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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.


India. Lounge review: White Owl beer keggers, Mumbai


To bring the kegger home, it’s mandatory to have a one-day liquor permit from the excise department.
For the first time in India, beer enthusiasts in Mumbai can bring craft beer home in handy five-litre keggers, courtesy the White Owl brewery in Lower Parel.

The good stuff

As great as the proliferation of microbreweries in the country has been, enjoying those brews still means moving your party to the nearest brewpub. If you want to crack a cold one at home, you’re limited to the bottled Kingfishers and Tuborgs of the world. Not anymore.

The next time you’re throwing a party at home, give the White Owl a call, preferably a day before, drop by and pick up a kegger, a mini keg of your favourite brew, from the always-on-tap Spark Belgian Wit to seasonal specials such as Alfie, the mango ale. The kegs, which have to be returned in two days, come with a snap-on tap and CO2 charger that are easy enough to operate (and the staff is happy to demo it for you) and a neat ice-tray to keep it chilled on your bar counter while you pour. And the joy of pouring a fresh, frothy pint of your favourite beer really is unrivalled.

The not-so-good

While the idea itself is great, there’s still some red tape to negotiate. To bring the kegger home, it’s mandatory to have a one-day liquor permit from the excise department, and these aren’t the permits you can buy at your local wine shop.

And though the mini kegs are marketed as fridge-friendly, unless you have an empty refrigerator, it takes serious shuffling to fit it alongside the lauki and tamatar. Also, make sure you ask for a demo before you pick up the keg; when we had problems with the tap, we had to make panicked calls to the technician to troubleshoot it.

In the end, it’s quite a bit of work for what should be as easy as snap, tap and pour.

Talk plastic

The keggers start at Rs.2,250, all inclusive

11 Oct. 2016



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