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Brewery news World: Beer sales show increase in Germany and Switzerland but drop in the US ...Click here
Whisky news USA: Diageo planning new distillery in Kentucky ...Click here
Brewery news USA, MI: Rake Beer Project to become downtown Muskegon’s third brewery ...Click here
Brewery news Canada, SK: Armoury Brewing now open in Battleford ...Click here
Brewery news USA, CO: Resolute Brewing building second location in Candelas ...Click here
Brewery news USA, CT: Niantic Public House and Brewery already open in Niantic ...Click here
Brewery news Canada, AB: Cabin Brewing opens its doors in Calgary ...Click here
Brewery news USA, OK: Elk Valley Brewing eyeing late December opening ...Click here
Brewery news USA, OR: Women-owned Spider City Brewing launched in Bend ...Click here
Brewery news USA, PA: Helltown Brewing finalizes purchase of Rivertowne Brewing ...Click here
Brewery news USA, KS: Limitless Brewing already open for business ...Click here
Brewery news USA, NC: Middle James Brewing Company scheduled to open in Pineville in February ...Click here
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Barley news World: Barley trade forecast for 2018/19 slightly down this month ...Click here
Brewery news Portugal: Carlsberg gains control of 60% of Portugal's Super Bock ...Click here
Barley news EU: Weather conditions favourable for barley plantings in Western Europe, UK and Scandinavia this year ...Click here
Brewery news India: Carlsberg, United Breweries seek lenience in cartel probe ...Click here
Brewery news India: Mahou India enters Bengaluru with wheat beer ...Click here
Brewery news Ghana: Guinness Ghana Breweries committed to increasing local raw material sourcing ...Click here
Brewery news Ukraine: AB InBev Efes brings Goose Island beers to Ukraine ...Click here
Brewery news South Africa: Reusable bottles shortage leads to slowdown in production of Castle Lager ...Click here
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A very good overview about IBU development during brewing was presented by the Research Team of Ballast Point Brewing. Although the measurement of IBU does not reveal specifics about the measured components (be it Isohumulones, alpha acids or humulinones) to measure IBUs throughout the process is an efficient way to get to know your hop processes better. Some findings are not surprising but important for efficient brewing. The bitterness utilization decreases with increasing hop rates and increasing original gravity values. Utilization increases with higher pH values. Based on IBUs and depending on bitterness level utilization values in the whirlpool can vary between 8-45%.


Tracking IBU Through The Brewing Process: The Quest For Consistency, M 016, oral presentation at the Brewing Summit, August 2018, San Diego

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13 December
1789 - England & Russia sign trade agreement
1789 - 1st loan to U.S. Government (from New York City banks)
1898 - Hannibal Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film
1983 - British Airways incorporates

14 December
1503 - Nostradamus [Michel de Nostre-Dam] French astrologist/prophet is born
1911 - South Pole 1st reached, by Norwegian Roald Amundsen
1960 - Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) forms
1967 - DNA created in a test tube

15 December
1792 - 1st life insurance policy issued in US (Philadelphia)
1832 - Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, French engineer is born (built Eiffel Tour in Paris)
1854 - 1st street-cleaning machine in U.S. 1st used in Philadelphia
1877 - Thomas Edison patents phonograph
1886 - For the first time, total daily trading volume on the New York Stock Exchange exceeds 1 million shares

16 December
1834 - Leon Walras French economist is born
1905 - Variety, covering all phases of show business, 1st published
1908 - 1st credit union in US forms (Manchester NH)


February 2019:
08 - 10: Finest Spirits 2019 (Munich, Germany)
08 - 11: HoReCa 2019 (Athens, Greece)
15 - 16: Braukunst Live! 2019 (Munich, Germany)
16 - 19: Beer Attraction 2019 (Rimini, Italy)
19 - 21: Beviale Moscow 2019 (Moscow, Russia)
19 - 23: Great British Beer Festival Winter 2019 (Norwich, UK)
28 - 02 March: Drink Technology India 2019 (Bengaluru, India)

March 2019:
05 - 07: Expo Antad & Alimentaria Mexico 2019 (Mexico City, Mexico)
11 - 13: 105th Brewing and Engineering Congress 2019 (Rust, Germany)
13 - 14: BeerX 2019 (Liverpool, UK)
13 - 16: Festival Brasileiro da Cerveja 2019 (Blumenau, Brazil)
14 - 16: Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair 2019 (Dublin, Ireland)
15 - 17: Barcelona Beer Festival 2019 (Barcelona, Spain)
27 - 28: Craft Beer Italy 2019 (Milan, Italy)
27 - 29: 10th World Barley, Malt & Beer Conference (Warsaw, Poland)

April 2019:
08 - 11: Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America 2019 (Denver, Colorado, USA)
26 - 28: Zythos Beer Festival 2019 (Leuven, Belgium)

May 2019:
15 - 17: Craft Beer China 2019 (Shanghai, China)
21 - 24: Beer 2019 (Sochi, Russia)
21 - 26: Latvia Beer Fest 2019 (Riga, Latvia)
22 - 25: Mondial de la Biere 2019 (Montreal, Canada)
23 - 25: Copenhagen Beer Festival 2019 (Copenhagen, Denmark)
28 - 30: Brasil Brau 2019 (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

June 2019:
02 - 06: The 37th Congress of the European Brewery Convention (Antwerp, Belgium)
03 - 04: The Brewers of Europe Forum 2019 (Antwerp, Belgium)
09 - 11: Brewing Conference 2019 (Bangkok, Thailand)
25 - 26: BevExpo 2019 (Ricoh Arena, Judds Lane, Coventry, United Kingdom)

July 2019:
09 - 11: Fdt Africa 2019 (Midrand, South Africa)

August 2019:
02 - 04: The 23rd International Berlin Beer Festival (Berlin, Germany)
06 - 10: The Great British Beer Festival 2019 (London, UK)
07 - 10: VIETFOOD & BEVERAGE - PROPACK 2019 (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
09 - 10: Beervana 2019 (Wellington, New Zealand)

September 2019:
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21 - 06 October: Oktoberfest 2019 (Munich, Germany)
26 - 27: Sea Brew 2019 (Bangkok, Thailand)

October 2019:
03 - 05: The Great American Beer Festival 2019 (Denver, USA)

November 2019:
12 - 14: Brau Beviale 2019 (Nuremberg, Germany)

December 2019:
05 - 07: Drink Technology India 2019 (New Delhi, India)
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Brewery newsWorld: Beer sales show increase in Germany and Switzerland but drop in the US
Beer sales in Germany in January – October this year amounted to 80.3 mln hl, plus 1.3% versus the same period last year, H. ...More info on site

Whisky news USA: Diageo planning new distillery in Kentucky
Spirits giant Diageo is taking a deeper plunge into bourbon and American whiskey production with plans for a new distillery in Kentucky, the Courier Journal reported on December 14.

The $130 million venture includes plans to build a distillery and warehousing on an approximately 144-acre site at Lebanon in Marion County, the company said Thursday. Diageo officials said the goal is to start production in 2021.

The company whose brand lineup includes Bulleit bourbon is hoping to increasingly tap into the popularity of American whiskeys.

"Bourbon and American whiskey are vibrant and growing categories and we are excited to expand Diageo's footprint in Kentucky to support our ambitions in this space," said Barry Becton, a senior executive at Diageo North America.

Global trade disputes, however, are threatening to dampen the good times for American whiskey makers. Those disputes have resulted in tariffs slapped on bourbon and other American whiskeys in some key overseas markets, including the European Union — where Kentucky spirits producers exported nearly $200 million of their products in 2017.

But in announcing its Kentucky expansion, Diageo pointed to forecasts for continued growth in the bourbon category in coming years. The Bulleit brand had double-digit growth in the U.S. in the past year, ...More info on site

Brewery news USA, MI: Rake Beer Project to become downtown Muskegon’s third brewery
Downtown Muskegon’s third brewery is coming, MLive.com reported on December 14.

Rake Beer Project, owned by Muskegon-born brewer Josh Rake, recently signed on to be part of a new development in downtown Muskegon.

The brewery is one of four businesses that will take up residence at NorthTown 794, which is expected to open during spring 2019, said building owner and Muskegon-based entrepreneur John Essex, of Core Realty Partners.

NorthTown 794 is the reincarnation of the century-old former Al Perri furniture store at 794 Pine St. Built in 1923, the building is being restored to its former 1920s glory with the goal of contributing to the rapid redevelopment and rebirth of downtown Muskegon.

The brewery and taproom will occupy the garden level.

The historic building is “absolutely beautiful,” said Rake, a 2010 Mona Shores graduate who plans to move back to Muskegon to open his brewery.

Muskegon is a good fit because of its established craft brewing reputation, he said.

Downtown Muskegon is home to Unruly Brewing Company and Pigeon Hill Brewing Company, both of which are in the process of expanding their production.

“With Pigeon Hill and Unruly recognized as high quality breweries, people are already driving in - it becomes a tourist destination,” Rake said.

He plans to ...More info on site

Brewery news Canada, SK: Armoury Brewing now open in Battleford
A new brewery named after the historic building where it’s located is now open in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canadian Beer News reported on December 10.

Armoury Brewing has been founded by partners Brennan Lampitt, Brad Taylor, Gregg Tady, Jackson Tady, and Wade Voigt, with Saskatchewan native Logan Dommett on board as brewmaster.

Housed in the North Battleford Armoury building that was originally constructed in 1913, the brewery opened its doors last week and is currently offering five beers – Blonde Ale (5% abv), Light Brown Ale (4.5% abv), Dark Brown Ale (5% abv), S.M.A.S.H. Pale Ale (5.5% abv), and IPA (6.1% abv) – in pints, flights, and growlers.

Armoury Brewing is located at 702 102nd St. and will be open 3:00 PM till 9:00 PM on Tuesday, 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Wednesday and Thursday, 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM on Friday, and 12:00 noon to 11:00 PM on Saturday for the month of December. Ongoing business hours and details of an official grand opening will be announced at a later date.

Brewery news USA, CO: Resolute Brewing building second location in Candelas
Anyone who drives along Colorado Highway 72 knows that the road just south of the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant can be a little windy at times, and somewhat desolate. But it’s also a linchpin between Golden, Boulder and other surrounding towns, and the empty land is filling in fast at Candelas, a 1,450-acre master-planned community that will one day include more than 2,000 homes and condos, Westword reported on December 13.

And like everyone else in Colorado, the homeowners will need a place to drink beer. Resolute Brewing, which opened in Centennial in 2016, revealed this week that it's building a second location in Candelas, at the intersection of Highway 72 and Candelas Parkway, in the far reaches of Arvada.

“The area in particular that we are moving into is one of the single largest master-planned sites along the Front Range,” says Resolute's Andrew Duvall. “We’re getting in a little early. Candelas doesn’t have a whole lot of people yet — mostly commuters. But there will be, and we are moving in with other cool businesses.”

The pattern is one familiar to Resolute's owners. When the brewery first opened at 7286 South Yosemite Street, there were no other beer makers within ...More info on site

Brewery news USA, CT: Niantic Public House and Brewery already open in Niantic
Niantic’s newest downtown night spot, the Niantic Public House and Brewery, has been an idea in the making for over a decade. Ledyard native Todd Sakowski has dreamed about opening it since he was a student, learning how to brew beer in his spare time at Eastern Connecticut State University, theday.com reported on December 9.

“I knew I always wanted to open a brewery, but I was always holding back,” said Sakowski, who also works full-time as a quality engineer at PCC Structurals in Groton. “It’s been in my head forever, and finally (my wife) was finally like, ‘Stop talking about it and just do it.’ That was the push I needed.”

Now, five years after that decision, Sakowski and his wife, Jenn, a compliance analyst at Electric Boat, made that dream into a reality when their brewery and pub house opened on Nov. 24.

Built into the back warehouse of the former Mitchell’s Grocery Store behind Dunkin Donuts and the Spice Club in downtown Niantic, the brewery is wide and spacious, with high ceilings and a 50-foot bar that seats 25.

Besides brewing their own beers (an average of two to three different batches per week), the brewery features several Connecticut beers on ...More info on site

Brewery news Canada, AB: Cabin Brewing opens its doors in Calgary
A new brewery headed by three veterans of Calgary’s brewing and homebrewing scenes is now open in the city’s Barley Belt neighbourhood, Canadian Beer News reported on December 10.

Cabin Brewing has been founded by brewer Jonas Hurtig who previously worked at Wild Rose Brewery, Haydon Dewes of beer news website The Daily Beer, and Darrin Sayers of the Cowtown Yeast Wranglers homebrew club.

The brewery’s 45-seat taproom and retail shop opened this past weekend with beers including Super Saturation NE Pale Ale (6% abv, 40 IBU), Sunshine Rain IPA (6.7% abv, 60 IBU), Retrospectrum Pale Ale (5.2% abv, 40 IBU), and Lost & Won Scotch Ale (6.9% abv, 30 IBU) available by the glass, growler, and in cans.

Cabin Brewing is located at 505 36 Ave SE in Calgary, and is open 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Monday to Thursday, 12:00 noon to 10:30 PM on Friday and Saturday, and 12:00 noon to 6:00 PM on Sunday.

Brewery news USA, OK: Elk Valley Brewing eyeing late December opening
Hudson Avenue, long a sleeper stretch of an otherwise vibrant Midtown, is set to start coming back to life with the opening of Elk Valley Brewing later this month, NewsOK.com reported on December 9.

What was last a tattoo shop attached to an aging and unrecognizable former theater and shell of an office building has been transformed into a tap room for Elk Valley Brewing. The roof is set to open this spring as an open air rooftop patio, while a two-story brewing room is home to a series of tanks that will produce Elk Valley's four main brands and a rotation of specials.

Elk Valley Brewing was started five years ago by longtime home brewer John Elkins.

"Elk Valley started as a dream,” Elkins said. “Some equipment came up, and we were able to purchase it. And Elk Valley was born.”

Over the past five years, Elk Valley has shared space with other more-established brewers. The Midtown location at 1210 N Hudson Ave. popped up as the craft brewery community took off with laws that allowed for taprooms and expansion of hours from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. closings.

“We're finally getting our own home now,” Elkins said. “I love this location. We looked ...More info on site

Brewery news USA, OR: Women-owned Spider City Brewing launched in Bend
A plan hatched while in college became a reality for three friends who launched Spider City Brewing on SE Ninth Street in Bend, the Bend Bulletin reported on December 12.

Twin sisters Melanie and Michele Betti and Tammy Treat opened their brewery and taproom without fanfare a week before Thanksgiving.

With its 24 shiny tap handles and 15-barrel production system, the brewery stands ready with its rows of silver gleaming brewing and mash tanks.

Spider City Brewing plans call for producing up to 1,000 barrels per year in the first year of brewing.

Crafted and tested over the past three years in their Bend home garage fraught with spiders, the business has taken on the whole family.

Construction was done in consultation with Betti’s and Treat’s fathers. The selection and finishing of the recycled barn wood decor was done by the trio. The beer recipes tested and retested and named for spiders or railroads.

The partners have worked for five years planning the brewery and the last two years perfecting recipes. Two of the partners hold down other jobs, while Melanie Betti and a full-time employee work as the head brewers.

On a recent tour of the 3,150-square-foot facility, the five tanks were filled with beer called ...More info on site

Brewery news USA, PA: Helltown Brewing finalizes purchase of Rivertowne Brewing
After a couple delays, Helltown Brewing has finalized its purchase of the Rivertowne Brewing brand and its production facility in Export, the Tribune-Review reported on December 13.

“With this purchase, we are able to greatly increase production, including cans, of Helltown’s beer,” the company said on its website on December 12.

The bankruptcy sale was finalized on Nov. 5, four days after U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Gregory Taddonio indicated that he would approve the revised sales agreement.

Rivertowne Brewing filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May after a plan to generate more revenue fell through. Mt. Pleasant-based Helltown Brewing and the Brewery Acquisition Co. were the successful bidders in October.

The acquisition includes the Export building, all the brewing equipment and the Rivertowne brand name. It does not include the Verona or Monroeville locations, said Arnie Burchianti, majority owner and CEO.

Helltown continues its operations in Mt. Pleasant and will resume production of Rivertowne brand beers once the brewery licenses for the Export facility arrive in January, Burchianti said.

Renovations are planned for both locations.

Brewery news USA, KS: Limitless Brewing already open for business
Limitless Brewing, Lenexa’s first brewery, is open for business.

Co-owners Dave and Emily Mobley, Dave’s brother Steve Mobley and Darin Worthington opened the microbrewery and tap house at 9765 Widmer Road on Nov. 21.

Emily Mobley said she and her husband, Dave, first got into the brewing business after touring breweries across the country for the past year and blogging about their experiences.

“Then we decided to open this because we fell in love with the community piece of it,” Emily Mobley said. “Everywhere you go to a brewery, it’s like the most welcoming place that you can go in a city. People are open; people are friendly.”

That’s why the owners equipped the tap house with mostly community tables; the layout itself is designed to encourage strangers to sit together and get to know each other over a glass of cold craft beer.

“Kind of, our tagline is ‘Beer-centered, community-focused,’” she added, “because we really want to be a part of the community, not just a business in it.”

The menu has five craft beers, all brewed in house; Emily Mobley said they plan to grow the menu to 12 beers on tap in the near future.

“We want to make what people want to drink,” ...More info on site

Brewery news USA, NC: Middle James Brewing Company scheduled to open in Pineville in February
Pineville’s first brewery, under renovation construction and scheduled to open in February, is coming in hot, the Charlotte Five reported on December 13.

Spanning two stories on the backside of the Golf Village building, Middle James Brewing Company will boast 24 taps, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, 15 TVs and a projector, an 830-square-foot room for private parties, a shaded deck overlooking the putting green, Par 3 and range and an outdoor beer garden.

The brewery will be located at 400 N. Polk Street, just south of Interstate 485, in a building that was once a golf shop and then a darts and billiards hall. The space was empty for several years until business partners Michael Smoak, Andrew Viapiano and Shannon Wallace took over.

With the addition of the new spot along the arterial road where Pineville meets Charlotte, the trio is determined to up the social game for nearby golf range visitors, car dealership service department customers or post-workout Crossfit athletes.

“There are a bunch of good breweries in Charlotte,” Smoak said. “There wasn’t anything over in this area. We wanted to be on this side of 485.”

In fact, in order to make room for Middle James, the Pineville Town Council ...More info on site

Barley newsWorld: Barley trade forecast for 2018/19 slightly down this month
USDA’s December report forecasts Australian barley exports in 2018/19 300 thousand tonnes lower than in their November outlook, at 5.4 mln tonnes, on smaller ...More info on site

Brewery newsPortugal: Carlsberg gains control of 60% of Portugal's Super Bock
Carlsberg will control 60% of Portugal's Super Bock after taking a stake in the beer group's owner.

The Danish brewer said on December 13 it ...More info on site

Barley newsEU: Weather conditions favourable for barley plantings in Western Europe, UK and Scandinavia this year
Favourable weather conditions in Western Europe, the U.K. and Scandinavia provided for good plantings conditions and emergence of winter crops, H. M. Gauger GmbH ...More info on site

Brewery news India: Carlsberg, United Breweries seek lenience in cartel probe
Denmark’s Carlsberg and India’s United Breweries have filed pleas with Indian authorities, seeking leniency in a probe into alleged collusion to fix beer prices, five sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has been investigating the two companies, as well as the world’s largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev).

Last year, as previously reported by Reuters, AB InBev told the regulator it had discovered an industry cartel that discussed and agreed on beer prices before submitting them to Indian states, which regulate pricing.

The company’s confidential disclosure under the CCI’s whistleblower-protection scheme led to dawn raids by the regulator in October at offices of all three of the brewers.

In recent weeks, both Carlsberg and United Breweries filed pleas under the CCI’s so-called leniency programme, submitting evidence and agreeing to cooperate, the sources said, adding that such cooperation could lead to a smaller fine if wrongdoing is discovered.

A Carlsberg spokesman in India said it was “cooperating fully with the CCI” and had done so from the beginning of the probe.

United Breweries, part-owned by Heineken, did not respond to requests for comment. Following the Reuters story on the October raids, it told the Indian stock exchanges it was reviewing ...More info on site

Brewery news India: Mahou India enters Bengaluru with wheat beer
Mahou India, the first subsidiary of Spanish brewing major Mahou Group outside of Spain, has entered Bengaluru. The entry marks the launch of their portfolio which includes Belgian beer in wheat and lager category, the Economic Times reported on December 12.

“We are thrilled to expand our presence to the beer lovers city of India i.e. Bengaluru. Our premium lager beers – Mahou 5 Star and Mahou Clásica have received a great response since their launch in the last three years in other parts of India and we are delighted to launch these products for the city. Mahou Maestra Wheat is the first wheat beer in India that comes with a pull-off cap in its pint bottle. Bengaluru, a city known for its beer culture, is a significant market for us,” said Fernando Bustamante, CEO of Mahou India that is headquartered in Gurugram (Haryana).

Mahou India is a 100% subsidiary of Mahou Group, which is a Spanish-owned family company and market leader in Spain with a production share of 34%. The firm’s history dates back to more than 128 years, beginning with the birth of Mahou in 1890.

India is the first country for Mahou Group where it has a ...More info on site

Brewery news Ghana: Guinness Ghana Breweries committed to increasing local raw material sourcing
Guinness Ghana Breweries Ltd says it is committed to increasing its local raw material sourcing from 50 per cent in 2018 to 70 per cent by 2020, Myjoyonline.com reported on December 12.

Managing Director of Guinness Ghana, Gavin Pike, believes this new strategy will not just benefit over 175,000 farmers across the country but will also increase investment into Ghana’s local raw material.

Mr Pike was speaking at the ‘Facts Behind the Figures’ session organized by the Ghana Stock Exchange in Accra.

He said, “We believe the sustainability of our company’s performance is conditional upon us being trusted by the communities in which we operate. In 2012 we were sourcing about 12 per cent of our inputs from within Ghana. That figure is now over 50 per cent and we hope to reach about 70 per cent by 2020.”

Gavin Pike said that even though the ease of doing business in the country has marginally improved, more seems to be done to deal with outstanding issues of high taxation and the volatility of the Cedi against major currencies like the dollar.

He said Ghana’s economic environment has been positive. Citing the reduction in the policy rate and inflation, Gavin Pike stated that even though ...More info on site

Brewery news Ukraine: AB InBev Efes brings Goose Island beers to Ukraine
AB InBev Efes has brought a first batch of U.S. craft beer by Goose Island Brewery to Ukraine, the Ukraine Open for Business portal said on December 12.

“The company brought to the Ukrainian market world-famous American brands from the manufacturer of craft beer Goose Island Brewery: Goose IPA and URBAN WHEAT ALE. The first batch is 60 hectolitres,” the company said in a press release on December 11.

Two brands by Goose Island Brewery are already on shelves in the Ukrainian MegaMarket, Novus and Silpo retail networks.

As reported, the world’s largest brewing concern Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) and Anadolu Efes, the largest brewing company in Turkey, completed the merger of businesses in Russia and Ukraine in equal shares in late March 2018.

AB InBev Efes is one of the leaders of the Ukrainian brewing market, occupying 30.5% of it.

AB InBev Efes in Ukraine owns three breweries in Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Mykolaiv regions.

Brewery news South Africa: Reusable bottles shortage leads to slowdown in production of Castle Lager
Some South African liquor outlets are apparently running out of Castle Lager beer, as a shortage of bottles affected production, Business Insider South Africa reported on December 13.

Outlets in Cape Town appear to be particularly affected by the delay, Netwerk24 reported.

Refilwe Masemola, South African Breweries director of external communications, said a shortage of reusable bottles has slowed the production process. There have been delays in returning these bottles to SAB, Masemola said, without giving more details.

“Our production teams are [however] hard at work to ensure that those outlets that may be affected are well stocked over the coming days,” Masemola told Business Insider South Africa.

“We are in fact ahead of our production schedule, which should bring some comfort to our customers.”

Castle Lager is one of South Africa’s most consumed beers and was for the first time named the 25th most valuable beer brand in the world in 2018.

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