January 7, 2005 Written by RateBeer
Santa Rosa, CALIFORNIA -
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Breweries are getting involved in the tsunami relief effort. Ceylon Breweries of Sri Lanka has suspended beer production in order to produce bottled water for that nation’s stricken areas. In the US, Oregon’s Pelican Brewing is donating part of the proceeds from sales of its Tsunami Stout to the effort. Thailand’s Chang Beer is working with UK football club Everton in a fund-raising venture as well.
Coors UK has proposed to enter a deal to combine its technical services division with that of rivals Scottish Courage and Carlsberg UK. The former two entities combined their technical services divisions in 2004. The Competition Commission ruled against the merger, stressing that the market share of the combined firm would be too large and could result in higher beer prices for consumers. The firms have until January 25th to respond to the ruling.
ReZurrection Gallery in Tempe, AZ, will be offering free beer from Four Peaks Brewing from 7-10pm on Saturday January 8, 2005 at the opening of its new exhibit “The Art of Beer”. The exhibit features 150 neon beer signs from the 60’s to today.
Boston Beer Co. will be expanding its Samuel Adams Brewery in Cincinnati, which currently produces about half of the firm’s total volume. After expansion, the brewery would be able to produce around three-quarters of that volume.
Great Divide Brewing of Denver, CO, has bottled their popular Oak-Aged Yeti Imperial Stout and this should be in stores now. This beer is in the top 100 out of almost 40,000 brews listed at Ratebeer.com.
Alaskan Brewing has sent kegs of its flagship Alaskan Amber to Phoenix, marking the first time that Alaskan beer has entered that market. Bottles are forthcoming.
Foster’s has struck a deal with Efes to brew its flagship brand in Turkey. Fosters should be flowing by springtime. Foster’s also recently arrived in Russia, thanks to a deal with Baltika.
Anheuser-Busch increased shipments in 2004, due to strength in brands such as Michelob Ultra and Bud Light.
InBev, the world’s largest brewing company, has secured 97% control of Sun-Interbrew, up from just 38% last summer, after buying out Alfa-Eco’s 21% stake. InBev bought out Indian partner Sun Trade in August. Sun-Interbrew is the second-largest brewing group in Russia and owns the Klinskoye, Tolstyak and Sibirskoye Koronna brands.
Coopers, of Adelaide, Australia, recorded a net profit of $9.84M (AUD) for the 2003-2004 fiscal year. The company recorded a growth in domestic sales of16.9%, and 14.2% in overseas volume. Sales of homebrew kits, however, were hurt by the entrance of two major Australian breweries into that market.
Regional brewery Ridley’s, of Essex, England, is reducing their seasonal range to five, after a number of years of launching many seasonals and specials. The five are: Rumpus, Prospect, Spectacular, Witchfinder, and Winter Royale.
Coastal Extreme Brewing of Rhode Island will be launching this month a new series of beers dubbed the Cyclone Series. The first, Alyssa, is billed by the brewery as “an extreme brown ale”.
Beverage Marketing USA has announced they will be importing Aventure Functional Beer into the US. This beer, developed by researchers at Lund University, is made from oats rather than barley, and is said to have cholesterol-lowering properties.
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