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Ratebeer Beer News - February 11, 2005


A Weekly Roundup of the World’s Beer News from Ratebeer.com
Brewers/Industry February 11, 2005      
Written by RateBeer


Santa Rosa, CALIFORNIA -



Welcome to Ratebeer News, a roundup of the week’s beer news.



News and Notes



Dogfish Head has received a state-sponsored low-interest loan to expand their Milton brewery. The expansion will upgrade capacity and add twenty-five new employees over the next couple of years. It will also result in the delayed opening of a restaurant on the site. The brewery’s capacity was 25% less than demand last year.



Third times the charm? Kirin will become the third major Japanese brewer to try their hand at the so-called “third category” beer, the lowest class of beer-like alcoholic beverages in that country.



Russian parliament voted to maintain legal beer drinking on the streets, despite a vocal minority against the tradition, which is especially popular in St. Petersburg.



On February 12th, at the Bistro in Hayward, CA, the 5th Annual Double IPA Festival will take place from 11am onwards.



Beer sales fell in Q1 for New Zealand major Lion Nathan versus the same period last year. Lion Nathan has extensive operations in Australia as well as their home country.



Breckenridge Brewing celebrates its 15th anniversary this month. The brewery has won five medals in that time at the Great American Beer Festival and has seen its beer distributed throughout the mountain west and east coast.



New Brews



Kronleins Brewery in Sweden is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Swedish strong beer legislation with a new lager Three Hearts 50 år. The brewery is one of the smaller Swedish major breweries and specializes in American/Australian style lagers.



Atlanta Brewing company has announced that as a result of a positive prognostication of an early spring by their resident state’s own groundhog, they will move up the release of their spring seasonal Red Brick Red Bock to March 15th.



Canoe Brewpub in Victoria, BC has just launched their Springbock beer, noting that spring arrives early on the West Coast.



Crime Blotter





The trial began for a New Brunswick man accused of stealing over 50,000 cans of Moosehead last summer. Most of the cans disappeared, an achievement considering they were labeled in Spanish for the Mexican market. Six empty cans were found, consumed by bears who had found them at a marijuana grow operation deep in the woods.





Ratebeer News is a weekly roundup of the week’s beer news. If you have any news that you feel should appear here, send it to editor@ratebeer.com


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