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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.


US. Otter Creek Brewing Co. Acquires The Shed Brewery

Otter Creek Brewing Co, LLC of Middlebury, Vermont is pleased to announce that an agreement is in place with Ken and Kathleen Strong, the founders of the legendary The Shed Restaurant in Stowe, VT- to have Otter Creek Brewing acquire The Shed Brewery and the award winning Shed brand family of ales. The change is effective immediately. Plans are underway to transfer The Shed’s existing brewing equipment to Middlebury, Vermont- home of the Otter Creek Brewery and Wolaver’s Organic brands, so that there is no interruption in supply to the marketplace.

Brian Walsh, President of Otter Creek Brewing Co. said, “We are extremely proud that Ken and Kathy Strong have entrusted their beer brands and the rich heritage of The Shed Brewery to us. We look forward to working with them as ongoing ambassadors for Shed Mountain Ale and the entire brand family.” The Shed recently closed the landmark location on the Stowe Mountain Road. Walsh went on to say, “The Shed family is a Vermont treasure. Otter Creek Brewing is proud to be able to continue the brewing history of The Shed.”

Mike Gerhart, Brewmaster at Otter Creek, has been working closely with Ken Strong on the details with The Shed recipes and equipment. The brewing traditions and additional capacity at Otter Creek is well positioned to continue the heritage and quality of an iconic Vermont brand.

Ken Strong said today, “Kathy and I are very pleased that Otter Creek Brewing, a Vermont brewer, was willing to assume the operation of The Shed Brewery and brands. It is terrific that Shed Mountain Ale will continue to be brewed and served throughout Vermont.” As for future plans to reopen The Shed Restaurant Ken Strong said, “We are continuing to evaluate choices and locations to reopen The Shed as soon as possible.”

2 Nov. 2011



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