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10, 20 and 30 Years Ago


It’s fun to look back.

Clear BrewThis 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
February 2007

A survey conducted by branches of the Campaign for Real Ale discovers that the number of pubs in the UK is declining at a rapid rate. The results show that fifty-six pubs are closing permanently each month, with another 1,300 already closed and in danger of not re-opening.

20 Years Ago
February 1997

The immediate future of the Budweiser Budvar brewery in the Czech Republic appears to be safe after a deal is announced that will see the brewery jointly owned by the Czech government, the regional government based around the brewery’s home town of Ceské Budejovice and the existing management of the brewery.

Tesco recognises the general interest in guest ales by launching a selection of regional beers. Forty-eight beers, from twenty-eight breweries, will now be stocked by the supermarket giant.

30 Years Ago
February 1987

The future of Batemans brewery is resolved after a troubled year and a half when chairman George Bateman reveals he has secured the finances to acquire the shares in the business belonging to his brother and sister, who both wanted to sell up. The brewery is now entirely owned by George and his family trust.