India’s craft brewers getting hit hard

Brewers in India will be glad to see 2019 behind them and can only hope that 2020 will prove better for craft breweries. According to The Economic Times, for the first time in a decade India’s 170 microbreweries are seeing sales drop. This is being caused by a range of problems, including: ‘dry days’ during...

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Vote and get free beer

Pub chain BrewDog is offering a free beer to everyone that votes today, all in an effort to get the nation voting. To receive your free pint, all you have to do is to take a selfie outside a polling station. Show the pic to staff at your local BrewDog UK Bar and you can...

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‘Pub prices up and quality down’

A merger to create Britain’s largest pub chain could see the price of a pint “soar”, reports the Daily Star. Ei Group wants to merge with Slug and Lettuce operator Stonegate to build a company with around 5,000 pubs. However, the Competition and Markets Authority is worries that the £1.3 billion deal could push up...

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GM yeast gets rid of wet cardboard odour

Chinese researchers have genetically engineered brewers yeast to prolong the shelf life of beer and to eliminate the foul smell that comes with stale or off-beer. The yeast will slow down the process of alcohol expiring and lowers the production of aldehydes, which can give beer a smell that has been compared to wet cardboard...

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Golden Pints 2019 | The year in review

2019 eh? 12 months of introversion yet looking forward. And in beer, like life itself, that can mean all manner of things. So let’s start by defining craft…. I joke, of course. Much of what I (Tim, editor of The Brewers Journal) write here is informed by discussion and debate the recent Brewers Congress and...

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Spruce beer primer

What says Christmas and the holiday season more than the smell of evergreens. What if you could put that flavour in your beer for year around cheer? A detailed article in The Beer Connoisseur goes into the history of Spruce Beer and how you can add the taste to your beer as well. According to...

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Belgian style beers might be nature’s cure-all

Scientists believe that certain beers bursting with probiotic microbes might help drinkers fight obesity, sleep better, and life healthier lives. According to research conducted by the University of Nebraska and reported by numerous international media sources, examples of these “healthy” beers include: Belgian Hoegaarden, Westmalle Tripel and Echt Kriekenbier. Unlike most beers, these brands are...

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Constellation drops Ballast

The USA’s third largest brewery owner has announced it has signed a deal to sell-off Ballast Point Brewery to a relatively unknown company, Chicago-based Kings & Convicts Brewing Company. While the financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, according to Bloomberg, Constellation had written down the brand multiple times, citing increased competition, most...

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Get more use from your hops

A brewery in Manitoba, Canada, has partnered with Canadian sleep-focused digital health company Cerebra to help evaluate their locally grown, hops-based pillow spray product, according to an article in Sleep Review. The study involved 10 individuals who had been identified as having sleep-onset insomnia. Research subjects used the hops pillow spray for a period of one week...

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155-year-old brewery doing a rethink for better profits

Moorhouse Brewery’s managing director is seeing his turnaround plan for the brewery paying off, according to the Lancashire Telegraph. Lee Williams efforts has seen the old brewery change a £275,000 loss into a £37,000 profit during the three years he has been there. Part of this is down to an exciting experimental side at the...

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Brewer looks to his ancient past

Most brewers describe their experience as coming from homebrewing in their kitchen or university dorm room. Barry Bialik of Thirsty Monk got his through past lives. Bialik, the founder of the Asheville, North Carolina, brewery told The Beer Connoisseur that before Thirsty Monk he had never brewed beer, never worked in a restaurant, and never...

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Inaugural Brewers Choice Awards winners announced

The winners of the inaugural Brewers Choice Awards, presented by The Brewers Journal, were announced at a ceremony in London last night.  Northern Monk, Bohem Brewery, Alice Batham and John Hatch took home the accolades at the first Brewers Choice Awards yesterday (28th November). The Awards, which took place after a sold-out Brewers Congress, recognised...

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Canadian brewer criticised for beer name

Craft brewers around the world share many things in common, one in which is pushing the envelop in naming a beer to get it notices. However, one brewer might have pushed to hard. Nearly 20 Nova Scotia breweries are urging the board of the Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia to take steps to stop...

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Hops water to be new trend

A Californian homebrewer with 15-years experience in the beverage industry might be on to something with his H2OPS beverage, winner of the 2018 Beverage Industry Innovation of the Year Award. If you have a brewery, hops, water, and carbonation, you too can be jumping onboard this new trend. Hop water is the simple combination of...

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‘We’re going to need a bigger trolly’

US economy brewer Pabst Blue Ribbon, also well known as PPR, has released a 99-pack of beer for the first time in the USA. Previously, this 7-foot long monster was only available in Canada. The “family pack” holds a mixture of Pabst beers, including Original, low-calorie ‘Easy’, and its higher ABV ‘Extra’. While according to...

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