Roll Up To The Great British Beer Festival

More than 900 real ales, cider and foreign beer will be on offer at the Great British Beer Festival, which again takes place at Olympia.

It’s the biggest beer festival in Britain and is expected to attract 55,000 people to the event, which takes place from August 12-16.


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40 years of CAMRA: ‘The real ale scene in area is vibrant and competitive’

From:  The Sentinal

“The work Camra Potteries has done is evident, as the real ale scene in this area is vibrant and competitive, and we’re really excited to be a part of that.

“Thank you and well done Camra Potteries, keep up the good work.”

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Dartmoor Brewery Expands Distribution With New Sole Distributor Deal

Photo of barrel being rolledDartmoor Brewery, Devon’s second largest brewery, has signed a deal that will significantly extend the distribution of its award winning Jail Ale by appointing St Austell Brewery as its sole wholesale distributor.

The new distribution deal will see St Austell Brewery, the South West’s biggest licensed wholesaler of beers wines and spirits, offer Jail Ale and Dartmoor Brewery’s Legend and Dartmoor IPA beers to free trade outlets across the region. St Austell Brewery’s network of independent free trade pubs, inns and hotels will offer Dartmoor Brewery a stronger foothold across South West.  Dartmoor Brewery will continue to manage distribution to their direct customers within their Devon heartland.

Known for its hand crafted Jail Ale, Dartmoor Brewery has been brewing from the heart of the Dartmoor National Park since 1994 and produces more than 2.5 million pints of award winning real ales, using traditional brewing techniques and local Dartmoor ingredients.

Appointing St Austell Brewery is the latest step in an ambitious growth plan that Dartmoor Brewery has been implementing over the last two years including the development of a new brand identity, investment in facilities and entering the export market.  Head brewer at Dartmoor Brewery, Mike Lunney commented:  “We’re excited to begin a new partnership with St Austell Brewery; their passion for craft beer is evident in their own portfolio and we look forward to working with them to make Dartmoor Brewery’s beers more readily available to real ale drinkers across the South West.”

The prospect of opening up opportunities via St Austell Brewery with its extensive free trade customer base wasn’t the only attraction for Dartmoor Brewery.  Mike continued: “St Austell Brewery has over 165 years’ experience brewing and wholesaling beer and we felt their expertise in sales, marketing and distribution would help propel our beers to new audiences.  We’re looking forward to a mutually rewarding partnership with them.”

Ian Blunt, Sales & Distribution Director at St Austell Brewery said: “The deal is great news for St Austell Brewery, we are delighted to be working closely with Mike and the team at Dartmoor Brewery. This distribution agreement brings together two independent breweries who produce fantastic beer. In addition to our own beer brands, St Austell Brewery also wholesales an extensive range of other beers. This partnership with Dartmoor will firmly establish St Austell Brewery as the South West’s number one cask ale wholesaler. We look forward to delivering our first rate service to Dartmoor’s customers outside Devon and making their range of popular beers available to our free trade customers across South West England.”

Dartmoor Brewery is the highest brewery in England and produces three award winning ales – Jail Ale, Legend, Dartmoor IPA – using traditional brewing techniques and local ingredients. For more information visit:


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Butcombe Brewery Scoops Second National Award

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Gyles Brandreth presents Butcombe's off-trade sales director, Martin Holland with Made in the UK Food and Drink Award

Butcombe Brewery beat off 66 companies to win the Food and Drink Award category at the national Made in the UK Awards.  This follows hard on the heels of winning the top prize of Business Brewery of the Year 2014 from SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers).  The event organisers described the Made in the UK Awards as the largest ever showcase of those at the forefront of great products, technology, innovative design and green thinking across the UK.  The Awards form part of the month-long International Festival of Business 2014 hosted in Liverpool.

The Brewery has increased its product range of premium bottled ales and was chosen by the judges because of its excellent development story. This includes growing its branded distribution and rate of sale to a point where it is ranked 24th out of 400 breweries selling premium bottled ales.  Butcombe is the only brewer to have developed its own dedicated bottled beer website (   It also produces a Premium Bottled Ale report which is issued monthly to all key decision makers and buyers and has launched a UK Bottled Ale Group on linkedin, facebook and twitter.  The Brewer has also recently launched a cookery book, ‘Cooking with Beer & Cider’, which will start selling through Tesco stores located in the South West from August 2014.

Martin Holland, Butcombe’s off-trade sales director, says: “The major multiples in our region have been supportive in their response to Butcombe and allowed us to showcase our range in this highly competitive market.  They have encouraged us every step of the way”.

Guy Newell, Managing Director, Butcombe Brewery says:  “Winning this national award is fantastic news for us, particularly when we are up against such tough competition in a region that produces so many high quality products.  We are proud to be consistently judged to be making some of the best beer in the UK, which in turn brews the best beer in the world. We have invested in our people and technology to ensure that our beer has never been better both on draught and in bottle and it’s great to learn that the judges of Made in the UK agree”.

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Drinking at home remains more popular than going out

By John Harrington, 28-Jul-2014

New research shows that although there are still more people drinking at home than in the pub, the volume of alcohol being consumed at home has dropped 3% in the last five years.


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Study shows parents unaware of underage drinking decline

By John Harrington, 28-Jul-2014

More than nine in ten parents are not aware of the downturn in alcohol consumption by 11-15 year olds over the last decade, according to the Portman Group.


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Scheme to help struggling publicans gets £20k boost from Punch

Punch Taverns has pledged £20,000 to a Licensed Trade Charity scheme to provide vital home visits to people in difficult circumstances.


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Beer sales in pubs up by highest rate this century, according to BBPA

By Noli Dinkovski, 25-Jul-2014

Pubs have recorded their highest rate of quarterly growth in beer volume sales this century, the latest UK quarterly Beer Barometer from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has revealed.


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Burton key to future growth says brewing plan

BURTON will form a major part of a bid to ensure that the beer and pub industry continues to thrive until 2020, according to a new report.

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has set out its priorities to ensure that both industries ‘grow and prosper’ during the next six years.

The town, often dubbed the home of brewing, will form a key part of the efforts, which include calls for lower taxes, policies to promote growth and support for partnership and self-regulation.

Brigid Simmonds, BBPA chief executive, said: “With the general election just months away, our focus is on persuading politicians that with the right policies, we can have a thriving beer and pub sector serving local communities, and with investment and employment growth.

“Our manifesto will help us to make a clear and strong case on all these issues, with a further duty cut in the Budget in March 2015 our immediate priority.”

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