Well, we can finally put this one to bed. The Inbev take-over of Anheuser-Busch was settled yesterday. Now itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s up to the lawyers to work out the details. Anheuser-Busch Inbev will be the new company making Budweiser when itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s said and done. (If you want to get an in-depth look at the brewery that was Anheuser-Busch check out American Originals: Budweiser this Thursday on CNBC.) The sun came up this morning. There were no earthquakes in St. Louis Ã¢â‚¬â€œ I know because I live near enough to have felt them. Babies are being born and yeast still makes beer. The world moves on and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll wager that most beer drinkers wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even really notice the transition. Oh, there might be a bit of wailing and people swearing that theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re never going to drink Ã¢â‚¬Å“that crapÃ¢â‚¬Â again. There are even going to be some that declare Budweiser is now undrinkable even… Read More »
ConnecticutÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is determined to protect the children of his state from references to and pictures of beer in a video game.
I’m amazed to learn that a number of Colorado liquor store owners who complain about the new law allowing them to be open on Sunday.
If Inbev does wind up going through with the take-over of Anheuser-Busch the battle isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t necessarily lost. It could be reversed.
The trend of nostalgic beer brands continues with the return of Schlitz beer to its native Milwaukee this week. The beer, now being brewed by Pabst Brewing Co., is based on the original recipe.
The Czechs regularly win the distinction of having the highest beer consumption per capita in the world. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a standing that theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve held for years and it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t look like theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to be unseated anytime soon. But who spends the most on booze? Turns out that, at least in Europe, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the Irish. The average household spends 4.1% of their budget on booze. Compare that to 1.4% in England and 1% to Germany and you get some perspective on just how much this really is. Does this mean that they are drinking a better class of booze or do they drink more of the same stuff that other Europeans? Given that Ireland places second on that beer per capita chart IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d say the latter is more likely. I knew that I loved the Irish for more than just their music!booze irish
Scotch maker Glenfiddich recently announced that theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve selected the lucky barrel for this years vintage reserve release. The barrel, cask #4414 for those keeping score are home, was put away on March 7th, all the way back in 1977. For the past three decades itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been developing the hints of malt cereal, smokiness and leather that made it this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s favorite of the selection panel. The panel consisted of six Scotch whiskey experts included a writer, a restaurateur and a professor. Over three hours they studied and debated half a dozen of the final casks chosen. While they all had their merits 4414 had that something extra special that put it over the top. The panelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tasting notes reveal some of what they wanted to see in the final selection. Whisky writer Gavin D Smith said Ã¢â‚¬Å“There is a delicate smokiness to the finish that comes upon you rather unexpectedly… Read More »
In case you havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t heard European beer giant Inbev appears to be making moves to take over Anheuser-Busch. Overall I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think that this move would really mean that much. LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s consider a couple of recent instances of big beer mergers and acquisitions.
Even if Inbev does take over Anheuser-Busch, Budweiser isn’t going anywhere. The brand is simply too valuable.
Can it be? Lately more and more well respected craft and import beers have been showing up in cans. The beer can has long suffered from a negative stereotype Ã¢â‚¬â€œ both of the quality of the brew as well as the person who drinks it Ã¢â‚¬â€œ but things may soon change.