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Ratebeer Beer News - January 14, 2005

A Weekly Roundup of the World’s Beer News
Brewers/Industry January 14, 2005      
Written by RateBeer

Santa Rosa, CALIFORNIA -

Welcome to Ratebeer News, a roundup of the week’s beer news.

News and Notes

The government of Ontario has floated the idea of selling beer and wine in corner stores. The trial balloon has met largely with praise from cabinet ministers and beer lovers alike. This comes on the heels of an announcement that the government was going to evaluate the operations of its monopoly LCBO stores.

Foster’s, who already draw half their revenue from their Beringer Blass wine subsidiary are reportedly in negotiations to acquire rival Southcorp. Foster’s already owns an 18.8% stake in Southcorp. Trading in Foster’s shares has been halted by the company due to “discussions which may lead to a major corporate announcement.”

Boag’s Brewery in Tasmania was so busy over the holidays it ran out of its two most popular brands, Boag’s XXX Ale and Boag’s Draught Lite, for a couple of days.

Scientific research indicates that beer may be a contributor to the growth of maintenance of bone and cartilage. Beer is a source of dietary silicon, which aids in such things.

A pair of Young’s Brewery’s dray horses took a day off for a modeling gig this week. They will be helping to promote a new stamp series featuring farm animals. Young’s has used dray horses for local deliveries since 1581.

New Beers

Carlow Brewing’s O’Hara’s Stout is set to make its US debut. The importer also carries Fuller’s, and will be positioning O’Hara’s as a complementary brew.

A new Aussie brew makes its debut this weekend – Bright Brewery’s Pioneer Pale Ale. The beer will launch at the Alpine Valleys Gourmet Festival. While the brewing company gets its equipment together, the beer will be contract-brewed by the Jamieson Brewery.

Tsingtao, China’s only mid-range beer maker, will be launching a low-end beer in Beijing in order to wrest away rival Yanjing’s tight grip on Beijing’s low-end beer market.

Kirin and the other major Japanese brewers will be launching this spring what is known as “third-category beer”, which will be made up of a higher proportion of adjuncts (in at least one case, peas) than either beer or happoshu and thus be taxed at a lower tax bracket.

Crime Blotter

Police in Sarawak intercepted two shipments of smuggled Zhujiang Draft Beer and Yanjing Beer. The connection between customs duties estimated at five times the value of the beer and the apparent prevalence of beer smuggling in that part of the world was not detailed by the authorities.

According to the Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus, a 19-year-old absconded with a twelve-pack of Natural Light from a beer delivery truck while the driver was making deliveries. Lee Broad was charged with retail theft, and possession of a malt beverage.

Strange News Dept

Russians polled have indicated they would like beer drinking in public places to be banned. This opinion was strongest in St. Petersburg, though the accuracy of the poll has to come into question when 85% of respondents there opposed public drinking, yet every second Peterburger drinks in public.

Ratebeer News is a weekly roundup of the week’s beer news. If you have any news that you feel should appear here, send it to [email protected]



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