ALE Spring 2000 No. 297

Brewery and Pubco News

East Anglia News

Adnams are planning to drop their prize-winning Extra (4.3%), at least as a regular beer. However their rarely-produced Mild is on at the Castle Inn (Castle Hill, Cambridge) at the time of writing.

New local brews: Electra (4.5%), Albion (4.4%) and Pyramid (should be available at the Beer Festival) from Milton and IPA (3.6%) from City of Cambridge.

Peter and Jane Mauldon have sold their brewery in Sudbury to Steve & Alison Sims (Steve formerly worked for Adnams) and who plan business as usual.

Ridleys Brewery (Chelmsford) has revived the old recipes for Wethereds and Fremlins Bitter.

Asset-Stripping

Alchemy Partners, which was trying to carve up Rover Cars, is also backer to the InnSpired pubco, which has just announced the closure of the thriving 176-year-old Ushers brewery (Wiltshire), having bought the brewery plus its 550 pubs in July 1999 and promised no closure. They rejected the buy-out offer from the brewery management.

With the unnecessary demise of King & Barnes, it's been another torrid period for traditional breweries.


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