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News Briefs for December 7, 2016

December 7, 2016

•In the competition against alternative wine closures, natural cork’s most formidable foe has always come from within: 2,4,6-trichloroanisole, better known as TCA, the chemical compound that is the main cause of cork taint. Wine Spectator reports that Amorim, the Portugal-based company that makes more than 4 billion cork stoppers a year, says it has a solution that will relegate the musty, damp basement smell of cork-tainted wine to a bad memory.

•In the U.K., assets of the historic Mortlake Brewery in London’s Richmond neighborhood are being sold by British real estate auctioneer Eddisons. The facility’s Steinecker brewhouse, fermentation block, chip cellar, bottling line, and more than a hundred 100-and-200-hectoliter brewing vessels, among other assets, will be auctioned online January 16. Mortlake became renowned as the home of Watney’s Red Barrel and Pale Ale beers until the 1980s. For the past two decades, it produced Budweiser for distribution in the UK and Europe. Annual capacity was 2.35 million hectoliters. The facility was acquired by real estate firm Reselton Ltd. last year for £158 million ($200m) and is slated to become a mixed residential-commercial development.

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