China’s new-found thirst for real ale has British brewers and Chinese entrepreneurs cashing in

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British businessman Peter Bloxham thought Christmas had come early when Chinese president Xi Jinping sat down in David Cameron’s local pub to sup a pint of Greene King real ale. Days later the phone was ringing off the hook with punters wanting to know where they could buy the beer that ‘Dada Xi’ – as the Chinese leader is affectionately known – was seemingly so fond of. (more…)

China. CR Snow has launched a new brewery near Harbin

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The opening ceremony of the new brewery of CR Snow within the project of extending business in remote regions was held on 23 December. The capacity of the new enterprise is 3 million hectoliters of beer per year. (more…)

Which Indian States Drink and Smoke the Most?

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India’s third-largest state is banning the sale of home-made alcohol from April 1 and limiting sales of beer, wine and liquor to state-run stores.

“It will be strongly implemented,” Nitish Kumar, the chief minister of Bihar, said Sunday. He said his move to bar “local and masala liquor” was a first step to banning all alcohol in the state. (more…)

China is getting a taste for craft beers, but not for craft brewing

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There’s no shortage of beer in China. In sheer volume, China produces more beer than any other country. It’s even expected to overtake the US as the most valuable beer market in just a few years. The problem, according to a lot of beer aficionados, is that most of it isn’t very good. (more…)

Myanmar Beer: new logo, new fight

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Myanmar Brewery has upped its game, as international competitors Heineken and Carlsberg launch their beers into the market.

Myanmar’s largest brewery has an 80 percent market share – 65pc or 70pc, if smuggled and imported brands are added into the mix – said Hiroshi Fujikawa, the company’s new CEO. (more…)