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Ratebeer Beer News - April 15, 2005

A Brief Roundup of the World’s Beer News
Brewers/Industry April 15, 2005      
Written by RateBeer

Santa Rosa, CALIFORNIA -

News Roundup

A bill has been proposed to raise North Carolina’s alcohol percentage limit for beer. The bill proposes to raise the limit from 6% to 15%. Background on the bill can be found <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Story.asp?StoryID=451>here.

Anheuser-Busch is threatening a boycott of Missouri-grown or processed rice if a biotech company is allowed to so genetically-modified rice in the state. A-B fears that the modified rice may eventually contaminate the rice used in their beers. The brewer is the largest domestic consumer of rice, and Missouri the 6th-largest rice-producing state.

The Trafford Arms has been named Top Pub of 2004 by the Norwich and Norfolk branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). It was stated that the pub was chose because of it’s commitment to local beers and general air of bonhomie.

The first Blooms and Brews Craft Beer Festival will be held at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon on April 22 and 23. They hope that the festival will promote the area and that it will become their own Oktoberfest.

The Cleveland State University will host a brand new beer festival. AleFest Cleveland 2005 will be held on April 30 in the afternoon. Local brewers Willoughby, Rocky River and Great Lakes will be present as well as larger microbreweries like Sierra Nevada and Flying Dog.

Wolverhampton & Dudley’s has made a bid on Cumbrian brewer Jennings, for £46 million. Shares of Jennings rose 25% on the news.

Granite Food & Brewery will open a restaurant in Kansas-City. President and CEO Steve Wagenheim stated that they consider Kansas-City as a prime location and highly anticipates the opening in October 2005. They are looking to open othe restaurants in Kansas, Nebraska and Minnesota.

Oregon’s first certified all-organic brewery has opened in Portland. In addition to producing organic beer the brewery named Roots features a host of other recycled or eco-friendly elements. For example the 14 foot bar is made of recycled hardwood flooring and siding.

Pending a liquor license transfer, the brewpub formerly known as The Brewery in Berkshire, MA, will reopen in the late spring or early summer as Black Sheep Brewing. The principles are two ex-Victory brewers.

Russia’s Baltika Brewery completed a deal in which they acquired shares of Pikra Brewery. Their strategy is to strengthen their position in the Russian market.

Anheuser-Bush is aggressively increasing their investments in China’s expanding beer market. Recently Anheuser-Bush increased its stake in Tsingtao Brewery from 9.9% to 27%. According to local reports the net profit of Tsingtao has seen an increase of 16.4 %. Tsingtao has a 12.8% share of the Chinese market.

Bulgaria’s beer sales have seen a drop in the first quarter. The drop is associated with the cold weather and higher excise duties.



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