ISLAND BREWERY SHIPS BEER BY ‘ARMED’ SAILBOAT

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In an effort to provide local beer and reduce emissions, a brewery based on the Isles of Scilly sent its beer to a Cornish micro-pub by way of a replica 18th century privateer sailing boat.
Ales of Scilly is the only brewery to be based on St Mary’s, the largest island in the Scillonian archipelago. Having been launched in 2001 by retired local teacher Mark Praeger, it was taken on by Jennie Trevithick in March 2017.
It currently provides beer for local events and also supplies local bars, cafés, restaurants and shops on the islands.
Earlier this month, the brewery was contacted by the owners of The Barrel, a micro-pub based in Bude in North Cornwall, who, keen to stock its beer, devised an unusual and antiquated delivery method.
In a Facebook post, the pub announced: “We expect a special delivery in Penzance on Thursday 16 August. Special because our latest beer delivery is from Britain’s most South Westerly brewery, Ales of Scilly and is arriving on the Grayhound; a replica 18th Century three-mast Cornish Lugger!”
“Two barrels of beer were loaded on-board on Friday the 11th by Jennie Trevithick the first female Cornish brewer at the Ales of Scilly brewery and hopefully, with fair weather, they will arrive in Penzance in the inner harbour, where the supply ships for the Scillies dock at 11am”.

An article from The Drinks Business by Phoebe French
https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/08/island-brewery-ships-beer-by-armed-sailboat/

NEW BREWDOG BAR TO STRADDLE US MEXICO BORDER

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Ever controversial, BrewDog is planning to open a craft beer bar on the USA/Mexico border, making a physical statement about its values of “collaboration and inclusivity”, alluding to US President Donald Trump’s plans to build a 1,000 mile wall between the two countries.
Named ‘The Bar on the Edge’, the exact location of the remote bar remains a secret, but will aim to reflect the Scottish brewer’s ambition to expand to the “farthest reaches”.
All BrewDog has said is that half of the bar will be in Texas and the other half in Chihuahua, Mexico, and that it will be built out of old shipping containers.
The geographical border will be represented by a dotted line across the centre of the bar and along the venue’s outdoor seating area, with US beers served on the Mexico side and Mexican beers on the US side, as well as BrewDog’s range of craft beers, brewed in Columbus Ohio.
“Beer has always been a unifying factor between cultures – and our business was born from collaboration and an inclusive approach – so we thought it would be fun to place the bar a few feet further to actually cross the US-Mexico border too,” said James Watt, co-founder at BrewDog.
“We will request official permission from the local authorities to put it there and adhere to any red tape stuff, but I guess it would make it more difficult to build a wall if there’s a BrewDog bar in the way. We’re planning on putting the bar there anyway until someone tells us to move it.”
Although the bar will be nowhere near any regular footfall, BrewDog hopes it will become a “magnetic pole” for craft beer fans on both sides of the border to come together.
The announcement will be celebrated with a Tex-Mex craft beer event at the brewery’s DogTap taproom in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend, with beers from Texan breweries Alamo Beer Company, Brash Brewing, No Label Brewing, 512 Brewing, Copperhead Brewing and Buffalo Bayou set to feature alongside craft beer cocktails with Mexican mezcal and Tequila.

An article from The Drink Business by Lauren Eads
https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/08/new-brewdog-bar-to-straddle-us-mexico-border/

Goldman downgrades beer stocks because millennials like wine better

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Goldman Sachs has downgraded the Boston Beer Company and Constellation Brands due to sluggish beer sales and the attractiveness for new generations of wine, reported American business news television CNBC.
“As we explored back in 2014, we expected a cyclical rebound in total alcohol consumption post-recession”, said Freda Zhuo, GS’s chief analyst. “The cause is younger groups shifting away from beer.”
“Goldmans not only suggests that young drinkers aren’t consuming as much alcohol as previous generations did, but they also observed that millennials are trading beer for wine and spirits”, said CNBC.
“We view the shift in penetration and consumption trends as driven by a shift in preferences in the younger cohorts”, added Freda Zhuo. “The youngest demographic (<35 years old) overall penetration rates are not increasing. The 35–44-year-old cohort shows a shift from beer to wine and spirits.”
Data shows that beer penetration across the US fell to 1% while wine and spirits are stable and millennials are not consuming as much alcohol as prior generations.

An article from Vinexpo Newroom & CNBC
http://www.vinexpo-newsroom.com/younger-generations-millennials-drinking-wine-less-beer/

North Korea cancels annual beer festival, tour firms say

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North Korea’s annual beer festival appears to have run dry after just one year.
The reclusive country’s Taedonggang Beer Festival, which debuted last year, was reportedly due to start on July 26 but was abruptly canceled, according to two tour companies that organize trips there.
The companies — Koryo Tours and Young Pioneer Tours — said they received news of the cancellation on Sunday. No official reason was given for the sudden change in plans, but Beijing-based Koryo Tours cited a looming drought as the likely reason.
The “optics” of hosting a beer festival right now would not be good, said Simon Cockerell, Koryo’s general manager.
“It won’t look great for Pyongyang middle class to be having a jolly good time while people are working on drought relief,” Cockerell told CNNMoney.
North Korea is heading towards its worst drought since 2001, the United Nations said last week, raising the possibility of increased food shortages in the rogue state.
A prolonged period of dry weather, falling over North Korea’s important growing season of April to June, has put its staple crops of rice and maize at risk.
The state-owned Taedonggang Beer Factory was founded in the early 2000s, when the country was recovering from a devastating famine and still struggling to feed its population.
North Korea’s leader at the time, Kim Jong-Il, bought a British brewery — Ushers of Trowbridge — in 2000, soon after it went out of business. The North Koreans paid £1.5 million ($1.95 million) for the Ushers’ plant, and then dismantled and shipped it to Pyongyang, according to British media reports at the time.
The company’s beer festival made its debut last August, reportedly drawing some 45,000 visitors during its roughly month-long run — mostly local Pyongyang residents but also several foreign tourists.
North Korean state media was promoting the festival as recently as last week, even touting the unveiling of a new wheat beer.

An article from CNN Money by Sherisse Pham
http://money.cnn.com/2017/07/24/news/world/north-korea-beer-festival-canceled/index.html

Field Museum to serve history on tap with an ancient Chinese beer

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The Field Museum is bottling up ancient Chinese history, 12 ounces at a time.
Made with ancient Chinese brewing techniques, the museum’s newest limited-edition beer, QingMing, features the bubblegum flavor of sake derived from jasmine rice, and an infusion of jujubes, honey and lemon rinds.
Chicago’s Off Color Brewing crafted QingMing using beer-making approaches found from analyzing jars found in two Chinese tombs dating back thousands of years.
The partnership between the museum and brewery — which spawned last year’s ancient Peru-inspired Wari ale and the Field Bistro’s Tooth & Claw — will release the new beer at the museum’s “Hop To It” event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The beer will be available at local and national retailers starting the next day.
Researchers examined the inner walls of ceramic jars they thought were associated with alcohol serving and production in the two tombs, said Gary Feinman, a Field Museum archeologist. They derived evidence of mold-based saccharification, a Chinese-bred brewing technique that converts starch in rice to sugar.
hey also found indications of ingredients including hemp seeds, osmanthus flowers, honey and more, said John Laffler, owner of Off Color Brewing and one of the heads of the project.
Laffler said he studied research about the findings for a year, ultimately modifying brewery equipment he had on-hand to complete the saccharification process. Legal complications forced him to forego ingredients such as hemp seeds and osmanthus flowers, which Laffler said are hard to get approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in beer.
Sans illegal ingredients, Laffler said the beer is still “unlike any other beer on the market.”
“You can get narrow-minded in what you think of what is beer,” he said. “To have this cross-foundation of all human history, is really neat for us.”
The beer’s name — QingMing — is actually the title of a traditional Chinese festival in which people honored their ancestors with celebrations that most likely included alcohol, said Feinman.
Painters made vivid portrayals of these celebrations on scrolls, which were replicated over time. The Field Museum has one of these scrolls on display, which is part of the reason the team decided on QingMing as a name, said Feinman.

An article from Chicago Suntimes by Amanda Svachula
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/field-museum-to-serve-history-on-tap-with-limited-edition-beer/

Guinness Storehouse announces €16 million expansion plan to double the size of iconic gravity bar

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The multi award winning Guinness Storehouse has announced details of a €16 million expansion plan which will see the iconic Gravity Bar double in size. With its spectacular unparalleled panoramic 360 degree views, Dublin’s highest bar has proven to be a highlight for the 16.5 million people who have visited the Guinness Storehouse since it opened in 2000.

Upon completion, the expansion will enhance the visitor experience, allowing the Guinness Storehouse to continue to provide a world-class tourism product, providing visitors with an immersive experience and a warm welcome to the ‘Home of Guinness’. Subject to planning permission, it is hoped that construction will commence in 2018 and that the newly enhanced Gravity Bar will welcome visitors by 2019.

An Press Release from Diageo
https://www.diageo.com/en/news-and-media/features/guinness-storehouse-announces-16-million-expansion-plan-to-double-the-size-of-iconic-gravity-bar/

New ‘Game of Thrones’ Beer for Season 7 is Coming

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It’s Ommegang’s ninth beer for the HBO series.
After an over one year hiatus, Game of Thrones finally returns to HBO this Sunday – which means we’ll also see the return of that other GoT stalwart… No, we’re not talking about brutal violence and gratuitous nudity. Though we’re sure there’ll be plenty of that too. We’re talking about a new Game of Thrones beer from Brewery Ommegang.

“Winter Is Here” isn’t just the event that fans have been patiently waiting for… for a seriously long time now; it’s also the name of Ommegang’s ninth Game of Thrones-inspired beer. Yes, though the show and (especially) the books might be getting produced at a snail’s pace, the beers keep on rolling off the bottling line at a seemingly ever faster pace. Less than two months ago, the New York brewery released Bend the Knee Golden Ale, Ommegang’s eighth beer in their GoT series, but now, before any of your favorite characters even had a chance to die, the announcement for another brew is already upon us. Seriously, why can’t George R.R. Martin churn out books at this rate?

An article from Food & Wine by Mike Pomranz
http://www.foodandwine.com/news/new-game-of-thrones-beer-ommegang-season-7