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Coopers’ BrewArt system in US department stores

BrewArt

The makers of a high-tech Australian beer machine are preparing for a boost in sales after some of America’s largest retailers agreed to stock its BrewArt system.

South Australian brewery Coopers is one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of homebrew beer products. It launched the automated system that uses Wi-Fi, precise temperature control and patented end of fermentation technology last year.

Two of the USA’s most prestigious department store groups, Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus, and online retail giant Amazon are now selling the systems.

Petainer increases Brazilian footprint

Petainer, the innovative PET packaging specialist, has appointed N/Pack do Brasil Ltda as a key distributor of petainerKeg in Brazil.

Petainer launched its stand-alone business in Brazil earlier this year as part of its growth strategy for the Latin American region. It is targeting the rapidly growing craft brewing sector in Brazil and large regional brewers with its one-way PET kegs.

This announcement means that Petainer’s footprint in the country is significantly increased and it can ensure on-demand availability and supply for brewers.

Stone Brewing creates authentic Berliner weisse

Stone Brewing Berlin has launched its version of a Berliner weisse, called White Ghost, which it says is authentically traditional.

The beer gains its orthodox, lightly sour and acidic character from a specially selected Lactobacillus strain sourced from historical Berlin cultures. To ensure a proper Berliner weisse, the ABV is a healthy 4.7% and the beer is hopped with new German varieties. The result is bold and pleasantly refreshing, now launched to the UK’s on- and off-trade via importer James Clay.

Thomas Hardy’s Ale returns to the US

New York State is the first to welcome Thomas Hardy’s Ale back to the US, after the beer was voted finest English barley wine in the UK at the World Beer Awards. It is being introduced in America with its Vintage 2017 for a special world preview. » Read more

Craft brewing sector continuing to grow in US

Brewers AssociationContributing $67.8 billion to the US economy in 2016 — a 21.7% increase from 2014 — the Brewers Association data underscores that small and independent craft brewers continue to grow as a powerful economic engine that contributes to businesses and healthy communities in every state. » Read more

AB InBev to lay off 400 workers

AB-InBev is laying off some 400 employees within its high-end division, responsible for its craft beer acquisitions and super-premium brands. » Read more

New Belgium buys San Francisco’s Magnolia Brewing

Magnolia Brewing, of San Francisco, which filed for bankruptcy in 2015, has been purchased by New Belgium Brewing for $2.7m. Oud Beersel, a Belgian brewery, is also said to be involved in the purchase, fuelling speculation that Lambic beers may be on the cards at Magnolia.

Sapporo acquires Anchor Brewing Co

Japanese brewer Sapporo has acquired Anchor Brewing Co, from San Francisco, the brewery made famous by Fritz Maytag, who bought the 69-year-old brewery in 1965. The sale price is said to be $85m.

Maytag is seen as a craft beer pioneer, developing beers like Liberty Ale and Anchor Porter, as well as bringing Anchor Steam to a new generation of dealers.

Fritz sold the brewery to the Griffin Group in 2010, who have now sold it on to Sapporo. The Japanese firm has an ambition to be a global supplier of unique brands.

Bodriggy tops the Royal Adelaide awards

Bodriggy Brewing Company was awarded most outstanding beer in show and champion American style pale ale with its Highbinder, ahead of more fancied South Australian hopes, including Coopers and Pirate Life. » Read more

WBC medals haul for Birra Antoniana

Italian brewer Birra Antoniana has scooped gold, silver and bronze medals at the World Beer Challenge 2017. » Read more

Impressive sales figures from Veltins

Sales at German brewery Veltins continued to increase in the first half of 2017, with output up by 0.7% to 1.489 million hectolitres. » Read more

Seal shows which US beers are independent

Brewers Association seal

In an effort to educate beer lovers about which beers are independently produced, the Brewers Association —the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small and independent craft brewers — has launched a seal promoting independent craft brewers. » Read more

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.