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Thai tycoon seeks to buy Vietnam’s largest brewer

Thai tycoon seeks to buy Vietnam’s largest brewer | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Thai Beverage Pcl, owned by billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, is looking to buy a stake in Sabeco, Vietnam’s largest brewer, just three months after another company controlled by the Thai tycoon acquired retailer Metro Vietnam.


ThaiBev, which owns the Chang Beer and Oishi green tea brands in Thailand, has approached the Vietnamese government to buy a stake in state-owned Sabeco, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday... [click headline for more]

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Masters of their 'craft': 30 years of Widmer beer

Masters of their 'craft': 30 years of Widmer beer | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Thirty years in the history of the beer business is a blip on the radar. Thirty years in the craft beer business, however, is a lifetime.

That's exactly the length of time spent by Rob and Kurt Widmer, the founders of Portland, Oregon-based Widmer Brothers Brewing, building a business that has made Widmer the eminence grise of craft brewing... [click headline for more]

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Growers hope ale label will raise profile of British hops

Growers hope ale label will raise profile of British hops | International Beer News | Scoop.it

A new ale which supports British hop growers has gone on sale across the UK this week. In recent years the demand for British hops has fallen as brewers have responded to the boom in US-styled craft beers and have been using ‘New World’ hops instead.

The trend has prompted the British Hop Association (BHA) to urge UK brewers to support the country’s hop growers... [click headline for more]

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You'll Want to Travel for These 10 Craft Beers

You'll Want to Travel for These 10 Craft Beers | International Beer News | Scoop.it

As the craft beer boom continues, serious fans go to greater lengths to get their hands on the latest limited-release grail brews. Most of them are only available for a day, aren't distributed outside the brewery or the region, and have pretty big festivities surrounding their releases. Here are 10 beers—in no particular order—that exude enough cult status to attract connoisseurs from across the country... [click headline for more]

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Girls' Pint Out Brings Together Craft Beer Mavens

Girls' Pint Out Brings Together Craft Beer Mavens | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Amanda Wishin founded Girls Pint Out in Indiana in 2010 with a mission to "build a community of women who love craft beer and who are an active, contributing part of the greater craft beer community." Before long, she was fielding calls from women around the country who hoped to bring the idea to their areas. Turns out, beer is not just for bros.

As of last week, the national 501(c)(3) organization now has a Vermont chapter. Founder Bethany Baker, whom local hopheads may recognize as @LipstickNLager on social media, plans to hold the inaugural Girls Pint Out event in mid-December at a location to be determined... [click headline for more]

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Even Cops Drink Venezuela's Illegal Home Brews

Even Cops Drink Venezuela's Illegal Home Brews | International Beer News | Scoop.it

High up in the hills on the west side of Caracas, Rodrigo Flores brews illegal beer in what’s left of his dead grandfather’s abandoned medical clinic. He uses two rooms to house his brewing machine, and stores the liquid for the fermentation process in some old plastic olive barrels. The floor below this operation is a labyrinth of gutted-out surgical rooms, broken windows, and resident bats.

“Welcome to my brewery,” he says, “We have to be quiet, because my grandmother and uncle live here too.”

Flores’ secret brewery is one of dozens that have sprung up in Venezuela over the past five years. Despite the fact that Venezuelans drink more beer per capita than any other nation in Latin America, it’s almost entirely one type of beer, Pilsen, made by one company, Empresas Polar, which dominates 75 percent of the market... [click headline for more]

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Pursuit of Hoppiness: Beer Loving Destinations in Europe

Pursuit of Hoppiness: Beer Loving Destinations in Europe | International Beer News | Scoop.it

For those who take their beer selection into consideration when choosing travel locations, here are some of the best beer cities in Europe, where the cold ones are always plentiful.

A destination where you can get beer on the cheap is Prague, where the normal price for beer is about $1.25 for half of a liter. In fact, the price of the beer there is cheaper than the price of water. This is most likely the reason why Czech people drink the most beer per capita in the world. The average Czech citizen consumes 41 gallons of beer per year... [click headline for more]

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Here's the buzz on homebrewing beer in Utah

Here's the buzz on homebrewing beer in Utah | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Since its legalization in 2009, the production of beer for private consumption has become a popular hobby in Utah. Some south-valley residents must have wondered if Ross Metzer and Cody McKendrick had consumed a few too many homebrewed beers in 2011 when they decided to open Salt City Brew Supply on Fort Union Boulevard in Midvale.

Just how many homebrewing hobbyists could there be in this conservative part of Salt Lake County? More than enough to make a heady business... [click headline for more]

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Green Flash acquires Alpine Beer

Green Flash acquires Alpine Beer | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Alpine Beer has been acquired by Green Flash, which intends to increase production of the little East County brewery’s popular but hard-to-find ales.

The agreement, signed Monday as the local industry celebrated San Diego Beer Week, means Green Flash will begin bottling Alpine beers in 2015. Each brewery will continue to make its own distinct beers, using different recipes and labels. Green Flash co-founders Mike and Lisa Hinkley will remain in control of Green Flash’s beers; Alpine co-founders Pat and Val McIlhenney retain control of their brews.

Both sides predicted a long and happy marriage... [click headline for more]

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Over hops? Try these light and dark brews

Over hops? Try these light and dark brews | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Not so long ago, the terms craft beer and IPA were synonymous. In many circles, the definition of non-corporate beer is still a piney ale that’s been double- or even triple-hopped. But Doug Oldham, co-founder of the Grandview Craft Beer Alliance, is convinced Columbus beer drinkers are evolving. “When craft beer was gaining popularity, [IPAs] were something you couldn’t find from Anheuser-Busch or MillerCoors, so brewers stuck with it; they wanted to sell beer,” he says. “And it takes a certain amount of courage to go against the grain.”

We highlight six brews—three light and easygoing, three dark and spirited—doing just that: offering a stark alternative to the area’s hoppiest craft beer... [click headline for more]

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New Report says Pubs and Bars still a hit with UK adults

New Report says Pubs and Bars still a hit with UK adults | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Pubs and bars are still the number one out-of-home leisure destinations for adults, according to a new report from Carlsberg UK.

 

The Consumer Insights Report 2014, published today, revealed that 34 per cent of consumers choose to frequent pubs and bars, compared to 30 per cent visiting coffee shops and 17 per cent visiting restaurants. Furthermore, the report revealed that on-trade visits have stabilised since the recession, with weekly pub visits up 1 per cent since 2010 and level with visits in 2012... [click headline for more]

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Beer clubs in Vietnam – the rising trend

Beer clubs in Vietnam – the rising trend | International Beer News | Scoop.it

In the past one year, many youths, including teenagers, choose to go to beer clubs in Ho Chi Minh City for a change in atmosphere, ecstasy and lower costs they offer compared to bars and discos.

Around 8pm on Friday, traffic in front of Beer Garden G on P. N. T street in District 3 was congested. The congestion isn’t a rare sight, as the area has seen traffic jams in the past several months due to the influx of clients pouring in from evening till midnight, when the garden closes... [click headline for more]

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World's Only Airport Brewery Has Mad Hops

World's Only Airport Brewery Has Mad Hops | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Peace out, overpriced airport pints. We're headed to Oktoberfest in a terminal.

We stumbled upon Airbräu, the greatest airport brewery in the whole wide world. Let's face it: you're bound to find yourself stuck at -- or enduring a long delay at -- Munich airport at some point in your traveling life. And that's just fine by us.

It might not be new but we want to book a flight to or through Munich ASAP to take a 30-minute brew tour, listen to some live music or just sit within the huge, open-air seating area... [click headline for more]

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Greene King: How a regional brewer became a national pub chain

Greene King: How a regional brewer became a national pub chain | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Greene King last week announced a £773.6million deal to acquire the Spirit Pub Company which, subject to approval, will increase the size of the Bury St Edmunds-based company’s pub estate to more than 3,000. Business editor DUNCAN BRODIE looks back at how, in less than 20 years, the company has developed from a regional brewer into one of the UK’s biggest pub operators, and established itself as Suffolk’s biggest plc... [click headline for more]

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Can Big Beer Buy Its Way Into the Craft Beer Boom?

Can Big Beer Buy Its Way Into the Craft Beer Boom? | International Beer News | Scoop.it

If you can’t beat ‘em…buy ‘em out. That’s the approach Big Beer is taking in combatting the rise of microbrewing. Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) announced last week it would be buying 10 Barrel Brewing Co., a microbrewery based in Bend, Oregon. This follows BUD’s move earlier this year to buy Blue Point Brewing Co.

It’s easy enough to see BUD’s rationale. Americans are drinking less beer than they used to, though they’re trading up in the craft beer they do buy. While total beer sales were down 2% last year, craft beer sales rose 17%... [click headline for more]

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Brewers unite in search of taste of Celtic Cross

Brewers unite in search of  taste of Celtic Cross | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Brewers from across the Celtic regions have put their heads together to come up with a beer which sums up their shared history and identity.

Celtic Cross is the brainchild of the brainchild of St Austell Brewery head brewer, Roger Ryman, who enlisted the help of counterparts from Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Brittany. The brew will be officially launched at this year’s Celtic Beer Festival, held at St Austell Brewery on November 22... [click headline for more]

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Barley Price Increase Will Negatively Impact Craft Beer

Barley Price Increase Will Negatively Impact Craft Beer | International Beer News | Scoop.it

The artisanal movement in the United States has swept up even the most plebian of drinks. Craft beer and microbrews are now wildly popular. In fact, craft brews make up 10% of the $100-billion U.S. beer market. But your favorite local brew is set to get more expensive soon, and may even disappear.

You see, there’s a looming shortage of barley – a key ingredient in beer – in North America. The amount of barley used varies depending on the type of beer, but, on average, about 21 spikes of barley are used in a 12-ounce bottle.

Shortages mean the price of barley is going to rise, and craft brewers may have no choice but to raise the price of your favorite six-pack. And some of the smaller breweries may not be able to weather the hike… [click headline for more]

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How America's craft beer revolution made cans cool again

How America's craft beer revolution made cans cool again | International Beer News | Scoop.it

For decades, US beer drinkers have operated on the assumption that high-end, foreign brews come in bottles, while down-home, budget beers are packaged in flimsy, 12-oz. cans, the better for pounding and crushing.

 

Though the cheap stuff never really went out of style, America’s consumption of beer in metal cans showed definite signs of waning in the early 1990s, while bottled beer picked up in popularity—a trend that lasted pretty much right through the economic go-go years leading up to the financial crisis... [click headline for more]

 
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Mikkeller - the Copenhagen brewer without space, released 600 beers in 8 Years

Mikkeller - the Copenhagen brewer without space, released 600 beers in 8 Years | International Beer News | Scoop.it

How do you make beer without a brewery? The absence of a dedicated brewing space hasn’t stopped Mikkel Borg Bjergso, namesake and founder of the Copenhagen-based brand Mikkeller, from being unusually prolific. In an e-mail, Bjergso writes that he’s released around 600 different beers in eight years.

Choosing just one can be daunting, but it helps to know that all of Mikkeller’s beers are brewed “somewhere else.” Bjergso writes exacting recipes for each, then is sometimes present and sometimes not when they’re made. The results, packaged at breweries all over the world and shipped to 40 countries, qualify more as artistic expressions and passing fancies rather than staples. If you liked the Mikkeller oatmeal stout you had last week, don’t expect to get it again... [click headline for more]

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Sam Adams beer boss Jim Koch: ‘Germany's Reinheitsgebot becoming like artistic censorship’

Sam Adams beer boss Jim Koch: ‘Germany's Reinheitsgebot becoming like artistic censorship’ | International Beer News | Scoop.it

The Boston Beer Company founder and Samuel Adams brewer Jim Koch has compared Germany beer purity law Reinheitsgebot to artistic censorship and suggests it is stifling innovation in the nation’s beer market.

 

At a keynote speech in Nuremberg, Germany to mark the opening of Brau Beviale 2014, Koch spoke passionately about innovation in US craft beer – 8% of the US market by volume (set to double in the next 5-10 years) and 13% by value – and said brewers had many more choices than winemakers or distillers... [click headline for more]

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Pub With 60 Beers on Tap Opening in Staten Island Ferry Terminal - DNAinfo.com NY

Pub With 60 Beers on Tap Opening in Staten Island Ferry Terminal - DNAinfo.com NY | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Craft brews will soon be flowing at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.

The Brass Tap, a 75-seat, sit-down restaurant that specializes in craft beer, is set to open on the second floor of the Whitehall Street ferry terminal by March, owner Sal Himami told DNAinfo New York.

“This is the first real restaurant in the terminal,” said Himami, whose family has owned a small pizza place in the terminal for many years. “We’re really excited using the space — there’s really nice views of the harbor, and we’ll have great food and drinks.” ... [click headline for more]

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Software helps bar owners get full value of each keg

Software helps bar owners get full value of each keg | International Beer News | Scoop.it

When it comes to lost keg revenue, bar owners have two options: cry in their beer, or do something proactive about it.

Yogi's Grill & Bar in Bloomington is choosing the latter.

SteadyServ, a software-ser­vice keg inventory system, is emerging as an invest­ment-maximizing option for central Indiana brewpubs. SteadyServ Vice President Stepfan Jeff­eries says 15 percent to 20 percent of every typical keg delivered to retailers ends up as waste – with good beer that should be going to paying customers at the bar... [click headline for more]

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UK: Ale experts hand out awards to the best bottled beers in Burton

UK: Ale experts hand out awards to the best bottled beers in Burton | International Beer News | Scoop.it

THE BURTON Mail beer expert's annual mission to seek out the best bottled brews in the town has once again been completed and now Gordon Tate is ready to reveal the 2014 winners.

Gordon has been writing about beer in the Burton Mail for the last five years and launched his annual bottled beer awards in 2010.

The first winner was Punk IPA by Brewdog and every year since the competition has become fiercer with Gordon and his panel of experts checking out up to 50 beers in the quest to find the best for Mail readers... [click headline for more]

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Belgium's Renowned St. Feuillien Brewery Comes To Chicago

Belgium's Renowned St. Feuillien Brewery Comes To Chicago | International Beer News | Scoop.it

St. Feuillien Brewery in Le Roeulx, Belgium is world-renowned for producing some of the best Abbey-style Belgian beers for 141 years. Fourth-generation owner Dominique Friart will be in Chicago this week and the Trencherman and Fountainhead are hosting her.

Tomorrow Tuesday, November 11, Trencherman (2039 W. North Ave.) is serving up a dinner paired with five of St. Feuillien's beers, including their critically-acclaimed saison paired with chicken-fat roasted carrots, apricots, and smoked fried chicken. While eating and drinking, Friart will discuss the history and future of the brewery. Tickets are $75 a person. View the full menu and purchase tickets at Brown Paper Tickets... [click headline for more]

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Infographic: How to Brew Your Own Beer

Infographic: How to Brew Your Own Beer | International Beer News | Scoop.it

Learn the basics of homebrewing from this comprehensive infographic, put together by Kegorator.com.

Fun fact: President Jimmy Carter signed legislation in 1978 that made homebrewing for personal use legal and nontaxable at the federal level.  Another fun fact: There are 1.2 million homebrewers in the U.S., and homebrewers produce more than 2 million barrels of beer each year (that’s about 1% of production in the U.S.).

So what are you waiting for? Go purchase some grains, hops, yeast, malt extract, priming sugar—and equipment—and start brewing your first batch... [click headline for more]

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