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Craft Beer Wars: The Ballast Point Acquisition

Craft Beer Wars: The Ballast Point Acquisition

If somebody told you that you could do everything you’re doing now, gave you massive financial backing to do it, and paid you ONE BILLION DOLLARS to do it, would you do it? Sorry, that’s not the question I meant to ask. I meant to ask “How long would it take you to force the...
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....
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...
When Camden Town Went on Dragons' Den

When Camden Town Went on Dragons’ Den

Disclaimer: The following is a fictional, tongue in cheek account and not meant to offend anyone at Camden Town or in the Dragons’ Den (I’m sure they have too much cash to be offended anyway.). Any national stereotypes or criticisms of business practices are not to be taken seriously but merely as the product of...
What Budweiser's Superbowl Adverts Say About Budweiser

What Budweiser’s Superbowl Adverts Say About Budweiser

February 1st 2015 saw the 49th Annual Superbowl take place from the University of Phoenix Arizona. The Superbowl is a four-hour extravaganza of Hollywood-budget advertisements before and after a concert by a pop superstar punctuated by short outbreaks of sport. The adverts are as anticipated as the silly sport that takes place around them (it doesn’t...
The Not So Tiny Rebel Beer Festival

The Not So Tiny Rebel Beer Festival

Tiny Rebel’s first pub has made a big impression on the drinkers of Cardiff after only 8 months of being open. But Urban Tap House has grown up very quickly – not afraid to take the reigns at the head of Cardiff’s beery army, the pub is quite public in its ambitions and its drive....
This Week in Brews - May 18th 2014

This Week in Brews – May 18th 2014

This Week In Brews – Beer News – – – – – This week’s beer news from Britain and around the world. – – – – – The booming beer market has resulted in an influx of new customers for producers of hops, with many expecting that they will simply not be able to fill orders...
This Week in Brews - May 11th 2014

This Week in Brews – May 11th 2014

This Week In Brews – Beer News – – – – – This week’s beer news from Britain and around the world. – – – – – We start in America this week, where Garrett Oliver has been named as the winner of the James Beard Award for “Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional”. The award...