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10, 20 and 30 Years Ago

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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
August 2007

The beer community is shocked by the death of the world’s most famous beer writer. Michael Jackson, whose World Guide to Beer, first published in 1977, has been cited as an inspiration to many brewers and consumers, died at home in London from a heart attack. He had been suffering from Parkinson’s Disease for a number of years.

A beer from Hobsons Brewery in Shropshire claims CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain title. Hobsons Mild, a 3.2% dark mild, is the first mild to win the award since Moorhouse’s Black Cat in 2000.

20 Years Ago
August 1997

North-east microbrewery Mordue wins CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain title with its 4.5% ABV ale Workie Ticket. The name is a Geordie term for a loafer.

Wolverhampton & Dudley officially opens the new copperhouse at Banks’s brewery, constructed at a cost of £2.5 million.

30 Years Ago
August 1987

Greenall Whitley announces the closure of its Wem brewery, which it acquired in 1951. The Shropshire site will cease production in February 1988. Of its beers, only Wem Best Bitter and Wem Special will survive, both brewed instead at Davenports in Birmingham, which is also owned by Greenall Whitley. Meanwhile, rationalisation is also taking place at Davenports, with the ending of bottling and canning resulting in the loss of sixty-four jobs.

Tiny Pitfield Brewery wins CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain title with its strong ale Dark Star. The competition is staged at the Great British Beer Festival, held this year in Brighton.