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A Brief History of Big Beer

A Brief History of Big Beer

Once upon a time, women would brew beer at home to sustain her family. Any excess would be sold to her neighbours, to provide a little cash. It’s a far cry from the £69 billion deal that could see one company brew 27.8% of the world’s beer – 542.9 million hectolitres. 54290000000 litres. Or enough...
The Name's Bond. BrewDog Bond.

The Name’s Bond. BrewDog Bond.

Remember a few months ago I wrote about investing in BrewDog? Remember, they announced the fourth round of their crowdfunding scheme Equity for Punks, that sought to raise £25million and valued the company at £305million? Remember how I called the scheme out because there were no clear ways on how you would make money on...
#BloggerBlackmail

#BloggerBlackmail

If you’ve not been keeping up to date with the latest debacles in the food and drink blogging world this week, then you missed a corker. It was called #BloggerBlackmail and was about a blogger seemingly blackmailing a shop. Does what it says on the tin. Bosh. What happened was some woman asked if she...
A Wonderful Year for Welsh Beer

A Wonderful Year for Welsh Beer

Wales is often overlooked when writers analyse Britain’s broad brewing community, but 2015 can go down as the year Welsh Beer firmly announced itself to the rest of the UK. Back in 2014, Richard Taylor over at The BeerCast posted a list of breweries to watch – all from his native Scotland and, of course,...
Minimum Alcohol Pricing - The Great Debate

Minimum Alcohol Pricing – The Great Debate

Minimum Alcohol Pricing has been a sensitive subject in the alcohol industry for the last couple of years. About a week ago, the Welsh Government unveiled plans to introduce a minimum price per unit as part of a wider health bill. The debate was reignited, but I haven’t seen a huge amount written about it....
Out Come the Brickbats for Brewdog

Out Come the Brickbats for Brewdog

“It’s the way in the UK, sadly, that once you have a modicum of success you get brickbats,” says Simon Webster, MD at Thornbridge. The Derbyshire brewery was recognised by Pete Brown as one of the UK’s first “craft” breweries alongside BrewDog in an article for Imbibe magazine on the founding geeks becoming the big guys...
IOU Beer: Innis & Gunn Bonds

IOU Beer: Innis & Gunn Bonds

It’s time for what seems to be becoming a regular feature on The Missing Drink – Should I Invest in that Brewery? This month it’s Innis & Gunn that wants your money, so they can stop contract brewing in Glasgow and move all production activity to a site in the South East of Scotland. But...
Investing in BrewDog - When Punks get Punk'd

Investing in BrewDog – When Punks get Punk’d

Remember how I wrote about the Camden Town crowdfunding scheme a while back? They were looking to raise £1.5 million for 2% of the business. Well the campaign finished on the 21st of April, so there won’t be any more discussion on fundraising and investment in the brewing industry for a little while. Aaaaaaaaand that’s enough...
What if? Here's What: When Dogfish DNA Hit Town

What if? Here’s What: When Dogfish DNA Hit Town

A couple of weeks ago, Boak and Bailey imagined/foresaw a “strategic partnership” between two of the UK’s most polar brewing companies, BrewDog and Greene King. About two years ago, British beer nerds, including myself, got a bit up in arms about the arrival of Dogfish Head’s beer on our shores. Finally, one of the best...