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
Wadworth appoints a new head brewer. Former Shepherd Neame brewer, Brian Yorston, who has been working as Wadworth’s trade quality brewer, takes over from the long-serving Trevor Holmes, who has retired.
20 Years Ago
A report by stockbroker Merrill Lynch encourages regional breweries to quit brewing. The report declares that profits from beer are set to decline and that companies such as Marston’s should leave brewing and concentrate on their pub estates, following in the recent footsteps of such companies as Boddingtons, Greenalls and Devenish.
The Enterprise Inns pub chain continues to grow. Having acquired the pubs of John Labatt Retail in 1996, it has now announced the purchase of 277 pubs belonging to Discovery Inns. The deal is worth £42.2 million.
30 Years Ago
Greene King announces the closure of its Rayment’s brewery at Furneux Pelham. The Hertfordshire site has been part of Greene King since the 1920s and currently produces just one beer, the cask-conditioned Rayment’s BBA. This beer will be produced at Greene King’s Bury St Edmunds brewery when Rayment’s ceases production and becomes just a depot in October.
Fears grow for the future of the Ushers brewery at Trowbridge after its owner, Grand Metropolitan, replaces Ushers PA, the popular 1031 OG brew, in many local pubs with Webster’s Yorkshire Bitter.
Moorhouse’s Brewery opens its first pub. The Burnley company has acquired the General Scarlett, just across the road from the brewery itself.
Boddingtons Brewery has a new head brewer. Peter Laws, who has been second brewer since 1984, succeeds Ian Kendal, who is to focus his attention on his role as production director.
Fuller’s launches a new lager. The OG 1040 beer is called K2, after the world’s second highest mountain. Fuller’s sponsored a UK expedition to climb the peak last year.