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Beer Fermented With Champagne Yeast

Mar 24, 2004 - Heineken affiliate Asia Pacific Breweries (APB), based in Singapore, has developed and launched a beer that is fermented with champagne yeast. The beer is called Touché, a designer beverage that was launched in Singapore in 2003. Requests have since come in from the UK and other European and North American markets, and APB could be seeing an international sales push for the beer. The Singapore brewery is the first to refine and market the beer, which is sweet, has an alcohol content of 5.5 percent, and supposedly carries a distinct whiff of Chardonnay grapes (although it's more likely the scent of the esters given off by the yeast). Touché retails for $6 a bottle in Singapore (about $3.55 in US dollars), and has reportedly proved a hit among the Asian country's celebrity crowd. APB, a unit of Asian beverage group Fraser & Neave, is 42.5 percent held by Heineken, which brews and sells the Dutch lager in Asian countries including China.

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