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TRENDY Scottish beer producers BrewDog are planning their own chain of pubs and restaurants in the US. The firm, run by friends James Watt and Martin Dickie, last week announced they will open a £19.3million brewery near Columbus, Ohio, next year.
It will be their first production site outside the original BrewDog brewery in Ellon, Aberdeenshire. James, 32, has revealed it’s just the start of a massive expansion into America that will extend to bars and restaurants...[click headline for more]
Even with the sweltering, humid weather and road closures, nothing was going to stand between beer lovers and their ice-cold tipples.
In the first three days of the annual Beerfest Asia starting last Thursday, some 27,000 people trooped down to the Marina Promenade. Another 5,000 people were expected yesterday, when the festival closed at 10pm, making visitor numbers on a par with last year's festival.
This year, they got to pick from 400 different beers, of which more than 100 are new to the festival. These included Japanese beers such as a pale ale from the Hida Takayama brewery... [click headline for more]
The cheapest beer in Asia can apparently be found in Delhi and the most expensive in Hong Kong. A travel search engine focused on Europe, GoEuro, recently compiled an index of beer prices across 75 cities, including 12 in Asia (13, if you include Moscow). The index encompasses both supermarket and bar prices, basing supermarket prices on the average across five imports and one local brew and bar prices off the same beers served in three hotel chains. Far from comprehensive, the index is still interesting, given the surge in global beer consumption is driven by Asia (as well as Africa)...[click headline for more]
Thought to be the largest brewery-organised trail in the UK, Woodforde’s biennial Ale Trail began on Sunday and runs until September 30, taking in pubs in East Anglia, Essex and parts of London.
The Ale Trail first came about to encourage real ale drinkers to visit pubs and to identify new watering holes to explore across the summer. While 10 years on the objective remains the same, the 2015 trail introduces the added benefit of an app for those who prefer to access information digitally.
Rupert Farquharson, managing director of Woodforde’s, said: “The Ale Trail is a very special promotion as it raises the profile of great real ale pubs, reflects the growing popularity of real ale and delivers a fantastic customer experience. Encouraging customers to enjoy real ale and support their local pubs is, in many ways, at the centre of what our business tries to do...[click headline for more]
Just like the drink itself, these days there's much more to beer festivals than drinking pints of god-knows-what in some dodgy old sports hall. Once patronised only by balding men sporting pot-bellies, shorts and sandals (with socks of course), a younger crowd along with serious foodies are now likely to be among the clientele.
Where once beer festivals were the exclusive preserve of real ale, at many of them you'll now also find modern, micro-brewed keg beers along with bottles and cans. Many festivals offer third of a pint measures to enable (responsible) sampling of many different beers and the only thing some of them need to catch up on is the right food stalls to enable beer and food matching. Nevertheless it's still one of your best bets for supping new beers, and old favourites, brewed locally or from further afield.... [click headline for more]
CRAFT Beer Clan of Scotland, the international division of Glasgow-based food and drink wholesaler JW Filshill, is ramping up distribution in key Asian markets after exhibiting at two of the region’s leading food and hospitality trade shows – HoFex in Hong Kong and ThaiFex in Bangkok – last month.
Set up last year to help Scottish craft brewers penetrate key markets initially in the Asia Pacific region and targeting a £2.5 million annual turnover within three years, Craft Beer Clan is now working with 20 brewers from across Scotland and exporting to emerging markets including China, Hong Kong and Dubai...[click headline for more]
SA's craft beer market has been experiencing double-digit growth over the last three years. Beer represents 77.8% of total liquor volumes sold in SA, with a volume increase of 45-million litres and a total value increase of R3.89bn in the past year.
The super-premium (craft) beer market is in the early development stage, but Standard Bank estimates it could grow 30% this year, 35% in 2016 and could make up as much as 18-million litres of liquor sold by 2017. This would give it a 2.1% market share - from just 0.3% in 2011...[click headline for more]
John and Adriana Bikis were living in London last year when they got the idea to open a brew-pub. A transatlantic move later, and Royal Docks Brewing Company is taking shape in The Marketplace at Nobles Pond shopping center.
The interior is still drywall and duct work, but the gleaming fermentation tanks, wrapped in plastic, hint at the beer to come. The couple plans to open Royal Docks in late summer. John, a 34-year-old GlenOak grad, is in medical software sales. Adriana, 28, works for an accounting firm... [click headline for more]
In Start Your Own Microbrewery, Distillery, or Cidery, the staff of Entrepreneur Media Inc. and writer Corie Brown with Zester Daily Contributors explain how you can get started in the craft alcoholic beverage industry, whether you want to start your own microbrewery, distillery or cidery. In this edited excerpt, the authors offer tips to help you create a spot-on mission statement for your new craft beverage business.
To figure out what kind of craft business you want to build do that, you must first think about what your “big picture” looks like. In other words, think about your mission statement.... [click headline for more]
It’s American Independence Day next weekend – and Liverpool ale hotspot the Ship & Mitre will get you into the Fourth of July spirit with its fifth American Beer festival. The event at the Dale Street pub starts tomorrow Monday and runs until next Sunday, July 5.
Twelve of the 26 bottled beers on offer are new to the pub, including the four I tried on my sneak preview visit this week, while fourteen beers are old favourites from past events...[click headline for more]
'For years the news has always been about pubs closing'.
These were the words of Andrew Griffiths, MP for Burton, as part of an in-depth look at state of the pub industry in the area. He added: "But now it is great to see old pubs being brought to life and be used for what they were designed for."
Mr Griffiths has led the campaign to cut beer duty for a third consecutive year and that has no doubt helped the influx of new pubs across East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire... [click headline for more]
The maker of Vagabond Pale Ale no longer will wander the wilderness.
Scottish craft-brewer BrewDog is putting down roots in central Ohio. The company on Wednesday confirmed plans to create more than 100 jobs with a 100,000-square-foot production brewery and canning line, creating a complex that also will include a restaurant, taproom and offices for its U.S. headquarters.
Although the site for the brewery was not released, the company said it will be accessible by rail and a cycling path. BrewDog looked at a number of other cities to host its U.S. presence, but settled on Columbus for more than economic reasons... [click headline for more]
When you talk about real ale, some people are still too quick to reel off the cliches of beards, woolly jumpers, and sandals.
But the idea that beer is a “man’s drink” should have been consigned to history years ago. As CAMRA is keen to point out, the number of women drinking ale has been on the up for years – and you can see the evidence of that at any local pub or beerfest.
One beer festival regular is Julie O’Grady – and she’s now spreading the ale gospel through new group Ladies That Beer...[click headline for more]
In a mood to down beer? There’s plenty of choice. From light Kingfisher Ultra to bitter-sweet Carlsberg Pilsner to the full-bodied Stella Artois. For those looking for more exotic brews, there’s London Pride, a smooth dark amber ale, or the creamy Belgian wheat beer Hoegarden and dry beer Asahi—all available in stores across the country.
But if it’s freshly brewed, off-the-tap beer that you seek, you have to head to Bengaluru in the south, Mumbai and Pune in the west or Gurgaon in the north. These are the only places that offer craft beer at the moment, but that should change soon. “The market for microbreweries is developing. Currently, only four to five states have allowed microbreweries...[click headline for more]
New Delhi: Brewing beer wasn’t the original calling of Ankur Jain, whose first venture as an entrepreneur was a healthcare information start-up he founded in 2002.
When the venture was being incubated in New York, he frequented Brooklyn Brewery, run by a former Associated Press correspondent who opened the outlet after he had had enough of covering the West-Asia conflict... [click headline for more]
IT started with coffee. Then food, and on to cocktails. Now, Singaporeans' love affair with the global craft movement is reaching a new segment of the food and beverage (F&B) industry - beer.
More restaurants and bars are stocking or importing their own craft beers than ever before, with distributors either popping up or jumping onto the bandwagon. Meanwhile, beer guzzlers are fast eschewing their Tiger draft for more exotic names like Barefoot Bohemian, St Peter's Cream Stout, Magic Rock Cannonball or Bateman's Mocha Beer....[click headline for more]
The beer - Allsopp's Arctic Ale - was brewed in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, for an expedition led by Sir George Nares in 1875. It was discovered in a box in a garage in Gobowen, Shropshire.
The beer had been expected to fetch £600 at the auction at Trevanion & Dean in Whitchurch earlier. The winning offer came from a private collector from Scotland, a telephone bidder. Aaron Dean, a partner at the auctioneers, said: "The internet went bonkers when the item came up...[click headline for more]
A year after discount grocer Lidl barged into the upmarket wine business with a range of premium and vintage bottles designed to pull in more middle class shoppers, it is doing the same with craft beers.
The German store is hoping to cash in on the craze for craft ale with a range of premium bottled beers and ciders sourced from big producers and small-scale local micro-breweries.
The bargain fine wine range, which included Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Chateau Latour, has fuelled a 40% increase in Lidl wine sales over the last year...[click headline for more]
How is craft beer, a term seemingly synonymous with “scarce” or “artisanal” brew, somehow sudsing one in every ten pint glasses in the US? These days bars, restaurants, supermarkets, and bodegas all stock those cleverly-named, colorfully-labeled brews, complementing the Buds, Sams, and Stellas in the cooler. How do these places keep these special brews in stock? It turns out craft has little to do with size. The Brewers Association (B.A.) merely requires that a brewery produce fewer than six million barrels a year to qualify as “craft.” That’s 1.98 billion bottles, a volume achieved only by the world’s largest international mega-conglomerate brewers. So, size clearly isn’t everything...[click headline for more]
The Taste of London food festival in Regents Park has been on my radar for some time now, so when Menabrea the Italian beer company kindly invited the Gentlemen’s Luncheon Club to visit, we jumped at the chance.
The Taste festival has grown steadily in popularity over the years, making its name by showcasing celebrity chefs, London restaurants, offering a variety of master classes and by creating a foodie-village from hundreds of artisan producers and “premium brands” to provide a bounty of tastes and experiences... [CLICK HEADLINE FOR MORE]
America’s love affair with craft brews has become serious. We’ve moved in together, started wearing ratty T-shirts and yoga pants. But there comes a time in every relationship for hard truths and beer bellies. We’re going to talk calories here. It’s OK if you don’t want to read on. One important detail from the get-go: Unless they’re aiming for a low-cal beer to appeal to dieters, day drinkers and the like, craft brewers say they don’t give two pints about calories.... [click headline for more]
Most craft breweries started in the kitchen. Beer lovers, tired of bland macro tastes, decided to try their hand at making their own – and it became popular enough amongst friends that they rolled the dice and opened a brewery of their own.
Quitting your day job and trying to break into a competitive field is a tremendous gamble, though. Your friends are likely going to say good things about your beer regardless of its taste in comparison to others. So how do you know if you’ve really got what it takes? [click headline for more]
Summer is here, and it’s brightening up every aspect of our lives, from the warm weather to the surge of energy the extra daylight seems to provide. The warm summer months inspire what we wear, do, eat, and even what kind of craft beer we sip... [click headline for more]
THE great British pint – beer not milk – is enjoying a continuing revival following a decade of decline, according to figures released this week. And this is good news for local brewers and pubs, says Bill Ottoway, the spokesman for the Worcester branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) revealed a 1.5 per cent increase in beer sales in the past year following nine consecutive years of decline, which saw beer sales slide by a devastating 24 per cent – the equivalent of 6.7 million fewer pints sold a day... [click headline for more]
The art of crafting homemade hooch isn’t just for the heroes of country music songs anymore. Ever since 1979—when President Jimmy Carter signed a bill allowing homemade booze for the first time since prohibition (!)—homebrewing has become an American pastime for self-declared connoisseurs of beer. (Though it wasn’t until 2013, when Alabama and Mississippi got on board with the bill, that the practice finally became legal in all 50 states.) In fact, many of your favorite breweries and bar staples were started by people experimenting with flavors in their own homes: Russian River, Dogfish Head, and Sam Adams all started that way... [click headline for more]
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