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Robbies turns to plastic for export push

By: JimOldfield

November 15th, 2012

Cheshire brewer Robinsons hopes plastic will be fantastic for its overseas sales as it turns to Petainer kegs for its latest export push. The family brewer is now planning to export its draught ales, after worldwide demand for beers Old Tom and Chocolate Tom soared since Old Tom won the “Best Beer in the World” Read the full post…

Shift those casks and kegs with ease

By: JimOldfield

August 21st, 2012

Microbrewers shifting their casks and kegs via white vans, can now find some ease for their backs – thanks to the new Load Lift 500 from Penny Hydraulics! This light and compact platform lift will fit inside the back or side doors of your van and provide up to 500kg of lifting power for loading Read the full post…

Britain’s plastic beer barrels wow huge US craft brewing convention

By: JimOldfield

August 14th, 2012

Plastic beer keg company Petainer took North America’s huge Craft Brewers Conference by storm, with some 5,000 brewing industry pros wowed by the quality and versatility of its products. Though Petainer has attended smaller shows in the States, the conference marked its major league debut in North America – with brewpubs, contract packers, distributors and Read the full post…

Brewers lagging in new labelling ‘pledge’

By: JimOldfield

July 31st, 2012

A top labelling company says that nearly 40 per cent of micro-breweries need to change their beer labels, to avoid falling foul of new labelling code. Mercian Labels says that currently, only 60 per cent are compliant with the move to encourage microbreweries to amend label content to comply with the Government’s new “Public Health Read the full post…

If you like your tinny chilled… it’s now a can-do!

By: JimOldfield

July 10th, 2012

Not that real ale lovers would particularly hanker after a “cold one” – but if you can’t get to the pub and want a cooler can on the beach, the cricket terraces, or at your barbie… well, it’s on the way! For an American company has just produced the world’s first self-chilling can, ChillCan, which Read the full post…

Wadworth invests in 6X beer delivery system

By: JimOldfield

May 29th, 2012

Wiltshire’s historic Wadworth brewery has invested in an ultra-high-tech system to revolutionise how it delivers its award-winning ales. The 137-year-old brewer has linked a TomTom vehicle tracking system to computer routing software from Paragon Software Systems, to completely automate deliveries to the company’s delivery planning to its 700 outlets across southern and western England. The Read the full post…

Brewery switches to plastic kegs to supply new mail order ale

By: JimOldfield

May 20th, 2012

Shropshire’s Ironbridge Brewery has swapped its metal kegs for plastic ones – after teaming up with specialist plastics packaging technology Petainer. The Telford-based microbrewery will supply a new high-quality English lager in the lightweight, recyclable PET kegs as it targets the mail order keg beer market. It is a move which may impact on micro-brewers Read the full post…

Beatson’s play generations game for Shepherd Neame

By: JimOldfield

May 14th, 2012

Glass giant Beatson Clark has been chosen to supply label-less bottles for a special ale brewed to mark five generations of the oldest brewery in Britain. Shepherd Neame is producing Generation Ale to remember the ongoing commitments of the Neame family. It will be sold in a unique wooden presentation box at selected outlets throughout Read the full post…

Three firkins is too firkin heavy for ale-pedalling Joe!

By: JimOldfield

March 18th, 2012

Cambridgeshire’s newest brewer is not so much peddling as PEDALLING his ales to the trade – as he delivers barrels of beer to local pubs… by BIKE! Joe Kennedy can be seen riding along, towing a trailer loaded with two 72-pint firkins – as the ex-BMXer builds up his fledgling BlackBar brewery in Harston, near Read the full post…

Roll out the barrels – with Kegspertise from new company

By: JimOldfield

March 13th, 2012

Brewers needing help with cask management can now get some “keg-spertise” thanks to a new specialist company launching in Yorkshire. Bradford’s Kegspertise aims to become the “go-to” brand for brewers of all sizes wanting container fleet management help. It offers a bespoke solution to container quality, supply and project management issues, designed to boost brewers’ Read the full post…