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Global hop market

A local alternative to mass beer suggested by independent brewers has been successful and is now altering the global market. Beer is becoming more diversified, so transnational companies have to accept the new game rules and to switch focus to young and fast growing markets. All these processes increased the demand for aroma and bitter hop as well as their acreage expansion on two continents. However now there appeared a downward trend of alcohol consumption in the world, so even special sorts can soon turn to be sufficient. In this connection the dynamic American hop market is already facing some problems. EU hop producers have become more cautious, they are not racing to exceed the demand and look forward with more confidence, judging by the contract terms. 

Hop Market in Russia

Germany still dominates the Russian market, yet over the recent two years one has been able observe a continuous success of Czech hop suppliers. Their expansion and growing popularity of hops from the United States became the drivers of supplies growth in 2016 despite the preceding modest harvest crop in the EU, as well as the factor of relative stability in 2017. In this connection, in 2017, the ratio of the varieties continued to shift towards the aroma ones, and the supplies of Magnum hop and other alpha varieties were reduced. However, the import of bitter hop pellets is partially replaced by extracts, especially from the major beer manufacturers. Total volumes of alpha acid supplies, according to our estimation, decreased by approximately 5% and returned to the level of 2015. Barth Haas Group continues dominating the hop products market; HVG also increased its weight. At the same time, Morris Hanbury significantly reduced the supplies in 2017.

Funkwerks brewery gives Fort Collins another reason to love the Belgians

When Gordon Schuck and Brad Lincoln were trying to decide where in the United States to open a small brewery that focused solely on Belgian-style saisons, one town kept rising to the top of the list: Fort Collins.
Funkwerks_saison.jpg"Because of New Belgium, you have a lot of people around town who already know Belgian beers and know saisons," Lincoln says about the much larger New Belgium Brewing Company, which is also in town. "And Fort Collins has been very receptive to us, which is something that can be an issue when you have so many breweries that are already people and so many people who love them."
The two opened the doors to Funkwerks in December in the building formerly used by the Fort Collins Brewing Company at 1900 East Lincoln Avenue.
?It is one of a handful of breweries in Colorado that focus on a specific style of beer, including Denver's Del Norte, which makes Mexican lagers, and Black Fox, a Colorado Springs brewery that also concentrates on Belgian saisons.
While the saison style is an open one, it typically includes beers that are light to medium bodied, highly carbonated and filled with notes of citrus or spice. Saisons are often lighter in alcohol -- although this isn't always the case -- and traditionally have refreshing characteristics that make them particularly popular in the summer.
"It's all we drink," says Lincoln.
Funkwerks uses a fifteen-barrel brewing system and expects to have five beers on tap in its tasting room by the end of this month. It also has bottles of its signature saison for sale there and at a few liquor stores along the Front Range.
The brewery is also using all organic ingredients and plans to become the second brewery in Colorado to be certified as organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (possibly this spring). The first is Boulder's Asher Brewing.
26 Jan. 2011

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