Brew news: the north has been most affected by independent brewery closures throughout 2023

SIBA: number of breweries down versus 2023

By Gary Lloyd

The number of active breweries in the UK at the start of the year has reduced from 2023 levels, according to new data released by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).

Kirkstall's Holt rescues North Brewing from administration

Kirkstall rescues North Brewing

By Ed Bedington

Popular Leeds-based brewery North Brewing has been rescued from administration by Kirkstall Brewery.

New horizons: Two Tribes to expand internationally in 2024

Two Tribes gears up for international growth

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

London-based brewery Two Tribes has secured a multi-million pound investment, and is continuing to grow in the UK as well as growing into two international markets.

What's in the news December 15?

Review of the Week

'We have a vital role'

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser's Ed Bedington caught up with Frederic Robinson's William Robinson to hear his thoughts on the week, from Christmas trade to changing of the political guard.

Level the burden: Andy Slee of SIBA has called for fairness on taxation


Unfair tax system must be fixed

By Andy Slee, chief executive, Society of Independent brewers (SIBA)

In a free market economy, Governments help things that are good for society and tax things that aren’t. Life should really be that simple.

Building a rapport: securing guest taps in pubs crucial to success for small breweries (pictured: Titsey Brewery new taproom)


Top tips from Titsey on brewing success

By Rebecca Weller

Building a strong rapport with local communities to secure guest ale taps in pubs is crucial to the success of a small brewery, but quality and marketing are top of the list for Kent-based Titsey Brewery.

Interview with Great British Beer Festival champion Elland Brewery

GBBF 2023

VIDEO: Interview with GBBF champion Elland Brewery

By Gary Lloyd

West Yorkshire-based Elland Brewery is a three-person operation – yet this tiny business took the coveted title of Champion Beer of Britain at this week’s Great British Beer Festival (GBBF). Here, the trio tells The Morning Advertiser about the victory...

Obstacles and solutions: Experts give insight into breweries' financial landscape (Credit: Getty/ Klaus Vedfelt)

Brewery sector balanced by ‘optimism and concern’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The UK brewery sector is fighting a “toxic cocktail” of soaring costs, business rates, high taxation and Covid-ramifications, but there are silver linings, with many reporting better trade than expected.

What has happened to Brew by Numbers?

Brew by Numbers enters administration

By Ed Bedington

Craft beer darlings Brew by Numbers has gone into administration citing a combination of the pandemic and escalating prices.

SIBA homebrew competition winner picks up national listings

The Cask Project

Homebrew beer winner to hit UK pubs

By Gary Lloyd

A hazy pale ale named the best homebrew in the UK is set to hit pubs and bars across the UK after winning a competition run by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).

Next chapter: Black Sheep Brewery has been acquired by Breal Group (Credit: Getty/andresr)

Black Sheep acquired by Breal Group

By Rebecca Weller

North Yorkshire-based Black Sheep Brewery, its shop and pubs have been acquired by lending and advisory firm Breal Group.

Political delusions on cheap beer are damaging


Delusions of cheaper beer is beyond naive Prime Minister

By Ed Bedington

You have to wonder if politicians really believe the things they say because our Prime Minister’s recent comments about how one of the benefits of Brexit has been the delivery of cheaper beer does seem to fly in the face of reality.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In Podcast episode 61

The Lock In Podcast

Black gold: Why is Guinness so popular?

By Ed Bedington

Guinness is an iconic brand that has stood the test of time and continues to forge a path others can only dream of. The Lock In team takes a closer look and asks: Why is Guinness the only show in town?*

The Morning Advertiser Lock In Podcast episode 59

Lock In Podcast

Getting your cask offer right

By Ed Bedington

Cask beer is a key component of the pub operation, but are we getting it right? The Lock In team takes a look at where pubs are going wrong with cask and how you can up your game on a category that is key to a good operation.

Playing Scrooge: Greene King brewery workers strike over Christmas after refusing pay increase offer (Credit: Getty/Monty Rakusen)

Strikes spark Xmas beer shortage fears

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs could “run out” of “popular” beers over Christmas and New Year as Greene King brewery workers take further strike action during the festive period.

Proper craft beer: future for the cask category is


Cask category 'building back steadily'

By Rebecca Weller

The future for cask is “bright” as the category "builds back steadily" post-pandemic, but more must be done to educate people on the craft of cask, according to Wadworth Brewery managing director Toby Bartholomew.

Cash injection: the investment will help Toast scale its impact towards its goal of rescuing 1bn slices of surplus bread

Toast Ale raises £2m for growth

By Nikkie Thatcher

Social enterprise brewery Toast Ale has raised more than £2m to grow the positive impact of its business.

Skyrocketing costs: sector leaders have called for more Government support to secure the future of British breweries (Credit: GettySusumu Yoshioka)

Breweries facing 'tsunami' of operating costs

By Rebecca Weller

Industry leaders have urged the Government to provide sector specific support to secure the future of British breweries as “skyrocketing” costs across the board cause a “perfect storm”.

Devastating loss: MCBC announces closure of National Brewery Centre (Credit: Getty/Lingbeek)

MCBC confirms closure of National Brewery Centre

By Rebecca Weller

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has called for brewing artefacts to be “safeguarded” following the “devastating” announcement the UK’s only museum dedicated to brewery history will close later this year.

Increased demand: surge in independent breweries results in 200 new sites in the UK over past year (image: Getty/ Klaus Vedfelt)

UK sees 200 breweries open in the past year

By Rebecca Weller

Some 200 new breweries have opened in the UK over the past year following an increased demand for craft beer, a recent study from UHY Hacker Young has revealed.

BBG staff take further strike action: GMB union states three percent pay offer

BBG staff continue strikes after 'cruel' pay offer

By Rebecca Weller

Strike action has continued at a Budweiser Brewing Group (BBG) site in Lancashire after workers downed tools for 36 hours from 7pm on Saturday 16 July to 7am on Monday 18 July amid pay disputes.

Why do we sell cask beer too cheaply?

Let's stop being cheap with cask

By Ed Bedington

Our consistently cheap approach to the sale of cask beer is one of the main reasons we struggle to ignite the category.

What's in the news 27 May

"We've been here before"

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington catches up with Kuckoo's Rich Powell for his take on the current headlines, from rising costs and brewery sales through to continued confidence and business expansion.

Quality is key for cask beer

Are you getting it right on cask?

By Ed Bedington

Are you selling your cask beer within the three day window? That’s the question we’re asking as part of The Cask Project.

SIBA Business Awards 2022: Entry deadline extended to 13 Feb

SIBA Business Awards 2022 entry deadline extended

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The entry deadline for the SIBA Business Awards 2022 has been extended to Sunday 13 February to ensure a wide variety of businesses from across the beer, brewing, hospitality and retail sectors are able to enter.

Barred breweries: New ways of taxing alcohol will exclude small breweries and cider producers (Getty/ Prostock-Studio)

Small brewers barred from Gov’s plan to help pubs

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Chancellor’s plan to help pubs through a new way of taxing alcohol will exclude small brewers and cider producers, new research from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has revealed.