The editor of the influential Good Beer Guide 2005 has launched a scathing attack on the country’s biggest brewers, accusing them of turning their backs on traditional British beers in favour of fizzy lagers.
Roger Protz has also launched a campaign with the publisher, the Campaign for Real Ale, asking the public to suggest a new name for Scottish & Newcastle, after the company said it would close its Edinburgh and Newcastle breweries.
He writes: “Newcastle Brown, from 2005, will be brewed in Gateshead. What a mockery! Fancy a bottle of Gateshead Brown?” He claimed the decision showed a wider lack of commitment to ale - as shown by Carlsberg-Tetley changing its name to Carlsberg UK and Interbrew UK spending £1m promoting Leffe and allowing Draught Bass to decline to less than 100,000 barrels a year.
Camra is calling on readers to lobby Parliamentary candidates for a sliding system of beer duty to help independent brewers.”