Eyes in Bradford

Eyes Brewing have taken the old Bradford Brewery space and will be operational by the end of January. Their brewery tap on Rawson Road opened just as the Imbiber was going to print on 24th December; great timing!

This is a double good news story because they are going to be brewing the Hey’s beers as well as their own so we can expect to see those back on Bradford’s bars soon.






Mitchell’s of Lancaster 

Sad to note the demise of Mitchell’s this time. The Lancashire brewer, founded in 1871, appears to have breathed its last.

Duff & Phelps have been appointed as administrators and all staff at the Mitchell’s head office have been made redundant.





Heist Craft

The Chesterfield based bar operators have commissioned their own brewing kit on site. Previously a cuckoo and collaboration brewer, they are now self contained and looking forward to a full brewing programme through 2019; we wish them well with the project.






Black Cloak

 Colwyn Bay has a new brewpub. It’s on Abergele Road and looks to be a cracking addition to the town. They are brewing on a one barrel plant at the site.


Twelve Hundred Postcards

 The latest micropub in Hastings is up and running, and in the running for ‘Best Named Bar’ for 2018. The name refers to the site’s former incarnation as a sweet shop which sold French postcards under the counter.

London Beer Lab

 London Brew Lab, the taproom/bottle shop/brewing supplies provider in Brixton, are running brewing workshops:

“They’re a great fun experience with friends, a way in for those who’ve never brewed before, or a way to take your home brewing to the next level. One of our stable of super-knowledgeable instructors takes you through the whole process from recipe design, the science behind the different ingredients and stages, how to achieve different styles, practical advice, and beer history.

No extract kits here – we’re all about taking the raw ingredients and tailor-making your beer from scratch. It’s your beer, so you’ll get to make all the decisions! You come back a few weeks later to bottle it, and then show it off to all and sundry.”

Details on their website at





Fire Rock Brewing

 Fire Rock have moved their brewing operation to their brand new bar site in Sutton in Ashfield. Find them on Outram Street in the town. The bar fit-out looks to be excellent, they’re carrying a cracking selection of craft and cask ales and we wish them well with the venture; a great addition to the town.






International Beer & Cider Awards

 The oldest brewing awards in the world, established in 1886, are a bi-annual event and will run in March 2019. Products and judges are drawn from around the world, from Mexico to New Zealand via Japan and all points in between.

“The competition has evolved and developed with the global industry and has accommodated many changes over its 130 year history. This year’s line up consists of judges from established, big brands alongside smaller enterprises who are really showing their flare and imagination at bringing new products to market.” – Bill Taylor, Chairman of Judging.

Winners will be announced on 8th March with the presentation taking place at the Guildhall in London on 1st May.