Thursday, February 14, 2008

meanwhile back in the year 1

from Stephen Beaumont's broadcast in February 1998, Vol 3, No 2

"Just as I was preparing to file this edition of World of Beer, a press release crossed my desk touting a milestone for Rogue Ales. The event it trumpeted was the shipment of the Oregon brewer's one millionth bottle of beer to the Japanese marketplace.
According to the release, Rogue sent bottle number one on its way to across the Pacific back on May 9, 1994. At the time, the Newport-based brewer had three brands prepared for Japan, each labelled in traditional Japanese script: Brown Bear Beer, Red Fox Amber Beer and White Crane Bitter Beer. That number has now swelled to eleven, with Rogue having added such interesting brews as Chocolate Bear Beer, Kitami Mint Beer and Chitose Hasscup Malt Liquor to its Asian product line.
Acknowledged in the release as assisting Rogue "through the export red tape" was the proprietor of Beer Inn Mugishutei on Hokkaido, Phred Kaufman. A twenty-year resident of Japan, Kaufman is known to readers of several American beer publications, for which he serves as occasional correspondent, and is reportedly a prominent beer authority in Japan. He is also, according to the release, "wild about Rogue Ales."
Congratulations, Rogue, here's to the next million."

Blog Ob: Feb, 2008 -- this blog is Dedicated to a decade of Rogue Chocolate Stout, exploring its history and origin, pairing notes and recipe ideas, and looking to the future, sharing new food/beer epiphanies and experiences with you. Join me for the Journey ~ Salut! Bon Appetit! Prost! Enjoy!