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BrewDog is no stranger to controversy. The business has built its brand off the back of its punk attitude. It's shown outright hostility to big brewing and bland beers. Its brand has won fans and helped it attract thousands of small shareholders via its Equity for Punks crowdfunding drives. It's also stuck two fingers at the trade and regulators. This has also worked and underpinned BrewDog's phenomenal growth. So what does this week's decision to accept private equity...

Our latest craft beer market overview looks at activity in the sector over the last three months. It’s been a busy year for craft brewers and this quarter has been no exception. This quarter’s roundup is also a review of the 2015 key trends and developments. Craft brewers love the crowd… London’s Redchurch Brewery became the latest brewer to seek finance through alternative methods as it looked to raise £200,000 via Crowdcube. The use of crowdfunding didn’t start this...

What drinks sector trends can we expect to see emerge in 2016? This year was all about Negronis, craft beer and small batch gin. We’ve asked a drink’s sector experts what they believe we’ll all be supping on next year. From Marston’s head of brand to a Birmingham gin expert, we’ve got all the 2016’s drinks sector trends covered. Chris Keating Head of Brand Marston’s Beer Company is responsible for creating one of the biggest selling premium bottled...

It has become a known trend that over the last few years the love for craft beer is rising (almost fivefold in four years from 164,000hl in 2011 to 625,000hl in 2015) and is showing no sign of disappearing anytime soon. And British brewers have proved their significance in this market with an increase in craft value of 76% in 2015. With cask drinkers visiting the pub twice as often as the average person and spending almost...

What’s been going on in the craft beer market? It should be no surprise that despite the summer respite there’s been no shortage of news and developments. Here’s our latest update of key news and trends in the craft beer sector. In August beer fans got to sample wares from 300 brewers at the London Beer Festival. The CAMRA-organised event featured over 900 real ales, ciders and perrys. The article notes that the growth in independent breweries...

The Innis & Gunn BeerBond seems to have hit a note with investors with the brewery announcing that it has raised £2.5 million with its crowdfunded beer bond.  Innis & Gunn launched the funding drive at the end of April seeking to raise £3 million to build a new brewery. Whilst crowdfunding is seemingly all the rage for craft breweries with ambition Innis & Gunn have taken a different route. Rather than offering shares in the...

Take away craft beer growlers are all the rage at the moment and yet another thing imported from our craft beer brewing friends in America. We first introduced growlers in an earlier post about our craft beer trip to Vancouver. Intrigued by the idea of take-out beer we decided to write more on the subject and find out what the potential benefits are to UK brewers. But first lets establish exactly what a growler is? You can look up some definitions...

It’s been another busy quarter for the craft beer market and this is our round up of key developments. The biggest news was that South African brewing giant SAB Miller acquired Meantime Brewing. The deal for an as-yet-undisclosed sum will reportedly see Meantime develop new beers for SAB as well as helping it grow its exports. Much of the media speculation has been on the impact among craft beer fans. Perhaps more important is whether this is...

This morning saw news that US brewing giant SABMiller had purchased UK craft brewer Meantime for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition will see Meantime operate as an independent brewery with SABMiller looking to drive expansion and exports of Meantime’s award-winning brews. With the craft beer market booming, is this a one-off purchase or is it the start of a wave of purchases of nimble, profitable craft brewers by ‘big brewing’? Craft brewers are an attractive target for acquisition Craft...

A recent trip to Vancouver was full of surprises. Great food, lovely people but more importantly amazing craft beer. For a city that’s half the size of Birmingham it’s blessed with 16 craft beer breweries. So when in craft beer heaven it’d be rude not get a taste for the city. Where to start? On a recommendation from a bartender in Gas Town we headed from downtown to East Vancouver AKA brewery central. Our cab pulled up on Commercial...