From the HBD Archive
From: Paul Perlmutter <paul@heaven>
Subject: Re: Homebrew Digest #199 (July 12, 1989)
Date: 1989-07-12 16:22:54 GMT

The Beer News from England:

(From The Times: Tuesday, 11 July)

Britain's biggest breweries are to retain the ownership of their public
houses despite a Monopolies and Mergers Commission recommendation that
they should be forced to sell 22,000 of them.

In a move to bring greater competition into the beer market, however,
they are being forced to allow 11,000 of their premises across the
country to become free houses.

The big six - Allied Lyons, Bass, Courage, Grand Metropolitan, Scottish
and Newcastle, and Whitbread - are to be requied to lease out half of
the pubs that they own above a threshold of 2,000.

And in a government move to encourage cheaper soft drinks and low
alcohol beers, tenants of the national brewers are to be allowed to buy
those and other products from any source. Tenants of the national
brewers will also be allowed to offer a "guest" beer to their customers.

(later on in article ...)
The Brewers' Society said it regretted the decision, which would be
damaging for consumers, while the Consumers' Association accused the
Government of failing to break the big brewers' stranglehold over the
supply of beer.

Paul Perlmutter
(Ace reporter from Bristol)

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