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RBPMail 5.09, September 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 Often, links you will see are out of date, and businesses referred to may also be long gone.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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6 MILLION BOTTLES OF BUD RECALLED

Anheuser-Busch is recalling nearly six million bottles of Budweiser beer in 12 European countries because the bottles may break when opened. All twist-off top beer bottles in Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, Cyprus, Malta, Belgium, Netherlands, Latvia, Germany, and Switzerland were recalled, as well as many bottles in France. Budweiser bottles sold in the United States are not affected. The company said that the top of some of the bottles is slightly larger than it should be, increasing the risk of breakage when they are opened. There is no problem with the beer.

http://www.realbeer.com/news/articles/news-000260.php

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CORONA DEFENDS NAME FROM RUSSIAN 'PIRATES'

Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo is headed to court to halt the sale of another beer labeled "Corona" in Russia. "We are going to legally challenge a Russian company for pirating our brand because it is producing a beer called Corona," said Graciela Reynoso, a spokeswoman for Grupo Modelo's subsidiary in Europe. The case goes to court Sept. 22. Grupo Modelo previously won a similar case in France. Russian brewer Rosar has been selling its own version of "Corona" since 1996. Its bottle is darker than Corona's distinctive clear bottle. Reynoso said the company, "registered (the brand) after Grupo Modelo did, taking advantage of the prestige and international presence of Corona Extra."

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HEINEKEN DEAL TO ACQUIRE SPANISH BREWER SCRUTINIZED

The deal that would boost Dutch brewer Heineken's share of the Spanish beer market will come under additional scrutiny in the coming months. The European Commission has referred the planned acquisition of Spanish rival Cruzcampo SA to Spanish authorities, saying they can better decide if there are competition problems. Heineken plans to take control of Cruzcampo through a complicated transaction that involves Danish rival Carlsberg. Cruzcampo accounts for a quarter of beer sold in Spain, the third-largest beer market in the European Union. Heineken, based in Holland, already owns a majority stake in that country's No. 3 brewer, El Aguila.

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TSINGTAO TO BUY 3 TO 5 BREWERIES BY YEAR'S END

Tsingtao Brewery Co. of China plans to purchase three to five breweries by the end of the year to extend its distribution network and increase production. Chinese breweries are trying to boost output as the Chinese beer drinking market expands and competition increases. Foreign brands brewed in China, such as Budweiser and Asahi, have put more pressure on domestic brewers in the tough premium beer market. Tsingtao purchased Nanjizhou Brewery Group, Rongcheng Brewery and Anqiu Brewery earlier this year.

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WORLD BEER PRODUCTION RISES FOR 14TH STRAIGHT YEAR

World beer production in 1998 increased 1.6% from a year earlier to about 133 million kiloliters, up for the 14th consecutive year. The biggest five producing countries are the United States (up .05%), China (up 5.3%), Germany (down 2.7%), Brazil (down 0.3%) and Japan (up 0.5%). Russia, eighth in output, showed the biggest growth rate of 24.6% thanks to increases in consumption among women and young people. Increases in areas such as China, Taiwan and Japan reflect growth of U.S. domestic brands such as Budweiser (perhaps the world's largest contract brewer) and international brands like Heineken that are brewed under contract license by beer manufacturers in those countries.

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GERMAN BREWERS SAY THEY'RE NOT CONCERNED

Although official statistics reported German beer sales were down another 2.6% in the first half of 1999, breweries indicated they are not particularly concerned. They said hot weather in July sent people flocking to the beer gardens and that they don't expect the slide to continue. German beer consumption has declined steadily in recent years. Still per capita consumption is 127 liters per year, with only Czech beer drinkers consuming more per capita. Erich Dederichs, spokesman for the Federation of German Brewers, said brewers are trying to woo back drinkers by offering specialities such as beer/lemonade mixtures and more outlandish concoctions such as beers brewed under a full moon.

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MODELO RAISES EXPORT PRICES

Grupo Modelo, makers of Corona, Modelo Especial and Victoria beer, have raised their U.S. export prices by 4%. This marks the first time in ten years the Mexican brewer has raised its export prices.

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AUSTRALIAN PUB OWNER FINED FOR PATRON'S DRINKING DEATH

An Australian pub owner has been fined $20,000 (Austrailian) as a result of a drinking competition in his pub that caused the death of the winner. Allan Taylor, a 33-year-old computer technician, died after drinking 34 glasses of beer, four bourbons and 17 tequilas in 100 minutes in a Sydney bar in 1997. The courts learned that Taylor died within hours of the competition. A post-mortem revealed a level of 0.353 grams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, compared to the legal limit for driving of 0.05. The court fined Brian Whelan of the Strathfield Hotel because he failed to exercise his license in the public interest when his staff failed to stop Taylor from drinking.

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JAPANESE BREWER WON'T USE GENETICALLY MODIFIED CORN

Kirin Brewery, Japan's largest brewery, has indicated it will stop using genetically modified corn to produce beer. Beer is exempt from a Japanese law requiring labeling of genetically altered food by April 2001. Kirin, which uses 200,000 tons of corn a year, previously has not distinguished between genetically modified and non-modified corn in making purchases. It intends to sign contracts with U.S. farmer and distributors to supply non-genetically modified corn.

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BEER CONSUMPTION SHOWN TO REDUCE KIDNEY STONES

A study conducted in Finland indicated that drinking a beer a day reduced the risk of kidney stone formation in men by 40%. The trial of 30,000 male smokers was conducted with beer, wine, distilled spirits, milk, coffee and tea. Beer was the only drink that significantly reduced the risk of kidney stones. The hops in beer may be the reason. Hops may inhibit the release of calcium from bone. Kidney stones are primarily calcium.

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THE £635 BOTTLE OF BEER

How big does a bottle of beer have to be before you'd spend $1,000 for it? Bierodrome, a division of London's popular Belgo restaurant chain, offers a bottle of Bon-Secours that takes two from the bar staff to pour, a 15-liter serving that goes for £635 (about $1,000). That works out to nearly $40 per pint. The large bottles, called Nebuchadnezzars, hold the equivalent of 20 standard wine bottles and come with a wax seal. The Bon-Secours at the Bierodrome is made at the Caulier Frères Brewery in Péruwelz in the Walloon region and bottled to order.

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REAL BEER SPOTLIGHT: OKTOBERFEST
More than 6 million visitors are expected in Munich later this month for the original Oktoberfest. Meanwhile, during the next two months there will be thousands of similar celebrations across North America and plenty of beer drinkers sampling Oktoberfest beers. Check out our guide to Oktoberfest in Munich and North America and learn more about Oktoberfest beers and German beers at:

http://www.realbeer.com/spotlight/archives/spotlight199909.php

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VISIT MICHAEL JACKSON'S TASTING ROOM AND LIBRARY
Michael Jackson has just added tasting notes on some recently received beers (from nine different countries). Stop by to check them out, then stick around to peruse a variety of articles recently added to the library.

http://www.beerhunter.com/documents/19133-000257.php

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BREWING BUDDIES
Teach a Friend to Homebrew Day is Sept. 18. We've got plenty to help you get ready, with advice from AHA director Paul Gatza, a list of homebrew clubs online, a primer for beginners, tips from the pros and even recipes.

http://www.realbeer.com/spotlight/homebrewing/homebrewing199909.php

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THE SECRETIVE CHARM OF THE BIÈRE DE GARDE
As underappreciated as they may be, the quality of the beers which emanate from the northern region of France known as Nord-Pas de Calais comes as no great surprise. This district is but a border's width away from one of the world's great brewing nations, Belgium. Stephen Beaumont explains in full at his World of Beer:

http://www.worldofbeer.com

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IN THE BREWERY, NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM
Check out the good fun that Gritty McDuff's Brewing Co. is having with its legendary Halloween Ale: The "beer so good, it's scary!" Gritty's owners Richard Pfieffer and Ed Stebbins moved up the usual release date once again in response to increasing demand (they've heard "screams?"). "We start getting phone calls in the beginning of August," said Stebbins, "and it just keeps building from there." Halloween Ale is a limited release, seasonal ale; the brewery advertising suggest you should get it early or "be afraid, be very afraid...of running out."

http://www.grittys.com/hallo.php

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*****************REAL BEER PICKS***************

FALLING ROCK TAP HOUSE
What's the "attitude" at this 69-tap alehouse along Denver's beer-rich Blake Street? The T-shirts read "No Crap on Tap!" and the beer list is kept up-to-date at the website. Whether you are looking for the best of the Rockies, the best from the world of the taphandle nobody else in town has, you'll find it here (along with a pretty good crowd during the Great American Beer Festival).

http://www.thefallingrock.com

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WIDMER BROTHERS BREWING CO.
What defines a pioneer? In the microbrewery business, opening in 1984 is a good start. Producing Oregon's top-selling draught microbrew for over eight years is another one. The brewery is Widmer, the founders are brothers Kurt and Rob, their America's Original Hefeweizen is an excellent example of their success and their website a reminder of what sets them apart. (If you don't believe us, take their bier quiz.) It's easy to get around at:

http://www.widmer.com

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MEHEEN MANUFACTURING
On the surface bottling beer may appear straight forward and simple, but in fact it is one of the most difficult and complex aspects of brewing. Meheen not only provides computer automated filling and crowning machines but the expertise it takes to make them work properly. For more about the Micro Master bottling machines head to:

http://www.meheen-mfg.com

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THE BEER ESSENTIALS
The Beer Essentials has one of the largest selections of beer and wine making products in the Pacific Northwest. The Tacoma store offers a wealth of gadgets, equipment and supplies, selling everything you need to turn your home into a beverage emporium. It caters to homebrewers and winemakers of all levels of experience. You'll find them at:

http://www.thebeeressentials.com

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JOHN'S GROCERY
You know a store is serious about beer when it has a local microbrewery make a special ale for its 50th anniversary. John's is an Iowa City, Iowa, institution, still delivering beer to local customers and offering a wide variety of products to online shoppers. Whether you are looking for information about John's Generations Ale, about 400 other beers, glassware or something else beer related, it's probably here.

http://www.johnsgrocery.com

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MID-ATLANTIC ASSOCIATION OF CRAFT BREWERS
The Mid-Atlantic Association of Craft Brewers (MACB) represents the leading craft breweries in Virginia and the District of Columbia. The Association's living up to its goals of education and promotion by producing a monthly newsletter that should be a model for brewers in every region of the country. They've got a festival coming up Sept. 18- 19 that features plenty of beer and music performers such as David Lee Roth, Eddie Money, John Kay & Steppenwolf, Foghat, Pure Prairie League and War. Check it all out (and don't forget to sign up for the newsletter) at:

http://www.mid-atlantic-beer.org

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CHALKERS' REDBIRD BREWING CO.
Redbird Brewing Co. brewer Alec Moss says, "You want people to think about the beer and remember it." Redbird Brewing, which moved into the brewing space formerly occupied by Barley & Hopps in San Mateo, gives customers plenty to remember. Billiards, "city American" food and distinctive beer are all served in elegant surroundings. To take a look head to (for an actual taste, you have to visit in person):

http://www.redbirdbrewing.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 a prize, which this month will be a Real Beer T- shirt. Last month's winner was Phil Ullrich, who wrote: "Hard to beat Paulaner!"

LAST MONTH'S QUESTION:
Last month we asked which Oktoberfest/Maerzen beer you liked most. German-brewed Spaten and Paulaner were the top voters, but American products received plenty of supports. Overall, 54% voted for a German beer, 37% for a U.S.-produced craft Fest beer and 9% for others. To learn more about Oktoberfest and Oktoberfest beers, visit:

http://www.realbeer.com/spotlight/archives/spotlight199909.php

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**********REAL BEER ONLINE POLL*****************

HOPHEADS STUFF THE BALLOT BOX
Hop growers around the world must wish those who voted in the August Real Beer poll represented the overall beer drinking population. We asked: How hoppy do you like your beer (with Keystone registering 1 and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale 6)? Three-quarters of those who voted prefer beer as hoppy as SNPA or hoppier. In fact, "8" was most popular with 21% of the vote, and 12% of those voting skipped right to the top (10).

http://www.realbeer.com/fun/poll

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***********BREWED FRESH FOR YOU***************

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

http://www.firkin.com
http://www.heineken.com
http://www.kegworks.com
http://ericsbeerpage.com
http://www.deschutesbrewery.com
http://www.sfbrewco.com
http://www.kclingers.com
http://www.homebrewadventures.com
http://www.mixologys.com

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OHIO GROUP BUYS FREDERICK BREWING

Snyder International Brewing Group, a Cleveland-based brewer with aggressive growth plans, acquired into its portfolio the Blue Ridge, Hempen, Wild Goose and Brimstone micro-brands. Since entering the beer business last year, Snyder has acquired Crooked River brewery in Cleveland, the brands of Hudepohl-Schoenling (Little Kings, Hudy Delight and Christian Moerlein) and now Frederick Brewing Co., its Maryland brewery and brands. Frederick created the Blue Ridge and Hempen brands and last year bought the Wild Goose and Brimstone breweries, closed those breweries and began producing the beers in Frederick. Snyder paid $2 million in cash for 4.4 million newly issued shares of Frederick Brewing common stock.

http://www.realbeer.com/news/articles/news-000256.php

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GABF TO HONOR TOPS BREWERS, BREWERIES

The Great American Beer Festival will honor top breweries and brewers for the first time in 1999. Results from the Professional Panel Blind Tasting (PPBT), where beers are judged in 54 categories, will be used to determine a "Brewery of the Year" and "Brewer of the Year" in five categories. Each award will be decided on a point system, with each gold medal being worth three points, silver two and bronze one.

http://www.realbeer.com/news/articles/news-000251.php

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MILLER ENTERS GOURMET SODA ARENA

Miller Brewing Co. is set to enter the gourmet soda market. Miller is assuming control of three of Henry Weinhard's brand name sodas -- root beer, vanilla cream and orange cream -- and will produce a non-alcoholic beverage other than Sharp's non-alcohol beer for the first time since Prohibition. The sodas are "higher-priced specialty products" primarily distributed in California, Oregon and Washington. The sodas were previously produced in the Henry Weinhard brewery in Portland Oregon, which closed when Stroh Brewery sold out to Pabst Brewing Co. and Miller in a three-way deal.

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IOWA'S OLDEST OPERATING BREWERY SOLD

Millstream Brewing Company of Amana, Iowa was sold by its founders last month to a Cedar Rapids, Iowa couple. Dennis and Joanne Henderson acquired the brewery for an undisclosed sum. Millstream was the first microbrewery in Iowa and is reportedly the third oldest in the nation. It was established in 1984, and began brewing in 1985, well before the current popularity of microbreweries.

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PORTLAND'S MacTARNAHAN ENTERS OREGON HALL OF FAME

"Mac" MacTarnahan last month became the first-ever Masters athlete to be inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. MacTarnahan was recognized as Oregon's most accomplished senior athlete, having garnered more than 50 World Masters Gold Medals in wrestling, steeplechase and distance running. MacTarnahan is brewer of Portland Brewing Co.'s Scottish Style Amber Ale and head of the family which has voting control of the brewery. "In addition to working out, I enjoy a bottle of my amber ale every day," MacTarnahan said. "It's health food for me."

http://portlandbrew.com

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BEER DRINKER OF THE YEAR CONTEST

Wynkoop Brewing Co. has put out its annual call for worthy beerdrinkers. Deadline for the Denver brewpub's fourth Beerdrinker of the Year Contest is Nov. 17. Serious beer drinkers are invited to send their resumes to: Beerdrinker of the Year Competition c/o Wynkoop Brewing Co., 1634 18th St., Denver, CO 80202. Ten finalists will be selected to have their resumes reviewed by a national panel of beer professionals. The top three will be invited to get an expense-paid trip to Denver for oral exams. The Beerdrinker of the Year is awarded free beer for life.

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EDITORIAL: FORGET HOMEBREWING FACTIONS ON SEPT. 18

Hey, homebrewers. That includes those in training, thinking and drinking. If you ever wanted to make a difference, hop in on September 18th. The big picture about homebrewing can be simplified to two thoughts: It's slowing and we can help turn that around.

On Sept. 18, the American Homebrewers Association and Home Wine and Beer Trade Association are promoting "Teach a Friend to Homebrew Day." It is an opportunity for those who already brew to recruit more brewers to the hobby and for those interested in brewing to take the first step. A big turnout will be good news.

Want to know more? Go to:

http://www.realbeer.com/spotlight/homebrewing/homebrewing199909.php

Perhaps we should leave it at that. It's easy to have a positive discussion about homebrewing these days. Just go to a homebrew club meeting and listen to the conversations between people interested in brewing and enjoying better beer.

When the discussion about the homebrewing turns to the big picture of the industry, it isn't nearly as much fun. We apologize if we appear to be sticking our collective heads in the sand and pass on that big picture right now. We don't want to talk about hobby health, retailer shakeouts nor shrinking association memberships. By taking a small step we think we all can make that big picture brighter.

We know we'll have to do more than simply wish that factions within the hobby would find a way to unite. We'll be glad to continue addressing those issues as we have historically through our evangelical and publishing roles, and offer any assistance we can to the hobby. That's part of why we're promoting the Sept. 18 brewday. We also know that within the hobby, there are factions that find fault with other organizations under the homebrew tent, and that may be reason enough for them to boycott "Teach a Friend to Homebrew Day."

However, today we'd like to keep it simple. Our wish is that everybody who learned something from brewing publications online and off - basically, everybody who took the time to pick up a BrewingTechnniques, Brew Your Own, Zymurgy or to drive a mouse through Real Beer, The Brewery, HBD.org or Beertown - teaches a newcomer something about homebrewing on Sept. 18. Then later the experienced brewer and the new one can celebrate with a toast:

"Goodbye, old provincialism. The province just got larger."

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