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Aldi is launching a Brewdog beer that was created during a Twitter exchange between the two companies after shoppers drew similarities between Aldi’s Anti-Establishment Beer and the brewer’s Punk IPA.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has cleared the proposed Marston’s and Carlsberg joint venture.

Molson Coors Beverage Company will rebrand Coors Light to Coors from March 2021.

New research released today by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) shows that the UK’s independent breweries are struggling to cope with a fall in beer sales, just as Government threatens them with increased taxes.

The previously small but booming craft beer sector is now under threat – as the global lockdown saw a considerable drop in craft beer sales, SIBA said.  Even after pubs and restaurants started to reopen this summer, craft beer sales remained at just 51% of what they would have expected for a ‘normal’ July, and the new 10pm curfew and rules around table-service only have given pubs and brewery taprooms another hurdle to jump.

The fall in sales comes just as the Government is set to slash the Small Breweries’ Relief, which was introduced to take account of small brewers’ relatively high cost of production and allow them to compete with global brewers. 

The Government is yet to reveal exactly how much these taxes will rise, and it is this uncertainty which means 58% of brewers say they are delaying investment, 51% are delaying employing new staff, and 49% are delaying growing their brewing capacity – with just 4% of respondents greeting the Governments proposed tax changes positively.

James Calder, SIBA’s chief executive, said: “This new data shows very clearly that breweries are delaying investment and growth as they simply do not know what their tax bill will look like in the future – it is making a very difficult situation near impossible for small independent breweries across the UK - businesses which have been hit extremely hard by Coronavirus.

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has highlighted “serious issues” facing the brewing and hospitality industries, which it said the Chancellor Rishi Sunak, failed to address in his Coronavirus financial support announcement today.

Grolsch Premium Pilsner is returning to the UK market this Autumn.

Budweiser, the official beer of the English Premier League, has announced the launch of a new on-pack competition and limited-edition Premier League packs to celebrate the return of the football season.

Hobgoblin is launching its “most-inspired and far-reaching” campaign to date, in the run up to Hallowe’en.

Beavertown Brewery has announced it is expanding to create “London’s Largest brewery”, known as “Beaverworld”.

Brewdog claims to have become “carbon negative” with plans to plant a 2,000 acre forest and £30 million investment in green infrastructure projects.

The brewer already uses wind power to generate electricity for its brewery and bars and converts spent grain into gas to power the brewery.

Craft beer micro-chain The Epicurean has opened its third store in South Manchester on Manchester Road, Chorlton.

Lager launch from Adnams

18 August, 2020

East Anglian brewer Adnams has entered the lager market with the launch of Kobold.

Heineken UK has rolled out its 100% plastic-free cardboard topper across thousands of UK retailers.

A limited edition version of Punk IPA is being sold by Brewdog to support two charities devoted to finding owners for homeless dogs.

Tennent’s has announced plans to launch a new loyalty scheme for Scottish independent convenience stores and wholesale partners, which will offer a host of benefits and advice.

The new initiative, which will go live early September, will support members of the scheme with advice on ranging information and merchandising support, designed specifically with the Scottish convenience sector in mind.

The initiative will be supported by the Tennent’s team, working directly with member retailers to maximise range availability and drive incremental sales opportunities. A tiered system of incentives and rewards will be accessible for members who join the scheme, including cash vouchers and free stock, along with ongoing support.

The launch of the rewards loyalty scheme comes as Tennent’s seeks to increase investment in to the Scottish off-trade.

London’s Forest Road brewery has begun ground works on a new production site which it aims to have operational in early 2021.

ABInbev released its second quarter results statement today and said the first half of the year tested the company in many ways but it is now “well-positioned for a strong recovery”.

Budweiser Budvar is launching a new design across all its packaging.

Czech beer Budweiser Budvar is launching a new design across all its bottles and cans.

A new carbon capture facility has been installed at C&C Group’s Tennent’s brewery in Glasgow.

Peroni Nastro Azzurro has launched a global advertising campaign to reflect “the heart of Italian culture” as lockdown measures in the UK start to lift.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), has announced its intention to develop a suite of beer qualifications.

A group of 14 MPs have written to the Chancellor to ask for more support for small brewers whose businesses have been financially hit by the Covid-19 crisis.

West Berkshire Brewery (WBB), creators of Good Old Boy and Renegade Lager, has launched a crowdfunding campaign.

Tributes have been made to St Austell brewing director, Roger Ryman, after he passed away peacefully last week, aged 52, after a battle with cancer. 

Brewdog has released a limited edition beer inspired by the Dominic Cummings lockdown rule-breaking affair, just days after the prime minister’s aide made his televised press conference appearance.

The pace of off-trade alcohol sales growth slowed in the second full week of May according to new Nielsen data.

Marston’s has formed a joint venture with Carlsberg UK to create a brewing and distribution company.

Beer fans around the UK have spent an estimated £5 million on home delivery through Beer is Here since the start of the coronavirus lockdown.