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Real Beer Page Mail, The Free Monthly Beer News Digest for the Online Beer Enthusiast. For subscription information, see instructions at the end of the newsletter. ********************************************** 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 ********************************************** 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 ******************BLOG=A0WATCH****************** Five noteworthy beer-related posts from the blogosphere: Great American Beer Festival Preparations
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= es.html ********************************************** 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:
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. 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. ********************************************** MANAGE YOUR ACCOUNT To change your newsletter preferences at Realbeer.com please go to:
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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 ********************************************** 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 (
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) 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 (
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). 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?
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15 years of Philadelphia beer culture (multiple parts)
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Yule 2010 photo contest winners announced
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The death of the pint? How?
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Beervana's 'worst accomplishments in beer' awards
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***************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=A0
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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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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 ********************************************** 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 (
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) 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 (
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). 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?
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15 years of Philadelphia beer culture (multiple parts)
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Yule 2010 photo contest winners announced
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The death of the pint? How?
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Beervana's 'worst accomplishments in beer' awards
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***************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=A0
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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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