Japane. Highest-ever Q1 sales for Asahi

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Asahi Group Holdings Ltd, the Japanese brewer that’s buying European beer brands worth US$2.9bil from Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, posted its highest-ever first-quarter sales as demand for its alcoholic beverages rose. (more…)

China. Yunnan tea gives Boxing Cat Brewery a knockout

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The tea farmers of Yunnan likely never imagined their harvest being used to brew anything but the classic hot beverage. So when Shanghai’s Boxing Cat Brewery teamed up with Beijing’s Great Leap Brewing to create their Yunnan Amber Ale, diners were in for a treat. (more…)

India. Villagers complain of water shortages coused by breweries

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April is the cruellest month. The ever-soaring mercury level has dried up many a well. The temperature in Malampuzha rose to unprecedented heights to touch 41.9 degrees, the highest in the state since 1987. People run behind tanker lorries to collect water. In fact, misery is this summer’s theme. For the commoners, that is. The corporates, including a soft drink major and a brewery unit, exist in a parallel universe. (more…)

India. Alcohol prohibition poor policy, it’s not a moral problem

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Prohibition of alcohol is back on the political agenda with the recently elected Bihar government banning its sale and consumption to fulfil a key electoral promise. Other parties, such as the DMK and the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu and the Congress in Kerala, are also championing this cause. (more…)

India. Maharashtra alcohol makers to slash output

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Brewers and distillers in the Aurangabad belt of Maharashtra are expected to slash production, in the wake of the Bench of the high court directing the state government to impose a 60 per cent water cut on them between April 27 and June 10. (more…)

India. Bengaluru: City in a Beer Hug

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Move over whiskey, it’s beer and cocktail season. Ninety per cent of the city crowd is getting high on the brew or lemon-based cocktails. (more…)