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As Belgian pubs shut, brewers warn country is losing love of beer and cannot rely on exports

DWORP, Belgium - The ruby lettering on the front of the old corner pub "In de Welkom" has peeled almost beyond recognition. Owner Leza Wauters, a tough 87-year-old, is holding on to her business but can't say how much longer. Sooner or later, yet another bar with a warm "Welcome" will be gone. Serving local geuze, triples and pils beers for generations, the pub has embodied what the drink means to Belgians — bringing together families and friends with cheers of "sante" and "gezondheid," gulping down tasty suds before ordering more.

Sales of alcoholic beverages grow to $21.4 billion, Statistics Canada says

OTTAWA - Canadians are buying less beer, but more wine and spirits, according to Statistics Canada, which reported Thursday that Canadians spent $21.4 billion on alcoholic beverages in the last fiscal year, up 2.2 per cent from a year ago. Beer is still the favourite tipple in Canada as sales totalled $9.1 billion for the year ended March 31, but that was down 0.1 per cent from a year ago And by volume, sales of domestic beer fell 1.7 per cent to 2.0 billion litres, while import beer sales dropped 3.8 per cent to 300 million litres.

Hite Jinro taps Latin America beer market

SEOUL, April 9 (Yonhap) -- Hite Jinro Co., South Korea's second-largest brewer, said Wednesday it has set up a business partnership with Grupo Barcelo, a Dominican conglomerate, to tap the island country's beer market. Hite Jinro has been exporting beer to the Dominican Republic from January and plans to build a brewery in the country. Hite Jinro said it expects to ship a total of 16,000 boxes of beer to the Dominican Republic by the end of this month. One box contains 24 330 milliliter bottles.

Belgian monks tested by success of their Trappist beer

Trappist monks leading a life of contemplation near the small Belgian town of Rochefort now find themselves in the global spotlight, under pressure to change as demand for their high-quality, home-brewed beer soars. But change does not come easily. This is a small, declining community of just 13 monks of the Cistercian Order, which was founded in France at the end of the 11th century on a commitment to "Pray and Work," to focus on the spiritual, not the material world.

Profits rise at Nova Scotia Liquor Corp. as sales of local wine, beer increase

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia Liquor Corp. says the amount of alcohol it sold in its most recent quarter dropped but its profits are up. The Crown corporation says sales in the quarter ending Dec. 28 reached $156.1 million, an increase of $440,000 when compared with the same period last year. Profits from operations rose by $1.1 million to $61.8 million. However, the volume of alcohol sold declined by 1.9 per cent, with sales of beer and spirits continuing to wane. Over a longer term, volume has dropped 4.3 per cent since 2010.

Out of space at ale house, Oliver Breweries to roll out the barrels on Baltimore's east side

BALTIMORE - Demand for Pratt Street Ale House's brews is forcing the craft beer maker to expand its brewing operations. Currently the ale house, which brews its suds as Oliver Breweries, makes its beers on the premises of its bar and restaurant across Pratt Street from the convention centre in Baltimore. Because of increasing demand and limited production capacity, the company is expanding its operations into a 12,000-square-foot industrial space in East Baltimore's Orchard Ridge neighbourhood.

No levy for wine, beer made at so-called u-vint, u-brew outlets in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's finance minister says the provincial government won't implement a levy on wine and beer made at so-called u-vint and u-brew outlets. Diana Whalen says the decision comes after consultations to develop regulations on the beer brewing and winemaking industry were held over the last month. Whalen says she expects legislation will be introduced this spring that will lay out those regulations.

No levy for wine, beer made at so-called u-vint, u-brew outlets in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's finance minister says the provincial government won't implement a levy on wine and beer made at so-called u-vint and u-brew outlets. Diana Whalen says the decision comes after consultations to develop regulations on the beer brewing and winemaking industry were held over the last month. Whalen says she expects legislation will be introduced this spring that will lay out those regulations.

German beer consumption drops for seventh year

Germans are slowly losing their taste for beer, with domestic sales of the amber nectar down for the seventh year in a row, the national statistics office said Thursday. The output of German breweries dropped two percent in 2013 on the previous year to the lowest level since German reunification in 1989, said the Destasis statistics office. Shifting consumer tastes have seen brewers market ever more non-alcoholic as well as fruit-flavoured and other varieties, and bank on exports to China and the United States.

Brew pubs in Nova Scotia allowed to sell beer for home consumption from bar

HALIFAX - People in Nova Scotia can now buy beer made in-house at brew pubs to take home. Under changes to the province's Liquor Licensing Regulations, customers can buy beer from the pubs to take home instead of having to purchase it from an adjacent but separate storefront. A spokeswoman for the provincial government says brew pubs can sell beer for off-site consumption from when they open until 10 p.m. Beer is allowed to be sold in sealed 1.8 to two-litre bottles, known as growlers.
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