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

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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. (more…)

China. San Miguel Hong Kong warns investors of losses in 2015

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San Miguel Brewery Hong Kong issued a profits warning yesterday in a filing with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, saying the Hong Kong arm of the Philippine-based company ‘is expected to incur a consolidated net loss for the year ended 31 December 2015’. (more…)

Vietnam. Gold stars

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When he left a job in banking to join a “company that sells fish sauce” in Vietnam, Michael Nguyen’s parents wondered if he was throwing away a lucrative career. Now a big cheese at Masan Group, one of the country’s largest listed companies, the Vietnamese-American seems happy with his gamble. Masan’s brands meet a big chunk of the local demand for pungent sauces, noodles and freeze-dried coffee—and in December the firm accepted a $1.1 billion investment from Singha, a Thai brewer, to help finance an assault on Vietnam’s frothy beer market. (more…)

Brewing Indian flavours

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“Cardamom ale! It has cardamom; it is an ale,” says a nonplussed Navin Mittal, hands flapping, looking for more beer to try. At this Pune home brewers’ meet, murmurs travel around the table on how this home-brewed ale could have had more of a malt backbone to it. “Perhaps some cool aroma hops to fight the cardamom?” I enquire. Navin nods in distracted approval. (more…)

Vietnamese craft beer attracts foreign tourists

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If the Chinese and Indians are happy to come to the bar to enjoy the taste of their favourite craft beer, then the Vietnamese prefer bottled beer. Foreigners are the main pubs and bars visitors in this country. (more…)

Myanmar. Alcohol and cigarette taxes get complex

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Parliament approved a new tax law for the coming fiscal year on January 22, including incentives for whistleblowers as well as a dizzying array of tax brackets for locally made alcohol and cigarettes. (more…)

Singapore. Thai Beverage says F&N bids for Peroni, Grolsch beer brands

Singapore. Thai Beverage says F&N bids for Peroni, Grolsch beer brands
A security guard walks past a logo of Fraser and Neave Limited at its office building in Singapore January 21, 2013. Thailand's third-richest man has raised his stake and takeover offer for Fraser and Neave Ltd to fend off a bid by a group led by Indonesian tycoon Stephen Riady as the battle for the Singapore property and drinks group draws towards a close. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: BUSINESS LOGO)
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Thai Beverage (TBEV.SI) has used its Singapore-listed unit Fraser and Neave (FRNM.SI) to bid for SABMiller’s (SAB.L) Peroni and Grolsch beer brands, the Thai firm’s Chief Executive Thapana Sirivadhanabhakdi said on Monday. (more…)