The Deal’s Done

By , July 14, 2008 in anheuser-busch, inbev

Well, we can finally put this one to bed. The Inbev take-over of Anheuser-Busch was settled yesterday. Now it’s up to the lawyers to work out the details. Anheuser-Busch Inbev will be the new company making Budweiser when it’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 – 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 I’ll wager that most beer drinkers won’t even really notice the transition. Oh, there might be a bit of wailing and people swearing that they’re never going to drink “that crap” again. There are even going to be some that declare Budweiser is now undrinkable even… Read More »

Saving Our Kids from Fake Beer

By , July 8, 2008 in Beer Pong

Connecticut’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.

Colorado Liquor Stores Bitch about Additional Day of Profits

By , July 7, 2008 in Alcohol Law

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.

Inbev May Soon Own Anheuser-Busch But Who Owns Inbev?

By , June 30, 2008 in anheuser-busch, inbev

If Inbev does wind up going through with the take-over of Anheuser-Busch the battle isn’t necessarily lost. It could be reversed.

Put That Schlitz Where It Belongs!

By , June 27, 2008 in nostalgia, schlitz

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 Irish Booze Budget

By , June 23, 2008 in Beer, irish

The Czechs regularly win the distinction of having the highest beer consumption per capita in the world. It’s a standing that they’ve held for years and it doesn’t look like they’re going to be unseated anytime soon. But who spends the most on booze? Turns out that, at least in Europe, it’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 I’d say the latter is more likely. I knew that I loved the Irish for more than just their music!booze irish

Glenfiddich Vintage Reserve – Choosing the Best of the Best

By , June 20, 2008 in scotch, whisky

Scotch maker Glenfiddich recently announced that they’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 it’s been developing the hints of malt cereal, smokiness and leather that made it this year’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 panel’s tasting notes reveal some of what they wanted to see in the final selection. Whisky writer Gavin D Smith said “There is a delicate smokiness to the finish that comes upon you rather unexpectedly… Read More »

Does Budweiser Need Saving?

By , June 8, 2008 in anheuser-busch, inbev

In case you haven’t heard European beer giant Inbev appears to be making moves to take over Anheuser-Busch. Overall I don’t think that this move would really mean that much. Let’s consider a couple of recent instances of big beer mergers and acquisitions.

Even If Inbev Buys Anheuser-Busch Budweiser Will Be OK

By , May 31, 2008 in anheuser-busch, Beer, inbev

Even if Inbev does take over Anheuser-Busch, Budweiser isn’t going anywhere. The brand is simply too valuable.

Good Beer in Cans?

By , May 20, 2008 in beer can

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 – both of the quality of the brew as well as the person who drinks it – but things may soon change.