Foreign news and imports

The oldest brewery in the Nordic countries has published a study on its brewmasters as it marks its 200th anniversary. Sinebrychoff was established in 1819 when the Russian merchant, brewer, and distiller, Nikolai Sinebrychoff, won the auction for the rights to build his brewery in Hietalahti, Helsinki. Today, Sinebrychoff is part of the Carlsberg Group. You can read the study here.

Fourpure cans

The UK’s Fourpure Brewing Co and Magic Rock Brewing are coming together under a banner of breweries that includes Australia’s Little Creatures, New Zealand’s Panhead, and most recently New Belgium Brewing, out of the US. Little World Beverages is Lion Australia’s global craft arm. The newly created division of the Australian brewing business will be spearheaded by Lion’s Gordon Treanor, who has more than 20 years’ experience in beer, most recently heading up Lion’s craft portfolio in Australia.

Importer Morgenrot has extended its vandeStreek selection of low-alcoholic brews from the Netherlands with the launch of a fresh and fruity sour beer called Fruit Machine. It arrives in tandem with the brewer’s Playground IPA. Both are 0.5% ABV.

Beer Hawk Fresh has signed a distribution partnership with Swinkels Family Brewers, making a range of iconic European craft beers available to UK bars and retailers in prime chilled condition. The deal builds on Swinkels’ existing distribution agreements, and adds beer ranges including Rodenbach, Palm, Cornet, De Molen, and La Trappe to the portfolio of craft drinks supplied by Beer Hawk Fresh.

Dutch food tech start-up MiniBrew has launched an automatic home brewing system “to transform beer lovers into craft beer brewers. The appliance features a transparent mash tun and a copper coloured keg. The machine starts at €1,199, and Brew Packs start at €17.

Porerhouse barrel aged

Dublin’s Porterhouse Brew Co has unveiled the Barrel Aged Devil’s Half Acre. The brewery’s barrel ageing programme, now in its fifth year, aims to develop a series of unique taste experiences with flavours that will continue to develop with time. Porterhouse uses casks from the Dingle Distillery. Matured in bourbon casks for six months, the new release has flavours of toasted oak with cherry notes and a sweet, malty finish.

Yakima Chief Hops (YCH), a leading global hop supplier, has exported the largest shipment of freshly harvested hops from the Pacific North West to South Korea in just one day, for the first time in brewing history. The hops were used to brew fresh hop ales by three Seoul breweries — the Seoul, Amazing, and Playground breweries — and were released last month.

BrewDog Australia

BrewDog has announced the arrival of its first Australian taproom and brewery. The Brisbane venue will open its doors next month, with a new state-of-the-art brewery planned to launch in January. Situated on banks of the Brisbane River, the taproom will be BrewDog’s 94th bar globally, but only its fourth attached directly to one of its breweries. It will boast 28 taps, showcasing BrewDog headliners including Punk IPA, as well as local guest beers. The wine list will feature an all Aussie line-up, with a strong turnout of Australian distilleries on the spirits list and local-only soft drinks on offer, too.

Peroni has become the latest big brewer to reveal a no-alcohol version of its product. Peroni LIbera (0.0% ABV) is a crisp, citrusy, and light-bodied premium alcohol-free beer that is brewed with the same craftsmanship, passion, and flair as Peroni Nastro Azzurro, says the brewer.

KeyKeg is expanding its European footprint with the appointment of two new official resellers of KeyKeg and UniKeg — Apiglass in Spain and 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.

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.

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

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%).

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