January 21, 2005 Written by RateBeer
Santa Rosa, CALIFORNIA -
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According to a report on Ft.com, the world’s third-largest brewer, SABMiller, is eyeing Colombia’s Bavaria Group, makers of that nation’s popular Club Colombia brand and owners of assets throughout South America. Bavaria’s controlling owner has also had talks with InBev and Heineken, but SABMiller is presently pegged as the frontrunner in a deal that could reach $9B. Bavaria’s president downplayed the rumours on Friday.
Guinness has made a deal with Heienken-owned Bochkarev to make its famous stout in Russia. Both firms are relatively small players in the large and fast-growing Russian scene, and will look to leverage Guinness’ internationally powerful brand to help them carve out a bigger chunk of the market.
In Cape Girardeau, MO, an old tunnel has recently uncovered. Speculation was that it may have been part of the Underground Railroad, but after further examination, it was determined to be the cellars of the Cape Girardeau Brewery, which closed in 1940.
The New England Journal of Medicine reported on a study that found women who consume moderate amounts of alcohol have sharper minds than teetotalers of the same age. The best results were among women who consumed between ½ and 1 drink per day.
For the third consecutive year, shipments of beer and happoshu were down in Japan for 2004. It was the eighth decline in a row for beer. These products were cannibalized by what is termed “third-grade” beer, which is even more cheaply made, with more adjuncts, that happoshu.
Coors UK will be increasing prices next month bringing the price of Carling, Caffrey’s and others to an average of £2.25
SABMiller unveiled their global branding strategy for Nastro Azzurro, which includes remaning the beer Peroni Nastro Azzurro. The beer will remain unchanged. This beer is called Peroni in the US at present, but the name will change in March.
Polish brewers reported a net increase of 1.43% in sales for 2004. The sales increases are coming almost solely from large brewers though, as small regional breweries lost over 10% overall. This corresponds with Ratebeer.com editor Josh Oakes’ finding in Poland last summer – local beer is becoming hard to find in the big cities and impossible in heavily-touristed areas such as Krakow’s Old Town.
Dutch brew Oranjeboom will now be brewed under license by Oriental Breweries in South Korea.
Beck’s Sports Brewery in Waterloo, IA will launch their first five ales on January 26th. They will be a red ale, hefeweizen, kristalweizen, light lager and a Mexican-style dark lager.
Maine’s Shipyard Brewing will be releasing a limited edition Brewer’s Choice Special Ale in February. The 2005 edition will be brown ale.
A man in the Moravian capital of Brno his in a restaurant’s washroom, detached the hoses from the keg and stuffed himself with beer. Unfortunately, that was the extent of his brilliant thinking, and cleaning staff found him passed out early the next morning.
The Walnut Creek branch of Pyramid Ale House had 22 half-barrel kegs stolen from its patio in the wee hours of January 8th. No word about the contents.
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