GABF Instant Sellout
Powdered Beer
Now you can crack open an iced cold brew
just about anywhere without lugging around a
heavy six pack. Pat’s Backcountry Beverages,
a brewing company in Alaska, has created a
just-add-water beer concentrate using a
lightweight carbonation system.
Each pocket-sized beer packet makes a single
16 oz. pint by adding water to a bottle-shaped
carbonation system that contains a
compartment for Pat’s Eco2Activator powder
mix — potassium bicarbonate and citric acid
— to produce CO2 bubbles that transform the
brew from flat to bubbly. A four pack will
cost around $9.95. According to the company’
s website, the concentrate isn’t made by
brewing the beer and then removing water
afterwards. “Instead, our process allows us to
start with almost no water, and control the
environment of the fermanation. Ouf beer is
made from “barley, water, hops and yeast.”
If you were thinking about going to the Great American
Beer Festival, think again. All 49,000 tickets for all
sessions sold out immediately when the site opened
There supposedly was a limit of 4 tickets per session per
ticket buyer for the General Sessions. For the Members
Only Session, the ticket limit is 2 tickets per member.

But tickets are still available. Huge blocks of tickets
were purchased by scalpers and are already showing up
on ticket-scam sources like Craigslist and StubHub.
And there will be people hawking tickets on the
street in Denver the day of the event.

Face value for the public session ticket is $75, current
price in secondary market ranges from $450 to $225

Ten years ago, 334 breweries served 1,454 beers at
GABF. This year, we’ll see nearly double that number of
breweries—with 616 pouring in the festival hall (as of
July 30)—and more than 3,000 beers to choose from.
Hangover Free Beer -   Australian scientists have brewed  a hangover-free
beer, allowing drinkers to keep sipping while avoiding dehydration which they
claimd leads to next-day hangover symptoms. Nutrition researchers at Griffith
University's Health Institute added electrolytes to two commercial beers and
claimed success in testing it on 30 volunteers.

Best Breweries-  USA Today's list of the Top Ten US Breweries: 1.  Dogfish
Head, Milton, DE; 2.  Stone Brewing, Escondido, CA; 3. Boulevard Brewing,
Kansas City, MO; 4. Founders, Grand Rapids, MI; 5.  Cigar City, Tampa, FL;6.  
New Belgium, Fort Collins, CO; 7.  Lagunitas, Petaluma, CA; 8.  Bell's, Kalamazoo;
9.  Russian River, Santa Rosa, CA; 10. Sierra Nevada, Chico, CA

Beer Here -  Wal-Mart told 500 adult-beverage industry reps  that the
company wants to double its alcohol sales by 2016. To reach that goal it has
doubling its amount of alcohol buyers and began offering big discounts on a
wide range of brand.  Wal-Mart is the world's largest retailer.

Times Are Changing - From 1992 to 1994, 71 %of adults under the age
of 30 said they drank beer most often, while only 14 % chose wine. In 2013
those numbers are vastly different: 41 % prefer beer, and 24 % prefer wine.
Many believe the cause behind  this is the increasing trendiness of blends like

Russia Bans Beer (almost)

The world's top brewers once bet big on Russia's famous love of drinking,
investing hundreds of millions of dollars there. But now the Kremlin's
campaign against alcoholism has sapped the life out of the party.  Big
Western beer companies like Carlsberg, SABMiller and Anheuser-Busch
InBev say the pace of the new regulations and tax increases has stung
deeply. Across the industry, sales have fizzled 20% by volume in Russia
since 2010 as per capita consumption slipped 13% due to rising prices.  

This free fall was a sharp turnaround from the underregulated heyday of the
mid-2000s when Russia didn't even classify beer as an alcoholic beverage.
Between 2005 and 2007, sales shot up nearly 30%, and  it was common see
Russians walking around drinking a bottle of beer at 10 AM.  Pre--2008
there was very little regulation. You didn't need a license to sell beer, duties
were low and there were no limits on marketing. It was often cheaper than
soda,  In 2009, the Russian government declared war on alcoholism.
In 2011, a new law classified beer as an alcoholic beverage, placing it under
tighter controls. Before that, any drink with less than 10% alcohol content
was considered a foodstuff.  The law also prohibited late-night beer sales
and banned beer advertising along with kiosk sales.

But the real hit has been a steady rise in excise duties. In 2009, the
government charged just three rubles (nine U.S. cents) a liter of beer. In
2013, it shot up to 15 rubles a liter and will increase to 18 rubles in 2014
and to 20 rubles in 2015. That has led to a 10% jump in retail prices and a
huge decline in sales.  Vodka was also effected as its tax increased 33% this
year, with a 25% increase coming in 2014 and an additional 20% in
2015.All this has led to a 28% decline in vodka production in the first half
of 2013

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Edited by Jim Attacap