Indonesia. Alcohol ban jeopardizes industry, tourism

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The deliberations on the alcohol prohibition bill have been causing consternation among tourists, businesspeople and even labor unions, as the question, to beer or not to beer, is expected to have a serious impact. (more…)

Japan. Sapporo hopes its new premium beer is the new ‘Black’

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Attachment1rSapporo beer is taking a walk on the dark side.

Hoping to keep pace with a growing number of consumers looking for the next new thing, the Japanese beer maker is releasing Premium Black, its first new beer since its Premium Light was launched in 2004. Sapporo is the top imported Asian beer brand in the U.S., a perch it has held for over 30 years. (more…)

Why Hong Kong is saying ‘yes’ to craft beer

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Breweries are popping up all over the city, and craft beer bars are taking up sizeable spaces in areas ranging from Kennedy Town to Ap Lei Chau. Not seen on this scale before, craft brewers are creating a new category of tenants for industrial as well as retail landlords. (more…)

Foreign beers gain in China

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China’s beer market may be shrinking but foreign brands are gaining ground despite being more expensive than their local rivals. (more…)