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Cheap Beer In Election Year

Issue 66 - 9 April 2001 - Cheap Beer In Election Year


Issue 66 - 9 April 2001 - CHEAP BEER IN ELECTION YEAR

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY PROMISES CHEAP BEER IN ELECTION YEAR Australia's opposition Labor Party has promised to block legislation making beer more expensive as it pushes to unseat its rivals during an election year, according to March 28 Bloomberg report. Labor and the Democrats have vowed to force the National/Coalition Government to hand back A$100 million ($49.87 million) in beer taxes which have been collected since excise tax changes were made last July. The new taxes caused beer prices to rise 11% last year even though the legislation has not yet been passed into law. Labor wants to force the government to keep its 1998 promise that over-the-counter beer prices would not go up by more than 1.9%

"We're trying to force them into doing the right thing for beer drinkers," said Simon Crean, a finance critic in opposition to the taxation laws. "They're trying to whack through legislation that puts beer up more than 10 percent."

Australia's largest brewer, Foster's Brewing Group, which controls about 55% of the Australian market, reported that sales in local bars and pubs have fallen because of the new excise tax. But Prime Minister John Howard, who must call an election before the end of the year, called the Labor statement "a funny order of social priorities." Howard, who is seeking a third term, and his party hold 80 seats in the 148 seat Australian parliament.

AUSTRALIA COMPROMISES ON BEER TAX, FOSTER'S BENEFITS The Liberal/National Coalition government, lagging in opinion polls, has agreed to reduce taxes, which will see the price of beer drop 11 cents ($0.05) a glass today. Australian beer consumption totaled more than 89 liters (23 gallons) a person last year.

BEER DOWN 11C AFTER LEES FORCES BACKDOWN A beer at a bar will be 11c cheaper after a deal sealed by the Democrats last night with the Howard Government. The Democrats forced the Government to honour its pledge that ordinary beer would not rise more than 1.9 per cent under the impact of the goods-and-services tax. However, that promise was only applied to packaged beer, while draft beer rose by up to 10 per cent.

THIEF PICKS OFF BEER RECIPES Secret recipes for some of Scotland's better known beers were taken when a man stole a lap top comptuer from Edinburgh brewer Caledonian. Management at Caledonian's Slateford Road headquarters feared that detailed instructions on how to make award-winning ales like 80/- and IPA, which were stored on the stolen computer, could fall into the hands of rivals. However, police who recovered the computer believe the thief was after the computer only, and the brewery has also ruled out espionage.

FUTURE OF MONTIETH'S WEST COAST FACTORY REMAINS UNCLEAR The future of the Monteith’s beer factory on the West Coast of the South Island is uncertain after a meeting between brewer DB and the employees' union was postponed today. 29/3/01

BEER'S SECRET IS WEST COASTERS' PRIDE Most mornings, the former railway worker bikes into Super Liquor in Greymouth to buy a flagon of locally brewed Monteith's from the manager, his mate Mark. And most afternoons since 1973 he has biked across town to the Cobden Motor Hotel for a jug or two of the same brew. When he walks in the door, the protocol is always the same. The publican since the 1960s, John Rubbo, pulls the well-worn Monteith's tap while "Sel" takes his regular spot at the leaner and finds the same bar stool he has sat on for almost 30 years.

WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED by Bruce Holloway THE DAY DB announced it was closing Monteith's Brewery in Greymouth, the company took me for a three-hour spin around Tasman Bay on a catamaran. What the freshly laid-off Monteith's staff would have made of this curious tactic, I don't know. But it was nice lounging around in a sea hammock, nibbling on sushi and tucking away the West Coast's finest six-packs. l

BELGIAN BEER CAFE FOR MELBOURNE Belgian Beer Cafe Bluestone is located at 557 Kilda Road on the grounds of the Royal Victorian Institute of the Blind. They will serve Hoegaarden White, Leffe Blonde, Leffe Dark and Stella Artois on tap.

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MONTEITHS SAISON BIERE The beer has a glorious rich golden colour and fruity aroma, with even a hint of citrus and blackberry. Exciting flavours arise from the use of a specially grown variety of Saaz hop. The generous use of this special hop creates a spicy bitterness, which is partnered with the malty sweetness. The hop also imparts an interesting, yet subtle, clove flavour which is left on the palate in the finish. Were you to compare, the flavour profile is similar to a Gewurztraminer wine with it's fruity spiciness.


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MONTEITH'S WILDFOOD CHALLENGE Auckland 8 - 23 June Tauranga & Hamilton 15 - 30 June Wellington 22 June - 7 July Christchurch 29 June - 14 July Dunedin 6 - 21 July

AUSTRALIAN BEER AWARDS Entries close - 9 April Beer Awards Dinner - 21 June Brewers Brunch - 22 June

BREWERY FOR SALE - WELLINGTON All equipment from the Copperhead Brewery is now available for sale as individual pieces.

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