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RBPMail 5.07, July 1999

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 Often, links you will see are out of date, and businesses referred to may also be long gone.

In this issue:

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OLD PECULIER CHAMPION INTERNATIONAL BEER AT AUSTRALIAN AWARDS

The Scottish & Newcastle Brewery of Edinburgh, Scotland, won the Champion International Brewery as well as the Champion International Beer Trophy for Theakston's Old Peculier at the 1999 Australian International Beer Awards. The competition drew a record 445 beers from 23 countries. Hahn Premium Lager was the big winner, capturing five trophies, including Grand Champion Beer of 1999. A Belgian beer, Hoegaarden Forbidden Fruit, was named Champion Specialty Beer. The Boston Beer Co. won Best Lager, International Section for Samuel Adams Boston Lager.

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BRAZIL'S LARGEST BREWERS MERGE INTO WORLD'S 3RD LARGEST

Two major Brazilian brewing companies, Companhia Brahma S.A. and Companhia Paulista Antarctica, announced that they will merge into a new company. The new entity, American Beverage Co. (Ambev), will be the world's third largest brewer. The two companies together maintain a 70% share of the beer market in Brazil, and their combined sales were equivalent to $8.5 billion in 1998. Prior to the merger, Brahma was listed as eighth largest and Antarctica listed as 15th largest. Together they will be ranked third in the world after Anheuser-Busch of the U.S. and Dutch Heineken N.V.

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BEER BUSINESS BOOMING IN RUSSIA

Beer over vodka? It appears to be happening in Poland and perhaps even in Russia. While the Russian economy has fallen into a steep recession, the beer business has been booming. For instance, the Klinsky Beer Factory has expanded its production from 106 million gallons (3.4 million barrels) a year in the early 1990s to 290 million today. Now, with an infusion of money from SUN Interbrew (a recently formed alliance of Indian and Belgian interests), Klinsky hopes to nearly triple its production over the next few years. Read the whole story at:

http://www.realbeer.com/news/articles/news-000189.php

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SHEPHERD NEAME LOSES LAST ROUND IN TAX BATTLE

Independent British brewer Shepherd Neame has apparently come to a losing end in its ongoing battle against increases in government beer duty. The Law Lords has upheld High Court and Appeal Court decisions that the UK government was entitled to introduce two, one-penny-a-pint beer excise duty increases. Shepherd Neame argued that beer excise tax rises in the 1997 and 1998 British budgets were illegal under the European Union's Treaty of Rome.

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EUROPEANS, AMERICANS SHARE LOVE OF BEER

Europeans and Americans share an affinity for beer, according to the not- so-surprising results of a recent survey. Martiz AmeriPoll found that 51% of Americans consumed at least one beer in the month before being surveyed and that 52% of Europeans had done the same. While Europeans' consumption is split even between home (51%) and bars, in the United States, 63% of beer is drunk at home. However, 52% of Americans 21 to 34 years old prefer drinking out. More on the story at:

http://realbeer.com/news/articles/news-000185.php

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BEER: GOOD FOR YOU OR NOT?

Two recently released studies present different messages when it comes to beer and its effects on health. One found that beer may reduce heart disease as effectively as red wine. "It cannot be proven that there is any health advantage in drinking red wine, for example, rather than beer," the Danish Brewers Association reported, citing a study by the Institute of Epidemiology and Social Medicine at the University of Muenster.

In contrast, research from Scotland indicates there is no evidence of health benefits from alcohol. The researchers found no difference in the risk of any cause of death between moderate drinkers, who consumed up to 14 units of alcohol a week, and non-drinkers. But men who drank over 35 units of alcohol a week had double the risk of dying from a stroke than the men who didn't drink. The study defined a unit of alcohol as the equivalent of half a pint of beer (10 ounces), a glass of wine or a single measure of liquor.

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LION NATHAN'S CONFESSIONAL AD INFURIATES PRIESTS

Lion Nathan has stirred up more notice than was intended with its recent ad for its Tooheys brand. The ad shows a young man confessing to "indiscretions" with a "beautiful young woman." The curious priest asks him by name if it was one of three married women who had confessed to extramarital sex. The man rushes from the confessional to join his mates in a pint of Tooheys New while they search for the three women. The Australian Catholic clergy are threatening to start a boycott of the brand if the ads are not removed, stating that the ad suggests that priests inadvertently violate the confidentiality of the confessional. Lion Nathan said that sales had already risen due to the ad. They have no plans to remove it.

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CHRISTIAN GROUP SEEKS CONVERTS IN PUB

The English city of Bradford has a new group of publicans. A Christian group has purchased a historic pub in the hopes that "good beer and talk about sports" will help them convince patrons to convert. The Cock and Bottle is a 170 year-old pub which will be staffed by unpaid volunteers and will stay open on Sundays. "Some people are worried it will be like church," said the Reverend Robin Gamble, "but it will be the same as a normal pub, with football talk, good beer and all the normal things."

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FULLER'S REG DRURY TO RETIRE

Reg Drury, Director at Fuller, Smith and Turner Brewery, will retire after 42 years. The widely respected and legendary brewing director transformed the Chiswick, England brewery from a labor intensive, Victorian craft brewery to a modern production plant that still produces fine traditional ales. Drury received a special achievement award from CAMRA as the only brewer in its history to produce three champion beers: ESB in 1978, 1981 and 1985, London Pride in 1979 and Chiswick Bitter in 1989.

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********************WEB WATCH******************

STEPHEN BEAUMONT'S WORLD OF BEER
You might want to take a beer along when you stop by Stephen Beaumont's new digs -- no, you don't have to share it with him, but you'll probably be there long enough to get real thirsty. The look is new, but the words are vintage Beaumont, this month including a pub crawl with Benedictine monks in the Feature Story. As always, Bright Beer is essential reading, bringing the lowdown on the world's biggest sausage and a new beer called "Piss."

http://worldofbeer.com

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INSTANT MALT ANALYSIS
Schreier Malting's new online lot analysis program helps take the guesswork out of brewing. The program gives brewers access to the technical information they want when they want it. Each Schreier and DeWolf-Cosyns bag is marked with a lot number. All a brewer has to do is enter up to four lot numbers, click Submit and read your requested lot analysis. Makes you want to buy a bag of malt and head to:

http://www.schreiermalt.com/tracking

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A BETTER BEER SITE
Sam Adams re-launched its website last month in time for their summer promotion. The new site features greater interactivity, more information about better beer (over 400 pages and counting) and even an online Party Planner. Select a party theme, choose food recipes with beer, send invitations to guests and even get party reminders using this web-applet. This is a beer nut's paradise.

http://www.samadams.com

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BRIDGEPORT BREWING CO.
BridgePort Brewing Co. is Oregon's oldest craft brewery, having started with a 10-barrel system in 1984. The brewery and adjacent brewpub are located in the historic Pearl District and set in a century-old brick and timber building. BridgePort is one of the essential stops on any trip to Beervana, but if you can't make it to Portland you can still go to:

http://www.firkin.com

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HEINEKEN
Heineken has recently remodeled its site. Yes, as promised in the Heineken T.V. ads, you'll find Austin Powers and related merchandise here, but that's only a small part of what the world's second largest brewer has to offer. Send E-Cards, download screensavers, play The Quest -- an online travel adventure game -- and buy great merchandise from rugby to polo shirts and more. The Heineken Chatbar Network is still under development, but in the near future anyone will be able to start his or her own bar. Check it all out at:

http://www.heineken.com

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KEGWORKS.COM
KegWorks.com is the online source for draft beer dispensing equipment. You'll find a wide variety of CO2 tanks, regulators, beer taps, kegerators, portable dispensing equipment, beer line cleaning kits, faucets, homebrew kegging kits, keg couplers and lots more. KegWorks.com answers questions you may not have thought of asking -- like what kind of keg coupler do you'd need for your favorite beer. Get thirsty, get there at:

http://www.kegworks.com

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SAN JOSE INTERNATIONAL BEER FESTIVAL
It's three days of beer, food and music with an international flavor. The festival is scheduled for Aug. 20-22 at beautiful Guadalupe River Park, and the weatherman is already predicting lots of sun. Both microbrewed beers and specialty beers from a variety of breweries throughout the world are featured -- with 75 breweries represented. The 1998 festival drew 60,000, and you can see why at:

http://sjbeerfest.com

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ERIC WOOTEN'S BEER PAGE
Texan Eric Wooten staked out beer territory early on the Internet, offering information for everybody from those who make beer to those to drink it (and the lucky ones who do both). The Homebrew Label Gallery, also known as the Louvre of Labels, is particularly fun. It's all at:

http://ericsbeerpage.com

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MORE FROM AUTHORS
Real Beer suggests your check out the work of Robert Hughey and Jeff Platt, who are new to our pages, or plenty of new stories from Pub Scout Kurt Epps. Hughey adds to our coverage north of the border, while Platt (a.k.a. Whispering Jeff) will provide regular news, rumors and views from the Midwest. You'll find them at:

http://realbeer.com/library/authors/hughey-r http://realbeer.com/library/authors/epps-k http://realbeer.com/destinations/chicago/whisperingjeff19990706.php

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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 a prize, which this month will be a Real Beer T- shirt. Last month's winner was Frank Budzo, who wrote: "In real estate they say the three most important factors are: Location, location, location. Therefore, in terms of Brewpubs it must be: Chicago, Chicago, Chicago. So, the next city guide location must be Chicago. My favorite brewpub is the Rock Bottom in the River North area of the city. Ya just can't beat that roof top beer garden. We also have Harrison's in Orland Park and another of my personal favorites, Flossmoor Station in, oddly enough, Flossmoor, just south of the city. Flossmoor Station is the old railway station, so if you want to get there from the city you can take Metra down for a great meal and a great brew."

LAST MONTH'S QUESTION:
Last month we asked which city you would like us to add soon to our City Guides in Destinations. Not surprisingly, the vote was very diversified. Chicago was the top vote getter, receiving 19% of the votes cast for one of the eight destinations listed. Boston and Philadelphia received 16% each. We added Chicago to our City Guides this month and will add Philadelphia and Boston in August and September respectively.

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U.K. BEERS TRIUMPH AGAIN

In May, we asked RBPMail readers which country they are most likely to drink an imported beer from. The U.K. received 33% of the votes, Germany 20% and Belgium 18%. We asked the same question in our June poll at the Real Beer Page and received similar results. This time the U.K. garnered 26% of the votes, Germany 23% and Belgium 20%.

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*********** Brewed Fresh For You! **************

The Real Beer Page offers a diverse group of brew websites to check out:

http://www.deschutesbrewery.com
http://www.sfbrewco.com
http://www.kclingers.com
http://www.homebrewadventures.com
http://www.mixologys.com
http://www.aletrail.on.ca
http://jupiterbeer.com
http://newyork.citysearch.com/E/V/NYCNY/0001/17/56/
http://www.universityextension.ucdavis.edu/brewing
http://www.bohemianbreweries.com
http://www.innovativwww.ebrew.com

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MADD LOBBIES TO MAKE ALCOHOL PART OF DRUG CAMPAIGN

Mothers Against Drunk Driving lobbied Congress to include alcohol and underage drinking in a national advertising campaign aimed at reducing drug use. MADD held a press conference in Washington, D.C., to counter what it said were efforts by the National Beer Wholesalers Association, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America and "friends of the alcohol industry in Congress" to exclude alcohol from the billion dollar ad campaign. Karolyn Nunnallee, national president of MADD said, "it is very sad that the Partnership for a Drug-Free America appears interested in only a partial drug-free America for youth," she said. A spokesman for the National Beer Wholesalers Association, an industry group in Alexandria, Va., said it had worked with MADD to reduce drunken driving but disagreed with targeting alcohol in the anti-drug campaign.

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.08% BAC NOT KEY TO DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENTS: GAO

Reducing by one drink the alcohol it takes to become legally drunk doesn't conclusively reduce the number or severity of alcohol-related crashes, according to a new government study. The finding challenges statements by President Clinton last year in advocating 0.08 percent blood alcohol content as a nationwide standard for legal drunkenness rather than the 0.1 percent limit in effect in two-thirds of the states. "If all states lower their BAC (blood-alcohol content) to .08, it will result in 600 fewer alcohol-related deaths each year," Clinton said. The General Accounting Office, an investigative arm of Congress, said in a recent report that such claims cannot be supported.

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RENO'S BREW BROTHERS TOP-PRODUCING U.S. BREWPUB

Brew Brothers, located in the Eldorado Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nevada, has claimed the title of the highest-selling brewpub in North America. The brewpub sold a record 6,108 barrels of beer during 1998. Brew Brothers sold the equivalent of 1,514,784 pints in part because it is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition, the combined restaurant and brewery is located in a sky bridge connecting three popular hotels -- the 800-room Eldorado, the 1,800-room Silver Legacy, and the 2,200-room Circus Circus. A list of the top 10 brewpubs is at:

http://realbeer.com/spotlight/best-selling.php

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FULL SAIL EMPLOYEES CELEBRATE WITH SPECIAL BEER

Employees at Full Sail Brewing Company are rolling out the barrels to celebrate yet another first. The ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) buyout was finalized July 2, 1999, making Full Sail America's first and only employee-owned brewery. "We wanted to brew something special as a symbol of our renaissance, so we will reintroduce the original Full Sail Golden Ale on draft," said John Harris, Full Sail brewmaster. "This year we're brewing up a special treat for the Oregon Brewers Festival (at the end of July) -- a Belgian Style Special Golden Ale. We're calling it 'The Peoples Ale' to thank all the people who have supported Full Sail over the years," Harris said.

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TEXAN WINS TOP AHA PRIZE; OREGON, ILLINOIS CLUBS HONORED

Charles Gottenkieny of Plano, Texas won the coveted prize of Homebrewer of the Year in the 1999 AHA National Homwww.ebrew.competition with his best- of-show Belgian-style lambic. He received the honor during the American Homebrewer Association National Homebrewers Conference in Olathe, Kansas. Steve Schmitt of Anchorage, Alaska, was named the Meadmaker of the Year. Tom Plunkard of Ann Arbor, Mich., won the Ninkasi Award for earning the most points in the second round of the National Homebrew Competition. The Urban Knaves of Grain from suburban Chicago and the Oregon Brew Crew shared honors for Homebrew Club of the Year, each with 77 points in AHA competitions.

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INDIANA LOOSENS HOMEBREW PROVISIONS

Indiana homebrewers can now take their beers to homebrew club meetings and competitions without worrying if it is legal. Gov. Frank O'Bannon has signed a law into effect that states: "Homemade beer and wine can be taken to locations other than the home in which it was made for educational, evaluations or testing purposes." While homebrewing in Indiana is explicitly legal, the law previously prohibited transporting homebrew from the brewer's home to any other location. The new law went into effect July 1.

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OLDENBERG BREWING IN CHAPTER 11

Oldenberg Brewing Co. in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, is reorganizing its microbrewery and restaurant business under bankruptcy court supervision in an effort to contain mounting debt. Beer drinkers across the United States know the Oldenberg name in part because it has hosted a Beer Camp twice a year through most of the 1990s. In addition to the brewery in Fort Mitchell, Oldenberg operates restaurants in Louisville and near Orlando, Fla., and has plans to open a third restaurant in Augusta, Ga.

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EDITORIAL: KEEPING THE ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGN ON TARGET

While Mothers Against Drunk Driving lobbied Congress to include alcohol in an anti-drug campaign (see story above), Diana Conti of the Marin Institute did some lobbying of her own in the Open Forum of the San Francisco Chronicle. In part, she wrote:

"Alcohol is a leading cause of death among young people. Thirty percent of twelfth graders report hazardous drinking, and youth who start drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to become addicted than those who begin at 21. Every day on average, 11,318 kids try alcohol for the first time, compared with 6,488 for marijuana; 2,786 for cocaine; and 386 for heroin. Our children will be the losers if corporate lobbies continue to undermine efforts to protect their health and safety. Lawmakers should just say no to special interests and make the well-being of the next generation their top priority. The first step should be to pass legislation that allows the war on teen drug use to combat its biggest enemy -- alcohol."

Celebrator Beer News publisher Tom Dalldorf responded with the following letter to the forum, which he agreed to have us post here as a guest editorial:

EDITOR:

Diana Conti's Open Forum piece, "Drug War Isn't on Target," was itself off target. Lumping alcoholic beverages (legal to produce but illegal to consume for underage youth) with illegal drugs like cocaine, methamphetamines and heroin, serves to obfuscate the issue and trivialize the importance of the anti-drug message.

Underage consumption of alcohol is certainly a problem, but Ms. Conti's approach does little to address it. Blindly linking "alcohol and other drugs" sends the wrong message to underage abusers in a society that has been down the path of prohibition only to find the "cure" far worse than the problem.

The Marin Institute's agenda is clearly neo-prohibitionist and would dearly love to tap into the $195 million anti-drug media campaign in its quest to rid America once again of the scourge of demon rum. Let us address the horrors of youthful drug abuse by focusing on the core issues and spare ourselves the "gateway drug" rhetoric that describes an entirely different set of problems.

Like it or not, alcoholic beverages are enjoyed in this country (and indeed around most of the civilized world) by many millions of people and its abuses, which can be terrible and destructive, deserve to be addressed apart from street drugs.

Tom Dalldorf, Publisher
Celebrator Beer News
Hayward, CA

The views presented here are not necessarily those of Real Beer, Inc., and are presented here to provide perspective from within the industry.

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