Daniel Thwaites is to brew Kaltenberg, which claims to be Germany's oldest beer, in its Star Brewery in Blackburn from this autumn.

The beer, which will be brewed under Bavarian beer purity laws, will be supplied to the Thwaites estate, as well as some free-trade accounts.

Paul Winter, the marketing director for Thwaites, said: "As globalisation in the brewing industry continues, I know there will be a place for forward thinking regionals with strong brands.

"The addition of Kaltenberg means that whatever sector of the draught market may grow in the future, we have products within that sector to meet the challenge".