|Tariffs Might Hurt Brewers
|Beer Stops Cavities
|Beer drinkers know that hops are what gives
the drink its bitterness and aroma. Recently,
scientists reported that the part of hops that
icontains healthful antioxidants and could be
used to battle cavities and gum disease. In a
new study in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and
Food Chemistry, they say that they've identified
some of the substances that could be
responsible for these healthful effects.
The antioxidant polyphenols, contained in the
hop leaves (called bracts) are the key. Extracts
from bracts stopped the bacteria responsible for
dental conditions from being able to stick to
surfaces and prevented the release of some
Very few of the potentially hundreds of
compounds in the bracts have been reported.
Using a lab technique called chromatography,
they found three new compounds and
confirmed dozens of others, The bracts also
contained substantial amounts of
proanthocyanidins, which are proven healthful
antioxidants. Hooray for beer!
|Concerns over potential price gouging by special interest
groups are mounting after President Trump signed an
executive order to impose a 10 percent tariff on imported
aluminum. Four beverage trade groups — the Beer
Institute (BI), Brewers Association (BA), Can
Manufacturers Association (CMI) and American
Beverage Association — cited “major concerns about
how the increased tariff could cause price-gouging within
aluminum markets. They are asking the President to
exclude aluminum can sheet from the tariff which, along
with a 25 percent tariff on foreign steel, just went into
effect. The good news for brewers packaging their
products in aluminum cans, however, is that Canada,
Mexico and Australia all received temporary
exemptions. The largest importer of aluminum into
the U.S. is Canada.
The big question is how much the 10 percent tariff will
actually add to the cost of a can.About 1 penny,
according to Robert Budway, the president of the Can
Manufacturers Institute (CMI). If true, a craft brewery
producing around 10,000 barrels could be on the hook
for about $20,000 in added packaging expenses.
|Binge Drinking - About 37 million adults in the USA - about 17 percent --
reported binge drinking. A binge drinker typically drinks about once a week,
drinking seven drinks within two hours. The official amount for men is for men is
five or more alcoholic drinks in a two-hours; for women it's 4 drinks
High and Low- The Mississippi River Valley Region -- including Arkansas,
Mississippi, and Kentucky -- had the highest number of binge drinks per adult in
the USA; Hawaii was right behind. The areas with fewest binge drinks were the
District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York and Washington
Big Flop - The Czech brewery that released a beer called Aurosa, a “beer for
her” that was pink, sold in a pink marbled bottle and described as “a
representation of a woman’s strength and a girl’s tenderness” has announced it will
no longer be produced due to low sales.
New Brew - For the first time in more than 30 years, National Bohemianis
trying something new. Available from now until the end of summer, Crab Shack
Shandy, National Bohemian’s new citrusy brew, is for sale in in 25 states on draft
and in cans.
Big Package The Cold One, a new craft lager from Windsor’s High Hops
Brewery (PA), is the first "craft" beer to be sold in a 30-pack. No surprise since
most say it tBig Packageastes like Budweiser- low on hops, malts, and taste
|New England IPA Is Now A Real Beer
The Brewers Association has officially recognized hazy New England-style
IPAs as a bona fide beer style. In a press release, the trade group today announced
changes to its “Beer Style Guidelines,” a reference for brewers and beer competition
organizers that includes style descriptions and product specifications.
Among the new styles of beer featured in the 2018 guidebook are three cloudier
offerings – “Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale,” “Juicy or Hazy IPA” and “Juicy or Hazy Double IPA”
— which over the years have become known as New England-style or Northeast IPAs.
In the early 2000s, The Alchemist in Vermont helped pioneer the hazy IPA revolution, a
movement that more than a decade later would be popularized by Massachusetts’
Trillium Brewing and Tree House Brewing. Those breweries put an even hazier twist
on a more traditional IPA, and created beers that are now known for having high hop
aroma and low bitterness.
Recent introductions by large national players such as Boston Beer Company, Sierra
Nevada and New Belgium, as well as hundreds of smaller regional companies, have
brought more legitimacy to a slice of the craft beer category that had previously been
marked by limited retail availability and long lines at brewery-only release events.
“I’m glad that the Brewers Association finally caught up with consumer demand and
interest,” said Christian McMahan, the president of Massachusetts’ Wachusett Brewing,
which makes a trio of hazy offerings. “If it took some of the new entries from some of
the major craft players to get them to add it to the guidelines, clearly that is a great
thing for everyone.”
In a recent poll 40 percent of drinkers were aware of the terms “hazy” and “juicy,” while
upwards of 70 percent of those polled knew of the term “New England-style.”
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