BFBi Annual Lunch

BFBi Annual Lunch

BFBi Annual Lunch

The BFBi is the Brewing, Food and Beverage industry organisation and on Friday 8th November it hosted its Midlands Section Annual Luncheon.  The annual luncheon provides an excellent opportunity for people from all sides of the industry to get together over a spot of beer tasting, dining and a guest speakers.  

This year’s guest speakers included Colin Maclachlan from the Channel 4 show SAS Who Dares Wins and the Channel 5 show - Secrets of the SAS and Jane Kershaw, the great great great granddaughter of Joseph Holt.  Holts was founded in 1849 by Joseph Holt and Jane is part of the sixth generation to work in the business. 

For the third year running the stunning Council House in Birmingham was chosen as the venue and as is traditional for the midland section Harry Mason Limited provided the beer engines.  For this event we used our well-known beer engine ‘The Aston’.  Our technical guys were at the council house nice and early and together they set up 6 beer engines each on their own mini bar.  The event started at midday and all six pumps were put through their paces pulling a variety of ales including the incredibly popular Timothy Taylor’s Landlord, Marstons’ Hobgoblin and Pedigree as well as beers from Wye Valley and Purity.

We also took the opportunity to debut our brand-new beer engine PINT365 Deluxe.  Davenports kindly donated a bag in box of their newest brew ‘Fallen’ a complex dry hopped red ale and together they generated a great deal of interest amongst the attendees. 

As ever the event was considered a great success by all and after its official finish at 5pm a smaller ‘afterparty’ followed at the very popular Purecraft Bar & Kitchen where beer sampling continued well into the night.

Hobgoblin the perfect Halloween Pint

Hobgoblin the perfect Halloween Pint

Halloween is here again and one thing for sure is that Hobgoblin sales are going to go through the roof, during the halloween and bonfirre night season. Marston’s owned Wychwood Brewery which is based in Oxfordshire says that Hobgoblin is the unofficial beer of Halloween.   A Marston’s team member of in the marketing department stated that it’s more fun to be the unofficial beer of Halloween because it marries up to the rebellious traits of the brand.

Marston’s Brewery owns multiple sites; one being the Burton site which has it’s very own bottling plant. A few months ago Marston’s increased their production of Hobgoblin to produce 1 million bottles per shift.  Bearing in mind they have a 24 hour production setup, they are producing 21 million bottles a week, thats a few to drink.

Hobgoblin is not just for drinking out of bottles, with their beer available in Casks and Bag in Boxes/ polypins, they should increase sales during the Halloween  and bonfire nights. Hobgoblin really should stregnthn its position as the unofficial Halloween Drinkl

There are now 4 seasonal variations of hobgoblin throughout the year, Hobgoblin IPA, Ruby, Gold and King Goblin. Throughout the year they introduce special pump clips and designs to embrace the season, such as the Halloween where the goblin is holding a pumpkin and Christmas specials where the goblin is wearing a Santa’s hat. The marketing team at Marston’s have been able to create a spooky feel around the brand.

Look out for Hobgoblin bag in box or Polypins in the new year.


Jack’s Batch 34

Jack's Batch 34 brewed at the Old Mill Brewery is named after capped Yorkshire cricketer Jack Leaning and his squad number. Developed with the help of Jack it’s described as a refreshing blonde ale with a citrusy finish, brewed with the finest Yorkshire malts and the perfect session beer for the summer.

If you are lucky enough to live locally then you can order and collect your Jack’s Batch 34 directly from Old Mill Brewery located in Snaith, East Yorkshire.  Alternatively, if for those ling a little further afield then place your order via the website and Old Mill Brewery will arrange for courier delivery to your door.

If  Old Mill haven’t done enough to encourage you to purchase they are donating 5p from every pint to the Three Bears Foundation.  The charity was set up in memory of Jane Burn and raises money for the battle against Pancreatic Cancer.  

So when purchasing your next beer why not look out for Jack’s Batch 34 from Old Mill Brewery!

Three Bears - Pint 365


Olympia closed its doors on the 2019 GBBF on Saturday 10th August 2019, it’s their 8th consecutive year at the venue. As ever the general consensus of opinion was that CAMRA once again had knocked it out of the park. With a range of literally hundreds of different beers from the UK and abroad, if you could have dreamt about a flavour then it probably would have been there. On entry, you need to make the biggest decision – whether to go for a ½ pint or ¼ pint glass. We strongly recommend a ½ pint glass as when it’s filled you might just get a little bit more and when beer tastes this good why not! And it’s not just about the beer….this year the food of offer was amazing. Just what you need between drinks. With a Winter Festival in the planning for February 2020 in Birmingham and no doubt a return next summer to London make sure to get yourselves down to at least one of them.

Stonehenge Ales

Stonehenge Ales found in Salisbury, Wiltshire are celebrating 26 years of Brewing in July 2019. They have had a very successful quarter of a century with plenty of wins from SIBA over the year with Spire Ale winning Gold in 2018, Danish Dynamite in 2017 and in 2016.

 This is all credit to the partnership between Stig Anker Andersen and Anna Marie Anderson, this has also been recognised by the South Wilts Business of the Year Awards.