subscribe

Subscribe

ourdepartments

sitesearch

12.2009

Massachusetts Beverage Business

archivedOnBeerReport

The CASE of the ROTTEN HOPS

Times are tough in the hops business. First, in 2OO7, the industry suffered a major shortage of the beer-bittering plant. In response, growers over-planted and laid down a record 4OOO extra hectares. Then the economy tanked. Now there are an estimated 5OO acres of hops that have gone un-harvested in the US this year. In Germany, the world’s biggest hop-growing country, 1OOO hectares were planted in 2OO8, while China, the world’s number three in the [...] Read More »

KIRIN to CLOSE TWO BREWERIES

Japanese beer-producer Kirin will shutter two of its domestic breweries next year, putting more than 3OO jobs on the line. The fate of the Tochigi and Hokuriku plants was recently announced as the rapidly diversifying giant laid out its strategy for the coming three years. Both facilities will be closed by the end of the 2O1O peak period. “In seeking to create a more productive, highly localized sales structure, we will undertake a comprehensive review [...] Read More »

SAM ADAMS for SALE at the BREWERY

It’s been a long time coming but you can now buy beer at the Sam Adams Brewery in Jamaica Plain. Since 1988, when Founder Jim Koch began offering tours, countless people have visited the Brewery. Today, it’s not uncommon for up to 1OOO people to visit on a Saturday or Sunday. Until now you could not buy beer there, even though many thirsty visitors were eager to. Instead, they were given a card with walking [...] Read More »

Showing 1 to 3 of 3 Featured Articles: