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Welcome to RBPMail 17.1, January 2011
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In this issue:
* =A0 =A0 BA Revises Definition of Craft Brewer
* =A0 =A0 Fire at Rochefort Trappist Abbey
* =A0 =A0 UK Pubs Brace for Higher VAT
* =A0 =A0 When is a Pint not a Pint?
* =A0 =A0 Napa Smith Sale Finalized
* =A0 =A0 Blog Watch
=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0- Noteworthy posts
* =A0 =A0 Brewery in Waiting Buys Wild Goose Brand
* =A0 =A0 Tour de Fat raises more than $300,000
* =A0 =A0 New York Keg Registration Law Expires
* =A0 =A0 Budweiser, Baseball Resolve Dispute
* =A0 =A0 Oklahoma May Consider Broadening Beer Sales
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BREWERS ASSOCIATION REVISES DEFINITION OF CRAFT BREWER The board of
directors of the Brewers Association has voted to change the BA's
designation of "small" in its definition of a "craft brewer," boosting
the limit from two million barrels annually to six million. According to
a press release:
In the BA's craft brewer definition, the term "small" now refers to any
independent brewery that produces up to 6 million barrels of traditional
beer. The previous definition capped production at 2 million barrels.
The changed definition is currently in effect and can be reviewed on the
BA website, BrewersAssociation.org. The change to the bylaws went into
effect December 20, 2010.
The association cited several reasons for the change, including the
recognition that "small" is a descriptive term relative to the overall
size of the industry. "Thirty-four years have passed since the original
small brewers tax differential defined small brewers as producing less
than 2 million barrels," said Nick Matt, chair of the Brewers
Association board of directors and chairman and CEO of F.X. Matt Brewing
Company. "A lot has changed since 1976. The largest brewer in the U.S.
has grown from 45 million barrels to 300 million barrels of global beer
production."
The industry's largest craft brewer, the Boston Beer Company, is poised
to become the first craft brewer to surpass 2 million barrels of
traditional beer within the next few years. Boston Beer accounted for
20.2% of "craft beer" sales in 2009.
"With this change to the craft brewer definition and BA bylaws,
statistics will continue to accurately reflect the 30-year growth of
market share for craft brewed beer," Matt said for the press release.
"Brewers Association statistics on craft brewers will continue to keep
pace with the growth of the industry. Rather than removing members due
to their success, the craft brewing industry should be celebrating our
growth."
FIRE AT ROCHEFORT TRAPPIST ABBEY
A Dec. 30 blaze that took 70 firefighters to extinguish caused serious
damage at the famous abbey at St. Remy-Rochefort, where Rochefort beer
is brewed. However it did not injure anybody or reach the brewery within
the abbey walls. According to reports, the blaze began near a generator
being used temporarily because of problems with the power supply.
Footage of the resulting fire
(http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-12092805) looked terrifying and
there were early reports that the fire reached some of the brewing
equipment and destroyed a quantity of beer. Those apparently were wrong.
For updates follow Merchant du Vin on twitter
(http://twitter.com/merchantduvin).
PUBS BRACE FOR HIGHER VAT
A new 20% VAT (Value Added Tax) rate will hurt pubs more than the
take-home drinks market, according to the British Beer & Pub
Association. The group said the increase will add 6p to the price of a
pint of beer, pushing the average cost through the =A33 mark for the
first time. BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: "The VAT rise is
another tax blow for the industry. The Treasury is piling tax on top of
tax. The 26% rise in beer duty in the past two years will now have an
even higher VAT rate charged on top of it. The Treasury needs to think
again when it comes to plans for further beer tax hikes in March."
WHEN IS A PINT NOT A PINT?
Pubs and clubs in Great Britain now will be allowed to serve beer, wine
and other alcoholic drinks in smaller glasses after the government said
it was scrapping complex regulations that dictate the measures sold on
licensed premises. Under the changes pubs and clubs will be able to sell
in Australian-style "schooners," which hold 400ml or two-thirds of a
pint. (As a point of order, "schooner" is not actually a defined measure
under Australian law. The amount in such a glass varies in different
parts of the country.)
INVESTMENT GROUP FINALIZES NAPA SMITH DEAL An investment group led by J.
Smoke Wallin has finalized the purchase of Napa Smith Brewery & Winery,
making it part of a family of companies which includes Pelican Brands.
Napa Smith Beer is currently in 17 states, and will be available
nationally by the summer of 2011. Earlier this year, Napa Smith
appointed Pelican Brands as its exclusive sales representative in the
United States.
To get the news when it happens visit Realbeer.com/blog and subscribe to
the rss feed. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/realbeer
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Beer-related posts from the blogosphere:
A few kind words for 'regular' beer, OK? http://bit.ly/gMUriB
15 years of Philadelphia beer culture (multiple parts)
http://bit.ly/gueZLO
Yule 2010 photo contest winners announced http://bit.ly/ge5lxu
The death of the pint? How?
http://bit.ly/fsFIs0
Beervana's 'worst accomplishments in beer' awards http://bit.ly/hvzmBO
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WHITE LABS 5TH ANNUAL BIG QC DAY
Big QC Day is the only large-scale, independent testing of craft beer.
It's an ideal and affordable opportunity for brewers to learn about
their beers and quality control issues. Breweries can compare their
tests against the overall results of the test group. $500 value for
$139. Kit cut-off order date 2/4/11. New this year: Chill Haze Test.
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BREWERY-IN-WAITING BUYS WILD GOOSE BRAND A Baltimore-area
brewery-in-waiting is seeking regional brewers to continue making the
discontinued 21-year-old beer brand Wild Goose. Logan-Shaw Brewing
bought the brand in December from Flying Dog Ales for an undisclosed
amount. But the "nano brewery" won't be up and running for another 18
months, president Jeff Harrison said. In the meantime, the company is
seeking brewers in Maryland, Delaware or Virginia to continue making the
brand's Amber Ale and its IPA starting as early as February or March,
when the beer's last batches are expected to run out.
TOUR DE FAT RAISES MORE THAN $300,000
Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing's "traveling carnival of all things
bicycle," raised $331,428 for the brewery's non-profit friends in 2010,
which is up nearly 20% from 2009. The tour attracted 70,250 cycling and
beer fans celebrants in 13 cities. In addition to raising money at every
stop, Tour de Fat also swapped 13 cars for bikes. This year marked the
fourth year that Tour de Fat hosted the car-for-bike swap, where someone
in each city trades in his or her vehicle for a hand-built commuter
bike. The volunteer then commits to living car-free for the next year.
NEW YORK KEG REGISTRATION LAW EXPIRES
New York state has shut the tap on the law requiring registration for
beer kegs. The law enacted in 2003 required retailers to affix tags to
each keg sold that identifies the purchaser's name, address and driver's
license number. The law also increased the $10 deposit on each keg sold
to $75. The deposit was reduced to $50 in 2008. The law expired just
before Thanksgiving.
BUDWEISER, BASEBALL RESOLVE DISPUTE
Anheuser-Busch has reached a new sponsorship agreement with Major League
Baseball and dropped the lawsuit it filed against the league in
November. The multi-year agreement designates Budweiser as the official
beer sponsor of Major League Baseball. The U.S. arm of Anheuser-Busch
InBev NV, the world's largest brewer, sued the league's licensing arm in
a New York federal court in November, claiming that it reneged on a
multiyear renewal of the sponsorship rights and demanded "exponentially
higher" fees.
OKLAHOMA MAY CONSIDER BROADENING BEER SALES Legislation allowing wine
and strong beer to be sold in grocery stores will likely be considered
by Oklahoma lawmakers next year. State law currently allows the sale of
stronger beer in liquor stores, bars and restaurants. The state agency
that regulates alcohol remains opposed to changing the law.
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In this issue:
* =A0 =A0 200-Year-Old Bottles of Beer
* =A0 =A0 A-B InBev Recalls 'Sour' Stella
* =A0 =A0 MillerCoors Makes Specialty Beer Autonomous
* =A0 =A0 Brewing Industry Awards Head to Burton-on-Trent
* =A0 =A0 Earthquake Threatens New Zealand's Beer Supply
* =A0 =A0 Blog Watch
=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0- Noteworthy posts
* =A0 =A0 Fried Beer Runner-up at Texas State Fair
* =A0 =A0 UK Pubs Still the Place to Talk
* =A0 =A0 More Than 500 'Citizen' Bloggers
* =A0 =A0 UK Pub Celebrates 300th Anniversary
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200-YEAR-OLD BOTTLES OF BEER FOUND IN SHIPWRECK Divers have found the
world's oldest drinkable beer at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. Three
bottles of dark beer were found in a nineteenth-century wreck off Aland,
an autonomous part of Finland. They were discovered as the divers tried
to salvage around 70 bottles of what is thought to be the world's oldest
champagne, which were discovered last month. One of the smaller bottles
broke because the fragile glass had a crack in it and the divers and
Kalmar Museum senior restorer Max Jahrehorn could immediately establish
that it was beer. He said: "One could see the beer inside and that it
was beginning to foam and the foam started slowly in the beginning and
it accelerated and it was something I didn't expect to see from a ship
that has been on the bottom of the sea for 200 years."
'SOUR' STELLA ARTOIS RECALLED
About 12,000 barrels (a barrel is the equivalent of 31 gallons) of
Stella Artois beer were recalled by Anheuser-Busch InBev after a
production error led to quality problems, according to a Belgian
newspaper. The problem with the beer brewed in Leuven was caused by
pipes that were not cleaned properly after another beer (Leffe) was
transferred via the pipes. The Belgian paper reported the resulting beer
was "terribly sour." Some of it reached bars in Belgium. But 8,300
barrels shipped to the United States were still en route when the recall
was made. The union representing some A-B InBev workers blamed the
problem on job cuts and cost reductions implemented by the brewer.
MILLERCOORS MAKES SPECIALTY BEERS AUTONOMOUS MillerCoors has announced
that it will call its new company focused on craft and import beers
"Tenth and Blake Beer Company." "This is a unique and exciting period in
the beer business," Tom Cardella, the company's CEO, said for a press
release. "With the added focus on our craft and import brands and the
talent within our brewing network, Tenth and Blake Beer Company has the
opportunity to make an impact and continue to help grow this segment.
We're made up of passionate brewers and merchants of the world's finest
specialty brews, and we look forward to celebrating the joy of beer with
beer drinkers throughout the U.S." The company lists its current roster
of beers on its Facebook page: Blue Moon, Leinenkugel's, Pilsner
Urquell, Peroni, Killian's, Henry Weinhard's, Grolsch, Tyskie, Lech,
Cristal, Cusquena, Aguila, Batch 19, Kasteel Cru, AC Golden brands
(Herman Joseph's, Winterfest, Colorado Native) and Sandlot brands.
BREWING INDUSTRY AWARDS HEADED TO BURTON-ON-TRENT The recently opened
National Brewery Center in Burton-on-Trent will host the 2011 Brewing
Industry International Awards. That will be followed immediately by a
new Festival of Beer showcasing many of the participating beers. The
National Brewery Center, which opened in May this year, was an "obvious
candidate" to host the competition, said Ruth Evans, chief executive of
Brewing Technology Services, organizers of the Brewing Awards. She said,
"We are delighted to be holding the 2011 Awards at this new and very
appropriate venue which can accommodate not only the competition but the
Festival of Beer. Brewers taking part in the awards now have an
opportunity to promote their beer to consumers, which hasn't been a
feature of previous competitions and we're sure will lead to more
entries from brewers and brand owners around the globe."
EARTHQUAKE THREATENS NEW ZEALAND'S BEER SUPPLY The recent earthquake in
New Zealand has disrupted supplies from one of the country's largest
breweries. A spokesperson for the Lion Nathan brewery said that
operations might not return for normal for a number of weeks. Although
its main portal in Christchurch, which has stood since the 1850s, was
not damaged in the 7.0 earthquake, a nearby warehouse was badly shaken,
with much of its beer and wine being smashed.
To get the news when it happens visit Realbeer.com/blog and subscribe to
the rss feed. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/realbeer
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Five noteworthy beer-related posts from the blogosphere:
Great American Beer Festival Preparations http://bit.ly/9DVLfI
Words for beer (3): the big mysteries
http://bit.ly/bJgw01
Big breweries, small batches - been there, done that?
http://bit.ly/d02yQI
One Hundred Casks of Future Joy
http://bit.ly/aZkr8w
Birth of a Brewery
http://bit.ly/atF79K
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FRIED BEER RUNNER-UP AT TEXAS STATE FAIR Texas Fried Frito Pie won the
Best Taste in the Big Tex Choice Awards at the Texas State Fair, but
fried beer got most of the attention. It was one of eight finalists in
the Big Tex competition. Other contenders included fried club salad,
fried frozen margarita, and fried chocolate and fried lemonade. To make
"fried beer" beer itself is fried inside a pretzel-like pocket. "By
using our patent pending process, we are able to place beer inside a
salty pretzel-like dough, and deep fry it. When you take a bite, beer
pours out of the inside pocket of dough," said creator Mark Zabel.
There's a patent pending on the process that Zabel claims took three
years of work and research. Zabel said he's currently using Guinness in
the recipe but might switch to Shiner Bock or a pale ale like Sierra
Nevada.
UK PUBS REMAINS THE PLACE TO TALK
A survey commissioned by Courage Beer suggests drinkers in Britain still
consider the pub the best place outside of home for conversation. Among
other discoveries: "Fifty percent of those quizzed have made new friends
by talking to people in the pub, and the pub (43%) is also the place
where you are most likely to strike up a conversation with a stranger,
followed by long haul flights (38%) and nightclubs (27%). Britain as a
nation of chatterboxes with the average person having 27 conversations
every day, lasting an average of 10 minutes each. That adds up to a
massive 4.5 hours a day or nearly 100,000 hours or 68 days =96 every
year."
MORE THAN 500 'CITIZEN BEER BLOGGERS'
There are at least 515 "Citizen Beer Bloggers" in North America,
according to the organizers of the Beer Bloggers Conference. In "The
State of Beer Blogging" they write, "We define citizen beer bloggers as
those who blog about beer or the beer industry and whose blog is not
designed to promote a brewery or other business. There are another 45
beer examiners on examiner.com, at least 78 English-language beer blogs
in other countries, and probably hundreds of brewery-related beer blogs.
These statistics compare to an estimated 1000 wine blogs and 12,000 food
blogs." More about the conference: http://bit.ly/9jWhTM.
UK PUB CELEBRATES 300TH ANNIVERSARY
The Harrington Arms in Gawsworth this month celebrates its 300th
anniversary. A beer specially brewed by Frederic Robinson to mark the
event is called "1710." Publican Andy Wightman, who lives above the pub
with wife Caroline, said: "We didn't realize it was so old but it was a
nice shock when we found out it was 300 this year. We have a lot of old
pictures up in the pub and it's still made up of lots of small rooms, I
think people like the historic feel to it." The pub, originally known as
the Queens Head, became the Harrington Arms in 1742, and has only had 21
licensees during its lifetime.
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Welcome to RBPMail 17.1, January 2011
Real Beer Page Mail, The Free Monthly Beer News Digest for the Online
Beer Enthusiast. PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL. For subscription
information, see instructions at the end of the newsletter.
**********************************************
In this issue:
* =A0 =A0 BA Revises Definition of Craft Brewer
* =A0 =A0 Fire at Rochefort Trappist Abbey
* =A0 =A0 UK Pubs Brace for Higher VAT
* =A0 =A0 When is a Pint not a Pint?
* =A0 =A0 Napa Smith Sale Finalized
* =A0 =A0 Blog Watch
=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0- Noteworthy posts
* =A0 =A0 Brewery in Waiting Buys Wild Goose Brand
* =A0 =A0 Tour de Fat raises more than $300,000
* =A0 =A0 New York Keg Registration Law Expires
* =A0 =A0 Budweiser, Baseball Resolve Dispute
* =A0 =A0 Oklahoma May Consider Broadening Beer Sales
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BREWERS ASSOCIATION REVISES DEFINITION OF CRAFT BREWER The board of
directors of the Brewers Association has voted to change the BA's
designation of "small" in its definition of a "craft brewer," boosting
the limit from two million barrels annually to six million. According to
a press release:
In the BA's craft brewer definition, the term "small" now refers to any
independent brewery that produces up to 6 million barrels of traditional
beer. The previous definition capped production at 2 million barrels.
The changed definition is currently in effect and can be reviewed on the
BA website, BrewersAssociation.org. The change to the bylaws went into
effect December 20, 2010.
The association cited several reasons for the change, including the
recognition that "small" is a descriptive term relative to the overall
size of the industry. "Thirty-four years have passed since the original
small brewers tax differential defined small brewers as producing less
than 2 million barrels," said Nick Matt, chair of the Brewers
Association board of directors and chairman and CEO of F.X. Matt Brewing
Company. "A lot has changed since 1976. The largest brewer in the U.S.
has grown from 45 million barrels to 300 million barrels of global beer
production."
The industry's largest craft brewer, the Boston Beer Company, is poised
to become the first craft brewer to surpass 2 million barrels of
traditional beer within the next few years. Boston Beer accounted for
20.2% of "craft beer" sales in 2009.
"With this change to the craft brewer definition and BA bylaws,
statistics will continue to accurately reflect the 30-year growth of
market share for craft brewed beer," Matt said for the press release.
"Brewers Association statistics on craft brewers will continue to keep
pace with the growth of the industry. Rather than removing members due
to their success, the craft brewing industry should be celebrating our
growth."
FIRE AT ROCHEFORT TRAPPIST ABBEY
A Dec. 30 blaze that took 70 firefighters to extinguish caused serious
damage at the famous abbey at St. Remy-Rochefort, where Rochefort beer
is brewed. However it did not injure anybody or reach the brewery within
the abbey walls. According to reports, the blaze began near a generator
being used temporarily because of problems with the power supply.
Footage of the resulting fire
(http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-12092805) looked terrifying and
there were early reports that the fire reached some of the brewing
equipment and destroyed a quantity of beer. Those apparently were wrong.
For updates follow Merchant du Vin on twitter
(http://twitter.com/merchantduvin).
PUBS BRACE FOR HIGHER VAT
A new 20% VAT (Value Added Tax) rate will hurt pubs more than the
take-home drinks market, according to the British Beer & Pub
Association. The group said the increase will add 6p to the price of a
pint of beer, pushing the average cost through the =A33 mark for the
first time. BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: "The VAT rise is
another tax blow for the industry. The Treasury is piling tax on top of
tax. The 26% rise in beer duty in the past two years will now have an
even higher VAT rate charged on top of it. The Treasury needs to think
again when it comes to plans for further beer tax hikes in March."
WHEN IS A PINT NOT A PINT?
Pubs and clubs in Great Britain now will be allowed to serve beer, wine
and other alcoholic drinks in smaller glasses after the government said
it was scrapping complex regulations that dictate the measures sold on
licensed premises. Under the changes pubs and clubs will be able to sell
in Australian-style "schooners," which hold 400ml or two-thirds of a
pint. (As a point of order, "schooner" is not actually a defined measure
under Australian law. The amount in such a glass varies in different
parts of the country.)
INVESTMENT GROUP FINALIZES NAPA SMITH DEAL An investment group led by J.
Smoke Wallin has finalized the purchase of Napa Smith Brewery & Winery,
making it part of a family of companies which includes Pelican Brands.
Napa Smith Beer is currently in 17 states, and will be available
nationally by the summer of 2011. Earlier this year, Napa Smith
appointed Pelican Brands as its exclusive sales representative in the
United States.
To get the news when it happens visit Realbeer.com/blog and subscribe to
the rss feed. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/realbeer
******************BLOG=A0WATCH******************
Beer-related posts from the blogosphere:
A few kind words for 'regular' beer, OK? http://bit.ly/gMUriB
15 years of Philadelphia beer culture (multiple parts)
http://bit.ly/gueZLO
Yule 2010 photo contest winners announced http://bit.ly/ge5lxu
The death of the pint? How?
http://bit.ly/fsFIs0
Beervana's 'worst accomplishments in beer' awards http://bit.ly/hvzmBO
***************ADVERTISEMENTS******************
WHITE LABS 5TH ANNUAL BIG QC DAY
Big QC Day is the only large-scale, independent testing of craft beer.
It's an ideal and affordable opportunity for brewers to learn about
their beers and quality control issues. Breweries can compare their
tests against the overall results of the test group. $500 value for
$139. Kit cut-off order date 2/4/11. New this year: Chill Haze Test.
=A0=A0=A0=A0http://www.whitelabs.com/qcday-2011.html
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BREWERY-IN-WAITING BUYS WILD GOOSE BRAND A Baltimore-area
brewery-in-waiting is seeking regional brewers to continue making the
discontinued 21-year-old beer brand Wild Goose. Logan-Shaw Brewing
bought the brand in December from Flying Dog Ales for an undisclosed
amount. But the "nano brewery" won't be up and running for another 18
months, president Jeff Harrison said. In the meantime, the company is
seeking brewers in Maryland, Delaware or Virginia to continue making the
brand's Amber Ale and its IPA starting as early as February or March,
when the beer's last batches are expected to run out.
TOUR DE FAT RAISES MORE THAN $300,000
Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing's "traveling carnival of all things
bicycle," raised $331,428 for the brewery's non-profit friends in 2010,
which is up nearly 20% from 2009. The tour attracted 70,250 cycling and
beer fans celebrants in 13 cities. In addition to raising money at every
stop, Tour de Fat also swapped 13 cars for bikes. This year marked the
fourth year that Tour de Fat hosted the car-for-bike swap, where someone
in each city trades in his or her vehicle for a hand-built commuter
bike. The volunteer then commits to living car-free for the next year.
NEW YORK KEG REGISTRATION LAW EXPIRES
New York state has shut the tap on the law requiring registration for
beer kegs. The law enacted in 2003 required retailers to affix tags to
each keg sold that identifies the purchaser's name, address and driver's
license number. The law also increased the $10 deposit on each keg sold
to $75. The deposit was reduced to $50 in 2008. The law expired just
before Thanksgiving.
BUDWEISER, BASEBALL RESOLVE DISPUTE
Anheuser-Busch has reached a new sponsorship agreement with Major League
Baseball and dropped the lawsuit it filed against the league in
November. The multi-year agreement designates Budweiser as the official
beer sponsor of Major League Baseball. The U.S. arm of Anheuser-Busch
InBev NV, the world's largest brewer, sued the league's licensing arm in
a New York federal court in November, claiming that it reneged on a
multiyear renewal of the sponsorship rights and demanded "exponentially
higher" fees.
OKLAHOMA MAY CONSIDER BROADENING BEER SALES Legislation allowing wine
and strong beer to be sold in grocery stores will likely be considered
by Oklahoma lawmakers next year. State law currently allows the sale of
stronger beer in liquor stores, bars and restaurants. The state agency
that regulates alcohol remains opposed to changing the law.
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