Just a short note on a late work night as I gaze around the Internet for a tale to tell. And I came upon this often ignored consequence of consolidation within the brewing industry:
Sponsorship worth £150,000 a year for events in Edinburgh could be thrown into doubt by the proposed takeover of city brewers Scottish & Newcastle. The company – Britain's biggest brewing group – gives major financial support to the Edinburgh International Festival, the Royal Museum and the Royal Botanic Garden as well as smaller community projects. But the planned £7.8 billion purchase by European rivals Heineken and Carlsberg has prompted concerns about the future of such sponsorship.I thought of this sort of thing the other day when, looking through supporters of our new local sports and entertainment centre, I spotted an old friend, the Kingston Brew Pub. In addition to the many things they are, local brewers are local businesses whose market and concerns are at the same scale as residents. The closer we more to Global UniBev, the less and less we deal with the folks who call the shots. That means also that we are less likely to see good works by good neighbourhood folk, whether it's a small initiative like this move by Theakston to save one charity's Christmas, like Clipper City's support of Maryland's veterans in need or larger ones like the 98 million rubles given in 2006 by Baltika Breweries in Russia.