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10, 20 and 30 Years Ago

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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
May 2008

Following the 4p rise in beer duty announced his March Budget, CAMRA bans Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling from the beer festival at its annual members’ weekend in Cardiff, although there is no evidence that he actually intended to call in for a pint. The publicity stunt is part of a bigger campaign instigated by the consumer group against the tax hike.

20 Years Ago
May 1998

Home Office minister George Howarth announces a review of licensing laws in the UK. All licensing issues are to be considered, including types of licences and permitted hours for the sale of alcohol, as the Government seeks to modernise the system.

Scottish & Newcastle reveals that the Matthew Brown beers that it acquired when taking over that brewery in 1987 are to be discontinued. Matthew Brown’s Blackburn home was closed in 1991 and the beers have been brewed since at Home Brewery in Nottingham and latterly at Mansfield Brewery, following the closure of Home in 1996.

30 Years Ago
May 1988

A bill to update the licensing laws in England and Wales is given the Royal Assent. From July, pubs will be able to serve alcohol from 11am to 11pm, Monday to Saturday. An extra hour will also be allowed for service on Sunday, from 2pm to 3pm.

The last beers are brewed at Wethered’s of Marlow as Whitbread closes the site. Beers for Wethered-branded pubs will now come from the company’s Cheltenham brewery.