A northeast brewer has called for the Portman Group to be scrapped, believing its beer brands have been singled out for unfair criticism.

BrewDog, which owns beer brands Punk IPA and Rip Tide, said yesterday (16 November) that Portman's Independent Complaints Panel has upheld complaints against the brands.

It accused the industry's self-regulatory body on alcohol promotion of favouring larger companies.

It claimed that Portman ruled against Punk IPA for its promotion as "an agressive beer". 

Responding to the criticism, a Portman spokesperson said: "The Independent Complaints Panel has not made final decisions on these products yet."

He added: "Our rules apply consistently to all producers whether large or small, irrespective of the type of alcoholic drink they produce."