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RBPMail 4.08, August 1998

Real Beer Page Mail (RBPMail) began as a modest update to craft-brew events on the WWW. It evolved into a news digest and sometimes editorial forum. We present its contents here much as they were emailed to subscribers. Often, links you will see are out of date, and businesses referred to may also be long gone.

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BASS RECALL LIMITED TO CERTAIN U.S. MARKETS

Bass Beers Worldwide and Guinness Import Co., the U.S. importer of Bass Ale, have announced a limited recall of approximately 7,000 cases of 12- oz. The affected product was isolated to sales to wholesalers in the New York and Los Angeles metropolitan areas with a small number in six other states. The limited recall is the result of an intermittent fault in a cooling process at the Cape Hill brewery in England leading to the possibility that product might contain traces of a chemical coolant. Bass has isolated the incident to one production line at the brewery and has replaced it. Food-grade propylene glycol is generally recognized as safe by the Food and Drug Administration, but it can cause an unpleasant taste in beer. Bass' toll-free information line: 877-614-1379.

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NORWEGIAN BEVERAGE GIANT ANNOUNCES CHANGES

Norway's largest beverage company, Orkla ASA, announced that its beer unit will invest approximately $26.4 million (200 million Norwegian kroner) to build and modernize production facilities near Oslo, the nation's capital. Ringnes AS, a unit of Orkla, will build a new plant near its largest production plant in Gjelleraasen. The company will also modernize its beer and soda bottling plant. Ninety employees will be laid off when the plant is modernized. Orkla ASA businesses include chemicals and investments, food products and branded goods.

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BREWERIES JOSTLE FOR POSITION IN GHANA

Ghana's stock index rose last week, with Guinness Ghana Ltd. in the lead, following the announcement of plans to build a new plant. The brewery, the nation's largest, is building the $17 million facility -- to be completed by the end of 1999 -- to meet increasing consumer demand and to stay No. 1 in the market. Currently, Guinness Ghana controls about 38% of Ghana's domestic beer market. Ghana has a population of 18 million. Also in Ghana, Heineken NV will merge its two Ghanaian brewing subsidiaries, Kumasi Brewery Ltd. and Achimota Brewery Co. KBL is the nation's third largest brewery, while ABC is fourth largest. Their combined market share is 40%, and together the breweries cover both the north and south. Ghana's second largest brewer, Accra Brewery Ltd., is majority-owned by South African Breweries Ltd.

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ASAHI IMPLEMENTS ELECTRONIC QUALITY CONTROL

Japan's second largest brewer, Asahi Breweries Ltd., will use microchips to monitor product freshness in all its beer barrels. The brewery has already begun to use the chips in 200,000 of its barrels, and plans to have all 2.4 million barrels so equipped by 2002. The chips track the expiration dates of the barrels' rubber and metal parts and delivery dates. The first batch of data is due to be gathered from the 200,000 barrels in July.

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MORRELLS BREWERY ON THE BLOCK

The directors of Morrells Brewery Limited, Oxford, England, have announced that they will sell the business and company assets, following a strategic review of the business by the Board of Directors and Pricewaterhouse Coopers. The sale will include the St. Thomas Street Brewery, 132 tenanted pubs and the free trade business. In Michael Jackson's Pocket Guide to Beer, Morrells is listed as being known for its best bitter, Varsity, and College Ale, a strong winter beer.

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BRANDS CROWD UK CIDER MARKET

While U.K. cider sales have grown consistently over the last 50 years, including doubling in the last ten years, an increase in the number of brands has hurt many of its producers. H.P. Bulmer Holdings Plc, the UK's largest cider maker, and Merrydown Plc, the third largest, reported serious declines in their profits. Bulmer, which produces Strongbow, reported a 27.1% drop in fiscal 1998 earnings. Merrydown reported fiscal 1998 earnings falling from 3.92 pence per share in 1997 to a loss of 29.78 pence per share in 1998. Bulmer plans to close two of its manufacturing entities, while Merrydown will cut its drink lines to two, Merrydown and Shloer.

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MOLSON GETS BACK TO ITS ROOTS; BUYS SHARES BACK

Foster's Brewing Group Ltd. (Australia) announced a $490 million (Australian) profit after selling its half share in Canada's Molson Breweries. The brewery sold its share to Molson for $1 billion Canadian ($679.4 million U.S.), so Molson now has 100% and full management control of its breweries. Molson will also buy Foster's interest in the Coors Canada partnership, which was 24.95%. Molson's interest share will then be 49.9%. Molson's and Foster's will remain together in the Molson USA joint venture with Miller Brewing, which markets and distributes both companies' products in the U.S., and Molson will still be the licensee of Foster's brand sold in Canada. While Molson's newly incurred debt is viewed as huge, the consensus of analysts was that the brewer's decision to take more control of its core business, brewing, and be all-Canadian-owned again offset any negatives.

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LABATT EVOLVES LONG-TERM AGREEMENT WITH A-B

Labatt Brewing Co. and Anheuser-Busch have restructured their 18-year working alliance. The new arrangement grants Labatt the right to A-B brands (Bud and Bud Light) in Canada "in perpetuity." In return, Labatt will increase its marketing support behind the two brands to give A-B a larger share of the profits. Anheuser-Busch will continue to oversee Labatt's brewing and marketing of those brands in Canada. The two brewers were the first to establish a licensed brewing relationship between a Canadian and U.S. brewer.

http://www.labattblue.com

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SLEEMAN ACQUIRES QUEBEC MICRO

Sleeman Brewing & Malting Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Sleeman Breweries Ltd., announced on June 29 that it had concluded an agreement to purchase La Brasserie Seigneuriale Inc. in Boucherville. Sleeman has also launched a successful cash and share bid for Upper Canada Brewing Co. Ltd. and recently acquired Okanagan Spring Brewery. Seigneuriale has access to market expansion capability, increased sales and marketing support, while Sleeman adds the Seigneuriale Belgian-style beers to its portfolio. Seigneuriale's beers include Seigneuriale, Seigneuriale Blonde, Seigneuriale Triple and Seigneuriale Reserve.

http://www.uppercanada.com

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POLAND TO SELL LAST STATE-OWNED BREWERY

Poland's government has indicated it will sell its last state-owned brewery, Browary Gornoslaskie SA. Poland's daily Rzeczpospolita stated that the government wants to sell a total stake of 83% of the brewery to a future investor, with the balance of the shares owned by the employees of the brewery. While Polish beer production rose 20.3 in the first four months of 1998 over same period 1997, Browary Gornolaski showed declining sales and increasing production costs.

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VENEZUELA'S POLAR LOSING GROUND

Venezuela's largest brewer, Cerveceria Polar, has been losing ground to two other brewers. In April of this year, Polar had 66% of the market, down from 88% at the beginning of the year. The Cisneros Group's Regional brewer was next, with 17% of the market, and Brazil's Cervejeria Brahma Venezuelan unit was third with 10% of the market. In addition, where industry officials had projected 7% growth this year, growth for 1999 is projected at 1%.

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SOUTH KOREAN BEER SALES CONTINUE TO PLUMMET

A record 17% drop in beer sales in the first six months of the year was felt by the South Korean beer industry. As the country's recession continues to worsen, consumers are cutting back on spending. In first half 1998, sales at Oriental Brewery Co. dropped 26.5%, Jinro Coors sales dropped 21.7%, and the country's largest brewer, Hite Brewery, sold 4.8% less beer.

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JAPANESE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION WORRIES GOVERNMENT

Worldwide alcohol consumption has been in decline while Japan's intake has been rising steadily, as reported by the country's Health and Welfare Ministry. The per capita average alcohol consumption for Japanese is close to the United States, which is 1.74 gallons a year per person. In Japan about half of the population lacks an enzyme that breaks down alcohol in the body, and liver damage is much greater. Other factors contributing to concern are the Japanese social attitude towards drinking to excess, minimal interest in temperance or treating alcohol dependency, and drinking glamorization throughout Japanese media. Also, as a balance to Japan's tightly organized social structure, alcohol is often seen as a way to take a break from society's rigid rules of hierarchy and considered essential to forging business relationships.

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SWEDEN TOO COLD FOR BEER THIS YEAR

Sverdrup, Sweden's second-largest brewer and Hartwall Oyj, Finland's largest drinks company both state that sales in June fell 10% from same period last year. In some parts of Sweden, rainfall was double the norm, in some parts, three times the normal amount, and in some parts, the month was one of the coldest Junes in the century. Scandinavian breweries tend to make their money only in the second and third quarters of the year, so this year's drop in sales in these quarters has a dramatic impact. (In 1997, when Sweden had one of its hottest summers in the century; Sverdrup's profits increased fourfold.)

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AUSSIE BEER WINS INTERNATIONAL BEER AWARDS IN AUSTRALIA

J. Boag & Son Ltd. won several awards include "Best Beer" and for operating Australia's Best Brewery. The brewery, founded in 1881, was reported to be the first Australian brewer to take the top award in the annual International Australian Beer Awards. This unprecedented award is likely to stimulate sales in the UK and US beer markets, according to the Tasmanian based brewery.

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HELP WANTED: IMMEDIATE OPPORTUNITIES AT REAL BEER

Real Beer has three immediate opportunities for professionals based in San Francisco. If you know someone or are interested in these positions, please respond to the appropriate email address below.

Account Executive/Customer Service Representative
Requires knowledge of branding, communications and design services, ability to managed large client base ranging from small customers to international brands, and an affinity for the beer business. Communications agency or client background, 2+ years' related experience and a college degree a must.

For a full job description, send e mailto:ae.jobdescription@realbeer.com To apply, send resumes by e mailto:ae.resumes@realbeer.com

Sales Positions I & II
Requires 2+ year sales experience in new media design and advertising sales. Incredible opportunities for the right people.

For a full job description, send e mailto:sales.jobdescription@realbeer.com To apply, send resumes by e mailto:sales.resumes@realbeer.com

We're living Internet life over here, so we offer a fast paced, casual, results-oriented, close work environment. A sense of humor and appreciation for the good things in life (like beer) are required. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Some opportunity for equity exists. We are committed to diversity in the workplace and encourage response from all qualified applicants. The position will be based in San Francisco and no relocation is provided. Principals and email responses only, please. No headhunters or phone calls will be accepted. Real Beer, Inc., 2339 Third Street, Suite 23, S.F., CA 94107.

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***WEB WATCH***

NEW BEERWEEK FEATURE!

BEERWeek's back issues are available online and searchable by date. Because the publication is supported by paid subscriptions for those interested in timely news digests, there is a three-month delay for release of each issue. For quick research and reference, this is a phenomenal new resource.

http://beerweek.com/samples.php

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FREE STUFF AND FUN FROM DOS EQUIS

A new web-based summer promotion brings together daily random drawings and a fun -- often hotly debated -- query of the most revolutionary people, places, movements and things. Live the revolution by joining "The Quest for the Revolutionary Best" contest online. The program ends Aug. 31, and each day you participate earns you another chance for the grand-prize drawing. So, who was the most revolutionary musician of all time? Cast your vote at:

http://www.dosx.com/quest/

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WORLD OF BEER JULY/AUG 1998 ISSUE

Check out the latest postings from Stephen Beaumont, heavy into the dog days of summer, but still delivering erudite observations on the beer scene from up North.

http://worldofbeer.com

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CALIFORNIA SMALL BREWERS FESTIVAL

If you're in Northern California or ready to travel to pleasant climate and brews, check out the California Small Brewers festival this year. With a great selection of microbrews to enjoy, live music and food, and the proceeds going to well-deserving charities, this is an event worth your Saturday afternoon. Taking place in Mountain View, the event is put on by the Brewers Community Service organization.

http://smallbrewersfest.com

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*** REAL BEER PICKS ***

ACE CIDER CO.

Aces are wild! Cider is the sweeter sister of beer and a long time traditional favorite in ye olde English pub. The California Cider Co. portfolio contains Honey, Pear and traditional Apple Ciders made from local, fresh apple juice. The freshness of their products set the Ace Cider brands apart from others in the market - see for yourself at:

http://www.acecider.com

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ELYSIAN BREWING CO.

Elysian Brewing Co. is a funky brewpub in the heart of Seattle's Capitol Hill area, built in an old Packard dealership - creating a huge airy space full of comfortable couches and inspired local art to gaze on while you enjoy one of the Elysian beers. The website contains articles by the brewer, Dick Cantwell, as well as menu, beers on tap (didya know that they may have the world's only suspension taps in a brewpub?), and events at the pub. This place is fast becoming a neighborhood nexus, so get yourself over to 1221 East Pike Street next time you are in Seattle. The website is equally funky, and worth the trip:

http://www.elysianbrewing.com

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GRAIN MILLERS, INC.

Grain Millers is the premium source of specialty grain products in the US. Grain Millers, Inc., boast plants in St. Ansgar, Iowa, as well as Eugene, Oregon. Of interest to craft brewers is their exclusive import of Malteries Franco-Belges malts. A page of glowing testimonials from brewers and detailed information on MFB malts and Grain Millers products make this site a must-see resource for brewers.

http://www.grainmillers.com/brewing.htm

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GROWLERS ONLINE

No, not rabid dogs. These growlers are beautiful shaped 2-liter, amber glass containers to buy beer-to-go at pubs. A thoroughly European tradition that is now sweeping the US, Growlers Online lets you place an online order for your Growlers to fill up at your nearest brewpub or simply show off to your friends at your next keg party. Growlers Online sells to businesses, and individuals.

http://www.growlers.net

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HOMEBREW ADVENTURES

Homebrew Adventures is a homebrew supply store located in Charlotte, N.C. The wealth of gadgets and information available on their site and in their real-world location is awe inspiring. With wine, beer, and vinegar- making equipment; reference materials; liquer and soda extracts, they sell everything you need to turn your home into a beverage emporium. All manner of books, accessories and recipes are available for the aspiring or experienced homebrewer or winemaker.

http://www.homebrewadventures.com

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NORTH COAST BREWING CO.

North Coast Brewing Co. is the home of such widely distributed favorites as Scrimshaw Pilsener, Red Seal Ale, Pranqster (special no-prize for spotting the brewer on the package) and Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout. The brewpub is located in scenic Fort Bragg in Northern California, but you can find out where to get the beers, as well as read up on the history of the brands and the brewery. In particular, North Coast has revived one of California's favorite pieces of brewing history - Acme Pale Ale. Find out more information on this award winning brewery - check out:

http://www.ncoast-brewing.com

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NORTHWESTERN EXTRACTS

Northwestern is an 80-year old company that started as a brewery supply house to the numerous breweries in the upper Midwest. Northwestern also produces packaging malt syrup, dried malt extract, and hops for the homebrewing market. A complete list of product offerings for the commercial and homebrewer is available at:

http://www.nwextract.com

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PHOENIX CIGAR CO.

Phoenix Cigar Co. is a cigar-lovers haven. Not only do they offer premium quality imported cigars on their pages, they offer their own line of carefully selected smokes for your discerning taste. The owners of this enterprise are obviously dedicated to the art of the cigar; and they do everything possible to communicate fantastic customer service and unique products on the Internet. Stop by their customer comment page when you swing by first thing. They update it monthly

http://www.phoenixcigar.com

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SIEBEL INSTITUTE

Formerly the Zymotechnic Institute, the Siebel Institute of Chicago, Ill., has been training those involved in the brewing trade since 1872. Their courses have turned out the minds behind your favorite beers in the US and worldwide. Immensely well respected in the beverage industry, Siebel maintains a wide offering of courses designed to tutor in the time-honored skill of brewing while confronting the challenges of a modern day operation. See what they have to offer at:

http://www.siebel-institute.com

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SONOMA MOUNTAIN BREWERY

Sonoma Mountain Brewery, one of a new class of estate breweries, lives by the motto "Great Hops Make Great Beer." Boasting their own hop vines, brewhouse and mountain spring well, Sonoma Mountain take care and pride in their product from start to finish. An Amber Lager and Pilsener are the first products available at the brewery and throughout Northern California at select restaurants. Visits to the brewery are encouraged - this ain't just wine country!

http://www.sonomamountainbrewery.com

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*** Brewed Fresh For You! ***

The Real Beer Page announces a diverse group of brew websites to check out:
http://www.addabrewpub.com
http://www.alaskanbeer.com
http://www.americanwhitewater.com
http://www.belgianbeer.com
http://www.doublesprings.com
http://www.fmbhops.com
http://www.gooseisland.com
http://www.jvnw.com
http://members.aol.com/kegworks/kegworks.php
http://www.labattblue.com
http://www.magnoliapub.com
http://www.morebeer.com
http://www.pubgear.com
http://www.mcs.net/~rdan/RAF.php
http://www.schreiermalt.com
http://www.traditionalbrewing.com
http://www.uppercanada.com

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QUICKIE EMAIL SURVEY

Thanks to all who have been replying to our Quickie Surveys. We draw one winner each month for the prize of Michael Jackson's The Great Beers of Belgium distributed by Vanberg & DeWulf (http://www.BelgianExperts.com), importers of fine Belgian beers and now brewers of Belgian-style beer in their Cooperstown-based Brewery Ommegang. Last month's winner was David J. McCarty who answered 'once a month.'

LAST MONTH'S QUESTION:
Last month we asked you how often you received RBPMail.

The good news is that over 85% of you report receiving RBPMail monthly. The bad news is that about 10% may not be getting it regularly. We'll look into why this happens and try to reach the 100% mark. In the meantime, if you ever miss a month, feel free to request a copy by sending

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MILLER SUING AD AGENCIES

Miller Brewing Company filed a $6.9 million breach-of-contract and negligence lawsuit against creative and media ad agencies Bates USA and Zenith Media Services, New York, during the week of June 15. The brewery accused the agencies of not making good on local TV spots that did not meet the rating goals established in 1995 and 1996. The money being sued for is the estimated value of "make-good" ads, ads that are run free to make up for ratings shortfalls. Zenith management claims that no guarantees regarding local TV were made; both Zenith and Bates intend to dispute the suit, according to the article. Miller is also suing Bates for an additional near million dollars, claiming it was double-billed by the agency. Miller dismissed both agencies in December 1996.

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SOUTHERN DRAFT BREW NEWS SOLD

A publishing firm in Atlanta, Ga., has purchased Southern Draft Brew News, the South's oldest and largest brewspaper, according to a company press release. Southern Draft was founded in 1993 in Orlando, Florida by Phil and Sara Doersam. In 1996 it moved to the Southern hub city of Atlanta. Earlier this year, the publication, which has covered the news of the Southeast region since its inception, expanded to the Southwest. The bimonthly publishing schedule for Southern Draft will remain the same with the August/September edition due to appear in early August.

http://www.southerndraft.com

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LITTLE LEAGUER BANNED FOR NOT WEARING BAR-SPONSORED JERSEY

A 14-year-old Little Leaguer in Lemont, Ill., refused to wear her team's jersey because it bore the name of a local bar, according to newspaper reports. Krystle Newquist's grandfather allegedly died from causes related to alcoholism. When she showed up for the first game of the season in May, she had used duct tape to cover the bar name. When league officials called the girl for being out of uniform, she was suspended for the season for refusing to wear the jersey with the name showing. She is appealing the decision to her local school board, and raising the issue of whether teams sponsored by bars can legally play on school property.

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NEW HAMPSHIRE ENACTS LANDMARK DIRECT SHIPPING LAW

The State of New Hampshire Liquor Commission is in the process of implementing that state's landmark new direct shipment law. On July 1, the new law expanding consumer choice became effective, and consumers may now have shipped to them from a licensee outside of the state up to 60 bottles of wine or spirits and up to 27 gallons of beer per year. Out-of-state licensees must first obtain a $228 permit from the State of New Hampshire, and will be responsible for the payment of an eight percent tax on all products shipped into the state. Also in the law is an entirely new concept designed to ensure that the state and local retailers can gain access to popular brands as well. Upon reaching specified levels of direct shipment into the state -- i.e., 100 cases of a specific wine or spirits product -- a supplier-shipper must make available to the Commission a like amount of product at wholesale before being able to ship more. According to Commissioner Byrne, the state hopes to have the regulations in place so that consumers may begin placing orders as early as Sept. 1.

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SAM ADAMS SETS OZ AWARDS RECORD

The Boston Beer Company set a record for awards at this year's Australian International Beer Awards held last week. The international competition included 425 beers from 27 countries. Samuel Adams beers took three "Best in Class" awards and an additional eight gold medals, 13 silvers and 5 bronze medals. The timing was extraordinary considering that the Boston based brewery had just announced an agreement for distribution of its products in Australia. The distributor chosen for Australia, J. Boag & Son, won the top award for "Best Beer." The agreement includes a proviso for J. Boag to brew Sam Adams Boston Lager under license at its Tasmania- based brewery when certain volume thresholds are achieved.

http://www.samadams.com

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CUSTOM BEER FOR LANDMARK OCCASIONS

When the Price Waterhouse-Coopers & Lybrand merger became official July 1, more than 1,500 company employees toasted the occasion with a signature beverage made to order for their pool-side celebration -- "Merger Beer," created by the Bonaventure Brewing Co. of Los Angeles. Located in the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, the Bonaventure Brewpub brewed up the special ale just for the occasion.

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OMMEGANG BREWERY BLESSED BY PRIEST

Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, N.Y., which opened this year, was blessed by a Lutheran priest, Father Mack. Father Mack read the lessons, blessed the brewery's statue of the patron saint of brewers, Saint Arnold, and the brewery, its equipment and staff. The brewery specializes in Belgian-style beers, and has released its first beers, Ommegang and Father Hennepin in bottles.

http://www.belgianexperts.com

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FRUIT FLY "DRUNKS" SHOW GENETIC EFFECT OF ALCOHOL ON HUMANS

Researchers at the University of California at San Francisco have turned to the common fruit fly to learn more about humans' genetic-based reaction to alcohol, according to a June 12 article in the Wall Street Journal by Ralph T. King, Jr. The researchers are attempting to crack the genetic causes of alcoholism. Drunken fruit flies behave like drunken humans, and the same molecular mechanism seems to control their resistance to alcohol, according to the article. The flies even get the hangovers and "shakes" that sometimes go with alcohol dependency. Selective breeding led to the least-resistant strain, and showed that the gene that is key in regulating sensitivity to alcohol in human cells was lacking in these flies, known in the study as "cheap dates." The project was begun five years ago, and is funded by Ernest Gallo of E. & J. Gallo Winery. The research lab is called the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center.

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ARIZONA'S SEIDEMAN BREWING SOLD

Tempe, Ariz., microbrewery Seideman Brewing Company has been sold "lock, stock and barrel," according to founder Russ Seideman, to Tim Gossack. Gossack was formerly with Deschutes Brewery in Oregon. He will change the brewery name to Rio Salado, which is what the beers themselves have been called.

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CELEBRATE BRITISH PUB CULTURE

The third annual Real Ale Festival, planned Oct. 16-17 near Chicago will feature a whole range of pub-theme entertainment and events in addition to the largest collection of cask-conditioned ales anywhere outside of Britain, with more than 100 beers available. Beer writer Michael Jackson will preside over a preview tasting on Friday as well as a special seminar on British ales on Saturday. Tickets for the tasting events go for $22 in advance or $25 at the door and a full-weekend ticket that includes all five RAF events is available for just $100 in advance. Nearby public transportation is available for all who attend a special rate has been arranged at the Wyndham Garden Hotel at 630-833-3600. Call (773) 665-1300 for more information. Or, go to:

http://www.mcs.com/~rdan/RAF.php

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WHACKY CANADIAN ADS HIT THE SPOT

Tree Brewing Company, Kelowna, B.C., has launched its ad campaign with a series of risque newspaper ads. The first ad, "Find the G Spot," got more attention than the brewery expected. Beer sales for the month when the campaign was launched were the brewery's best, the newspapers got calls from readers looking for the G Spot, and the Liquor Board told the brewery that they couldn't run the G Spot ad again. The brewery will continue to run ads throughout the summer, with bar poster adaptations as well.

http://www.realbeer.com/canada/

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CALIFORNIA BREWERIES' JOIN TOGETHER

Riverside Brewing of Riverside, Calif., and Heritage Brewing of Lake Elsinore, CA have combined to form the West Coast Brewing Company. The new operation, based in Riverside, will utilize Riverside Brewing's 50-barrel brewing and bottling facility to produce beers for its' own labels and contract clients. Riverside Brewing's brewpub is unaffected by this merger. Heritage Brewing's facility in Lake Elsinore has been closed.

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BETHLEHEM BEER.....QUIRKS???

Bethlehem Beer Works in Bethlehem, Pa., has changed its name to Bethlehem Brew Works following receipt of a "Cease and Desist" letter from the Slesar Brothers Brewing Co. The action was initiated to protect a national trademark on the Beer Works name obtained by the Slesar Brothers in 1992 under which they operate the Boston Beer Works and Salem Beer Works brewpubs. Ironically, when Boston Beer Works opened in the early 1990s it faced a similar challenge from Boston Beer Co., brewer of Samuel Adams beer, but successfully defended the write to use "Boston Beer" in its name.

http://www.samadams.com

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BIG ROCK BREW TO BENEFIT PACIFIC SALMON RESTORATION

Canada's Big Rock Brewery Ltd. has teamed up with Pacific Salmon Foundation to introduce a specialty beer in British Columbia. Purchasers of Chinook Pale Ale will indirectly contribute to the restoration of Pacific Salmon, as a portion of every purchase made will be donated to the Pacific Salmon Foundation. PSF is a volunteer organization that works with local communities to restore salmon stocks and habitat. Chinook Pale Ale is available in British Columbia.

http://www.bigrockbeer.com

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DOES ANCHOR HAVE BIG PLANS FOR SMALL BEER?

Anchor Brewing Co. of San Francisco has just released a new beer. Small Beer, bottled in 22-ounce bottles, a revival of a tradition begun in England. A second batch of beer is brewed using the sparge "run-off" of another, usually high-gravity beer. Anchor's Small Beer is made from its famous barleywine, Old Foghorn. The "second batch" is a thinner, weaker beer, compared to the original. Anchor owner Fritz Maytag describes the company's development of Small Beer as having begun a few years ago, when he began to research the history of the process. In doing so, he learned that, in 3000 B.C. in ancient Sumeria, there was a brew referred to as the "second washing beer." The final result is a rich mild ale that was "what we wish a bitter would taste like today in England." The new Anchor Small Beer is available in local markets in limited supply. Call the brewery for additional information: 415-863-8350. (Source: The Celebrator Beer News)

http://www.celebrator.com

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DOS EQUIS SURVEY REVEALS CLONING CONCERNS

In the same week that saw the cloning of mice as a hot topic in news reports, Internet users who signed on to the Dos Equis "Quest for the Revolutionary Best" site proved that Americans have numerous concerns about advances in cloning. Although the survey was a tongue-in-cheek poll on the Mexican beer's web site, the subject of cloning struck an unexpected chord with web users. In the unscientific poll, the No. 1 answer (20%) was "No one" when people were asked what person they would like to see cloned. The second most popular response was "Myself," for both humorous and much more serious reasons. One respondent talked about needing an organ transplant, and suggested that cloning would be the best way to get a perfect match. The cloning question was answered and debated by 436 people. The Dos Equis' Quest for the Revolutionary Best contest -- a web-based promotion -- runs from July 20 until Aug. 31. The contest polls consumers on the best examples of revolutionaries in entertainment, fashion, history, music and sports.

http://www.dosx.com/quest/

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EDITORIAL: SHORT AND BITTER

We got an email from a friend last week telling us that an executive we knew had been found dead in his office. Suicide. Not even 50 years old. Left behind a wife, two sons and a mother. And a whole lot of friends and people he knew scratching their heads and wondering "WHY?"

WHY? We heard rumors the business was troubled. We've all heard stories about the difficulty the business will face as it matures. But it's nothing to kill yourself over. Literally or figuratively.

Me? I want to live to love another day. I want to smell and feel and savor all my favorite vices or put them aside for new ones. I want stare into shadows. I want to step barefooted on hot sand and make it across. I want to stick it out to see the last act. It's weird sometimes, and some might say a waste of madhouse time. But I'll take life with perhaps the naive notion that you have to travel the path to learn where it goes. And that means I must endure the pain of losing those close or those who traveled only a moment on the same path. But I'm going to live it.

I don't know WHY he did it, but I bottomed-out in sadness. Then I got mad an slapped this sloppy eulogy together.

What's it got to do with beer? Probably nothing really other than that he chose our industry for some of the time he was here. I wish he was still here. I feel badly for his family and wish them comfort and answers to the questions I'm sure they're asking.

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