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Canning Machine Crazy - Perks of getting your own Canning Line

From our travels between breweries across the South West, Niki and I have been able to build relationships with several breweries and join them on their journey. Over the last two months, something we have taken note of is the number of independent breweries biting the bullet and purchasing their own canning line. This is no small investment, with a decent canning line costing anywhere between £20-£90k depending on the size and level of sophistication!As big craft beer fans, this in itself is very reassuring and shows that in the current crunch time climate we’re in at the moment, some breweries are deciding to double down and bring canning inhouse. This solution isn’t suitable for all breweries, but for those...

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UK Craft Beer Brewers focusing more and more on small pack beer sales

Let’s be honest, its hard to beat a freshly poured pint in a pub with your pals. We all know this year has been beyond ordinary and for the majority of the year beer lovers haven't been able to visit their favourite pubs and still can't or are hesitant to.  With pubs and taprooms closing most of the breweries we work with lost the majority of their business when cask and keg sales dropped to 0. Undoubtedly craft beer breweries had to adapt during lockdown and the few lucky breweries with in-house canning or bottling machines could shift towards small-pack (bottles and cans) fairly easily. Some breweries also continued to supply their loyal local customers with mini-kegs and takeaway pints during lockdown. Which type of packaging is most common?...

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Shagweaver - North Cotswolds Brewery: October Beer of the Month

QWERTY Beer Box October ‘Beer of the Month’ Shagweaver by the North Cotswolds Brewery   Shagweaver is one of North Cotswolds Brewery's most popular beers and no wonder! This hoppy bitter is a true fan pleaser and perfect to drink on its own or alongside any spicy meal. More so, the delicately balanced finish appeals to lager and ale drinkers alike and its moderate 4.5% ABV makes it sessionable all week round.  The Holiday Family (seen in the image above) took over the brewery in 2011 and have steadily grown the converted milk parlour from producing one regular ale to four, plus lots of exciting seasonal brews. North Cotswolds Brewery has always been a family affair and son, Joe, now leads the...

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Moor Beer Company: Interview with George

Hello Beer Fan,  Welcome to our second brewery interview - this time on Zoom! George and the Moor Beer Company are super interesting and we're excited to be able to share this with you hot off the press.  In terms of layout the interview is broken down into 5 parts, with my questions in bold. Please skip to the bit that interests you most or just have a browse through.   1) Quick Fire Questions2) Moor Beer's Journey3) Live Brewing 4) COVID-195) QWERTY Beer Box 1) Quick Answer Questions Name: George  Which Brewery and Role: Moor Beer Company and role is national sales manager Have you worked at a brewery before?  I moved down to Bristol 8 and a half years ago for university  Haven't really...

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Proposed tax adjustments for craft beer breweries

A government proposal on adjusting tax schemes for small beer breweries has raised plenty of concerns among the craft beer brewers. Should the proposal be accepted by the government, the requirements to qualify for the Small Brewers Relief (SBR) would change considerably. This would result with around 150 small breweries across the country facing a drastic increase in tax duty.

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