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Real Beer News - Sparging Online #52

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Issue 52 – 8 December 2000 - BEER CONSUMPTION DOWN 30 Litre Kegs and 20 Litre Kegs available. Used in very good condition available from the port of your choice in New Zealand or Australia. We also have Pre-evacuation Bottling Systems (under 50 BPM) and Automated Kegging Lines. (Local sales Rep coming Soon) Contact: Northern Brew Systems, Victoria, Canada Website: E-mail: Tel: 001-250-472-2739

BEER FOR CHRISTMAS!! Looking for a Christmas gift for friends or family in the US this year? *

BLUES BREWS & BBQ’S – THE BEER FESTIVAL FOR THE SUMMER Blake Park, Tauranga – 11 January 2001 North Hagely Park, Christchurch - 27 & 28 January 2001 A&P Showgrounds, Blenheim – 3 February 2001

NEW LOOK FOR DB EXPORT DRY Export Dry was launched to the market in 1984. Sixteen years later it remains one of the countries most popular premium lagers. The brand's enduring popularity has grown to the extent that DB Breweries has decided to remove its sister product, Super Dry, from the market in order to present a more streamlined brand portfolio. The new-look Export Dry will be available nation-wide from January 2001

NEW OUTLETS IN MELBOURNE WITH MOUNTAIN GOAT BEER ON TAP Prince of Wales (St Kilda)- Pale Ale Grand Hotel (Burnley St, Richmond) - Pale Ale Builders Arms (Fitzroy) - Hightail Ale Automatic Cafe (Southbank) - Pale Ale Pony (Lt Collins, City) - Hightail Ale

RUGBY, RACING . . . AND WINE? New Zealanders are drinking less beer and more wine and spirits - a sign of our growing sophistication, according to the alcohol industry. Latest statistics from the Beer, Wine and Spirits Council show a steady decline in beer consumption over the past 10 years, from almost five litres per person in 1990 to less than 3 1/2 litres in the year to September. “New Zealand is far more sophisticated in what it's drinking now and there's a greater choice," said council chief executive Nicki Stewart.,1008,524206a1501,FF.html

(Please note the omission in this article of the reference to pure alcohol, NZ’ers actually drink more than 3 ½ litres of beer, it is about 80 litres of beer per person. Also spirits have only increased due to the sales of premixed spirits based drinks)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA MICROBREWERY UPDATE - Little Creatures is up and running. Their three beers are Bright (amber ale 3.8% Alc/Vol.), Live (Pale Ale 5.2%), and Fine (Pilsner 4.6%). Apparently Live is the only beer sold off premise for A$33 a half carton and A$22 wholesale (?). This pricing is great for microbrewery beer.

- Edith Cowan University microbrewery has arrived and will be in action early 2001

- Nail Ale is now on tap at the Cottesloe Beach Hotel. Swan has had exclusivity for nearly 18 years

- (pronounced Whale bar): Rumors are around about a bar in Perth, which will have 100% WA beers on tap. This means microbreweries of Western Australia.

- Rare Amber Brewing Company is looking at expanding. They are looking at relocating preferably into a hotel or tourist outlet.

- Nail Brewing are creating a map, which will have all of WA’s microbreweries on it.

FOSTER'S, LION PREPARE FOR RISING SALES Both brewers hope beer promotions will boost sales, hit by rising prices and cooler-than-usual weather over the past few months. Industry sales of beer served in a pub or bar fell about 3 percent in the three months to Sept. 30 because of higher government beer taxes that started July 1. Australians consumed more than 1.7 billion liters of beer in 1999, about 30 percent of which was Foster's Victoria Bitter -- the biggest selling beer. Foster's also claims the biggest selling light beer in Foster's Light Ice, though Lion Nathan's Hahn Light beer has been gaining market share.

DRINK TO THINK All those studies that say drinking red wine will prevent heart disease and make you live longer seem a bit too convenient to be true. But get this one: those who regularly drink a moderate amount of alcohol can notch up a couple more points on their IQ than teetotalers. The Japanese scientists behind the research say cautiously that their work does not necessarily show that drinking will make you smarter: it's difficult to infer a cause-and-effect relationship. Who are they trying to kid? I'll have a pint of Pale Ale, please.

BREWING UP A LIST FOR THE TOP 10 by Bruce Holloway Because I never got my top 10 entry in on time (I had a hangover) I've decided to brew one up now. But because, like most serious beer drinkers, I always struggle to follow instructions, I've changed the rules. I've added the condition that the beers have to be New Zealand-created and brewed. And, restricting though it is, to be available in Hamilton.


The Institute of Brewing - Symposium Auckland 26th & 27th March 2001 Waipuna Lodge, Mt Wellington, Auckland

29th & 30th Mar - Symposium Melbourne

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