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Issue 46 – 18 October 2000 - Jackson’s new book

LION OUT TO TURN FORTUNES IN CHINA Lion Nathan plans to sell its Chinese assets or find a partner to help finance the loss-making operation. Lion's result for the year to August - post-tax earnings up 6 per cent to $A130.2 million - included higher pre-tax profits from both Australia and New Zealand. But the Chinese operation continued to drag on profitability, losing $A24.3 million over the 12 months.

BREWERS BLAME MARKET SLUMP ON EXCISE A substantial slowdown in the volume of beer being consumed by Australian drinkers in the past three months has been blamed on the Federal Government's July 1 excise rise.

GOVERNMENT LOAN TO DOUBLE COOPERS' BEER PRODUCTION Family-owned Coopers Brewery is set for a big expansion in production from next May following the announcement of a $8 million loan from the South Australian Government for its proposed $33.5 million brewery relocation and development.

FOSTER'S, MILLER, MOLSON REDO VARIOUS DEALS Foster's Brewing Co. of Australia, Miller Brewing Co. of Milwaukee and Molson Inc. of Canada all pronounced themselves pleased after Foster's renegotiated its brewing, marketing and distribution accords with both North American companies and they redid contracts with each other.

'SANTA CLAUS' BEER TO BE RE-LAUNCHED OCT. 20 The beer originally made by Hürlimann, of Switzerland, was withdrawn when that brewery was acquired by the same country's Feldschlösschen. Now, that latter has reached an agreement with the Eggenberg Castle brewery, of Austria, to bring the beer back to life. The revived Santa Claus will be launched at the brewery on Oct. 20

NEW CORONA PACK & PRICE Now, due to increased popularity, it is available in 330ml 6-packs from $12.95 (RRP). Previously, Corona was only available in 4-packs, which retailed for $11.95 each. The move to 6-packs coincides with the price decrease in a move to provide added value for customers and bring Corona into competition with other premium international brands.

BIG 660ML BOTTLES ARRIVE After seeing the success of Oranjeboom and Kronenborg in the 660ml bottles, both Heineken & Stella Artois have introduced similar bottles in the New Zealand market. The Heineken 650ml bottle is being positioned in higher priced restaurants and cafes around the major metropolitan areas, where as the 660ml Stella is available in Supermarkets.

NZ WARNING LABELS DEFEATED Thanks to the efforts of many small breweries letting their MP’s know they did not feel warning labels where the best way to address the problem of alcohol abuse by a small percentage of the population. The warning labels bill has been thrown out.

NEW BOOK FROM MICHAEL JACKSON – THE GREAT BEER GUIDE Seven New Zealand beers have won their place amongst world-renowned expert Michael Jackson's top 500 beers of the world.

Jackson, described by The Wall Street Journal as "the world's leading beer critic" has deemed Benedicition, Hodgson IPA and Romanov Baltic from Keith Galbraith's Australis brewery as worthy of places in his new Great Beer Guide, just released in the UK.

Also included is Emerson's 1812 India Pale Ale from Dunedin, Mike's Mild Ale from Urenui and Pink Elephant's Mammoth and PBA from near Blenheim.

However he was unable to find a place for Lion Red, Steinlager or DB Bitter alongside the likes of Chimay Cinq Cents and Grand Reserve, Pater Lieven Blond, Fuller's ESB, Hopback Summer Lightning or even Saku Hele from Estonia.

Jackson also demonstrates in the guide the different pouring methods for an ale, a stout, a pilsner and a wheat beer, how to taste beer, the correct beer for the moment and cooking with beer.

And with the annual Monteith's competition in mind, he also reveals how to choose a beer to go with food. (An independent review by Jason Collie)

Buy the book - The Great Beer Guide

Other books by Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson – The Beer Hunter

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