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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. Mumbai’s Gateway Brewing: Say hello to a chilled coffee beer

Mumbai’s Gateway Brewing Co. and a home brewer come together to launch Kaapi, a stout infused with single-estate coffee.

What happens when you infuse an Indian stout with a single estate coffee from southern India? You get Kaapi. But, first. in case you are unfamiliar with different styles of beer, here’s a bit about stouts.

A stout is a dark beer made of roasted malts or barley, and the most famous, commercially produced stout is Guinness. Kaapi, though, is Indian, and the result of a collaboration between a homebrewer and the Gateway Brewing Company. Gateway, headquartered in Mumbai, is a craft brewery that makes some fine beers such as the White Zen, a German-style wheat beer, and an India Pale Ale. Its beers are on tap at various pubs and restaurants across the city.

Kaapi was born when home-brewer Pratik Bavishi — Mumbai has a busy home-brewing scene, by the way — called up Gateway head Navin Mittal and asked him to check out a stout he had just brewed.

“Pratik had made a nice stout, but he had made it from imported malts,” says Mittal, who set up Gateway Brewing some four years ago and who serves as a sounding board for home brewers across the city.

“So, I said, why don’t we make the same thing using Indian malt? So, that’s what we did, and then we got coffee from Blue Tokai (a start-up that roasts and sells single estate coffees) and infused the stout with it.”

The duo started by brewing small batches, and earlier this month, Bavishi brewed a big batch — about 400 litres — at Gateway’s brewery, in Dombivli. The stuff was so good, says Mittal, that he decided to offer it as a limited release. Kaapi, which will be launched on January 29, at Woodside Inn, in Andheri, to mark Gateway’s second anniversary, will also be available at other pubs and bars across the city.

27 Янв. 2016

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