September 23, 2005 Written by RateBeer
Santa Rosa, CALIFORNIA -
Autumn will be hot in Alaska. The Anchorage based microbrewry Midnight Sun announced its autumn releases. On Friday, September 23 they will release the malt-heavy and hoppy Autumnfest Marzen. The big and bold Double Shovel Dopplebock will follow, they have to wait after the Marzen is done because of limited lagering space at the brewery. Another release will be the Humpback Jack Pumpkin Ale and of course it will be available at the end of October. The last of the autumnal releases will be a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout.
While the global beer sales seems to stagnate the craft beer sales are rising. According to the Brewers Association craft beer sales went up by 7% in the first half of 2005. Ray Daniels, the director of craft beer market declared the following statement "We are seeing steady growth among craft brewers throughout the country with specialty breweries leading the way. The innovative brands and diverse flavors offered by these brewers continue to find resonance with consumers."
A Breton dairy farmer has come up with a new invention : milk beer. Having to deal with low prices and strict quotas Marcel Besnard tried to find another to use his milk. Composed by 75% of milk and 25% of malt the beer caled Lactiwel contains 2% alcohol and is fermented using kefir, a Turkish milk product, yeast and lactic bacteria. Besnard sells about 300 bottles a week and is looking for an investor in order to expand production.
A German brewer has begun a competition for the title of the world’s strongest beer. Previously held by a certain Boston brewery the title of the world’s strongest beer has been taken by a creation of Harald Schneider, the beer has an alcohol content of 25.4%. The brewer declared that his beer “tastes like a quirky mixture of beer and sherry”. Schneider expects that the previous holder of the strong beer title will put up a fight. It’s probable that this futile contest will generate an Imperial Utopia or something else that this news writer will never care for.
In the summer of 2006 a beer that strenghtens the immune system will be released in India. Called Nebri, the beer is made from medicinal herbs and mango extract, yum ! The 2% abv beer is also believed to be easily digestible and liver protective. A liver protective beer, now that could be useful!