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10, 20 and 30 Years Ago


So You Want to be a Beer Expert?It’s fun to look back.

This section is devoted to Inside Beer’s trip down Memory Lane, highlighting the major events that were shaping the brewing world 10, 20 and 30 years ago.

10 Years Ago
November 2008

Carlsberg UK announces that its Tetley Brewery in Leeds is to close, with the loss of 170 jobs. The iconic brewery has been in operation for 186 years but will cease production by 2011.

The Campaign for Real Ale introduces a new voucher scheme for beer discounts at the pub chain Wetherspoon. All members will receive vouchers to the value of £20 when renewing their membership. Each voucher is worth 50p of the price of a pint but only one voucher can be used per visit.

20 Years Ago
November 1998

Castle Eden Brewery in County Durham is saved from closure after manager Jim Kerr and his business partners acquire the site from Whitbread.

Wolverhampton & Dudley refuses to deny rumours that it is planning a bid for the Burton brewery Marston’s.

30 Years Ago
November 1988

The Harp Lager group takes control of Buckley’s brewery in Llanelli, Wales.

John Willie Lees introduces its celebrated barley wine, Harvest Ale, described by brewer Giles Dennis as ‘an act of faith by a British brewery’, a new, traditional English ale to fly in the face of the global lager onslaught.