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La Trappe confirms first US Governorship

Trappist Brewery Koningshoeven, better known as La Trappe, will award its first US Governorship to Austin’s Mort Subite, a renowned Belgian beer bar, after a visit and inspection from La Trappe export manager, Anthony van Hecke.

The La Trappe Governorship program was launched in 2016to recognise restaurants and bars in Europe that have made extraordinary efforts to sell, support and promote La Trappe products and other Trappist beers. For 2017, the program has been expanded to the US after a successful first year in Europe.

Book tells the stories of 11 Trappist breweries

Trappist book

An American trio has published a book covering the world’s 11 Trappist breweries, with abbey histories, beer profiles and travel tips in Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Austria, and the United States. » Read more

Carlsberg Group makes green commitment

The Carlsberg Group has committed to eliminating carbon emissions and halving water usage at its breweries by 2030 as part of its new sustainability programme, Together Towards ZERO. An intermediate step includes the exclusive use of renewable electricity at its breweries by 2022.

Citra variant is most popular Duvel Tripel Hop

Duvel Tripel Hop Citra beat out five other (hop) candidates to be named most popular Duvel Tripel Hop, after a poll of fans. Tripel Hop is released each year with a guest hop, alongside Saaz and Styrian Golding varieties. The third hop was added for the first time in 2008, with the ABV rising from standard Duvel’s 8.5% to 9.5% ABV.

Hop hoarding and capital investment for AB InBev

AB InBev is to keep all of the hops it grows in South Africa for use in its own breweries. The company acquired the hops as part of its takeover of SAB Miller last year.

In other news, the company says it will invest $2bn in the American brewing industry between now and 2020. This press release explains now the money will be spent.

Automatic home brew system coming to Europe

A Pico Model C automatic home brewing system is to be made available in Europe for the first time, following a successful crowdfunding campaign.

PicoBrew’s unit aims to make home brewing easier for craft beer enthusiasts, with 150 brews to choose from. The counter-top unit is easy to use in the home.

The project to bring Pico Mode; C to Europe was fully funded, reaching $350,000, within just seven hours, and has now passed the $1.5m mark.

Heineken takes full control of Lagunitas

Heineken has completed the full acquisition of Lagunitas, two years after purchasing 50% of the company.

Lagunitas founder, Tony Magee, will remain active as executive chairman of the company. Heineken says that to “maintain the Lagunitas culture and free spirit, the company will continue to operate as an independent entity within Heineken”.

AB-InBev acquires Wicked Weed Brewing

Wicked Weed Brewing, of North Carolina, has become the latest indpendent brewery to be snapped up by global giant AB-InBev.

The brewery, set up only five years ago by Walt and Luke Dickinson, and Ryan, Rick and Denise Guthy, will become part of The High End, which is the craft and European import arm of AB-InBev.

Stable market for US hop growers

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Despite a decrease in overall beer production, demand for hops continues, as signalled by hop contracts, thanks to a greater thirst for more heavily hopped beers. » Read more

Best ever results for Mahou San Miguel

Mahou San Miguel, the 100% family-owned Spanish brewer, has confirmed its strong position by announcing best-ever full-year results.

Its turnover increased by 3.6% in 2016 to €1.22 billion. It has also seen significant rise in its operating profits which stood at €264.9m, up 2% from 2015, while volume sales grew by 3.9% to 16 million hl, of which 13.5% correspond to beer and 2.5% to water and soft drinks.

The UK remains Mahou San Miguel’s key export market, with more than 1m hectolitres sold in 2016 — a 9% increase on the previous year.

Preview: beer festivals coming soon in Belgium

Leuven Beer Month

Visit Flanders has announced two major events which will be of interest to beer lovers, coming up in the next four months. » Read more

Bosteels celebrates American anniversary

Tripel KarmelietBrouwerij Bosteels, of Buggenhout, in Belgium, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of it Tripel Karmeliet going on sale in the United States.

Bob Leggett, chief executive of Artisinal Imports, which has been importing Bosteels beers since the mid-1990s, said: “The success of Tripel Karmeliet over the years has been fantastic. It has a beautifully sophisticated flavour profile, with a perfect balance — not too aggressive, but very complex, rich and easy to drink. It represents the high-end of quality and refinement in the US consumer’s beer selection.

“But it’s about more than just well-made ale. The tradition, local heritage and experience behind Bosteels adds a dimension that’s hard to find anywhere else.”

More take-up of petainerKeg Linestar

Muskoka and Le Trou du Diable in Canada are the latest breweries to start using petainerKeg Linestar, a keg system designed to enhance the benefits of the classic, one-way PET keg.

petainerKeg Linestar features a solid and robust external casing, designed to run on most steel keg filling lines. It offers breweries all the advantages of the classic petainerKeg with a host of additional benefits such as increased resilience throughout the supply chain, lightweight (compared to steel), stackable, ergonomically designed for handling, and providing 2,800 sq cm of space for branding opportunities.

Global gold for Sullivan’s Maltings Red Ale

The award-winning beer is a refreshingly balanced, ruby-tinted, classic Irish ale, with a depth of malt flavour giving rich biscuit and gentle caramel notes. » Read more