Jamaican lager Red Stripe will next week become the sole responsibility of brewer Charles Wells in the UK. The Bedford-based outfit has been brewing the famous lager under licence since 1976 but packaging, off-trade distribution and marketing had been looked after Bulmer's. However, a new deal between Wells and brand-owner Diageo means Bulmer's now leaves the Red Stripe stable to concentrate on its other lager interests in the UK ­ Amstel and San Miguel. John Irvine, of the Red Stripe Beer Company, said: "It makes commercial sense to have one organisation responsible for managing and developing the brand in the UK and European market place. The handover takes place on Monday (July 15). {{DRINKS }}