Drawing on traditional brewing techniques, Hofmeister has been reborn to tease customers to 'follow the bear' once more

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Hofmeister: Built up from the bear bones

By Rod Addy

Two longstanding friends are drawing on a Bavarian brewer’s process and recipe to successfully reinvent a well-known lager that was shelved 25 years ago.

Fourpure installs skid-mounted brewery system

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Fourpure installs skid-mounted brewery system

By Rick Pendrous

Food and drink processing equipment supplier GEA is to install its first UK Craft-Star skid-mounted brewing system at the craft brewer Fourpure Brewing Co in Bermondsey, London as part of a £2M project that will see production capacity increase by 400%...

Brewery Tom Woods Beers has entered into administration after failing to pay its creditors

Independent brewery falls into administration

By Gwen Ridler

An independent brewery has fallen into administration, after failing to pay back its creditors as part of a finance deal known as a Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA).

Takeover: the brewers have agreed a date of October 10 for the £79bn deal to go through

600 jobs set for axe after brewer mega-merger

By Noli Dinkovski

Fears are growing for the future of nearly 600 jobs at SABMiller after brewing giant AB InBev confirmed its takeover of the brewer would “significantly impact” its existing UK locations.

Beer sales soared in the second-quarter

British beer sales kick-off with Euro 2016 football

By Matt Atherton

An extra 31M pints of beer were sold between April and June, mainly thanks to the month-long televised feast of European Championship football – despite England’s failure at the second round stage – reveal new figures from The British Beer & Pub Association...

Maltster Bairds upgrades its Inverness drive systems

Maltster Bairds upgrades its Inverness drive systems

By Rick Pendrous

Bairds Malt, which operates six malt houses across England and Scotland, supplying 250,000t of malt a year to the brewing and distillery sectors, has upgraded the drive systems at its processing facility in Inverness with the help of the Gibbons Engineering...

Meantime is to open a pilot brewery to focus on new product development

SABMiller buys London craft brewer Meantime

By Michael Stones

Drinks multinational SABMiller has acquired London craft brewery Meantime Brewing Company, continuing the recent trend of beverage giants investing in craft brewers.

Boris Johnson pulls the other one

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Politicians ‘pull the other one’ – down the pub

By Michael Stones

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) received a big political boost today (May 1), as the top contenders for Prime Minister David Cameron and Ed Miliband both joined 1,000 other prospective MPs in pledging to support the pressure group’s campaigns.

More Britons said cheers to a beer this year

Beer bounces back this year: Mintel

By Michael Stones

More British drinkers said cheers to beer this year, as sales bounced back from recession, according to market research organisation Mintel.

Scientists are recreating 170-year old beer from a shipwreck

Shipwrecked beer recreated by scientists

By Nicholas Robinson

A 170-year old beer found in a shipwreck is to be recreated by the Finnish-based brewery Stallhagen and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

Flying the flag for the UK in Italy are Acorn Brewery's brewer Bruce Woodcock (l) and owner Dave Hughes (r)

Barnsley beer set for Italy

By Laurence Gibbons

Italians will soon be enjoying the taste of Barnsley after one brewer sent 3,500 pints of its ale to Italy.

Snake Venom is just one of Brewmeister's brands – others include Black Hawk and Neon Blonde

Brewmeister’s Snake Venom beer marketing blasted

By Rod Addy

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned an online beer advert for misleading consumers over its alcohol content and placing “undue emphasis on the alcoholic strength” of the product.

Real ale has almost doubled its market share over the past decade, CAMRA claims

UK brewers drink to bumper year

By Rod Addy

The UK saw 170 breweries spring up in the past 12 months, a figure driven by small independent brewers, according to the Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA’s) Good Beer Guide 2015.

Adnams says sales and profits are looking up

Adnams brewery hails ‘bright times’ ahead

By Michael Stones

Suffolk brewery Adnams is saying cheers to “brighter times emerging”, after posting operating profits up by 29% to £862,000 for the six months to June 30.

Daniel Thwaites brands include Wainwright cask and bottled beer

Daniel Thwaites pinpoints new brewery and HQ site

By Rod Addy

Daniel Thwaites has safeguarded 320 jobs by identifying a site for its new brewery and headquarters close to its existing Blackburn facility, home to its activities for more than 200 years.

BottleDog will provide the knowledge and equipment to help grow the next generation of brewers

BrewDog opens school for next generation of brewers

By Laurence Gibbons

Scotland’s largest independent brewery BrewDog has opened a new bottling shop and school in London that will help grow the next generation of brewers, according to the firm’s boss.

Leeds Brewery offers four permanent beer brands, plus a range of seasonal varieties

Supermarket deals boost Leeds Brewery growth

By Rod Addy

Deals with Tesco and Sainsbury have helped build Leeds Brewery's sales, co-founder Sam Moss claimed, as it announced planned expansion of production and pub operations after securing £395,000 from Santander Corporate & Commercial.

Heineken claimed its advert was intended to be humourous fantasy, not reality

Heineken ad banned for condoning illegal drinking

By Rod Addy

Heineken was accused of condoning illegal drinking through a recent TV ad that depicted alcohol consumption within sight of a football pitch and bringing glass bottles into a football stadium.

Plastics firms come together to make 100% bioo-based bottles

Joint agreement to make bioplastic beer bottles

Austrian plastics converter Alpla Werke Alwin Lehner and renewable chemicals firm Avantium have made a joint agreement to develop polyethylene furanoate (PEF) bioplastic bottles.

Boardman joins Moorhouse's after a decade at fellow Lancashire brewer Thwaites

Moorhouse’s appoints Thwaites man

By Laurence Gibbons

Lancashire-based brewer Moorhouse’s has appointed Mark Boardman as its new national accounts controller from Blackburn-based brewer Thwaites.

Unite is to convene a mass meeting of Molson Coors’ workers this Thursday to discuss the union’s response to the brewe’'s consultation

Union to fight pay cuts at Burton Carling plant

By Mike Stones

Britain’s biggest union Unite has pledged to battle plans to chop the wages of 184 brewery technicians at the Molson Coors’ Burton-on-Trent plant by up to £9,000-a-year.

Robinsons brews 14M pints of cask ales each year at its Stockport site

Pumping up sales

By Gary Scattergood

Modern kit will brew more success, Oliver Robinson tells Gary Scattergood

Endangered species? The Nags Head in Belgravia, London

MPs call time on above-inflation beer tax

By Laurence Gibbons

MPs have called for an end to above-inflation beer tax to protect the brewing industry and stop Britain’s pubs going out of business.