City of Cambridge
For some years now, City of Cambridge beers have been contract-brewed, initially by Wolf Brewery of Attleborough, Norfolk and more recently by Elgoods of Wisbech. Owner Steve Draper has now sold the business to Wolf. They have committed themselves to start brewing the beers locally again and are actively searching for suitable premises in Cambridge. In the meantime Elgoods will continue to produce the beers.

Lord Conrad's
Stubble Burner was launched in late July. Brewer Jon tells us that it's a straw-y beer with a good, earthy nose, well-balanced fruity bitterness and, at 5%, packing quite a punch. It celebrates the brewery being surrounded by fields of wheat and other harvestable goodies (though stubble burning itself hasn't been allowed since 1993). The beer also acknowledges the great work which UK farmers do.

Greene King
GK have announced a new scheme called Local Hero, focused on pubs which have seen a slip in barrelage in recent years. Licensees selected for the scheme will be able to source microbrewery beers within a 20 mile radius and take up to 50% of the real ale offer alongside GK beers. They'll be given a 25% discount on existing rent and £100 a barrel discount on GK ales but will pay a 6% royalty on set turnover. GK have a target of converting 50 pubs to the concept.