ALE Winter 2000 No. 300

Brewery News

The Oakham Brewery has collected over 4,000 signatures on a petition against its demolition as part of the Queensgate redevelopment. The branch organised a successful visit to the brewery on 7th October. The Earl Soham Brewery is expanding into a new brewhouse. Adnams new porter, Fisherman, has proved popular - it's supposed to replace the much-loved Extra. Mighty Oak are moving from Brentwood to Mauldon by February. Old Chimneys (Market Weston, near Diss) is moving to new premises and trebling capacity. It's launched three new bottled beers: Brimstone Lager (6.5), Redshank Strong Ale (7.2%) and Good King Henry Imperial Stout (9.6%).

Locally, Milton Brewery's Sandpit, brewed by N. Herts CAMRA, was well-received, as was Pharos, the latest in the Seven Wonders of the World series. Other news beers recently included Babylon (a stout), Zeus, Colossus and the special MM edition of Mammon, aged a year. ("Mmmmmm...") Meanwhile City of Cambridge Brewery is about to move to larger premises near Ely. Lidstones Brewery had planned to move the brewery plant into the cellar of the Kingston Arms (Cambridge) but this is on hold for 2001.

Scottish & Newcastle

In December Scottish & Newcastle released interim results for the half-year to the end of October [as posted on the Motley Fool]. As one of the big pub & brewery operators, its thinking as to pubs and beer brands is important. Amongst all the financial froth, there are some interesting statements and omissions: Follow-up reports in the media said they're closing 500 pubs in their heartlands of Scotland and the North-East of England.

Greene King

GK's interim results [as posted on the Motley Fool] for the half-year came out the day after S&N's.

The Cambridge & District Branch needs to declare an interest at this point: we hold shares in GK so as to have a say, no matter how small.

As GK loom so large hereabouts, it's worth a look at their thinking. The landlords forced out of their pubs by rent rises will probably find this particularly interesting.

Some extracts:


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