Brewery & Pubco News
The City of Cambridge Brewery
hopes to start brewing at its new site in time for the
29th Cambridge Beer Festival, with the first batch on sale there.
The first batch from the Cheddars Lane site in 1997 was voted
Champion Beer of that festival.
The latest beer, Constantine, from Milton Brewery has proved popular.
The brewery is also looking for pubs to buy or lease.
Hertfordshire family brewer McMullens has put itself up for sale.
Generally its beers don't inspire a lot of enthusiasm - they're rarely seen at beer festivals, for instance -
so realistically the possible loss of the brewery is not as troubling as a more popular one like King & Barnes
However the breakup of or radical changes to the pub estate are more worrying.
McMullens has been criticised in the past for its policy of using cask breathers in pubs, even when
beers are selling fast enough to make the use unnecessary.
The Enterprise pubco has continued is rapid rise to the big-time
and is now the biggest.
It bought Inn Partnership in February for just under £500M.
Then it became part-owner of 4,189 pubs bought from Nomura for over £2B in March,
which for now will stay branded as the Unique and Voyager chains.
Then in April it bought the Laurel Pubco (formerly Whitbread) estate of 1,860
leased pubs for £875M,
leaving Laurel with 606 managed pubs.
The Office of Fair Trading is becoming concerned over the dominance of huge pubcos.
The long wrangle over the ownership of Bass Breweries has been resolved by Coors
of the U.S. buying the Carling Brewery Co. part of it, so now Draught Bass is brewed by
the Coors Brewing Co. for the Six Continents pubco.
ALE Spring 2002 No. 305
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