Help keep Jennings Independent!

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Sigmund
beers 13195 º places 444 º 15:44 Wed 5/11/2005

Scissored from CAMRA’s website:
"The famous Jennings Brewery in Cockermouth, Cumbria is under serious threat of takeover by Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries. Despite their assurances to keep the brewery open, CAMRA believes that the takeover will eventually lead to the loss of the brewery and less choice for consumers. Help us to convince W&DB that their offer is not popular with beer drinkers – their customers. We will pass on your views to force W&DB to withdraw their offer and keep Jennings independent."

You may sign their petition here:
http://www.camra.org.uk/SHWebClass.ASP?WCI=ShowDoc&DocID=11366

 
chriso
beers 7540 º places 736 º 16:13 Wed 5/11/2005

Originally posted by Sigmund
Scissored from CAMRA’s website:
"The famous Jennings Brewery in Cockermouth, Cumbria is under serious threat of takeover by Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries. Despite their assurances to keep the brewery open, CAMRA believes that the takeover will eventually lead to the loss of the brewery and less choice for consumers. Help us to convince W&DB that their offer is not popular with beer drinkers – their customers. We will pass on your views to force W&DB to withdraw their offer and keep Jennings independent."

You may sign their petition here:
http://www.camra.org.uk/SHWebClass.ASP?WCI=ShowDoc&DocID=11366

Already done.

 
Britales
beers 56 º places 2 º 21:10 Wed 5/11/2005

I love the sentiment but you guys are dreaming!!

 
imdownthepub
beers 25789 º places 2071 º 01:16 Thu 5/12/2005

Originally posted by Britales
I love the sentiment but you guys are dreaming!!

I think you are correct, but it is still worth a try. W&D are an aggresive Brew Company that has little thought for its purchases, its only concern is volume sales. It is forced to swallow up perfectly good Breweries to enable it to keep up with the likes of Greene King. Mansfield and Marston’s have already been consumed, Jennings are just a pawn in its path. Please sign the petition anyway and at least we can say we did something.

 
mutant
beers 854 º places 1 º 02:23 Thu 5/12/2005

I signed the petition because every little bit helps.

 
Joeh
beers 2049 º places 49 º 04:56 Thu 5/12/2005

Jennings, I think, is still family owned - so there is no posibility of W&D taking them over unless the family wants to sell, and if they do want to sell then that is up to them. If the owners of Jennings think they should continue to brew, then I suppose that they will - but that’s up to them.

I don’t see the point in CAMRA interfering in this situation. I really wish they would just let things like this go and spend more time promoting regionals and microbreweries that want to stay independent rather than fight a fight they cannot win. Business is hard enough without people like CAMRA trying to interfere.

Did anyone care when Boddingtons was up for closure? Should anyone care about this?

Perhaps I would care more if I had liked any of the Jennings beer that I had tried.

 
chriso
beers 7540 º places 736 º 05:56 Thu 5/12/2005

Originally posted by Joeh
Jennings, I think, is still family owned - so there is no posibility of W&D taking them over unless the family wants to sell, and if they do want to sell then that is up to them.

As far as I know, Jennings isn’t actually family owned. It’s has a stock exchange listing and the biggest shareholder is Robinsons with about 24%.

 
Joeh
beers 2049 º places 49 º 07:06 Thu 5/12/2005

Originally posted by chris_o
Originally posted by Joeh
Jennings, I think, is still family owned - so there is no posibility of W&D taking them over unless the family wants to sell, and if they do want to sell then that is up to them.

As far as I know, Jennings isn’t actually family owned. It’s has a stock exchange listing and the biggest shareholder is Robinsons with about 24%.


In that case why are CAMRA trying to fight another battle they cannot win instead of promoting independent regionals and micros.

With CAMRA trying to defend and promote tasteless beer it’s no wonder real ale is look down on.

 
imdownthepub
beers 25789 º places 2071 º 01:19 Fri 5/13/2005

Originally posted by Joeh
Originally posted by chris_o
Originally posted by Joeh
Jennings, I think, is still family owned - so there is no posibility of W&D taking them over unless the family wants to sell, and if they do want to sell then that is up to them.

As far as I know, Jennings isn’t actually family owned. It’s has a stock exchange listing and the biggest shareholder is Robinsons with about 24%.


In that case why are CAMRA trying to fight another battle they cannot win instead of promoting independent regionals and micros.

With CAMRA trying to defend and promote tasteless beer it’s no wonder real ale is look down on.


Jennings tasteless?

I think that you will find that CAMRA does promote Regionals & Micro’s in many ways. Beers of the Year, backing of SIBA, all their beer festivals and much of their promotional work.
Jennings is an excellent regional and is worth backing.

 
chriso
beers 7540 º places 736 º 04:06 Fri 5/13/2005

Whatever your views about the merits of Jennings beers, the established regional breweries are a reliable source of beer that is generally better than national brands when you’re in a strange area and not in a position to hunt around for scooping pubs. They invariably better than ersatz versions of the same beer produced elsewhere and badged under the old name, which this sort of rationalisation eventually leads to. So whilst the regional independents don’t often produce products that are at the absolute pinnacle of the brewer’s art, I’d rather have use than lose them.

 
Joeh
beers 2049 º places 49 º 06:37 Fri 5/13/2005

Originally posted by chris_o
Whatever your views about the merits of Jennings beers, the established regional breweries are a reliable source of beer that is generally better than national brands when you’re in a strange area and not in a position to hunt around for scooping pubs. They invariably better than ersatz versions of the same beer produced elsewhere and badged under the old name, which this sort of rationalisation eventually leads to. So whilst the regional independents don’t often produce products that are at the absolute pinnacle of the brewer’s art, I’d rather have use than lose them.


There’s a difference between not wanting to lose something and wasting a lot of time on something you have no chance of saving.

CAMRA have far better things to be getting on with. How about they stop listing pubs in their GBG that are serving month old casks? Or maybe they stop their blind support of Cask Marque? More damage is done the perception of cask beer by off beer than will be done by another crappy regional being taken over.