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November 26 - November 28, 2018

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1 USD = 1.3272 CAD
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Brewery news USA: On-premise beer sales drop 1.6% in 2017 ...Click here
Brewery news USA, WA: Strangeways Brewing to open third location in Scott’s Addition ...Click here
Brewery news USA, NY: Prison City Pub & Brewery to open larger production facility in Auburn ...Click here
Brewery news Canada, AB: Travois Ale Works now open to the public ...Click here
Brewery news Canada, NB: Matchstick Beer Factory announces release of its first beers ...Click here
Brewery news Canada, NL: Crooked Feeder Brewing launches first two beers, plans 2019 opening ...Click here
Brewery news USA, MN: Gull Dam Brewery closing its doors by year-end ...Click here
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Brewery news Thailand: ThaiBev’s beer net profit drops 10.4% in FY 2018 ...Click here
Brewery news Switzerland: Swiss beer market recovers thanks to hot weather ...Click here
Whisky news France: France throws itself in whisky production ...Click here
Brewery news Australia: Coopers Brewery’s profit up 4% despite first fall in beer sales since 1993 ...Click here
Brewery news Japan: Beer market offering more variety thanks to expanded definition of beer ...Click here
Brewery news Croatia: Craft beer revolution about to start in Croatia ...Click here
Brewery news Ghana: Guinness Ghana reintroduces its ABC Golden Lager Beer in Ghana ...Click here
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New England IPAs (NEIPAs) are known for juiciness, soft bitterness and very high turbidity. How those attributes relate to hop components was dubiously investigated so far. A group of US researcher did a thorough research of these parameter and could show the following. Compared to West Coast IPAs or other beers NEIPAs are very high in humulinones, alpha acids, beta acids and also Xanthohumol. Due to the high concentration of humulinones these contribute about 50% to the total bitterness. Because of the high amounts of humulinones and alpha acids the measured IBUs are very misleading for NEIPAs as they are often twice as high as the sensory bitterness. The haze contributing fractions that can be identified are proteins (36%) hops (11%) polyphenols (3%) and fatty acids (1%) and not yeast!


Maye, JP.: Hidden secrets of the New England IPAs, oral presentation M018 at the Brewing Summit, August 2018, San Diego

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These Days in Business History

26 November
1885 - 1st meteor photograph
1925 - Netherlands and Germany sign trade agreement
1987 - Matsushita purchases the movie and entertainment company MCA Inc. for $6.6 billion

27 November
1895 - Alfred Nobel establishes Nobel Prize
1962 - 1st test flight of the Boeing 727 takes place

28 November
1895 - The Chicago Times-Herald sponsors the first automobile race in U.S. history. The winner's average speed clocks in at roughly 7 mph
1946 - 1st Polaroid camera sold


February 2019:
08 - 10: Finest Spirits 2019 (Munich, Germany)
08 - 11: HoReCa 2019 (Athens, Greece)
15 - 16: Braukunst Live! 2019 (Munich, Germany)
16 - 19: Beer Attraction 2019 (Rimini, Italy)
19 - 21: Beviale Moscow 2019 (Moscow, Russia)
19 - 23: Great British Beer Festival Winter 2019 (Norwich, UK)
28 - 02 March: Drink Technology India 2019 (Bengaluru, India)

March 2019:
05 - 07: Expo Antad & Alimentaria Mexico 2019 (Mexico City, Mexico)
11 - 13: 105th Brewing and Engineering Congress 2019 (Rust, Germany)
13 - 14: BeerX 2019 (Liverpool, UK)
13 - 16: Festival Brasileiro da Cerveja 2019 (Blumenau, Brazil)
14 - 16: Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair 2019 (Dublin, Ireland)
15 - 17: Barcelona Beer Festival 2019 (Barcelona, Spain)
27 - 28: Craft Beer Italy 2019 (Milan, Italy)
27 - 29: 10th World Barley, Malt & Beer Conference (Warsaw, Poland)

April 2019:
08 - 11: Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America 2019 (Denver, Colorado, USA)
26 - 28: Zythos Beer Festival 2019 (Leuven, Belgium)

May 2019:
15 - 17: Craft Beer China 2019 (Shanghai, China)
21 - 24: Beer 2019 (Sochi, Russia)
21 - 26: Latvia Beer Fest 2019 (Riga, Latvia)
22 - 25: Mondial de la Biere 2019 (Montreal, Canada)
23 - 25: Copenhagen Beer Festival 2019 (Copenhagen, Denmark)
28 - 30: Brasil Brau 2019 (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

June 2019:
02 - 06: The 37th Congress of the European Brewery Convention (Antwerp, Belgium)
03 - 04: The Brewers of Europe Forum 2019 (Antwerp, Belgium)
09 - 11: Brewing Conference 2019 (Bangkok, Thailand)
25 - 26: BevExpo 2019 (Ricoh Arena, Judds Lane, Coventry, United Kingdom)

July 2019:
09 - 11: Fdt Africa 2019 (Midrand, South Africa)

August 2019:
02 - 04: The 23rd International Berlin Beer Festival (Berlin, Germany)
06 - 10: The Great British Beer Festival 2019 (London, UK)
07 - 10: VIETFOOD & BEVERAGE - PROPACK 2019 (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
09 - 10: Beervana 2019 (Wellington, New Zealand)

September 2019:
04 - 08: Mondial de la Biere 2019 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
21 - 06 October: Oktoberfest 2019 (Munich, Germany)
26 - 27: Sea Brew 2019 (Bangkok, Thailand)

October 2019:
03 - 05: The Great American Beer Festival 2019 (Denver, USA)

November 2019:
12 - 14: Brau Beviale 2019 (Nuremberg, Germany)
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News Articles

Brewery news USA: On-premise beer sales drop 1.6% in 2017
On-premise consumption of beverage alcohol fell 1.1% overall in 2017, to 1.7 million cases, according to the Beverage Information Group’s 2018 Cheers On-Premise Handbook. Much of that is due to the 1.6% decrease in cases of beer sold on-premise, while wine was up just 0.5%.

Spirits continues to be the bright spot, up 2.5% in 2017, although that’s down from the 4.7% increase the segment saw in 2016. Craft and classic cocktails are driving spirits sales in bars and restaurants, and consumers are also still interested in brown spirits, namely bourbon: On-premise sales of American whiskey increased 4.2% in 2017.

Although total consumption was down, retail dollar sales of beverage alcohol on-premise increased a bit in 2017, an indicator of the continuing premiumization trend. For instance, retail dollar sales of spirits grew 8%, wine rose 2.2% and beer was up 3.2% over 2016.

Wine consumption in the U.S. is driven primarily by women, who account for 52% of all on-premise wine consumers. Millennials have been an increasingly driving force in the wine category as they are an explorative group, and a generation more interested in trying new flavors than adhering to one style or one brand.

Champagnes and sparkling wines in particular are gaining ...More info on site

Brewery news USA, WA: Strangeways Brewing to open third location in Scott’s Addition
Strangeways Brewing will open a new location in Scott’s Addition, WWBT NBC12 News reported on November 27.

The new facility will open at 3110 West Leigh Street in the same building as Smohk Barbecue and across the street from Circuit Arcade Bar.

This will be the brewery’s third location and won’t be far from its Henrico County locale on Dabney Road.

Strangeways’ other location is in Fredericksburg.

The brewery said it new location will have 4,000 square feet and an outdoor patio with several beers in multiple styles on tap. A cider option is also in the works.

An opening date for the Scott’s Addition facility has not been announced.

Brewery news USA, NY: Prison City Pub & Brewery to open larger production facility in Auburn
One of Upstate New York's most renowned - but small - craft brewers has settled on the proposed location for its long-awaited expansion, Syracuse.com reported on November 27.

Prison City Pub & Brewery plans to open a larger production brewing facility, with a tap room and kitchen, at 197-199 North St., Auburn. The 4-year-old brewpub, a restaurant with a small brewhouse on site, will remain open at 28 State St downtown.

The expansion could allow Prison City to make 10 times as much beer as it does now.

The new location, a vacant lot that formerly held a car wash, still needs city planning board approval, owner Dawn Schulz said. But if all goes well she and her husband, Marc, plan to break ground in the spring and open by the fall. They will build from ground up.

The Prison City brewpub opened in December 2014, and almost immediately began winning notice for the beers produced by head brewer Ben Maeso.

It won a medal at the prestigious Great American Beer Fest less than a year after it opened, and last year made the finals of the first Taste NY Craft Beer Challenge.

Its Mass Riot, a version of a hazy, juicy New England-style IPA, ...More info on site

Brewery news Canada, AB: Travois Ale Works now open to the public
The newest brewery in Medicine Hat, Alberta has announced that it is now open to the public, the Canadian Beer News reported on November 21.

Travois Ale Works has been founded by partners Todd Weibe, Rob Hozack, Jory Marchand, and Jacques LaBlanc in a former tattoo parlour in the city’s downtown.

Named after a type of traditional dogsled used by the area’s indigenous people, Travois has been officially open since Monday November 19th.

With a focus on producing “a mix of revolutionary American and traditional European styles that are both creative and approachable,” the brewery is offering a number of beers by the glass and growler including Brown Porter (5.38% abv, 25 IBU) – available in both standard and nitro versions – English Summer Ale (5.78% abv, 20 IBU), Belgian Blonde (7.22% abv, 28 IBU), and North West Wheat (5.25% abv, 33 IBU), with more to come.

Travois Ale Works is located at 612 3rd St. SE in Medicine Hat, and is open from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily except for Sundays.

Brewery news Canada, NB: Matchstick Beer Factory announces release of its first beers
A new home-based brewery in Hampton, a town in New Brunswick’s Kings Country, has announced the release of its first beers, the Canadian Beer News reported on November 26.

Matchstick Beer Factory has been founded by Luke MacGregor and Heather Avery, a husband-and-wife team, and is named after the Flewelling Match Factory that used to be located in the community.

Matchstick has launched with two beers – Matchstick Pale Ale (4.5% abv) and Fired Up Red Ale (8% abv) – that are available on tap at several bars and restaurants including Match Factory Restaurant in Hampton, Bootstrap BrewPub in Quispamsis, and Sussex Ale Works in Sussex.

Brewery news Canada, NL: Crooked Feeder Brewing launches first two beers, plans 2019 opening
A new brewery in Western Newfoundland has announced the release of its first two beers, the Canadian Beer News reported on November 26.

Crooked Feeder Brewing has been founded by partners Robert Sutton, Ray Brake, and Corey Wight in Cormack, a small community approximately 18 km north of Deer Lake.

Not yet open to the public, the brewery is concentrating on keg sales to bars and restaurants for now, with Bonne Bay Blonde Ale available at Newfound Sushi, and Bunker C Double Chocolate Stout at Bootleg Brew Co., both in Corner Brook. Details on growler sales will be announced soon, and a brewery taproom is planned to open in 2019.

Brewery news USA, MN: Gull Dam Brewery closing its doors by year-end
A Brainerd Lakes area brewery is closing its doors at the end of the year, Bring Me The News reported on November 27.

The owners of Gull Dam Brewery, Mark and Barb Anderson, announced on Facebook on November 26 that they're planning to retire following their final day in business on New Year's Eve.

“This was a fun venture, our beer is world class and Mark and I have met so many wonderful people at the brewery,” said Barb Anderson.

Whether a new owner takes over the brewery or a new business enters the venue, which includes a taproom and event center along with outdoor seating and a stage for live music, is unknown, but the Andersons say they're selling the business.

The brewery is known for its "I need a Gull Dam beer!" slogan, in spirit of the historic dam on Gull Lake, which is just a stone's throw away.

The brewery is also known for its minority shareholder, actor Kevin Sorbo, who needed a Gull Dam beer during Sunday's Vikings game.

According to The Growler, Gull Dam Brewing was the second brewery to open in the Brainerd Lakes area, which has since added Roundhouse Brewing in Brainerd, Big Axe Brewing in ...More info on site

Brewery newsThailand: ThaiBev’s beer net profit drops 10.4% in FY 2018
Thai spirits maker Thai Beverage has posted a full year net profit of 18.53 billion baht (S$77 million) for 2018, down 46 per cent ...More info on site

Brewery newsSwitzerland: Swiss beer market recovers thanks to hot weather
The Swiss beer market recovered last year thanks to the hot weather, as well as the continued boom in microbreweries and thirst for local ...More info on site

Whisky newsFrance: France throws itself in whisky production
In recent years, Japan stunned traditional whisky-makers Scotland, Ireland, and America by exploding onto the international market and winning over connoisseurs of the tipple ...More info on site

Brewery news Australia: Coopers Brewery’s profit up 4% despite first fall in beer sales since 1993
Coopers Brewery has posted a four per cent increase in profit for the 2017-18 financial year, with Managing Director Dr Tim Cooper saying the brewer’s new malting plant has made a positive impact, The Australian reported on November 26.

Dr Cooper said profit before tax had reached A$34.3 mln, compared with A$33.4 mln for the previous financial year. This improved profit came despite the first fall in total beer sales since 1993, with Coopers beer volumes declining by 9.1 per cent. After allowing for products which were discontinued after FY17, the decline was 7.5 per cent.

“The opening of the new malting plant has delivered substantial savings on malt costs, along with improved malt quality,” Dr Cooper said.

Speaking about the fall is sales, he added: “This ended 24 consecutive years of volume growth at a compound annual growth rate of 8.9 per cent.

“Coopers last recorded 24 consecutive years of growth between 1905 and 1928.

“Factors behind the lower volumes included an increasingly active craft beer market, more aggressive retail space management and pricing by international brewers, and the introduction of the Container Deposit Scheme in NSW.

“The impact of the deletion of some Coopers brands in decline, and forward buying by retailers in June ...More info on site

Brewery news Japan: Beer market offering more variety thanks to expanded definition of beer
More and more distinctive beers are coming onto the market, thanks to the expanded definition of beer that came into effect in April under the revised Liquor Tax Law, The Japan News reported on November 26.

Secondary ingredients in beer were previously limited to such items as rice and corn, but now they can include things like fruits and spices.

On Oct. 18, the Yona Yona Beer Works Shintora-dori restaurant opened in Minato Ward, Tokyo. To commemorate the launch, a beer called Sorry Umami IPA was served, which is made with dried bonito fish flakes. Numerous beer fans flocked to the restaurant on the day of the launch.

Up until March, however, Sorry Umami IPA was classified as happoshu low-malt quasi-beer. Yoho Brewing Co. in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, developed it for export in 2016. Added to give the drink a distinctly Japanese touch, the bonito flakes also jack up the fermentation of the yeast, giving the beer a fresh, clear flavor, the company said.

Sorry Umami IPA has been well received in the United States, but it was treated as happoshu in Japan because of its secondary ingredient.

That situation changed in April this year. Under the previous Liquor Tax Law, beer was limited to ...More info on site

Brewery news Croatia: Craft beer revolution about to start in Croatia
Four years ago, the craft beer production seemed like an impossible dream in Croatia. Although Croats like to drink beer and are among the top beer consumers in Europe, until four years ago they mostly drank corporate-produced beers. Offering a non-corporate product that would compete on the market meant going against the companies with virtually unlimited resources, loyal buyers and huge profits. However, Croatia’s craft beer revolution was about to start, reports Večernji List on November 25, 2018.

Varionica was one such producer. It was one of the first small breweries to offer its products to the Croatian market. At the time, their beers could be bought at just three venues in Zagreb and two on the Adriatic coast. The brand was launched by Matija Mrazek and Davor Simičić. “It was not difficult for me to leave a well-paid job and start brewing beer. That was inevitable when I decided to start this business since the administrative demands in Croatia regarding beer production are terribly burdensome. It took us two years to do all the paperwork to start the production,” said Davor.

At the time, they produced their American pale ale-style beer in Donji Vidovac. The facility which could produce 8,000 litres ...More info on site

Brewery news Ghana: Guinness Ghana reintroduces its ABC Golden Lager Beer in Ghana
Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL) has re-introduced its long-standing beer brand ABC Golden Lager Beer, onto the Ghanaian market to suit the needs and demands of its customers, the GhanaWeb reported on November 23.

The beer, which was officially unveiled on Saturday, November 23 at Jamestown in Accra, has a refreshing and satisfying taste with nutrients for its consumers.

ABC Golden Lager Beer comes in different packages, with the 300 millilitre costing GH¢2.50 and the 625 millilitre selling at GH¢4.00.

The beer was first introduced 45 years ago onto the Ghanaian market and the new brand was to enrich the celebration of joy and reflect the resolute optimism of the everyday Ghanaian, the company said.

Nana Boakye-Yiadom, the Corporate Communications Manager of GGBL, speaking at a media launch on November 23, said the company used 51 per cent locally sourced raw materials for all its products, however, ABC Golden Lager Beer had 70 per cent content of locally sourced raw materials.

He said by using 70 per cent of local raw materials for the beer, they expected to contribute to the sustainable development of farmers in the country and general economic growth.

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