Humility + Word Beer News

Welcome to the final episode of World Beer News

For 2016! This series strives to highlight important developments, discoveries and trends in the WORLD of beer.  Hi, I'm Nitch, here with your mostly weekly instalment for the last week of Dec!

Coming up we take a look at beer expansion in Australia and Africa, beer shortages in Bermuda, Craft Beer Alliance moves forward with their craft beer porfolio and Craft Beer Cellar founders, back peddle on a lippy internal memo that was leek on Twitter.

But first - check out this video on Bethlehem’s only microbrewery!

Dig this, some of this guy's neighbors thought he was either working some kind of magic or that he is adding liquor to the brew to make it alcoholic. For Houary it’s simple: he brews what he wants to drink 

(note to self, talk about that phrase another time)

CBA partners with Miami brewery for strategy 

Stock in Craft Brew Alliance rose 9% last week as it announced that it would enter into a strategic partnership with Wynwood Brewing Company, a Miami-based craft brewery business, gaining an almost a one-quarter stake ownership. 

Nigerian Recession Recover Plans 

Also looking forward to expanding their beer baseline :

"When I heard of the Nigeria Beer Festival, to be held in September, 2017, I had to muse about it for a while, appreciating the idea. Then suddenly, it dawned on me that it could be turned into a festival tourism product like some countries like Great Britain, Belgium, Canada have done, and are enjoying its attendant benefits.” - Arinze Okamelu

Benefits will be reaped MOSTLY SO by 37% Heineken owned Nigerian Breweries Plc and the countries best selling beer : Star. 

Can I just say that I love how breweries in mature beer markets are struggling, fighting over beer names, there are beer name lawyers! to come up with : Yellow Snow IPA, Golden Shower Imperial Pilsner when places like China (the most selling beer in the world) is just Snow.  Nigeria is just Star.

You’ve got Big Cock IPA, or Polygamy Porter.  They’ve got Legend, an Extra Stout and More Lager

WHICH according to this online news publication was applauded by the Nigerian public during it’s relaunch last August :

The "Do Not Sell" List

There is a difference between being passionate and being preachy which is exactly what happened in last week’s case with The Craft Beer Cellar leaked memo.  These two here, own 27 stores in 13 states across the US of America and they felt it was okay to push their opinion of what makes an AMAZING beer on their franchisees.  

In an internal memo, to all their stores, they described a "Do Not Sell" list because, as they described, 

"We continue to see beer that is not amazing (and in many cases, not fit for consumption) in some of our stores, and we can no longer afford to sacrifice our reputation!"

harsh approach indeed.  And possibly illegal, 

Craft Beer Cellars’ prohibition of its franchisees from carrying certain alcoholic beverage brands could be a violation of the Massachusetts alcoholic beverage inducement provision under 204 CMR 2.08

Not only are these two business owners first but to be passionate about BEER above that is mentality that will reflect in the selection available at the stores.

We already have a bad reputation of being judgemental, annoying, and difficult to please- like this case here with Craft beer Cellar.  First of all - as all home brewers know “unfit for consumption” mean the beer has to be REALLY fucked up, and even then - we go, maybe I’ll just age it a bit or… hey are we guna do anything with that christmas tree?  

Anyway, these Suzanne and Kate of Craft Beer Cellar has back peddled beer nazisim and are now putting together 15 person committee that will meet monlthy, with the aim of keeping the company for looking like jerks and that’s what friends are for.

Massive Malt House In Australia Due 2017

Hops may not be the only thing being exported out of Australia in the near future, a Local refrigeration firm Cold Logic has won a $3.5 million contract to supply and install a refrigeration plant at Coopers Brewery’s new Regency Park malting plant. $63 million malting plant in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

The plant is the largest single spend in Coopers’ history and is expected to open late in 2017, aimed produce around 54,000 tonnes of malt annually, with two thirds available for export.

Bermuda Beer Shortage!

I want to give this more of a look in the next week and reached out to a few of our beer geek friends on the island, but apparently Bermuda Import and Export Company Ltd, the distributor of Beck’s on the island of Bermuda, has been tight-lipped about the reported shortages.  

A number of popular beers on the island, are in short supply, according to some retailers who have run out of stock.

Impending doom?  shipping issues?  A great opportunity for local brewers to step in?  We’ll continue to follow the story into the New Year

An Oh-So-Humble Au Revoir

That’s it for recent events, I'd like to give a special thank you to the BrewDog team for finally making a coconut beer! and, as usual knocking it outta the park! can’t wait to have these in France on the regular. Karim you rule, everyone on the discord channel, thank you for keeping me sane with insane meme’s and to everyone who tunes in, THANK YOU FOR WATCHING AND SHARING! I create the kinda videos I want to watch, but it wouldn’t be any fun without you - beer friends forever. 

<3 BFF <3