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10, 20 and 30 Years Ago
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10 Years Ago
Scottish & Newcastle announces that it is to put its remaining 1,450 pubs on the market and to become just a brewing company. The giant also agrees to buy cider maker HP Bulmer, in a £278 million deal that includes The Beer Seller wholesaler business.
Marston's unveils plans to extend its Burton-on-Trent brewhouse by incorporating two mash tuns, three coppers and other equipment from Mansfield Brewery that it closed a year ago. The refurbishment will cost £1.7 million.
20 Years Ago
Changes are taking place at one of the UK's most famous brew pubs. The lease of the Blue Anchor at Helston, Cornwall, goes up for sale as 73-year-old host Sid Cannon decides to retire after 15 years at the helm.
A mild brewed by Fuller's has proved so successful that its availability has been extended for a further six months. The Chiswick brewery's Hock (3.2% ABV) was introduced in March and was scheduled to run until Easter but it will now be on sale until October.
30 Years Ago
British Rail selects a regional brewer’s beer for sale on trains nationally. Boddingtons Bitter takes its place among the Traveller’s Fare selection of drinks.
Wolverhampton & Dudley withdraws its hostile bid for Midlands neighbour Davenports, conceding defeat. W&D came close to acquiring sufficient shares to take control of the Birmingham brewery but was thwarted by the intervention of Whitbread Investments, which offered a higher price for the outstanding shares. Whitbread Investments now owns nearly six per cent of Davenports, which remains a stand-alone business.
Allied Breweries trials a cask-conditioned lager. Samuel Allsopp’s Gold Cross is a bottom-fermented beer, brewed with continental hops. Unlike keg lagers, it is not pasteurized. The 1040 OG beer is matured for two weeks at the brewery and served via a handpump, although a blanket of carbon dioxide is applied to maintain condition. It is also flash cooled just before service. The beer is produced at Allied’s Wrexham Lager brewery in North Wales.