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Brewery news USA, CA: Stone Brewing’s Napa brewery now officially open ...Click here
Brewery news USA, VA: Rocket Frog Brewing Company to hold grand opening celebration on May 19 ...Click here
Brewery news USA, MN: Minnesota’s first Latino-owned beer company to have physical location soon ...Click here
Brewery news USA, CO: Cerveceria Colorado already open in Denver ...Click here
Brewery news USA, IN: Switchyard Brewing Company to open its doors on May 28 ...Click here
Brewery news Canada, ON: River Road Brewing & Hops opens its doors in Bayfield ...Click here
Brewery news USA, PA: Rivertowne Brewing files for bankruptcy ...Click here
Brewery news USA, NC: Gibb's Hundred Brewing Company may reopen by end of week ...Click here
Brewery news Canada, BC: Tree Brewing moving production to Vancouver ...Click here
Brewery news USA: Molson Coors chairman slams Brewers Association in open letter ...Click here
World News
Brewery news World: AB InBev’s first-quarter core profit rises by 6.6% ...Click here
Brewery news Brazil: Ambev’s Q1 profit growth of 13% misses analysts’ estimate ...Click here
Brewery news Vietnam: Habeco asked to pay US$81 in tax liabilities ...Click here
Brewery news Spain & China: Grupo Damm enters China’s beer market ...Click here
Brewery news World: Budweiser sales down in the US but up 2.5% in the rest of the world ...Click here
Brewery news Belgium: Grimbergen Abbey planning to resume brewing after 200-year break ...Click here
Brewery news EU: Stella Artois heads list of 12 best-selling beers in Europe ...Click here
Malt news UK: Barley usage by brewers, maltsters, and distillers down 3.7% in March ...Click here
Barley news Ukraine: Barley crop forecast to be lowest in five years ...Click here
Brewery news Russia: Beer producers urge authorities not to restrict sale of alcohol during 2018 World Cup ...Click here
Barley news South Africa: Farmers file complaint about AB InBev’s change of malting barley pricing formula ...Click here
Barley news Australia: CPTPP provides significant new market access opportunities for Australian grain ...Click here
Whisky news UK: Scotland introduces minimum price per unit of pure alcohol ...Click here
Brewery news India: Craft brewer B9 Beverage preparing to more than quadruple production ...Click here
Brewery news China: Great Leap Brewing forced to close flagship #12 venue in Beijing ...Click here
Brewery news New Zealand: Lion causes stir in craft beer world trying to trademark ‘dank’ ...Click here
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Several hop components have potential impact on beer haze, especially in craft beers. To analyse beer haze, a team of Dutch researchers developed a novel analytical method for beer haze profiling using a technique known as AF4-UVFLR-MALLS-dRI (untraviolet, fluorescence, multi angle laser light scattering and differential refraction-index detection). In contrast to its complex moniker, sample preparation is fast and easy. Unfortunately, the method unravels if the haze is composed of polysaccharides, proteins or polyphenol structures of certain molecular weights.


Stam, P.: Characterization of Beer Haze using AF4, P.1.19 at13th Trends in Brewing, April 2018, Ghent
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These Days in Business History

07 May
1664 - Louis XIV of France inaugurates the Palace of Versailles
1955 - West Europe Union established
1979 - 5th UNCTAD-conference opens in Manila
1982 - IBM releases PC-DOS version 1.1
1998 - Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $40 billion USD and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history

08 May
1888 - George Eastman patents "Kodak box camera"
1899 - Friedrich August von Hayek is born in Vienna (Nobel Prize in economics in 1974)
1929 - John Clifton Bogle, future founder of the Vanguard Group of Investment Cos., is born in Montclair, N.J.

09 May
1785 - British inventor Joseph Bramah patents beer-pump handle
1886 - At the soda fountain of Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta, Dr. John S. Pemberton sells the first glass of Coca-Cola, his new "tonic" beverage


May 2018:
16-18: Craft Beer China 2018 (Shanghai, China)
22-24: Beer 2018 (Sochi, Russia)
23-27: Latvia Beer Fest 2016 (Riga, Latvia)
31-02 June: Copenhagen Beer Festival 2018 (Copenhagen, Denmark)

June 2018:
06-09: Mondial de la Biere 2018 (Montreal, Canada)
07-08: The Brewers of Europe Forum 2018 (Brussels, Belgium)

10-13: ASBC Malt Flavor and Aroma Symposium 2018 (Roseville, MN, USA)
20-22: Sea Brew 2018 (Manila, Philippines)
29-01 July: Mondial de la Biere 2018 (Paris, France)

August 2018:
03-05: The 22nd International Berlin Beer Festival (Berlin, Germany)
07-11: The Great British Beer Festival 2018 (London, UK)
08-11: Vietfood & Beverage 2018 (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
10-11: Beervana 2018 (Wellington, New Zealand)
12-15: Brewing Summit 2018 (San Diego, USA)

September 2018:
04-06: food & drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) (Johannesburg, South Africa)
12-14: 6th International Symposium for Young Scientists and Technologists in Malting, Brewing and Distilling (Bittburg/Trier, Germany)
20-22: The Great American Beer Festival 2018 (Denver, USA)
22-07 October: Oktoberfest 2018 (Munich, Germany)
24-26: 9th Iberoamerican VLB Symposium 2018 (Recife, Brazil)

October 2018:
23-26: China Brew China Beverage 2018 (Shanghai, China)
24-26: drink technology India 2018 (Mumbai, India)

November 2018:
13-15: Brau Beviale 2018 (Nuremberg, Germany)

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Brewery news USA, CA: Stone Brewing’s Napa brewery now officially open
The beer is brewing and the doors are officially open to the new Stone Brewing – Napa, a 9,500 square-foot restaurant and 10 barrel brewery in an iconic 1877 stone building. Stone brings its flavorful craft beer to the region well-known for its amazing wine and cuisine, offering visitors locally-brewed beers, a dining experience, growler fills and Stone merchandise, Brewbound reported on May 8.

“Restoring this historic building has been a complex process which we have been careful to steward with the utmost respect,” said Greg Koch, Stone Brewing executive chairman & co-founder. “So it is with much pride, and no shortage of relief, that we finally open the doors knowing that we took the time to do it right. Seven years after I first stepped foot in the Borreo building, this place is just what I dreamed of – a top-notch destination devoted to celebrating craft beer.”

Stone’s 10-barrel brewing system will enable the company’s brewers to continue the longstanding tradition of innovation and creativity. The brewing program will be led by Steve Gonzalez, Stone’s six-year veteran Small Batch Senior Manager of Brewing & Innovation. Fortuitously, Steve also had a former career as a winemaker, making him uniquely qualified to bring ...More info on site

Brewery news USA, VA: Rocket Frog Brewing Company to hold grand opening celebration on May 19
Rocket Frog Brewing Company will hold a grand opening celebration May 19, following a soft openings events beginning May 5 for Launch Pad Society members, Loudoun Now reported on May 7.

Located at 22560 Glenn Drive Suite 103 in Sterling, the brewery is owned by David Hartogs, Jennifer Showell-Hartogs and Richard Hartogs. Russell Carpenter is the head brewer.

Rocket Frog will open with five beers on tap: Angry Alice IPA, Minotaur American Golden Ale, Wallops Island American Brown Ale, Double IPA and Dry Saison. The May 19 grand opening starts at 11 a.m. for Launch Pad Members and the brewery will open at noon for the general public.

Brewery news USA, MN: Minnesota’s first Latino-owned beer company to have physical location soon
Minnesota’s first Latino-owned beer company will soon have a physical cervecería and taproom to call home, The Growler reported on May 8.

La Doña Cervecería founder Sergio Manancero, son of Uruguayan immigrants, former Marine, and University of Minnesota alum, has set his sights upon Minneapolis’ Harrison neighborhood to build a brewery and taproom for his company, which started producing a line of Latino-influenced beers in 2016 under a contract brewing arrangement with Sand Creek Brewing in Wisconsin.

La Doña, previously known as Doña Chela, will occupy a 10,000-square-foot warehouse space at 241 Fremont Avenue North, just slightly northwest of downtown Minneapolis. “We’ve found the perfect home, a great landlord, a welcoming neighborhood, and a complementary neighbor,” Manancero said in a press release. The space will share a wall with Royal Foundry Craft Distilling, the soon-to-open distillery specializing in English-style spirits. “We are excited about the synergies we will create with our neighbor.”

The brewery plans to have a spacious taproom, a 3,500-square-foot patio, and a kitchen to showcase restaurateurs from throughout the Twin Cities area, pairing beers with local Latin cuisine. “We are excited by the idea of feeding our customers the likes of Burrito Mercado, Nico’s Tacos, Bar Luchador, Hola Arepa, and ...More info on site

Brewery news USA, CO: Cerveceria Colorado already open in Denver
A new craft brewery in Denver celebrates Mexican flavors and focuses on bridging the gap between communities in the United States and Mexico, 9News.com reported.

Cerveceria Colorado, a concept from Denver Beer Co., had its grand opening on Saturday, May 5. The new brewery took the place of Denver Beer Co. Barrel Room at 1635 Platte St.

Head Brewer Jason Buehler has traveled to Mexico several times to learn from brewers in the country.

“The passion they had rubbed off on me and I brought it back and was sharing it with some of our team here, and we decided this was the direction we wanted to go in and we really believed in it,” Buehler said.

A statement from Cerveceria Colorado said it seeks “to build bridges, not walls, in Colorado communities.”

“We saw an opportunity to be able to work with some amazing brewers in Mexico and bring some of those flavors and ideas to the U.S. craft beer scene and we wanted to create something that was inclusive,” Buehler said.

According to co-founder Patrick Crawford, 20 percent of sales from the first six Fridays the brewery is open will be donated to Latino nonprofits in Denver.

“We’re brewing beers inspired by the culture and ...More info on site

Brewery news USA, IN: Switchyard Brewing Company to open its doors on May 28
Starting May 28, the long awaited Switchyard Brewing Company will open their doors to the public. Opening at 8:00 AM, Indiana University students and the Bloomington entrepreneurship and remote workforce communities will have a place to build their future in the morning and celebrate their successes in the evening, TheFullPint.com reported on May 7.

“Switchyard started as a Bloomington garage startup”, says Kurtis Cummings, Founder of Switchyard Brewing. “We believe that business can, and should be a catalyst for positive change within our community. We feel we are doing our part as a downtown business by helping to advance Bloomington’s entrepreneurial, tech, and creative communities by designing our taproom around this idea.” With an open floor plan, ample table space, whiteboards, a conference room, and gigabit internet service – Switchyard truly was built for business.

“We like to think of Switchyard as a blend of your favorite coffee shop and a production brewery”, says Co-Founder, Jeff Hall. “The taproom has this cozy, rustic-industrial feel to it. After we demolished the entire space, we found that the 1940’s building had great bones, so we just added natural elements such as reclaimed barnwood and rough cut Indiana limestone to make the cold-industrial feeling disappear.”

“When ...More info on site

Brewery news Canada, ON: River Road Brewing & Hops opens its doors in Bayfield
River Road Brewing & Hops has opened the doors to their tap room and retail shop at 35449 Bayfield River Road in Bayfield – part of Huron County, the Ontario Beverage Network reported on May 5.

Brewing at River Road began in November 2017 – beers were only available at bars and restaurants in the area until now.

The brewery – founded by Nikki and Dave Andrew – is located on a 3 acre farm where the pair have also begun growing hops and barley.

Three beers are currently available through the retail store in 355ml cans – Blind Descent Oatmeal Stout, Spring Blonde, and River Road Blonde.

Operating hours are Fri 4-8pm and Sat 12-5pm.

Brewery news USA, PA: Rivertowne Brewing files for bankruptcy
Popular brewery Rivertowne Brewing has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, WTAE Pittsburgh reported on May 8.

The Westmoreland County brewer and its four restaurants filed for protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

The brewery is citing intense competition in the craft beer industry.

Rivertowne Brewing says its restaurants in Verona, North Huntingdon, Monroeville and the North Shore will continue to operate while the company reorganizes financially.

A turnaround plan is due to be filed with the court by September the PG reports.

Brewery news USA, NC: Gibb's Hundred Brewing Company may reopen by end of week
Gibb's Hundred Brewing Company may reopen its taproom by the end of week, News&Record reported on May 7.

Owner Mark Gibb said he hopes to have a soft opening on May 11 at the brewery’s new location at 504 State St.

“We’re working on a couple of inspections and ABC permitting, but hopefully everything will come together by the end of the week,” Gibb said.

The new 10,000 square-foot location in a former warehouse will feature a 2,000 square-foot tap room and outdoor beer garden.

Gibb said it will be a few more weeks before the brewery is producing again, but a sustainable amount of beer was brewed before equipment was moved from its former location at 117 W. Lewis St.

“We have a good supply of beer to serve folks,” Gibb said.

Gibb said the brewery’s patio will be open minus the landscaping, which will be in place in the coming weeks.

Once the brewery is up and running to full capacity, Gibb plans to partner with local restaurants to deliver food to the taproom.

Gibb’s Hundred Brewing opened three years ago in downtown Greensboro.

Owner Mark Gibb announced last fall he would relocate the brewery to a new site to accommodate increased wholesale production.

Brewery news Canada, BC: Tree Brewing moving production to Vancouver
The production of Tree Brewing beers is soon moving from its Richter Street location in Kelowna to the big city, the KelownaNow reported on May 4.

Tree has entered into a joint venture agreement with Big Rock Brewery and the production of Tree beers will soon be transferred to Big Rock’s Vancouver location.

Have no worries if you’re a fan of the Tree Beer Institute on Water Street, however, as nothing will be changing there.

“Nothing changes with the institute,” explained Chris Stirling, GM of Tree Brewing. “We make the beer on site at the beer institute and serve it tank to tap and that doesn’t change with this venture.”

Stirling also said that the institute will continue as the brewery’s source of innovation, and what people like and respond to there will be considered for a more widespread, canned production.

The move allows Tree to remain a player in what is a very competitive craft beer market, and allows the brewery to continue its growth by tapping into Big Rock’s resources.

Stirling wanted to emphasize that the move will in no way affect Tree beer.

“We won’t be changing recipes and, in fact, our brewmaster is staying on to ensure that our recipes and our beer ...More info on site

Brewery news USA: Molson Coors chairman slams Brewers Association in open letter
Pete Coors, the chairman of Molson Coors’ board of directors, didn’t appreciate some of the comments that were made about large brewing companies during last week’s Craft Brewers Conference, Brewbound reported on May 7.

The annual event — which was hosted by the Brewers Association (BA) and drew nearly 14,000 attendees from across the beer industry to Nashville, Tennessee, for a week of learning and socializing – began with a familiar refrain: “Big beer” is bad.

That drew the ire of Coors, the Colorado-beer baron whose family ranks No. 71 on Forbes’ list of the richest American families.

In response, Coors, who didn’t attend the conference, penned what a MillerCoors spokesman described as an “open letter” to the BA and two of its key members: CEO Bob Pease and chairman of the board Eric Wallace, who co-founded Colorado’s Left Hand Brewing.

“The leadership of the Brewers Association does a great disservice to the entire beer value chain by attempting to pit one part of the industry against another,” he wrote in the letter, which was first published by Beer Business Daily.

Coors — who in 2016 “pushed the button” approving Molson Coors’ $12 billion purchase of SABMiller’s stake in the MillerCoors’ joint venture – was ...More info on site

Brewery newsWorld: AB InBev’s first-quarter core profit rises by 6.6%
Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer, forecast faster growth in the rest of the year helped by the soccer World Cup after strong earnings ...More info on site

Brewery newsBrazil: Ambev’s Q1 profit growth of 13% misses analysts’ estimate
Ambev SA, the Latin American unit of beverage company Anheuser Busch InBev NV, missed quarterly profit estimates on May 9 due to the timing ...More info on site

Brewery newsVietnam: Habeco asked to pay US$81 in tax liabilities
The State Audit of Viet Nam (SAV) has proposed that the Ha Noi Beer Alcohol and Beverage JSC (Habeco) pay the State budget VND1.85 ...More info on site

Brewery newsSpain & China: Grupo Damm enters China’s beer market
Grupo Damm has entered the Chinese beer market as it moves to the next phase of its global expansion plan, the company's international brands ...More info on site

Brewery news World: Budweiser sales down in the US but up 2.5% in the rest of the world
Americans are drinking less Budweiser. But India, Paraguay and South Korea are picking up the slack.

Anheuser-Busch InBev said on May 9 that overall sales were up slightly from a year ago and beat Wall Street forecasts.

Sales of Budweiser fell 1.3% during the first quarter, largely because of the decline in the United States. AB InBev is struggling in America as craft brews become more popular — and the company has tried to cash in by acquiring smaller beer companies like Goose Island, Blue Point and 10 Barrel.

Luckily, the company is a global giant. Sales of Budweiser were up 2.5% in the rest of the world because of solid sales from emerging markets in Latin America and Asia.

AB InBev owns more than just Bud and Bud Light. Stella Artois sales surged 12% in the quarter, thanks to strong demand in the UK and Argentina.

The company also said it was optimistic about its sponsorship of soccer's World Cup, which will take place in Russia in June and July.

Increased marketing expenses ahead of the World Cup ate into profits a bit this quarter, but AB InBev is expecting that to pay off with strong sales in Argentina, Colombia and Peru. It also just ...More info on site

Brewery news Belgium: Grimbergen Abbey planning to resume brewing after 200-year break
A small band of Belgian monks are planning to start producing their own beer again, more than 200 years after invading French troops stopped all brewing at the abbey, Reuters reported on May 7.

The men from Grimbergen Abbey started making beer in 1128, but stopped in 1797 when the French took over the site and sold off the equipment.

After that, some of the world’s biggest drinks brands filled the gap – Heineken unit Alken-Maes makes brown and blond lagers with the Grimbergen brand in Belgium. Carlsberg sells them abroad, paying royalties to the abbey.

Now the monks have drawn up plans for their own micro-brewery to produce their own beers to sell alongside the other Grimbergen drinks on the market.

“We want to build a micro-brewery, on a small scale and linked with tradition, on the site where the brewery stood before the French Revolution,” said Sub-prior Karel Stautemas.

“What exactly the beer will be, we don’t yet know, but the tastes of before and now have changed. This will be a beer of the 21st century.”

The operation will be much smaller than the ones run by Belgium’s Trappist abbeys, such as Chimay or Westmalle, he added. Other abbeys such as Leffe have ...More info on site

Brewery news EU: Stella Artois heads list of 12 best-selling beers in Europe
According to Research & Markets, the Europe beer market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.2% during 2016-2022. Changing consumer preferences and improving lifestyles have led to the growth of premium beer products. That doesn’t mean there are fewer options available for the price conscious. Krakow, the ancient Polish city, serves beer at less than £1 a pint. Consumers prefer different types of beer, ranging from colored ales, lagers, and white varieties, depending upon price, taste and social status. The European brewers are also making huge investments to satisfy consumers’ changing tastes and preferences, Insider Monkey reported on May 5.

Beer not only defines Europe’s social and cultural landscape, but the brewing sector also contributes significantly to the EU economy and is also a major exporter. The European Union is the second-largest beer producer in the world, after China, with more than 6,500 active breweries. The European beer industry generates about 2.3 million jobs throughout the entire value chain. The 12 best selling beer in Europe thus spells out the European success story and contributions made towards the different facets of the economy.

The traditional European beer market is transforming into a modern and emerging upstart brewery culture. Beer is ...More info on site

Malt newsUK: Barley usage by brewers, maltsters, and distillers down 3.7% in March
In March 2018, UK brewers, maltsters and distillers used 160.1 thousand tonnes of barley, 3.7% lower compared to March 2017, AHDB reports.

Wheat usage was ...More info on site

Barley newsUkraine: Barley crop forecast to be lowest in five years
Spring barley planting in Ukraine is drawing to an end, and the forecasts about its shortfall are coming true, UkrAgroConsult repoted on May 8.

As ...More info on site

Brewery news Russia: Beer producers urge authorities not to restrict sale of alcohol during 2018 World Cup
Russia's beer producers have reportedly sent letters to local and federal officials urging them not to restrict the sale of alcohol during the 2018 World Cup, The Moscow Times reported on May 9.

Regional authorities are pushing to restrict the sale and consumption of beer during the international football tournament, which takes place in 11 Russian host cities from June 14 until July 15. In response, breweries are warning officials that if restrictions are put in place, football fans will be in danger of being forced to purchase illegal, hard liquor.

Beer producers also estimate that restrictions will cost Moscow alone up to 2 billion rubles ($31 million) in unpaid taxes.

The president of the Russian holding of Anheuser-Busch InBev, AB InBev Efes, Dmitry Shpakov sent a letter to vice-president Arkady Dvorkovich on May 4 outlining his concerns about statements from regional governments about possible alcohol restrictions on the territories of the 11 host cities, the Kommersant business daily reports.

On May 7, the Russian Beer Union also reportedly sent a letter to Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin with the union members’ concerns about potential restrictions on beer sales and consumption in the Russian capital.

Two weeks ago a Moscow government department issued statements ...More info on site

Barley news South Africa: Farmers file complaint about AB InBev’s change of malting barley pricing formula
Farmers in South Africa have filed a complaint with the country’s competition watchdog about Anheuser-Busch InBev’s decision to change its pricing formula for buying malt barley, a key ingredient in beer making, Reuters reported on May 7.

The farmers lobby group Grain South Africa believes AB InBev, the world’s biggest brewer, has contravened one of the conditions set when the country’s competition tribunal approved its $106 billion acquisition of rival beer maker SABMiller.

“We are aware of the complaint lodged by Grain SA and have formally responded to the Competition Commission,” AB InBev Africa spokeswoman Robyn Chalmers said. “We have, at all times, conducted our operations in compliance with the conditions imposed by the Competition Tribunal.”

In a letter to farmers in the barley growing region of Western Cape province, AB InBev said it was changing what it will pay for the 2018 crop to 97 percent of the price for top grade wheat (B1) from 102 percent of second tier wheat (B2).

“We are of the opinion that they are not sticking to what was agreed at the Tribunal,” said Jannie de Villiers, chief executive of Grain SA. “AB InBev has refused to engage any further. The Competition Commission is the only avenue ...More info on site

Barley news Australia: CPTPP provides significant new market access opportunities for Australian grain
The recently signed Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) provides significant new market access opportunities for the grain and other agricultural industries in Australia, according to a May 4 Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The CPTPP will eliminate more than 98% of tariffs in the TPP-11 markets, which include major markets such as Canada and Mexico, the report said.

“The CPTPP creates Australia’s first free trade agreements with Canada and Mexico, giving Australian exporters preferential access to two of the world’s top 20 economies for the first time,” the USDA said.

An analysis by the Australian government concluded that the CPTPP will eliminate tariffs on more than $2.5 billion of Australian agricultural products.

The USDA noted that the agreement provides improved market access into the Japanese market for wheat, barley and malt.

“Reduced mark-ups for wheat and barley as well as new quota arrangements will go beyond the benefits Australian exporters are already enjoying under the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement,” the USDA said. “There will also be new Australian rice access quotas into Japan with a new 6,000-tonne quota available once the agreement enters into force and increasing to 8,400 tonnes after 12 years.”

Mexico’s 67% tariffs ...More info on site

Whisky news UK: Scotland introduces minimum price per unit of pure alcohol
Scotland introduced a minimum price per unit of pure alcohol on May 1. The move is aimed to curb the sale of cheap and strong drinks, the Deutsche Welle reported.

"This public health policy will save lives," First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.

Scots consume nearly 20 percent more alcohol on average than residents of England or Wales, according to government data. Officials say 24 people die from alcohol-related causes every week, and that 60 percent of young offenders in Scottish prisons were drunk at the time of the offense.

Other parts of the UK were also mulling minimum pricing for alcohol, Sturgeon told the AFP news agency.

"I think we will see countries across Europe and further afield look to replicate what has been done here in Scotland," she added.

Under the new policy, alcohol sellers will be expected to charge at least half a British pound (€0.57/$0.68) for every unit of pure alcohol. In the UK, a unit is set at 10 ml or 8 grams of alcoholic content. This roughly works out to nearly 3 units per pint of beer or two per standard glass of wine, although these figures vary with the brands and makes of alcoholic beverages.

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Brewery news India: Craft brewer B9 Beverage preparing to more than quadruple production
India’s B9 Beverages, which sells the popular Bira 91 brand of beer, has just completed its largest round of fund-raising, and is now preparing to more than quadruple its production, Quartz reported on May 8.

On May 8, the New Delhi-based company announced that it has raised $50 million (Rs336 crore) in a funding round led by Belgian investment firm Sofina, and existing investor Sequoia.

B9 will use the majority of the cash to fulfil local demand, investing in existing and new manufacturing facilities, apart from expanding in the US and Southeast Asia, its founder and chief executive officer Ankur Jain told Quartz.

Bira 91 was launched in early 2015 to “fill the gap in the market for a trendy, unorthodox, fun, and smart brand of beer that could be positioned between Indian brands and the expensive imported beers,” Jain had said then. Its investors include Sequoia, TR Capital, Snapdeal’s Kunal Bahl, and Zomato’s founder Deepinder Goyal, among others, who have put in $100 million into the venture so far.

The likes of United Breweries, which sells the country’s largest beer brand Kingfisher, still dominate the Indian market, but beer consumption remains low here, leaving plenty of headroom for growth. In 2017, Indians drank ...More info on site

Brewery news China: Great Leap Brewing forced to close flagship #12 venue in Beijing
Beijing craft beer lovers have been handed yet another reason to drink their sorrows away this week as a shock announcement from Great Leap Brewing (GLB) details the closure of their flagship #12 Xingfucun location this Thursday, May 10, The Beijinger reported.

The message, which came via the brewery's official WeChat account just after noon on May 8 and written by Great Leap Brewing's co-founder Carl Setzer, states that the brewery is being forced out of the location on account of the landlord being "adamant that there will no longer be tenants using this property for any and all food and beverage services."

The crackdown on F&B in the space has forced the GLB team to reach a compromise and reconsider how it will be used in future, adding that they do not intend to give up the venue entirely but instead will repurpose it for the business. In doing so, it will become home to their corporate operations, a cold storage distribution centre, and office space for the staff.

As depressing as the news is that the city is to lose one of its most beloved venues, Setzer also used the opportunity to put a positive spin on things to come for ...More info on site

Brewery news New Zealand: Lion causes stir in craft beer world trying to trademark ‘dank’
Corporate giant Lion has caused a stir in the craft beer world with a move to try to trademark the word "dank", the New Zealand Herald reported on May 6.

Traditionally a slang term for describing pungent marijuana it is now commonly used by craft brewers to describe strong, heavily-hopped ales.

Not to be confused with the Kiwi slang term "dak", the original meaning of "dank" was simply something damp and musty.

Craft beer fans were up in arms when Lion's trademark application was posted on the Beertown Facebook page last week.

"Dank, dankier, dankiest. Lion is attempting to trademark DANK as a beer descriptor. Anyone think that's a bit rank?" the Beertown post said.

Lion confirmed it was seeking the trademark for the term but reassured that it would not prevent other brewers from using the term.

"We have noticed some concern around Lion's Trademark application for Dank," the company said.

"It is correct that we have applied to trademark Dank for possible use as a brand in a new beer range ... It's incorrect though, to say that by registering Dank, we're seeking to prevent the use of the word by other brewers."

It was standard practice in trademark law that even if the application was ...More info on site

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