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Brewery news USA: New research reveals interesting trends in America’s drinking habits ...Click here
Brewery news USA, TX: Texas craft beer output up more than 17% last year ...Click here
Brewery news USA, WI: Milwaukee Brewing Co.’s capacity and production increase turning it into regional brewery ...Click here
Brewery news Canada, ON: Brick Brewing reports decline in Q1 net revenue ...Click here
Brewery news USA, MN: St. Paul beer lovers invited to new Tin Whiskers Brewing Co. ...Click here
Brewery news USA, IN: Mashcraft Brewing opening this week in Greenwood ...Click here
Brewery news Canada, BC & MB: Fernie Brewing expands distribution to Manitoba ...Click here
Brewery news USA, WI: Octopi Brewing Co. planning operations in Madison ...Click here
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Malt news UK: Barley and wheat usage by brewers, maltsters and distillers increases in July – April 2013/14 ...Click here
Brewery news India: SABMiller mulling launch of new strong beer this year ...Click here
Brewery news Japan: Sapporo Holdings to relaunch its Goku Zero beer-like drink in new category ...Click here
Barley news Germany: Barley harvest likely to start early this year ...Click here
Brewery news Germany: Popularity of zero-alcohol increases ...Click here
Brewery news India: Indians starting to embrace craft beer culture ...Click here
Brewery news Nigeria: Heineken CEO sees Nigeria as one of most appealing destinations for investors globally ...Click here
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It has long been thought since Tressl proposed it in 1978 that the cleavage of the acyl side chains of hop alpha or beta acids results in a loss of bitterness and may result in the formation of flavour active short chain acids often resulting in rancid and cheesy off flavours. The German researchers in this study found that it might not be as bad as once claimed. They confirmed that with warm aerobic storage, bitter acid concentration decreases along with increases in the concentrations of 2-methylpropanoic acid, and 2- & 3-methylbutanoic acids. However, with short term cold aerobic storage (4 weeks at 0 C), the aroma properties of hops may actually be positively influenced.
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These Days in Business History

June 5
1507 England and Netherlands sign trade agreement
1933 Gold standard abolished
1977 Apple II, the 1st personal computer, goes on sale

June 6
1875 Netherlands goes on the gold standard
1882 Electric iron patented by Henry W Seely, New York City
1925 Walter P. Chrysler founds the Chrysler Corp. as successor corporation to the failing Maxwell Motor Car Co.

June 7
1775 United Colonies change name to United States
1887 Monotype type-casting machine patented by Tolbert Lanston
1965 Sony Corp introduced its home video tape recorder

June 8
1824 Washing machine patented by Noah Cushing of Quebec
1916 Francis Harry Compton Crick is born in Northampton, England. In 1953, working with James Watson, he discovers the double-helix molecular structure of DNA, the building block of life (and of the biotechnology industry)
1955 Tim Berners-Lee, future inventor of the World Wide Web, is born in London


News Articles

Brewery news USA: New research reveals interesting trends in America’s drinking habits
A new research report by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reveals quite a few interesting trends in America's drinking habits—not just in recent years, but all the back to the 1850's

Overall per capita consumption of alcohol has been climbing steadily since the early 1990's. In the most recent year for which there is data (2012), consumption climbed 2.2% over the previous year to reach 2.33 gallons per capita. The NIAAA cites 2.1 gallons as a goal for a healthy society, but the last time Americans were that stingy with their pour was in 1961. Still, the nation’s current levels are far below its booziest period of 1980/81 (2.76 gallons per person).

Precisely why Americans were averaging nearly three gallons of ethanol in the early 80s is unclear, but it remains the highest figure in the 150 years the NIAAA has been collecting data. (Though it's worth noting that no data was collected during Prohibition.)

The next heaviest period of drinking was between 1906 and 1910, when per capita consumption averaged 2.60 gallons. The end of World War II ushered in a brief uptick in consumption, which leveled off until the 1970s, when drinking began to skyrocket. There was ...More info on site

Brewery news USA, TX: Texas craft beer output up more than 17% last year
Craft beer in Texas is blooming, Brewbound reported on June 4.

According to a new report from the Texas Craft Brewers Guild (TCBG), the state’s craft beer production grew more than 17 percent in 2013, which accounted for 5.34 percent of all the beer produced by Brewers Association-defined craft brewers.

On top of that, the “nearly 100” brewers producing less than 225,000 barrels annually grew volume 44 percent, according to the report. In total, the state’s craft breweries produced 833,191 barrels in 2013, up from 708,338 collective barrels produced in 2012. Throughout the country, BA-recognized craft brewers produced 15.6 million barrels in 2013.

Charles Vallhonrat, executive director of the TCBG, said he was excited to witness continued “strong growth,” in the industry, adding that the guild’s members produced the vast majority of the craft beer brewed in Texas.

“Texas Craft Brewers Guild members brew 98.66 percent of the craft beer produced in Texas,” he said in the report. “They worked tirelessly in 2013 to keep Texas competitive with other states when it comes to the marketing and sale of craft beer.”

The TCBG attributed at least some of the growth to legislative changes made in the state last year. Last summer, brewers producing less than ...More info on site

Brewery news USA, WI: Milwaukee Brewing Co.’s capacity and production increase turning it into regional brewery
Milwaukee Brewing Co. owner Jim McCabe said that while the pace of running his business has been relentless, the company is selling so much beer right now that — by government standards — it is crossing over the threshold of being a microbrewery to a regional brewery, Milwaukee Business Journal reported on June 4.

The company will likely produce 15,000 barrels of beer this year, which means it will be categorized by the government as a regional brewery. Beer sales this year are shaping up well for McCabe as first-quarter sales for 2014 have increased 60 percent compared with the same quarter last year, and he is expanding the capacity of the brewery, 613 S. Second St., by adding fermentation space.

"The craft beer scene in general is growing because of the movement started by the 20- and 30-something drinkers choosing to drink more flavorful beers," McCabe said.

Milwaukee Brewing Co. year-round brews include: Louie’s Demise Amber Ale, Hop Happy IPA, Booyah Farmhouse Ale, Outboard Cream Ale, O-Gii Imperial Wit and Hop Freak Double IPA. Beer distributor Bernick's started shipping Milwaukee Brewing Co. brews to the Twin Cities in March.

"Minnesota has wildly exceeded our expectations, it was a more mature craft market than ...More info on site

Brewery news Canada, ON: Brick Brewing reports decline in Q1 net revenue
Brick Brewing Co. Limited on June 5 released financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2015, ended April 27, 2014.

Net revenue for the quarter was C$7.5 million, down from C$8.8 million in the first quarter of the prior year. EBITDA for the quarter came in at C$0.7 million, down from C$1.0 million in first quarter of the prior year, the company said.

"The long cold winter weather had a significant impact on the entire category, and our volumes were impacted as well," noted George Croft, President and CEO at Brick Brewing. "Weak industry volumes led to pricing pressure across the category, impacting both sales and margins. In addition to the slow start to spring, in the prior year first quarter we had a number of promotional offerings that were not repeated this year including; Laker 12 pack promotion with free can in case, Seagram cider mix pack as well as our Waterloo seasonal pack."

"The poor weather has now extended into a cool spring, and the overall category would certainly benefit from warmer weather," continued Mr. Croft. "Given the industry headwinds we're facing, it will be all the more important that we continue to focus on delivering great value to ...More info on site

Brewery news USA, MN: St. Paul beer lovers invited to new Tin Whiskers Brewing Co.
St. Paul beer lovers have a new downtown option. Although Tin Whiskers Brewing Co. has been welcoming guests to its taproom on the first floor of the Rossmor Building for a little over a week, the official grand opening celebration, complete with an Irish pipe band and a visit from Mayor Chris Coleman, happened on June 5, Star Tribune reports.

Tin Whiskers has been years in the making. The guys behind the brewery — Jake Johnson, Jeff Moriarty and George Kellerman — met while pursuing degrees in electrical engineering at the University of Minnesota. The three began home-brewing together in 2006, working in the kitchen of Jake’s mother until a few sticky boil-overs got them exiled to the garage.

The home-brewing friends put their engineering skills to work in the quest for better beer. Seeking greater control of the brewing process, they tricked out their garage brewery with various switches, sensors and other gadgets until they had assembled a $10,000 system — a huge sum for a home brewery.

The thought of going pro crosses every homebrewer’s mind at some point. For these guys, the inspiration to actually take the leap came in 2010 while touring the Surly and Flat Earth breweries. After ...More info on site

Brewery news USA, IN: Mashcraft Brewing opening this week in Greenwood
Greenwood’s Mashcraft Brewing is scheduled to join the burgeoning ranks Indiana’s brewery scene at noon Friday, June 6, Indystar reports.

Owner/brewer Andrew Castner will serve up three house beers year round — a red, a blonde and an India Pale Ale — plus a variety of seasonals, starting with a 70-schilling Scottish-style ale.

Castner eventually plans wider distribution, but he’s starting small, offering pint sales and growler fills. Mashcraft will also offer food — a requirement to serve beer for consumption on site — with a limited menu that includes an Italian sandwich and a five-bean, beer-flavored chili.

Castner isn’t new to the Indy craft beer scene. He won several national and state awards for his brews while head brewer at the Ram from 2010 through 2013. He previously was an assistant brewer at Oaken Barrel in Greenwood.

He’s looking forward to creating his own brews at Mashcraft.

“Right now, people are begging for variety,” Castner said. “We will have three house beers and then the rest will vary. Our goal will be to have a new beer on each week.”

Mashcraft, 1140 N. Ind. 135, Greenwood, is open noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and noon to 8 p.m. ...More info on site

Brewery news Canada, BC & MB: Fernie Brewing expands distribution to Manitoba
Fernie Brewing has announced that after several years of rapid growth in the BC and Alberta markets, it has expanded distribution eastward and now has select brands available in Manitoba, Canadian Beer News report.

Launched last week at Liquor Mart locations were the Summer Craft Collection mixed pack and Lone Wolf IPA, and the limited edition Quiet Rye’t Rye IPA will follow later in June.

To help promote the releases, Fernie will be pouring at the Flatlander’s Beer Festival in Winnipeg on June 13th & 14th.

Brewery news USA, WI: Octopi Brewing Co. planning operations in Madison
Isaac Showaki, who helped co-found 5 Rabbit Cerveceria in Chicago in 2011 but left the company in 2013, sees a niche in the Midwest brewing market, Wisconsin State Journal reported on June 5.

That’s why Showaki has announced plans for a $5 million brewery on Madison’s Southeast Side that will primarily make beer on contract for other beer companies.

Wisconsin is home to Stevens Point Brewery, City Brewing Co. in La Crosse and Minhas Craft Brewery in Monroe, all significant players in the contract brewing scene. Showaki, however, believes his Octopi Brewing Co. can make a better product and provide management and marketing consulting services to strengthen the business models of the beer companies with which he works.

“I know what it takes to build a brand from scratch and make it very successful,” said Showaki, who last month moved to Madison, where his wife is a doctor at UW-Hospital. “There’s very little capacity (for contract brewing), and the capacity that is out there is not very good.”

Showaki, 30, who oversaw contract brewing and was chief operations officer at 5 Rabbit, has submitted plans to the city for a nearly 20,000-square-foot brewery at 3801 Kipp St. that is slightly smaller than Wisconsin Brewing ...More info on site

Malt newsUK: Barley and wheat usage by brewers, maltsters and distillers increases in July – April 2013/14
Defra reported on June 5 that the total barley usage by British brewers, maltsters and distillers was 1.571 mln tonnes in July-April 2013/14, up ...More info on site

Brewery news India: SABMiller mulling launch of new strong beer this year
India’s second-largest brewer, SABMiller India Ltd, plans to launch a new strong beer called Miller Ace this year, as it looks to tap rising demand for higher-priced strong beer, a product category in which the company has lagged rivals such as Carlsberg Group and Anheuser-Busch InBev, Livemint reported on June 6 citing three people familiar with the matter.

Strong beer, which refers to brews with alcohol content of 5-8%, accounts for 85% of all beer sales in India.

Miller Ace would be an extension of the company’s mild beer Miller High Life, and it will compete directly with Carlsberg Elephant beer and Budweiser Magnum, the people said, on condition of anonymity.

Miller Ace, expected to be launched before the end of this financial year, would be SABMiller’s priciest strong beer. A 650ml bottle of Budweiser Magnum costs Rs140 in Karnataka.

SABMiller India, which also owns brands such as Foster’s, Haywards and Royal Challenge beer, declined to comment on Miller Ace.

The proposed launch of Miller Ace is part of the new management’s plan to rev up growth by increasing sales of high-margin brews and revive its fortunes in India where it has lost market share to newer entrants Carlsberg and Anheuser-Busch InBev, as well as ...More info on site

Brewery news Japan: Sapporo Holdings to relaunch its Goku Zero beer-like drink in new category
Beermaker Sapporo Holdings Ltd said on June 4 it will tweak the production process for its Goku Zero beer-like drink and relaunch it following a tax snag that may cost the group an extra 11.6 billion yen ($113 million) in liquor taxes.

Japan's fourth-largest brewer said tax authorities had requested data on the production methods for Goku Zero, which is classified as "third beer", a drink made from malt alternatives or a mix of low-malt beer and other alcohol, and taxed at barely one-third the rate of regular beers.

These low-priced alcoholic drinks known as "third-beer" products are a major growth market for Japan's breweries. But Sapporo will now recast Goku Zero as a "low-malt" beer, which will carry a tax rate two-thirds higher than "third beer."

Taxes on beer in Japan vary depending on the volume of malt they contain as a percentage of fermentable ingredients. The regime is highly complex with eight separate categories.

The beer industry has long urged changes to this tax system by the government, which, under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is focused on regulatory reform.

The tax authorities are still evaluating whether Sapporo's existing production process for Goku Zero meets the criteria for "third beer." Goku Zero, marketed as ...More info on site

Barley newsGermany: Barley harvest likely to start early this year
Germany's barley harvest is likely to start about one week earlier than normal, agri.eu reported on June 4.

"Crop weather in Germany is almost perfect ...More info on site

Brewery news Germany: Popularity of zero-alcohol increases
Zero-alcohol beers popularity in Germany is growing rapidly, according to new figures posted by German Brewers Federation, while the overall beer consumption is declining.

The Federation’s members brewed 4.8 mln hl of zero-alcohol beer last year, up 12% on 2012, and expect to top 5 mln hl this year. Zero-alcohol beer represents 5% of the nation’s total beer output. The nation’s total beer consumption, however, has been in decline for the last seven years – last year the decrease was 2%, the Federation said.

Zero-alcohol brands meet the demand of consumers who have to drive or do sport and don’t want to stop enjoying beer, Holger Eichele, President of German Brewers Federation, said.

Brewery news India: Indians starting to embrace craft beer culture
If you have ever had a bottle of beer in India - or even in an Indian restaurant somewhere else in the world - the chances are it was one particular brand.

Kingfisher is synonymous with the drink in India, where it has more than 50% of the beer market, BBC reported on June 6.

But just a few kilometres from the company's headquarters in Bangalore, in the bustling Biere Club bar, dozens of customers sip beer without a drop of Kingfisher in sight.

Instead the crowd are drinking glasses of American rice lager, malt stout or a Belgian-style wheat beer. And it is all brewed just a few metres from where they are sitting.

Opened three years ago, this was Bangalore's first so-called brewpub - a bar with a small brewery on the premises - but now there are about 15 similar businesses in this one city alone. Best-known as India's IT hub, it has also become the capital of the country's craft brewing culture.

"It's become very competitive - but we have some loyal customers," says Biere Club founder Arvind Raju. "And we have to make sure we have a variety of beers and keep the quality high so that they come back."

Craft ...More info on site

Brewery news Nigeria: Heineken CEO sees Nigeria as one of most appealing destinations for investors globally
In spite of the seeming challenges inhibiting foreign investments in Nigeria, Jean-Francois Van Boxmeer, CEO, Heineken International, parent company of Nigerian Breweries plc, has revealed that the high rate of return on investment has made Nigeria one of the most appealing destinations for investors globally, P. M. News Nigeria reported on June 6.

Van Boxmeer, who was the Co-Chair at the World Economic Forum Africa, held recently in Abuja, said Nigeria is in a strong position to outwit competition in the struggle for investments because of its huge population and growing middle class.

“Nigeria’s young population has huge potentials complemented with the high spirit of the people. Even though Nigeria being a very diverse country, like India, but somehow you have a fighting spirit which unifies you and this I think is a great asset for a people to do business with,” he said.

Van Boxmeer also stressed that the efforts of successive governments give investors enormous confidence about the Nigerian economy. According to him, the country in the past decades has improved a lot, making significant efforts to diversify from oil.

“What I observed is that, a lot of efforts have been made in the development of other industries, not only the manufacturing ...More info on site

Brewery news Gabon: Sobraga invests 15 bln CFA francs in modernization
Société des Brasseries du Gabon (Sobraga) has invested 15 bln CFA francs into the modernization of the three of its breweries by installing new equipment of the latest generation, Generation Nouvelle reported on June 4.

The company’s Franceville brewery now has a new brewing hall, doubling the facility’s production capacity.

Sobraga also installed a new bottling line at its Port-Gentil brewery and a new production line doubling the output capacity at its Mouila facility.

Barley news UK: Spring barley variety Odyssey fully approved for brewing and distilling
Spring barley variety Odyssey has been fully approved for both the brewing and distilling markets to give UK’s growers greater flexibility in marketing, Farmers Weekly reported on June 5.

The Limagrain variety joins Concerto, also from the same stable, as the only two spring barley varieties that are approved for both markets.

Barley varieties often make the HGCA Recommended List with provisional approval by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD), but require further testing to prove their credentials for either or both end uses.

The full approval for Odyssey will be welcome news for spring barley growers, who can choose another variety that will allow them to take advantage of both markets.

Senior barley breeder at Limagrain, Mark Glew, says that it offers a 6% yield increase over Concerto and has good agronomic and quality characteristics – particularly its score of nine for mildew resistance and a specific weight of 67.7kg/hl.

“Growers have already demonstrated their commitment to the variety, and its attributes make it appealing across both markets,” said Mr Glew.

Both Odyssey and Concerto contain a gene that means they don’t produce glycosidic nitrile (non-GN) making them suitable for distilling.

“In Scotland, this is a must as the industry is geared towards distilling, but ...More info on site

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