ukrainian beer Chernigivske into UK retailers, with profits going to humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine. 

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Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company has rolled out the first TV ad for its Birrificio Angelo Poretti brand, as it looks to tap into the beer with food occasion.

While IPAs, stouts and APAs have enjoyed time in the sun, their more mainstream cousin has only just begun to re-emerge from the shadows. Goodbye Eurofizz, hello grown-up lager. Millie Milliken reports

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The March beer review

29 March, 2022

SALTAIRE PILSNER, 4%

BrewDog will offer shoppers the chance to claim back the full price of a pack of beer, if they are not satisfied with the taste.

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It was the drinks category that the phrase “distress purchase” was invented for. When brands like Kaliber, Barbican and Swan Light first laid the foundations for low-alcohol and alcohol-free beer in the late 1970s, the audience was almost exclusively those avoiding drinking and driving – with the beers routinely lacking flavour and body there was little other reason to buy them.

Diageo’s Guinness brand has released limited edition packaging to coincide with the Guinness Six Nations rugby tournament. 

Congleton-based Beartown has broken ground on a new brewery, as it looks to increase capacity.

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Shepherd Neame beer brand Bear Island has teamed up with professional adventurers The Turner Twins for its new Born to Roam campaign.

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Diageo has announced plans to invest £73 million in a microbrewery and “culture hub” for the Guinness brand in Covent Garden. The project, called Guinness at Old Brewer’s Yard, is expected to open in Autumn 2023.

The International Beer Challenge is now open for entries. The competition, which is in its 26th year, welcomes all beers from across the world.

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Budweiser Brewing Group (BBG) has predicted that 70% of beer consumption will be premium or super premium by 2025.

AB InBev’s Budweiser Brewing Group has launched Beer Masters, a Prime Video show designed to find the best amateur brewer. The show, which first aired on November 11, is hosted by singer and beer aficionado James Blunt and head judge Jaega Wise, a brewer and industry expert.