Old Speckled Henn
Old Speckled Hen is an English ale from the Morland Brewery, now owned by Greene King Brewery. Old Speckled Hen was first brewed in 1979 in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the MG car factory there. Since 2000, when Greene King bought Morland and closed down the Abingdon brewery, it has been made in Greene King’s Bury St Edmunds brewery. It is available in more than twenty different countries in bottles, cans and on tap from cask and keg. The brand has been expanded to include Old Crafty Hen, a 6.5% abv ale and Old Golden Hen, a golden coloured 4.1% beer.
Warsteiner beer is brewed in the Arnsberg Forest Nature Park outside of Warstein, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany. Warsteiner has been a product of the Cramer family since 1753. Warsteiner is Germany’s largest privately owned brewery; its most popular beer is ‘Warsteiner Premium Verum’. Albert Cramer (* 1943) is the owner of Warsteiner, his daughter Catharina is (April 2012) managing director since 2006.
Warsteiner ranks number 4 among Germany’s best selling breweries.
Especial – a specialist Pilsener with a golden colour, smooth and crisp with a full rich taste backed with fruit and a little maltiness.
The Alhambra brewery was founded in Granada in 1925 and is named after the city’s magnificent Alhambra Palace. The brewery was at that time situated on the outskirts of Granada, not far from the foot of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains – the source of Spain’s finest water. The growth and expansion of Granada has resulted in the brewery now forming part of the downtown area. In 1999 another brewery, located in Cordoba, was acquired and with it the Mezquita brand (from the Spanish/Arabic for mosque) deriving its name from, and in homage to, the temples of the city of Cordoba.
Despite the arrival of modern equipment little has changed in the overall brewing process since 1925. There is a great deal of difference between the Alhambra brands and other beers produced by the modern continuous brewing processes. In the case of the latter, fermentation is often accelerated and batches take approximately one week to produce. The traditional method employed by Alhambra involves slow, natural fermentation over periods of up to 39 days, depending on the brand and the desired characteristics. All the Alhambra brand beers are made with no additives. Furthermore, the water used is still drawn from the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
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Heineken Lager Beer was first brewed by Gerard Adriaan Heineken in 1873. The beer is made of purified water, malted barley, hops, and yeast. In 1886 H. Elion finished the development of the Heineken A-yeast, which is still used in the brewing process today. Since 1975, most Heineken brand beer has been brewed at the Heineken brewery in Zoeterwoude, the Netherlands. In 2011, 2.74 billion litres of Heineken brand beer was produced worldwide, while the total beer production of all breweries fully owned by the Heineken Group over all brands was 16.46 billion litres globally
Dorada and Tropical are the beers of the Canary Islands. Founded in 1939 and 1924 respectively.
Dorada Especial is the owner of the Gold Medal Monde Selection Quality 2011, a coveted distinction for many Spanish beers and that no other has achieved. The recent recognition of the International Taste & Quality Institute, an independent organization of chefs and sommeliers from Brussels, in its Superior Taste Award, has awarded two stars to Dorada Especial. Canary Island Brewing Company, SA, with a production of 831.100hl., Is a leading Spanish companies in the brewing industry.
Corona Extra is a pale lager produced by Cervecería Modelo in Mexico for domestic distribution and export to all other countries besides the United States, and by Constellation Brands in Mexico for export to the United States. The split ownership is a result of an anti-trust settlement permitting the merger of Grupo Modelo with Anheuser Busch InBev. It is one of the top-selling beers worldwide. Outside of Mexico, Corona is commonly served with a wedge of lime or lemon in the neck of the bottle to add tartness and flavor.
Adolphus Busch left Germany for the United States in 1857. He settled in St. Louis, Missouri, where he eventually established his own brewing supply house. In St. Louis, Busch also met and married a woman named Lilly Anheuser. Lilly’s father, Eberhard Anheuser, owned a small brewery that had been yielding lager beer for some time. In 1864, Busch partnered with his father in-law to form what would eventually become the Anheuser-Busch Company.
Busch traveled extensively throughout Europe in order to observe and study the latest brewing techniques. In the 1870s, Anheuser-Busch became the first American brewery to implement pasteurization, which greatly improved the shelf-life and transportability of its beers. In the mid-1800s, most Americans preferred robust, dark ales. Busch had encountered lighter lager beers during his travels and began brewing a light Bohemian lager. Anheuser-Busch introduced this lager in 1876 under the brand name Budweiser.
Budweiser and Anheuser-Busch enjoyed two decades of growth before the onset of prohibition in 1920. Anheuser-Busch had to suspend brewing of Budweiser during prohibition and launched a range of non-alcoholic products.
When prohibition came to an end in 1933, Anheuser-Busch began brewing Budweiser again. During prohibition the palate of the beer consumer had changed due to the popularization of sweeter homemade and bootlegged brews. The company dared consumers to drink Budweiser for five days, and if on the sixth day, they still preferred the taste of other beers, they could go back.
Carlsberg was founded by J. C. Jacobsen; the first brew was finished on 10 November 1847. Export of Carlsberg beer began in 1868; foreign brewing began in 1968 with the opening of a Carlsberg brewery in Blantyre, Malawi. Some of the company’s original logos include an elephant (after which some of its lagers are named) and the swastika. Use of the latter was discontinued in the 1930s because of its association with political parties in neighboring Germany. Carlsberg founder J. C. Jacobsen was a philanthropist and avid art collector. With his fortune he amassed an impressive art collection which is now housed in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in central Copenhagen.
The history of Carling dates back to 1818, when Thomas Carling, a farmer from the English county of Yorkshire, and his family settled in eastern Canada, at what is now the city of London, Ontario. He brewed an ale which became popular, and eventually took up brewing full-time. The first Carling brewery had two kettles, a horse to turn the grinding mill and six men to work on the mash tubs,and Carling sold his beer on the streets of London, Ontario from a wheelbarrow.
In 1840 Carling began a small brewing operation in London, selling beer to soldiers at the local camp. In 1878 his sons, John and William, built a six-storey brewery in London, which was destroyed by fire a year after opening. Thomas Carling, shortly after helping to fight the fire, died of pneumonia.
William and John took over the company, naming it the W & J Carling Brewing Co. John Carling died in 1911 and the company changed hands numerous times since. It was acquired by Canadian Breweries Limited, which was eventually renamed Carling O’Keefe, which merged with Molson, which then merged with Coors to form Molson Coors Brewing Company.
In the 1950s Carling was first sold in the UK; it became the UK’s most popular beer brand (by volume sold) in the early 1980s.
UK sales in 1999 were one billion pints, in 2007 2.3 billion pints (over six billion worldwide), in 2009 4.1 billion pints (11.6 billion pints worldwide), in 2010 17.6 billion pints worldwide, in 2011 24.9 billion pints worldwide.
The largest pub chain in the UK, J D Wetherspoon, stopped selling Carling in September 2009, entering into a seven-year exclusive deal with the Danish brewery Carlsberg. From Q1 2011 Amstel, Carling, Heineken and Staropramen were again sold by Wetherspoons, at higher prices than Carlsberg.