The beer market dynamics in Russia is approaching zero, yet major brewers are divided into those who developed considerably in 2017 and those who considerably reduced their volumes. For instance, company Efes has managed to substantially extend their sales due to restrained pricing policy and activity in the modern trade. Heineken has also demonstrated an excellent performance promoted by significant increase of advertisement budgets launching a non-alcohol sort of the title brand and unusual activity in the economy market segment. Carlsberg and AB InBev have been focusing on margins and lost a market share of their inexpensive brands. Serious dependence on PET package and mass enthusiasm about Zhigulevskoe have negatively impacted the most of big regional brewers, that have been for the first time pressed by the leaders in the key sales channels, especially in Volga and Central regions. In the small business there has been a noticeable slowdown in appearing of new restaurant breweries, yet the number of craft breweries has been growing rapidly. In 2018, the beer market is likely to grow a little, while the share of AB InBev Efes may decrease due to the integration. ...
“Catalogue of Russian Beer Producers 2018” includes 1070 businesses ranging from large subsidiaries of international companies to rather small restaurant and craft microbreweries.The catalogue includes 32 large breweries, 75 regional breweries, 693 industrial mini- and microbreweries as well as 270 restaurant breweries. ...
Global hop marketA 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 RussiaGermany 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.
Four of Hong Kong’s newest craft beer places – come thirsty, and hungry
The craft beer craze continues in Hong Kong, with no shortage of new spots opening in the past year. Most sell the stuff in bottles, and some serve creative snacks too. We ran the rule over four places that have opened in the past month or so.
Cordis Hong Kong, formerly the Langham Place Hotel in Mong Kok, has seized on the craft beer and food truck trends by parking two vintage Citroen vans on its terrace on the Lobby floor, called The Garage Bar. One serves beer and the other is a stationery food truck.
Craft beer connoisseurs can sample almost 40 varieties, including Hong Kong brews from Nine Dragons Brewery, Hong Kong Beer Co, Gweilo Beer, and Lion Rock Brewery, and international offerings such as Brooklyn East IPA, Kaiju! Robohop Golden IPA, and De Molen Hop.
We tried a beer flight of three beers (HK$95) – a pale ale from Thundergod, IPA from Black Kite and stout from Anchor Porter.
The food is creative, with the already popular crab and cheese melt sandwich (HK$145), chock full of crabmeat but not much gooey cheddar, though we liked the crunchiness of the French baguette.
The Hongkongese burger (HK$135) is a vertical food tower, with a very thick grilled beef patty, lettuce, tomato and peppers inside a Hong Kong-style pineapple bun made using charcoal and bamboo sourced from Taiwan. The bun has a slightly sweet taste.
A twist on the lobster roll has Boston lobster cooked tempura style (HK$165). All the dishes come with a side of sweet potato fries.
Tai Hang has a new spot for residents and hipsters alike to hang out. Young Master Ales has opened its second bar there. Its beers are stored at three different temperatures to ensure optimal flavour, and it serves them in 200ml, 330ml and 450ml glasses, with prices ranging from HK$42 to HK$110.
Imported draught beers include Salty Kiss, Betelgeuse, Stonecutter and Old Rasputin, while local ones include Young Masters’ hoppy and full-bodied 1842 Island Imperial IPA, floral and refreshing Mono Wit, and Rye on Wood, and beers from other breweries such as Moon Goddess, Hefeweizen, and Big Wave Bay.
The food here is a fun complement to the beer: HK French Toast, which comes with a slice of foie gras butter, mapo burrata (HK$138), and slow-braised lamb shoulder with Mexican adobo (HK$450) for three to five people to share.
Craft brewery Little Creatures started in Fremantle, Western Australia, and has six locations Down Under. It has now landed in Kennedy Town in a large space where it makes three beers, including the original Pale Ale, and offers a full range of its bottled beers.
The brewery promises to include more seasonal beers and collaborations with other local craft breweries in the future.
Little Creatures offers Pale Ale, Pilsner, and IPA, White Rabbit white ale, and dark ale, as well as Orchard Crush cider. For those interested in sampling a flight, a tasting of six beers at 100ml each costs HK$100.
Food-wise, there are both healthy and indulgent items on the menu, from the smash avocado bowl with crispy tortilla, tomato and coriander, to the 6oz Angus burger, pizzas and grilled whole spring chicken.
The Japanese craft beer with the owl logo that was introduced to Hong Kong by Yardbird finally has its own Hong Kong brewery in Fo Tan. The label started in 1823 as a sake brewery, and beer production began in 1996.
Four to six styles of Hitachino Nest beer will be produced in Fo Tan, including one brew that will be exclusive to the city. Those wanting to learn more about beer production can join guided tours, where they can see the brewing equipment, meet the brewers and of course, taste beer straight from the tanks.
8 Sep. 2016