US. Peoria’s beer scene continues to transform

  • Reading time:8 min(s) read

Beer is not what it used to be. It’s better. So says Bob Jockisch, president and CEO of RJ Distributing Co., 410 High Point Lane in East Peoria, an area distributor of beer and wine. (more…)

The Weekly Brew: Beer of all shapes and sizes

  • Reading time:3 min(s) read

Last week I ended the column with the seemingly innocent comment that “your favorite six-pack won’t be going anywhere soon.” With a little more thought, it looks as if I should have clarified this sentence. With so many new startup microbreweries in the recent years, many of them look for the fastest, easiest way to get their product to customers. (more…)

India. SABMiller loses fizz in market race

  • Reading time:4 min(s) read

The India story is not as good as the beer for SABMiller. The London-listed beer giant, which often carries the tag of being the world’s most aggressive brewer, has seen its market share drop to little above 20%, down from 35% in three years. The company, with a portfolio of blockbuster beers such as Foster’s, Royal Challenge Premium Lager and Haywards 5000, has struggled to hold on to its one-fifth share during the third quarter ended December in the current financial year. (more…)

Japan’s Sapporo to take control of Pokka-source

  • Reading time:1 min(s) read

Japanese brewer Sapporo Holdings (2501.T) will spend about 30 billion yen ($367.6 million) to take majority control of unlisted softdrinks maker Pokka Corp, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Saturday. (more…)

Ukraine. Beer market could grow by 5-10% in 2011

  • Reading time:1 min(s) read

The Ukrainian beer market could grow by 5-10% in 2011 compared to 2010 and reach the figures of the 2007 record, Marketing Director at SUN InBev Ukraine Kostiantyn Klymenko has said. (more…)

just the Answer – Anheuser-Busch InBev’s UK President

  • Reading time:6 min(s) read

Following news that Anheuser-Busch InBev is to launch a cider under its Stella Artois brand in the UK, just-drinks thought it was high time we caught up with the brewer’s UK president. Here, just-drinks deputy editor Chris Mercer poses Stuart MacFarlane questions on Stella Cidre, the Stella brand’s rehabilitation process and the brewer’s UK business in general. (more…)

US. Sierra Nevada Brewing is a true innovator

  • Reading time:4 min(s) read

The American craft beer movement is just over 30 years old – and the people who started it are still driving the ship. Yes, there were some brewing pioneers in the mid-1970s who were emphasizing artisanal values and making the first modern American craft beers – like the venerable Anchor Brewing Co. and New Albion Brewery in Northern California.
For me, the movement begins with Anchor but is defined by the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., which celebrated its 30th anniversary in November 2010. (more…)