S & N had owned 30% of the Caledonian brewery, famed for its Deuchars IPA. In one of its last acts before Heineken took over, S & N bought the whole of the Caledonian Brewing Company. This fine brewery is therefore now in the hands of Heineken, raising obvious fears for its future.
On a brighter note, Caledonian owned the Harviestoun brewery, producer of former Champion Beer of Britain, Bitter and Twisted. Harviestoun has been bought back by its former shareholders.
Also on the takeover trail are Marstons, who have snapped up Refresh, owners of the Wychwood brewery in Oxfordshire. As well as Wychwood's own brands like Hobgoblin, the brewery also produces Brakspear beers and Duchy Originals Organic Ale. Marstons say they are committed to continued operation of the brewery. They said the same about their other recent purchases, Jennings and Ringwood, and have so far been true to their word.
Back up in Scotland, the Arran Brewery has gone into receivership. At the time of writing, administrators were hopeful of finding a buyer.
Another of the global brewers, Coors, has caused a storm with its proposal to close the Coors Visitor Centre, formerly the Bass Brewery Museum, in Burton on Trent. A strong campaign led by the local MP is fighting the plan and Coors have relented to an extent by offering to hand over the museum (which is truly excellent) to any organisations which could run it - and give it financial backing. Fingers crossed on this one.
Back in Cambridge, mystery surrounds the future of the City of Cambridge brewery. It's certainly up for sale but we don't know if it's still operational or whether the beers are currently being brewed elsewhere.