South Korean brewery Hite has agreed to purchase that country’s largest distiller, Jinro. The move is South Korea’s largest-ever corporate takeover and gives Hite, partially-owned by Carlsberg, lead market share for both beer and shoju (traditional Korean liquor) in the country.
The Granite City Food & Brewery chain has announced plans to open in Eagan, Minnesota, a suburb of the Twin Cities. They have identified or closed negotiations on a further ten locations in the Midwest.
Workers at the Lion Brewery in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, have gone on strike after rejecting the company’s last proposal. The strike vote passed 89-1, and the main sticking point appears to be the structure of a new health care plan. The Lion makes among other beers Stegmaier Porter, plus a wide range of non-alcoholic malt beverages.
Twenty-five microbrewers in Ontario have banded together to form the Ontario Craft Brewers, with an eye towards increasing their marketing efforts. The Ontario government gave them $5 million to kickstart the effort.
Five people were suffocated to death at a brewery in Hebei, northern China. The workers at Congtai Brewery in Handan City were examining waste water disposal at a sewage pool.
Pabst has discontinued the Falstaff brand due sales so sluggish that they couldn’t make a minimum production run. Only 1468 barrels of Falstaff were sold in 2004, compared with 7.7 million barrels in 1966. The brand was created in 1902.
Heineken will be introducing Heineken Luxury Light, starting with four test markets in June, 2005.
A 28-year-old citizen of Brunei, the oil-rich sultanate on Borneo, was fined $2400 for failing to declare the importation of 168 cans of Tiger. Brunei is a strict Muslim state, one of the few countries in the world without its own brewery. The moral of the story - always declare your beer when you cross a border.