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2008-09-05 03:00:17

SABMiller, a beverage company, has launched a new premium brand, Dreher Premium Lager, in the South African market. As part of its European expansion, SABMiller purchased the rights to the Dreher brand in 1993. Now, SAB Limited will brew Dreher Premium Lager under license in South Africa as an extension of the Dreher range of beers. This brings the total number of premium brands in the SAB to seven, and its total brand portfolio to 16. Dreher Premium Lager is a full-malt lager with a 5%...

2008-08-09 18:00:19

By BRIAN GLOVER WITH the harvest almost upon us, appreciate the complexity of the grain in this classic Belgian beer from the Bosteels family, who have been brewing in Flanders since 1791. Based on a 17th century recipe from a Carmelitemonastery, Tripel Karmeliet (8.4%) is brewed from wheat, oats and barley, Styrian Goldings hops and spices to produce a golden glowing ale. The creamy white head gives an appetising coriander aroma, followed by a surprisingly soft, dry flavour, with the zest...

2008-08-03 00:00:19

T he term "export" is familiar to many beer consumers, with many brewers choosing to name their premium brands simply Export or referring to them as Export Strength. Certainly beer has been traded across national borders since Roman times, and for some reason beer brewed in some faraway exotic location is often considered more premium than that brewed by the local brewery just down the road. Of course, as the "local brewery just down the road" we would argue robustly against this....

2007-07-29 12:15:00

In northern Colorado, a region flush with craft breweries and plenty of discerning beer drinkers, an interesting marriage of agriculture and ale-making takes place. Heavy farm equipment harvests barley a few miles from popular breweries that need it for malt, so one man's thirst for a cold brew means another man's cash crop. Northern Colorado's supply of high-quality water and easy access to barley has allowed both farmers and brewers to thrive. Most Colorado barley growers sell their crop...

Word of the Day
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'