Ratebeer News - July 22, 2005
A Weekly Roundup of the World’s Beer News
July 22, 2005
Written by RateBeer
Dogfish Head Brewery has recreated an alcoholic beverage that was made in China 9 000 years ago. The spirit is made with rice, honey, grape and hawthorn fruits is called Chateau Jiahu. The recipe comes from archeologists who derived it from the residues of pottery jars found in the Stone Age village of Jiahu.
Greene King tenants are still fighting the brewery over beer prices. They now created a fund to help with legal fees. The group’s solicitor is writing to about 600 of the pub company’s tenants asking for a fee to support the cause. Greene King has been accused of ripping its tenants off over beer prices by supplying managed houses the same beer for considerably less, a claim it categorically denies.
InBev continues its massive investment in the Russian market. Tinkoff Brewery is InBev’s new acquisition. The move boosts their market share in St. Petersburg (traditionally a weak market for InBev) and lands them a 2 million hl brewery. InBev is actually the second largest brewer and they are capitalizing on the fact that beer consumption is growing rapidly in Russia.
The recent years haven’t been good for the cask ale market. There were a lot of brewery closures and falling sales volumes but there might a silver lining behind this cloud. A recent report shows that while the sales are still falling, the decline is slowing and possibly ending in a near future. The report also showed that cask ale doesn’t seem to be able to seduce the young drinkers, which might spell doom in the long term if the brewers don’t find a way to convince this clientele to try their products.
A last quick one? It is now possible to pour a beer in three seconds with the Turbo Tap. Matthew Younkle of Madison, Wisconsin decided to create a nozzle that slows the descent of the beer and reduces the force of its impact. The 4 1/2 -inch stainless-steel nozzle attaches to a standard beer tap and reaches to the bottom of a glass, like an extra-wide straw. Each pour produces a half-inch head, Younkle says. TurboTap can pour 16 ounces in 2.5 seconds.
Samuel Adams has released the 2005 Utopia. The brewery produced 8 000 bottles of the 25% abv “beer” and sell it for 100 $ a bottle.
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