WSET launches beer courses

09 January, 2024

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust has announced its first beer courses which are set to begin February 2024.

Now in its 28th year, the International Beer Challenge (IBC) has launched for 2024, calling on global brewers to submit their work for evaluation by industry judges.

Scottish non-alcoholic brewery, Jump Ship Brewing, has begun legal proceedings against brewery and pub chain, Brewdog, in an attempt to protect the name of one of its beers.

Fettercairn Distillery has announced the fifth and final instalment of its ‘Warehouse Collection’, Warehouse 14, an experimental limited edition release, from master whisky maker Gregg Glass.

When UK chancellor of the exchequer Jeremy Hunt delivered his 2023 budget in the House of Commons, how you received it might’ve depended on your preferred tipple.

Premium beer company, Bira 91, has raised $10m from MUFG Bank, Ltd. (MUFG Bank), Japan's largest bank, as the brand continues to grow at a rapid pace, tripling its market share from pre-covid levels.

California, US has introduced a bill to allow spirits-based ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages to be sold under the same licence as beer and wine.

Curious Brewery has reached an agreement to add Wild Beer Co to its portfolio, an acquisition that will double the size of the existing Curious operation.

Brands Report 2023: Beer

05 January, 2023

There’s a broad country spread when it comes to the beers stocked in the world’s best bars.

China has suspended some imports of beer, liquor and other beverages from Taiwan, allegedly over a labelling issue.

Spanish-lager 1906 Black Coupage by Hijos de Rivera brewery has been crowned Supreme Champion at the International Beer Challenge 2022 as well as winning the award for Best Lager above 5%.

Brewdog Distilling Co has announced the launch of a new portfolio of vodkas produced using beer that doesn’t meet the brewery’s standards for release.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has said that beer production in northern parts of Mexico is “over” as the region faces severe water shortages.

BrewDog has been ranked 14th most valuable beer brand in the world by independent brand valuation and consultancy firm Brand Finance, in its Alcoholic Drinks Report 2022, which ranks the world’s top 50 most valuable beer brands.

Shochu can now be sold under its own category name in the state of New York, US, after amendments to the Beverage Control Act allowing Japanese Shochu (24% ABV or under) to be sold under a beer and wine license.

Scottish brewer and retailer BrewDog is set to open 25 more bars in India, growing its presence in the craft beer market.

Irish exports bounce back

17 February, 2022

Irish whiskey exports soared by 25% to reach €856m in 2021, according to new government gures, which also show that cream liqueur exports increased 19% to €367m, while gin exports were up 38%, albeit from a lower base.

Sales of no and low alcohol beverages in 10 key global markets reached almost $10 billion in 2021 up from $7.8 billion in 2018, according to a new IWSR report.

UK craft brewer Vocation has invested in a redesign for its entire range.

Boston Beer Company saw its share price plummet by almost 10% yesterday after weak demand for hard seltzer forced it to pull its earnings guidance.

Icelandic beer brand Eico has launched in the UK which is made with water from glacial melt.

Camden Town Brewery has partnered with Marmite to launch a new limited edition beer which uses the popular spread in its brewing process.

It’s been a sobering quarter for hard seltzer. Sales of the canned RTD that disrupted the US alcohol market when it burst onto the scene in 2016, have for the first time, stalled.

In 2020, beverage alcohol consumption in the US saw the largest volume gain in nearly 20 years.

A consumer survey from alcohol-free beer brand Lucky Saint has revealed that nearly a third of people in the UK would now consider ordering an alcohol-free drink in bars, pubs or restaurants.

Asahi Group Holdings has announced that Asahi Super Dry will be the official beer for the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France.

Pubs across the UK will miss out on 14 million sales of pints this St Patrick’s Day due to lockdown closures, the British Beer & Pub Association has reported.

Somerset brewery Yonder has launched two seasonal beers featuring ingredients foraged in the local area.

The former managing directors of Greene King and Ei Group have invested in Hofmeister after growing excited by its potential to take the world beer category by storm.

Heineken beat analysts’ expectations by reporting a volume sales decline of just 1.9% during the third quarter of 2020.

Carlsberg increased its forecast for full-year earnings after enjoying organic volume growth of 2.4% during the third quarter.

Two New York breweries have apologized and swiftly discontinued a “highly inappropriate” collaboration beer named after a Hindu deity.

In America, the beer category has lost volume to wine and spirit in recent years. There are several reasons for this.

AB InBev has become the UK’s number one brewer by volume sales since the start of 2020.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust has announced plans to branch out into offering dedicated beer qualifications for the first time.

British beer sales have plummeted to a 20-year low after pubs and bars across the country were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

AB Inbev has turned to gamification in a bid to whip up a passion for beer among younger generations of drinkers.

Carlsberg UK will merge with Marston’s to form a British brewing giant worth around £780 million.

Brands Report 2020: Beer

28 January, 2020

Almost 20% of bars polled for the Brands Report said Heineken was their number one bestseller.

Beer: Picture this

22 August, 2018

It’s all about the branding for craft beers trying to get noticed in a crowded marketplace. Shay Waterworth gets under the skin of funky designs

Halewood Wines & Spirits and Tsingtao Brewery have agreed mutually not to renew their longstanding distribution agreement.

AB InBev and Beam Suntory have announced a marketing collaboration between their Budweiser and Jim Beam brands.

A year on from the launch Carlsberg UK says its Export premium lager is up +9% in retail sales and +49% up (in retail value) in its platinum and gold outlets.

Japanese beer has topped import sales in South Korea for 2016 according to data published by The Korea Herald.

John Holl, editor of All About Beer magazine in the US, has voiced his concerns about sexist beer labels and the ‘lack of gender equality’ in the beer industry.

Sapporo Breweries in Japan has filed a lawsuit against the Japanese government seeking a tax return for the amount paid on its Goku Zero beer.

Cathay Pacific airline has developed an in-flight craft beer specifically designed to be consumed at 35,000 feet.

The Meantime Brewing Company in London has launched a can range of its three best selling beers.

Krombacher has launched Kellerbier in the UK On-trade market in response to the demand for ‘naturally cloudy’ beer.

Asahi UK has expanded Peroni’s range with the introduction of Peroni Ambra, which combines a bitter and fragrant flavour inspired by the Italian aperitivo.

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