|Pumpkin Beers Flop
|Select bottles of Corona Extra, the best-selling
imported beer in the United States, have just
been recalled. Constellation Brands, the
company that owns Corona Extra, issued a
voluntary recall of select 12-packs and
18-packs of the beer after discovering some of
the bottles may contain small particles of glass
The recall affects about 1 in every 5,000 bottles
of beer. "This recall is very limited in scope, as
potentially affected bottles represent less than
one-tenth of 1% of Corona Extra 12-ounce
clear bottles in the marketplace
To find out whether a bottle has been recalled,
check the eight-digit alphanumeric code on the
side panel of the cardboard carton that holds the
12-pack or 18-pack of beer. The code is also
printed on the necks of the Corona Extra
12-ounce bottles. A full list of the recalled
codes can be found on the Corona website. For
a refund or questions, call the consumer call
center at (866) 204-9407
|Shocking everyone in the craft beer trade, sales of
pumpkin beer, their once-precious seasonal style were
extremely sluggish this year. This huge reversal of
fortune has led to financial losses up the sales chain and
has forced brewers to plan a shift to their annual
production schedules for next year.
Earlier this decade, pumpkin ales, with their pie spices
and sweet undertones, attracted a lot of new craft
drinkers at a time when pumpkin-flavored foods,were
popular. Despite the fact that the taste for pumpkin
flavors in coffee and other foods still going strong, the
size of the pumpkin beer-drinking pie is decreasing. Many
drinkers opt to try the new flavors and many otherrs,
(particularly women), drawn into craft by pumpkins have
traded up to other more serious and adventurous styles.
The federal Tax and Trade Bureau sets parameters for
what happens to unsold beer, and many breweries make
their own written or verbal agreements with their
distributors. Many do pick up unsold beer and credit the
retailers but Sometimes, less scrupulous vendors simply
return unsold inventory to the shelves the following year,
hoping no one will notice.
|Open for Beer- Starting in May, beer fans along the French Broad River in
Asheville, NC can drink up in New Belgium’s new “Liquid Center” tasting room for the
first time at the brewery’s new location
Bud Down-BAnheuser-Busch InBev — the biggest brewer in the world and
maker of the ubiquitous Budweiser — reported that the most quarterly-earnings
missed projections, showing weakness both in the USA and in emerging markets
where it is still hoping to take market share, especially China and Brazil.
Say Saison- Saison is the country’s fastest-growing style of beer in the USA.
With medium hops, dry character and low or medium alcohol content, it’s easy to
approach. Sales volume of saisons increased by 118 % –as compared to the U.S.
craft beer market's increase of 18.8 % in sales volume and a 23.4 % in revenue.
Quality Students- The University of Southern Maine and the Maine Brewers
Guild announced a unique partnership that will have students run a quality
assurance and quality control lab for most Maine and New England craft brewers..
|Toxic German Beer?
Traces of a toxic herbicide that has been shown to cause cancer
have been found in Germany’s most popular beers. The Munich
Environmental Institute revealed that small amounts of glyphosate, the
world’s most-used weed killer, were in all 14 brews it tested.
Glyphosate was declared a probable human carcinogen last year
by a World Health Organization agency.
The amounts of glyphosate ranged from .46 micrograms found in a liter
of Bavarian Augustiner beer to 29.74 microgram in a liter of Hasseröder
— which is nearly 300 times the maximum amount of the herbicide
allowed in drinking water. Brands that Americans are more familiar with
also showed traces of glyphosate. Beck’s Pils had .5 micrograms per
liter, Paulaner Weissbier had .66micrograms and Erdinger Weissbier 2.92.
The German Brewer’s Association called the study “not credible,” and
argued that the herbicide is so widely used that it “is now found virtually
everywhere after decades of use in agriculture.”
“An adult would have to drink around 1,000 liters of beer a day to
ingest enough quantities to be harmful for health,” the Brauer-Bund
beer association said in a statement. Whatever the truth, the
environmental group’s findings call into question the very purity for
which the German beer industry is known.
This year, the country celebrates the 500th anniversary of its
Reinheitsgebot German purity law, which is one of the globe’s oldest
food safety laws. It rules that beer must be made only using malt, hops,
yeast and water.Germany is Europe’s biggest beer producer, and the
European Union is reviewing whether to renew approval for glyphosate.
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