Foreign news and imports

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 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.

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.

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. 

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