Global Craft Brewers Assoc. Formed

The Global Association of Craft Beer Brewers (GACBB) was founded this month, becoming the first international organization for independent craft beer brewers. Sebastian Mergel, co-founder of the Berlin craft beer brewery Berliner Bierfabrik, was elected the association’s founding president. The association’s goal is to empower smaller independent brewers by connecting them on an international level,… Read More…

Brewers Association to Represent Industry at International Beer Conventions

BOULDER, Colo. — Beer lovers in the U.S. won’t be the only ones beating the heat with offerings from small and independent brewers this summer. Through the efforts of the Brewers Association (BA) Export Development Program (EDP), American craft brewers will have a significant presence at a number of international beer events. Included in the… Read More…

A-B InBev Loses Lone Right to Bud Name in UK

The U.K. Supreme Court has ruled against Anheuser-Busch InBev’s request to stop Czech brewery Budvar from selling beer under the Budweiser name. Both brewing companies will continue to use the name in the UK. While Anheuser-Busch was first to seek to trademark the Budweiser name in Britian, the Czech company entered the British market one… Read More…

French Brewers Face Big Tax Hike

French president Francois Hollande is pushing for a 160% increase in beer taxes, proposing that the money be used to help fund struggling social programs as France tries to limit its budget deficit. The tax would affect both French-brewed beers and imports. Imports account for about 30% of French beer consumption. The measure would result… Read More…

UK Breweries Top 1000

The number of breweries in the UK has topped 1,000, the highest figure for more than 70 years, according to the Campaign for Real Ale. A record 158 new breweries had opened in the past year, the highest number recorded in the group’s annual Good Beer Guide. There are now twice as many breweries in… Read More…

China Leads Global Beer Growth

A report by Kirin Holdings, owner of the Japanese brewing company, said global beer production was up 3.7% last year from 2010. China was the world’s largest beer producer — accounting for about 25 percent — for the 10th straight year. A total of 192.71 million kiloliters (50.9 billion gallons) of beer were produced in… Read More…

Asia Beer Market Draws Global Brewers

The Asian beer market may change dramatically this week when a decision will be made regarding Heineken $4.1 billion bid for one of the region’s largest independent brewers. Asia is the last market globally that still has lots of room for growth for the world’s top brewers. Anheuser-Busch InBev, SABMiller, Heineken and Carlsberg combined only… Read More…

AB InBev Modelo Deal a Done Done

Anheuser-Busch InBev and Grupo Modelo have announced that Anheuser-Busch InBev will acquire the remaining stake in Grupo Modelo that it does not already own for $20.1 billon. AB InBev’s has an existing stake of more than 50% in Grupo Modelo. The combined componies will have an annual revenues of $47 billion and span 24 countries… Read More…

No Glass – No Way says CAMRA

Real ale campaigners in the U.K. have withdrawn their involvement in a beer festival this weekend following a row over glass versus plastic. A local branch of the group Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) pulled out of an annual festival in the town of Bath after being told of plans to ban glasses at this… Read More…

McEwan’s and Younger’s is Sold

Bombardier and Courage owner Wells and Young’s has become the UK’s third largest premium ale brewer after it agreed to buy Scottish brands McEwan’s and Younger’s. The Bedford-based brewer now sits below Greene King and Marston’s after it bought the popular brands for an undisclosed sum from Heineken, which fell to fourth place following the… Read More…