Saturday, July 16, 2005

Beer Drinkers Rally To Save Ridley's Brewery

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has launched a petition to keep Ridley’s Brewery in Essex open following last week’s news that Greene King Brewery had purchased the company and planned to close the 163 year old brewery by the autumn.

Over 1,300 people have signed the on-line petition in the first 24 hours calling on Greene King to reconsider its decision to close the brewery and axe a number of Ridley beer brands. The petition also objects to any future application to convert the brewery to any other use other than brewing.

Mike Benner, CAMRA’s Chief Executive said, “Ridley’s has been family owned since 1842, brewing excellent local beers. Greene King should reconsider its decision and sell the brewery as a going concern.”

The petition can be found on the CAMRA website by visiting:

Benner continued, “We have been delighted with the early response we have had to our petition to keep the Ridley’s Brewery open. To have over 1,300 people get behind the campaign in the first 24 hours shows that beer drinkers are concerned about losing a brewery that is part of Britain’s brewing heritage and the possibility of losing some popular beers brewed in Essex.

Benner concluded, “I would urge everybody who enjoys good beer and appreciates Britain’s unique brewing industry to sign the petition to help us show Greene King how unpopular their plan is to close this historic brewery in Essex.”

Friday, July 15, 2005

Peterborough CAMRA Beer Festival

Tue 23rd to Sun 28th August, 2005
The Embankment, Bishop's Road, Peterborough

The Festival is held in massive marquees on the river embankment in Peterborough. The site is only a few minutes walk from Peterborough Railway Station and from the bus and coach stations. The address is The Embankment (Behind the Key Theatre), Bishops Road, Peterborough PE1 1EF

CAMRA's Save Ridley's Campaign

Save Ridley’s Brewery

Greene King has recently purchased Ridley’s PLC and announced that they intend to close Ridley's Brewery, near Chelmsford in Essex, by this autumn. CAMRA, The Campaign for Real Ale is campaigning to keep Ridley's Brewery open and is calling on Greene King to reconsider its decision to close the brewery and axe a number of Ridley's beer brands. Please support CAMRA's campaign by signing thier online petition.

Click Here To Sign The Petition

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

SSMCamra News: Howard Town Brewery, Glossop

I have some news from Howard Town Brewery (Glossop), via ssmcamra...

"The first brew is in the fermenter at the moment. It was to have been Wrens Nest 4.2% but looks to be coming out at a different colour and abv to what they are aiming for. So if it is ok it will be sold as a one-off brew with the name Howard Town Bitter, towards the end of the month. No outlets yet confirmed but several local free houses have expressed interest."


Monday, July 11, 2005

CAMRA calls for Competition Commission investigation following Greene King’s acquisition of Ridleys PLC

Beer consumer group, the Campaign for Real Ale has attacked Greene King’s plans to close the 163 year old Ridleys Brewery in Essex. CAMRA claims that the acquisition of Ridleys PLC, threatens consumer choice as Greene King’s dominance in Essex and East Anglia grows...