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Britain's Best Beer Festivals

Britain's Best Beer Festivals | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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Craft Beer Clan ramps up Asian distribution after trade shows

Craft Beer Clan ramps up Asian distribution after trade shows | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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Craft Beer on The Rise - Video

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]

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Jackson's Royal Docks Brewing taking shape; late summer open planned

Jackson's Royal Docks Brewing taking shape; late summer open planned | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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Starting a Craft Beer Company? 10 Industry-Specific Tips for Writing a Mission Statement.

Starting a Craft Beer Company? 10 Industry-Specific Tips for Writing a Mission Statement. | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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American Beer Festival returns to Liverpool real ale hotspot the Ship & Mitre pub

American Beer Festival returns to Liverpool real ale hotspot the Ship & Mitre pub | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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Read why the pub industry is going from strength to strength

Read why the pub industry is going from strength to strength | International Beer News | Scoop.it

'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]

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BrewDog plans brewery, restaurant, U.S. headquarters in Columbus

BrewDog plans brewery, restaurant, U.S. headquarters in Columbus | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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Italian Craft Brewer Collects 6 Medals at Beer Competition

Italian Craft Brewer Collects 6 Medals at Beer Competition | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Emerging craft brewer Tenute Collesi was recently awarded six medals--four gold and two silver--by the highly prestigious Beverage Tasting Institute in Chicago, Illinois, America's oldest international beer competition. The tasting competition took place on May 6 and saw Collesi collect top prizes for its Bionda, Rossa, Nera and Malto beers...[click headline for more]


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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, June 11, 2015 5:53 AM

Read the article about a Le Marche craft brewer able to win 6 medals in 6 beer categories at the prestigious Beverage Tasting Institute.
Tenute Collesi was established in 1870 in the scenic little mountain town of Apecchio of approximately 2000 inhabitants in the region of Marche. Now labeled Italy's City of Beer, nestled in the Apennine in the Mount Nerone foothills, Apecchio a village that is leading the Italian craft beer scene. It is not a case Tenute Collesi, extremely traditional yet ultra modern brewery, has won awards in almost all its production.

Read more about the motivation of the medals:

Birra Tenute Collesi "Malto".
Birra Tenute Collesi "Rossa".
Birra Tenute Collesi "Nera".
Birra Tenute Collesi "Bionda".
Birra Tenute Collesi Srl "Chiara".
Birra Tenute Collesi "Ambrata".

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Beer: The latest cash crop for Maryland farmers

Beer: The latest cash crop for Maryland farmers | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Tom Barse’s 47-acre Stillpoint Farm in Mt. Airy, Maryland looks like an average agricultural operation. Its fields are rich with crops, while sheep and horses graze in the pastures. However, Barse’s most lucrative crop is actually beer.

 

In the summer of 2012, Barse opened the small-scale Milkhouse Brewery on a small hill near his house. Over the next six months, the longtime home brewer produced 80 barrels of beer using hops, wheat, barley, and other products grown on the farm.... [click headline for more]

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Blonds are less fun: A real beer guide to Germany - CNN.com

Blonds are less fun: A real beer guide to Germany - CNN.com | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Germany is the global magnet for beer lovers, and Munich is the country's self-proclaimed hub of all things beer and brewing. But change is in the wind.

Gone are the days when you could crawl the Oktoberfest or make the rounds of Munich's cavernous beer halls and honestly say you'd unlocked the ultimate German beer experience. Imagine this scenario:

Hell-bent in search of German beer awesomeness, you touch down in Munich and make a beeline to the venerable Hofbrauhaus beer hall, quaff a few pre-breakfast lagers, then lay in to another couple liters of blond at the Augustiner brewery... [click headline for more]

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Ladies of lager gravitate to beer careers

Ladies of lager gravitate to beer careers | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Onetime registered nurse and Allen Park home brewer Annette May is to the world of beer what a sommelier is to fine wine.

May, 56, a native Australian, is a certified Cicerone (pronounced Siss-er-rown). The first woman to pass the U.S.-based certification program in 2008, that means she has exacting knowledge of how to identify, store, serve, educate and opine about beer... [click headline for more]

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Northern Brewer's curator insight, June 17, 2015 12:02 PM

Homebrewing is the start for many of us who ultimately open our own breweries. Deb Loch is an excellent example. Deb was part of our New Product Development team and ultimately went on to open her own brewery. Urban Growler in St. Paul is one of our hands-down favorites place to grab a pint.

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Will Anheuser-Busch buy these craft beer brewers next?

Will Anheuser-Busch buy these craft beer brewers next? | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Start your breathing exercises and pick your mantras now, craft beer groupies: Anheuser-Busch InBev is going to buy another brewery.

We don’t say this because it has acquired four craft breweries since 2011. We don’t say this because we’ve spent more time speaking with Anheuser-Busch craft division head Andy Goeler since November than we have members of our own family (sorry, Aunt Lin). We don’t say it because of the speed with which it acquired Bend, Ore.-based 10 Barrel and Seattle’s Elysian Brewing... [click headline for more]

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[UK] Lidl embraces craft ale craze following success with upmarket wine sales

[UK] Lidl embraces craft ale craze following success with upmarket wine sales | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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‘Craft beer’ isn’t what you probably think it is

‘Craft beer’ isn’t what you probably think it is | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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Northern Brewer's curator insight, July 1, 2015 9:04 AM

We applaud all of those brewers with the drive to create their own Breweries. However, as the definition of Craft Beer expands and erodes, we want to get back to our roots. Home brewing is the new Craft. Made by hand, in exceptionally small batches. Created by home brewers with a passion for hand-crafted, personalized beer, with no compromise in quality or ingredients. No catering to the masses, no accommodations made for transporting across the country.

Just pure, unadulterated beer for the love of brewing, drinking and sharing with friends.


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Menabrea Italian beer at Taste of London Festival

Menabrea Italian beer at Taste of London Festival | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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Small Breweries Often Make High-Octane, High-Calorie Beers

Small Breweries Often Make High-Octane, High-Calorie Beers | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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Craft beer homebrewers can now cash in on their hobby

Craft beer homebrewers can now cash in on their hobby | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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American Craft Brews to Try This Summer

American Craft Brews to Try This Summer | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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UK Beer sales heading in the right direction

UK Beer sales heading in the right direction | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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]

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Why Not Brew Your Own Beer? 

Why Not Brew Your Own Beer?  | International Beer News | Scoop.it

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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Northern Brewer's curator insight, June 16, 2015 10:33 AM

Seems like an obvious choice to many of us.... the merits of home brewing are too many to list. Don't underestimate the value of being the most popular guy in your neighborhood once the word gets around.

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Dry Dock's Cool Lime Lager Isn't Your Average Lime Beer

Dry Dock's Cool Lime Lager Isn't Your Average Lime Beer | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Dry Dock Brewing's Cool Lime Lager isn't the biggest joke-beer that ended up being popular enough to package: that honor belongs to the Wynkoop's Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, which started as an April Fool's Day prank before becoming a full-fledged part of the brewery's canned lineup. But the popularity of the Cool Lime certainly took Dry Dock by surprise... [click headline for more]

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CAMRA pubs of the year - including four in Surrey

CAMRA pubs of the year - including four in Surrey | International Beer News | Scoop.it

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has announced its Local Pubs of the Year as part of April’s Community Pubs Month. In a list of more than 200 pubs, four venues in Surrey were judged as being among the best in the UK.

Representing east and mid Surrey, the Surrey Oaks came out on top, alongside the Albert Arms which was judged as the best in the Kingston and Leatherhead area. In north Surrey, The Happy Man was praised, while on the Surrey/Hampshire border it was Farnham's Jolly Sailor taking the top spot... [click headline for more]

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▶ Craft Beer Chemistry - YouTube

It’s been around for centuries but it seems like beer has never been more popular. Microbreweries are cranking out special stouts, IPAs, lagers and pilsners. And the flavors and aromas of each of those brews all come down to chemistry. This week, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Reactions takes on craft beer chemistry... [click headline for more]

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Why it's necessary to keep the craft in craft beer

Why it's necessary to keep the craft in craft beer | International Beer News | Scoop.it

There have been a lot of emotions flying around the Internet lately.

Perhaps the anger and hurt feelings began when Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev announced its acquisition of Elysian Brewing Co. in late January 2015. These emotions intensified with the commercial Budweiser ran during the Super Bowl, belittling craft beer brewers and drinkers everywhere.

A war of words on social media and in articles ensued, further fanning the flames of verbal ugliness being spewed from every direction... [click headline for more]

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