Before the massive mergers that took place only a few years later, there were still quite a number of breweries that owned rather a lot of pubs. Many of these pubs were tenanted, in that they had a person who ran the business and whose business was tied to the brewery for all products sold. He or she paid a rent to the brewery and otherwise ran the pub more or less as they saw fit. The other common operating model was of course, management of the pub directly by the brewery itself. This is a model favoured by some, indeed many, now. Usually then there was a mixed estate of tenanted and managed pubs.
Now we are assured by a certain beer writer that everyone loves a table, so I thought, why not jump on this bandwagon. Don't worry, I'll likely be jumping off it again very soon indeed. Here's how it all looked in 1960:
I suppose two things strike me. The very large variation in numbers of those managed directly and secondly, not one of the breweries mentioned is still a going concern today.
Source as previous blog post about Area Managers two days ago I know John Smith is still a brewery, but it is not an independent company. As for managed houses, increasingly those with the most earning potential are put under management as you might expect. It would be interesting to see such a table now.
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