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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

Draught craft beer revolution taking hold in Brazil

Brasil Braux
High-quality craft beer provided in draught format will account for more than 50% of the predicted double-digit annual growth rate of the Brazilian craft beer market over the next five years, according to new analysis by packaging innovator, Petainer. » 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.

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

Kent hopsx
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