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10, 20 and 30 Years Ago


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
December 2008

The Campaign for Real Ale and the British Beer & Pub Association jointly launch a campaign to ‘Axe the Beer Tax – Save the Pub’, following Chancellor Alastair Darling’s decision to increase beer duty by 8% in his Pre-Budget Report and his declaration to raise duty above the rate of inflation for the next four years.

Mitchell’s of Lancaster, which closed its brewery in 1999, returns to production by acquiring York Brewery. The company operates sixty pubs in Lancashire.

20 Years Ago
December 1998

Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries tables a £262 million bid for Midlands rival Marston’s.

US beer importer B United links up with JW Lees brewery to take British cask-conditioned ales into the USA. As well as Lees’ own beers, ales from microbreweries such as Harviestoun, Daleside and Coniston are among the first shipments.

Greene King begins its year of celebrations to mark 300 years of brewing at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

30 Years Ago
December 1988

Tolly Cobbold in Ipswich and Camerons in Hartlepool are bought by property and leisure group Brent Walker from Barclay Brothers.

SPBW – the Society for the Preservation of Beer from the Wood – celebrates its 25th birthday.

The future of the Burts brewery in Ventnor, Isle of Wight, seems secure after a management buy-out keeps the business in the hands of the Phillips family.