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Ratebeer News for February 3, 2006

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Brewers/Industry February 3, 2006      
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A Scottish brewery is being bought. The Caledonian Brewing Company is acquiring Harviestoun Brewery and they promised to keep the brewery in full production. They also promised to keep the actual employees of the brewery and are planning an expansion. The price of the deal was not specified.

Beer sales are continuing to slump in Germany. In 2005 the sales dipped 0.5 % to 105.3m hectolitres which is the lowest figure since the record began in 1991. Germany’s brewers are counting heavily on the upcoming football World Cup to improve the long stagnant beer market.

The legend is coming back to Texas. Pierre Celis, known for the resurrection of Belgian witbier in 1966, is in final negotiations with an unnamed Texas brewery. Celis has already worked in Texas when he opened the Celis Brewery in 1990 and revived his recipe of witbier. Now 80, Celis will brew a beer called Brussels and four other beers including a witbier.

A beer from Legacy Brewing Co. is raising a controversy. The label of Hedonism, showing bare chested characters kissing and caressing, is a the origin of the controversy. Some distributors are refusing to sell it because they find the label obscene while the brewery calls it cutting-edge artwork. A representative of Legacy declared that they didn’t want to offend anyone, it is clear that they wanted a way to get noticed in a competitive beer market.

Anheuser-Busch reported a decline of their fourth quarter ernnings of 2005. An the drop is heavy and painfull, from $332 million to $201 million. And that’s not the last of their problems, the cost for aluminium, glass, energy and packaging went up resulting in a drop of profit and of shares. Anheuser-Busch are planning to raise their prices as a remedy to the problem.

Pizza Port announced an expansion! The brewpub chain purchased the old Stone brewery and is on the process of brewing there. The plan is to produce draft and bottled versions of Pizza Port’s core beers. The first beers from this brewery will be released in California by March and in Arizona by summer



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