Microbrewery planned for Eastbourne

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Man drinking a pint of beer

The leader of Eastbourne Borough Council has shared plans to open a microbrewery in the town.

Speaking at the authority’s annual meeting on Tuesday, newly re-elected council leader David Tutt described some of his administration’s plans for the next four years.

Among plans to install electric car chargers at the Hampden Park Retail Park and to move ahead with the new Sovereign Centre, the Liberal Democrat leader said the council was considering opening a microbrewery in an effort to raise income.

“We run bars across Eastbourne and at the golf club. A lot of that profit goes outside of the council.

“We can set up a microbrewery for Eastbourne and not only will it promote the council but it will promote tourism and make a difference for our communities,” he said.

Speaking later, Mr Tutt said: "We would be brewing our own beer and supplying our own outlets.

“That way the profit that currently goes to brewers would remain in-house.”

He stressed the plans were still a work in progress, but confirmed the cabinet would be working with council officers to develop the idea further over the summer.

AB InBev fined €200m for EU rules breach

Jupiler beer
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The world's biggest beer company, AB InBev, has been fined €200m (£173m) by the European Commission for breaching EU competition rules.

The Commission said AB InBev had abused its dominant position in the Belgian beer market by hindering cheaper imports of its Jupiler beer from the Netherlands into Belgium.

Margrethe Vestager, the commissioner in charge of competition policy, said: "Consumers in Belgium have been paying more for their favourite beer because of AB InBev's deliberate strategy to restrict cross border sales between the Netherlands and Belgium.

"Attempts by dominant companies to carve up the Single Market to maintain high prices are illegal. Therefore we have fined AB InBev €200m for breaching our antitrust rules."

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Craft beer firm Brewdog is inviting beer fans to invest in the business for the sixth time in just nine years.

Over the weekend it revealed it would seek to raise a fresh £7m.

If it reaches the amount, it would bring the total raised since its first equity crowdfunding round in 2010 to £74m.

That would pay for a lot of pints!

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