Foreign news and imports

KeyKeg is expanding its European footprint with the appointment of two new official resellers of KeyKeg and UniKeg — Apiglass in Spain and SwedBeer.se in Sweden. These appointments complement the firm’s global network of warehouses and reduce the supply chain, helping minimise CO2 footprint and saving on logistics and response times.

Airbrau Rene Jacobsen

A special beer is being created to mark the 20th anniversary of Airbräu, the Munich Airport restaurant with its own onsite brewery. The beer, by 32-year-old master brewer René Jacobsen (pictured above), will be the brewery’s first ever cool dry-hopped beer.

Iron Maiden will launch its first lager, Trooper Sun and Steel (4.8% ABV) in the United States in October, at the end of the North American leg of the group’s latest tour. The double-fermented lager, with authentic Japanese sake yeast, is a collaboration with British brewer Robinsons.

Belgian brewer Daas is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a brand refresh and the launch of two new organic beers. There is a 4.5% ABV saison, Saison d’Etre, and an 8% ABV tripel, Tripel de la Terre.

DogTap Berlin

BrewDog has opened DogTap Berlin, former European base for Stone Brewing. The event has been celebrated with a weekend of beer, music and brewery tours. BrewDog’s James Watt said: “We are mega excited for the big opening weekend of DogTap Berlin! Our new site looks incredible, and we can’t wait to celebrate with Equity Punks and local beer fans alike. At BrewDog, we like to go big, so this weekend we will announce the winner of our German Beer Styles Prototype Competition — and the winning beer will be shot into space!

Importer Morgenrot has increased its selection from the Cervecera Artesana brewery with the addition of the Palax session IPA. The new arrival, which is made with Mosaic, Citra, Amarillo, Sorachi Ace, and Cascade hops, as well as pale, pilsner and other malts, is available immediately on draught in 30-litre key-kegs and 33cl bottles, and joins the Riojan brewery’s Palax Artesan Lager and Ceriux grape and grain beers in Morgenrot’s portfolio.

Cleveland, Ohio, has expanded its brewery passport programme, as the scheme enters its second year. Some 34 breweries are participating this year. Participants can collect a passport from one of the local breweries or the Cleveland Visitors Centre, and sip their way around Northeast Ohio’s thriving beer scene, collecting passport stamps as they go; these can then be redeemed for prizes. Find out more at thisiscleveland.com

Baltimore is celebrating the first anniversary of the first Guinness Brewery in the USA since 1954. Located in the grounds of the historic Calvert Distillery, the Guinness Open Gate and Brewery turns one on August 3, and to celebrate a year since its opening, the brewery has a programme packed with events that culminates in a free party headlined by country musician Frankie Ballard. Other highlights include an Anniversary Beer Dinner and the tapping of a special anniversary brew. More details on the brewery website

Foolproof Brewing Company

Heathwick Imports is bringing beers from the Foolproof Brewing Co, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA, to the UK. Available from this month (July) in 12oz cans are: Backyahd IPA (6% ABV), Barstool American Golden Ale (4.5%), Raincloud Robus Porter (6.8%), and La Ferme Urbaine Farmhouse Ale (7.8%).

Namibian beer brand Windhoek Lager has completed a year-long UK fundraising campaign after hitting its £5,000 target for Save the Rhino International. Windhoek export manager, Antonio Simoes, said: “We’re so proud to have hit our target and to have raised some much-needed funds for a charity doing incredible work to help save such awe-inspiring animals. I want to say a special thanks to everyone who has got involved, donated to and supported the campaign as without their generosity this wouldn’t have been possible.”

Budweiser has claimed the top spot as the world’s most valuable beer brand for the first time, overtaking long-standing leader BudLight, according to the latest report by Brand Finance, the brand valuation consultancy.

Krombacher is launching a 0.0% alcohol-free version of its Pils beer in the UK. Pils Alkoholfrei is available in 33cl bottles in cases of 24 through the brand’s UK importers, Morgenrot and Oakham Ales.

Behemoth Brewing, the New Zealand craft brewer which last year took a jab at Donald Trump with its cheekily named Dump the Trump IPA, has launched an investment campaign. It is looking to raise $3.5m to help fund a new brewery and restaurant in New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland. 

Guinness Maryland

Sweden has introduced a legally binding contract that, if breached, allows friends to take each to court for cancelling or re-arranging a planned beer. The Beer Contract — Ölavtalet in Swedish — has been created by beer brand Norrlands Guld under its alcohol free beer (0.5 ABV) Norrlands Guld Alkoholfri, to boost social get-togethers, encouraging friends to stick to their plans and make time for each other.

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