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Open Status Code: 001
This independent brewery is believed to be brewing its own beer, on its own brewplant, on an on-going commercial basis.
General Classification: Still Brewing
Cuckoo Status Code: 002
This brewing entity does not have its own (operational) brewplant but, instead, uses spare capacity at one or more other breweries to produce its beers.
Typically, a cuckoo brewer, as distinct from a brewer by proxy, is one that is responsible for the procurement of all its own brewing supplies as well as the actual physical brewing process. That it may choose to procure supplies from the host brewery would not preclude it from being classified as a cuckoo provided that, where practicable, the option is there to do otherwise without hindrance from the host. Where a brewery shares a brewplant and/or premises with one or more other breweries (that is, without there being any lessee/lessor or borrower/lender relationship existing between the parties) then it will generally be treated as an independent brewery with its own brewplant even if it is tangibly a lesser partner in any such arrangements. That a brewing entity may brew, or have brewed, at more than one place, would not lead, automatically, to it being classified as an itinerant brewery provided the current arrangements it has in place give the impression of a stable and on-going relationship with the host(s).
General Classification: Still Brewing
Suspended Status Code: 003
This brewery has, temporarily or indefinitely, suspended production and its beers are not available at the present time.
A brewery will only be put into this category if there are clear and realistic expectations that it will resume production once whatever the problems that precipitated the suspension of brewing have been resolved, otherwise it should be regarded as closed.
General Classification: Ceased Brewing
Uncertain Status Code: 004
Beers from this brewery have not been seen in the trade for some time and other indicators suggest, but do not confirm, that it may have gone out of business altogether.
A label that should be applied to a brewery with extreme care!
General Classification: Still Brewing
Brewer by Proxy Status Code: 005
This entity does not have its own (operational) brewplant but, instead, has all its beers brewed for it under contract by one or more other breweries. Typically, a 'brewer by proxy' will bring these beers to market, without necessarily any intent to deceive, as if it had, to all intents and purposes, brewed the beers itself. A 'brewer by proxy' may have had little or no direct involvement with the physical brewing process but the expectation is that it will have been responsible for crafting the beer recipes and choosing the beer names.
Opinion is somewhat divided in the beer ticking community whether beers from such entities (often referred to as 'contract brewed' beers) are tickable or, at the very least, as deserving of merit as others. The Moorfield Rules unequivocally state that they are but, as with any beer, they will only be so if they genuinely are beers different from anything else produced by the contractor (see Rule 10.3.1 of the Moorfield Rules). Many 'brewers by proxy' are entirely open about what they do and have an honest working relationship with their suppliers and customers which means we can be confident that the beers being supplied as unique beers are just that. There exist, however, some operators who's business methods are, shall we say, less transparent; typically, such entities are vague or even secretive about where they source their beers or even, on occasion, about the fact that their beers are contract brewed. Some will opportunistically contract their brewing to any brewery, anywhere in the country, provided the price is right and typically this will result in many different contractors being used. It is difficult, in these sort of circumstances, to see how such beers can pass the 'traceable provenance' test of Rule 11.4 and would not, therefore, be treated as tickable.
General Classification: Still Brewing
Contractor Status Code: 006
This brewery does not produce any real ale for retail sale on its own account; its entire output is on behalf of others.
General Classification: Still Brewing
Antecedent Status Code: 007
This brewery, as a result of merger, de-merger, sale or other business transaction, no longer exists as a commercial entity and has had production of some or all of its beers transferred to one or more successor undertakings. Typically such beers will have been assimilated seamlessly into the portfolio of their new owner without any perpetuation of the name of the legacy brewery.
General Classification: Ceased Brewing
Closed Status Code: 008
This brewery has ceased production and its beers are no longer available.
This classification is also used to denote legacy brand and sub-brand names that are known to be no longer used by their owners.
General Classification: Ceased Brewing
Non-commercial Status Code: 009
This brewery does not operate on a commercial basis. Its beers, nevertheless, are released to the general public from time to time, typically by donation to beer festivals as 'charity' beers.
The question is often asked whether it is legal for beers from 'non-commercial' breweries to be sold at beer festivals. The fact is, it is not legal, in the United Kingdom, to brew beer (other than for personal consumption) without registering the brewery with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs and paying the appropriate excise duties. The law also renders those who subsequently 'acquire possession' of illicit beer liable to penalty even if it is given to them free of charge. Whilst a degree of moral respectability may be achieved by donating the proceeds from the sale of such beers to charity, those involved in their production and distribution are acting outside the law. It is not, however, for this website to name and shame unregistered breweries; just because a brewery is not operating commercially does not, of course, mean that it is unregistered. The label non-commercial applied here to a brewery, therefore, is not intended to indicate either that it is or that it is not operating outside the law, only that its beers are not generally available in the trade and, when they are made available at beer festivals, are not, seemingly, supplied on a normal commercial basis.
General Classification: Still Brewing
Pending Status Code: 011
This brewery exists as a physical or corporate entity but, although it plans to brew real ale on a commercial basis, has not yet done so.
What distinguishes a pending brewery from a mere pipe dream? Many are the people who have dreamed of running their own micro-brewery and some of those may have made tentative steps towards doing so. To be listed in this database as a 'pending' brewery, however, there needs to be clear evidence of intent. For example: investment in tangible assets (such as brewplant or premises) or the acquisition of some or all of the licenses necessary to start brewing commercially, such as planning permission or HM Revenue and Customs registration.
General Classification: Never Brewed
Brewing Group Status Code: 012
This entity owns, manages and/or co-ordinates the activities of a number of independent or quasi-independent real ale breweries which have or retain their own individual identities and, typically, continue to operate broadly as self-contained units.
Such an entity will not be one that brews any beer itself; if it does, it should be categorized as if it had no subsidiaries.
General Classification: None
Legacy Brand Status Code: 013
This former brewery, following merger, de-merger or acquisition, is no longer operating as an independent or even quasi-independent concern. The brewery name and some or all of the names from its beer portfolio, however, continue to be used by new owners and, as such, its beers continue, ostensibly, to be available. Typically, these beers are marketed in such a way as to give a casual observer the impression that the original brewery continues to operate as before.
No attempt is made to keep track of where such beers are now brewed although, to have been categorized as legacy brands in the first place, it is unlikely they are still being produced at the breweries with which they were originally associated.
General Classification: Ceased Brewing
Subsidiary Status Code: 014
This brewery is owned or run by another brewery, a brewing group or a pub company. It operates, however, as an autonomous or quasi-autonomous undertaking, producing a separate and distinctive range of beers under its own name.
The term 'quasi-independent' is used here, of a brewery, to indicate that, although it is owned, controlled or financed by another brewery or beer marketing entity, it operates on a day-to-day basis as if it is an independent concern. This would typically be evidenced by it having substantive decision making powers over the beers it produces, brewing at a separate location and maintaining some degree of financial and/or managerial separation from the parent entity.
General Classification: Still Brewing
Sub-Brand Status Code: 015
This is a brand name under which a brewery markets part of its beer portfolio without there being any discernible physical or managerial separation from the brewery's core operations.
Typically, sub-brands are used to market experimental, one-off or speciality beers but may also be used simply to market beers with names that follow a particular theme. Such beers may, on occasion, be transferred from the sub-brand to the main brand or between sub-brands, in which case the beers will be listed showing the most recent brand under which they are known to have been marketed.

There is an expectation that a brand will only be classified as a sub-brand where the brewery is reasonably transparent about what they are doing. Where a sub-brand is used to deliberately obscure the true provenance of such products, the brand should be classified as an unauthentic brand and beers marketed under that brand treated as non-tickable. Whilst, unfortunately, not all breweries making use of sub-brands make the provenance of such products obvious at the point of sale, we treat the branding as being reasonably transparent if a simple internet search quickly and obviously identifies the branding on the brewery's own web-based media.
General Classification: Still Brewing
No Real Ale Status Code: 016
This brewery is not known to have ever produced beers that can be considered as real ale.
See Rule 11.1 of the Moorfield Rules for the definition of 'real ale' as the determinant for this categorization.
General Classification: None
Provisional Status Code: 018
Beers from this seemingly independent brewery have been reported, seen or even drunk but no details regarding its status have yet been confirmed.
General Classification: Still Brewing
Collaboration Status Code: 019
This is a named collaborative or co-operative venture in which two or more otherwise independent breweries have joined forces to produce occasional, special or one-off beers.
This status code is not used for mergers, takeovers or other permanent working or financial arrangements between breweries; its sole purpose is to designate beers that have been brewed collaboratively by breweries whose day-to-day operations remain otherwise unaffected by the joint venture.

Collaborative ventures are not treated, for ticking purposes, as new or separate brewing entities. Beers produced collaboratively are treated as products of each of the constituent parties and, to be tickable, must be distinct from all beers brewed by any of them separately or in other collaborations.
General Classification: None
Unauthentic Status Code: 020
A brewery brand name under which beers of dubious or obfuscated provenance are marketed.
This status can be conferred upon the brands of both brewing and non-brewing entities which (deliberately) obfuscate the provenance of their own beers or beers which have been brewed for or sold to them which they then market under the unauthentic brand name. This is a status to be used with extreme care and only where other classifications such as Alternative Name, Provisional or Legacy Brand have been considered first. Beers marketed under an Unauthentic brand name should be treated as non-tickable.
General Classification: Never Brewed
Brand Owner Status Code: 021
The principal interest of this undertaking in the real ale market is in the purveyance of beers under the legacy brand names of now defunct breweries. It may also own subsidiary breweries or even operate brewing premises itself but it does not produce or commission any real ale for sale under its own name.
This category is intended mainly to include large, multinational brewing companies who continue to market some of the beer brands they have acquired during the course of their evolution. It can, however, be used to categorize any undertaking, large or small, who's main business is the perpetuation of defunct beer brands. It should not necessarily be inferred that the company or any of its antecedents were responsible, directly or indirectly, for the closure of any particular brewery.
General Classification: None
Failed to Start Status Code: 022
This projected brewery was aborted before successfully bringing any beer to market and for which all plans have now been abandoned.
A brewery will not normally be shown as 'Failed to Start' unless it has previously been listed as a 'Pending' brewery. It will be moved from 'Pending' to 'Failed to Start' once its originators announce that it is not going to start or when any of the assets, leases or licenses that it had acquired are disposed of, lapse or are revoked.
General Classification: Never Brewed
Ceased Brewing Status Code: 023
This entity no longer brews or commissions real ale but continues to operate in the brewing industry and/or pub trade.
This category is intended mainly for traditional brewing companies that no longer brew their own beer but which have retained their 'tied estate' and continue to operate as pub companies. It can, however, be used to include any erstwhile brewing concern which continues to operate within the brewing industry and/or pub trade, including breweries that are still operational but no longer producing real ale. Where possible, a new record will be created for the entity to represent its post-brewing activities. This may not, however, always be appropriate when a company closes its brewery or stops brewing real ale but otherwise continues to operate substantially as before without any corporate restructuring or change of identity. Where is this the case, this categorization takes precedence over any of the 'closed' or 'non-brewing entity' categories.
General Classification: Ceased Brewing
Collaboration Status Code: 024
This is an unnamed collaborative or co-operative venture in which two or more otherwise independent breweries have joined forces to produce occasional, special or one-off beers.
This status code is not used for mergers, takeovers or other permanent working or financial arrangements between breweries; its sole purpose is to designate beers that have been brewed collaboratively by breweries whose day-to-day operations remain otherwise unaffected by the joint venture.

Collaborative ventures are not treated, for ticking purposes, as new or separate brewing entities. Beers produced collaboratively are treated as products of each of the constituent parties and, to be tickable, must be distinct from all beers brewed by any of them separately or in other collaborations.
General Classification: None
Itinerant Status Code: 025
This brewing entity does not have its own (operational) brewplant but, instead, uses spare capacity at many (that is, more than one) other breweries to produce its beers.
Typically, an itinerant brewer, as distinct from a cuckoo brewer, will have no particular brewery or breweries at which it bases its operations but will brew when and wherever suitable opportunities arise. As such, the provenance of beers brewed by itinerant brewers may be difficult to establish with any degree of certainty.
General Classification: Still Brewing
Ancillary Status Code: 253
This entity supplies specialist goods and services to the pub and/or brewing industries but does not itself brew or directly commission the brewing of beer.
General Classification: None
Pub Company Status Code: 254
This is a non-brewing company that operates an estate or chain of pubs.
General Classification: None
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