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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
September 2008

A new report reveals that UK beer sales have declined by 8% over the last year. There is better news for cask ale, however, which – although also in decline – has slipped by only 1.3% in volume. The figures are detailed in The Intelligent Choice 2008–2009, a publication prepared by an industry group whose members include the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), CAMRA, family brewers and Cask Marque.

New figures released by CAMRA show that five pubs are now closing every day in the UK. The campaign group claims that a total of 1,409 pubs closed for good in 2007.

20 Years Ago
September 1998

Vaux Brewery announces it is to close. The Sunderland business is to abandon brewing and concentrate instead on pub retailing.

Durham’s Castle Eden Brewery looks set to be saved. The Whitbread-owned brewery was due to close in October but a consortium of local businessmen appears to be close to an agreement to take over the site.

The Burts Brewery on the Isle of Wight is to close. The announcement is made by Usher’s of Trowbridge, which acquired the Ventnor site earlier this year.

Brewing ends at Whitbread’s Cheltenham brewery. The Flowers brewery, as it has been known in recent times, has closed after 238 years.

30 Years Ago
September 1988

Campaigners are concerned that a focus on national brands will soon see the demise of some of Allied Breweries’ regional beers. Ales such as Ind Coope Best Bitter, Benskins Best Bitter, Tetley Imperial and Hall’s Harvest Ale may be at risk as the company seems keen to focus all its attention on Tetley Bitter and Draught Burton Ale.

The Campaign for Real Ale predicts that its membership will top 20,000 by the end of the year, as recruitment campaigns begin to bear fruit.