|GABF Instant Sellout
|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.
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
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