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'Tis the Seasonal to Drink Jolly PDF Print E-mail
Written by David   
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 08:40

Seasonal Beers are the gems of the brewing world. They can come and go in a cyclical fashion, and they represent the best in creativity and passion that a brewer can deliver. Seasonal beers focus on seasonal ingredients and highlight flavors that harmonize with the fare of the moment.

Check out SeasonalBeerandFood.org for a great little search engine that lets you find out in which states various craft brands are distributed... just punch in your home state (or where you are traveling to) to find what you could be drinking with your Thanksgiving Turkey or Christmas Ham. The list is NOT exhaustive... there are lots of missing brewers, but it's a good start.

What's the best thing you can do? Go to your local beer distributor and check out the craft beer selections. Take a six-pack or two with you to wherever your holiday travels may take you and try to convert those wine drinkers to beer lovers. I personally plan on giving Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock a try this holiday weekend. Here in NY I'm going to look into the Saranac Vanilla Stout from Matt Brewing, and as I am traveling to Maine, I plan on acquiring some Shipyard Prelude (check out this amusing video)... and will probably bring some back home with me.

And my last personal recommendation for this season is Magic Hat's Jinx (review on Brian's Belly is forthcoming) a "peat-smoked whiskey malt" which I fell in love with last week and then went back and bought out the store.

It's Official: Anheuser-Busch InBev PDF Print E-mail
Written by David   
Thursday, 20 November 2008 06:01


Last week, shareholders of Anheuser-Busch approved the $52 billion sale of the business to Belgium-based InBev, a deal that set the stage to create the world's largest brewer. 

That vote was the last step necessary to form the company that will be known as Anheuser-Busch InBev and combine brands such as Bud Light and Budweiser with Stella Artois and Beck's.

InBev shareholders approved the deal in September.

Effective November 18, Leuven, Belgium-based InBev changed its name to Anheuser-Busch InBev. Beginning today, the company will trade under the new ticker symbol ABI on the Euronext Brussels stock exchange.

Anheuser-Busch has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev and will retain its current headquarters in St. Louis, Mo.

Late last week, InBev agreed to an order from the U.S. Department of Justice to sell Labatt USA in order for the acquisition to move forward.


Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 November 2008 06:15 )
InBev Shareholders Approve Anheuser-Busch Takeover PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 October 2008 21:28
The first hurdle of InBev's takeover of Anheuser-Busch has been cleared.

InBev shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favor of the acquisition of all Anheuser-Busch shares for $70 each at the Belgian-based company's meeting earlier this week. 

They also approved the name change of InBev to Anheuser-Busch InBev and the appointment of president and CEO August A Busch IV as a director of the new company.

"This vote demonstrates the confidence our shareholders have in the strategic and financial benefits of the combination with Anheuser-Busch," said Carlos Brito, CEO of InBev. "We are very pleased to complete this important milestone and we remain on track to close the transaction by the end of the year."

The next step is for Anheuser-Busch shareholders to approve the deal.  A-B is scheduled to meet on October 3rd to consider and vote on the takeover.
News Source: Marketwatch.com 

Anheuser-Busch Launches American Ale PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 27 September 2008 08:07
In what we can only call a ballsy attempt to keep American drinkers blindfolded to what the company is really up too, Anheuser-Busch will launch "American Ale" this week.

In a press release, Dave Peacock, the vice president of marketing for Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. points out that the original Budweiser, which dates to 1876 and which the company calls "The Great American Lager," is just that.

"We have to reinforce that more and more," he said. "We have to appeal to a large group of consumers and it raises the image of the brand."

Dave is of course referring to the fact that "more and more" consumers are realizing that A-B will no longer be an American owned company.

The saddest part of the release however isn't the news that A-B is attempting to create a beer to compete with craft brews, but that overall sales of all A-B products were up 2 percent this summer with help from the new Bud Light Lime!  Let me repeat that last part in bold caps for those that miss the surprising part... BUD LIGHT LIME!

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 October 2008 21:22 )
Schlitz Beer Reborn PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 August 2008 00:00
It's the beer that made Milwaukee famous. That beer with the old-time mystique is back on shelves in bottles of its original formula in Milwaukee, where it was first brewed more than a century and a half ago.

Schlitz was a top-selling beer for much of the first half of the 20th century. But recipe changes and a series of snafus made the beer--in many a drinker's opinion--undrinkable, turning what was once the world's most popular brew into little more than a joke.

But after decades of dormancy, the beer is back. Schlitz' owner, Pabst Brewing, is recreating the old formula, using notes and interviews with old brew masters to concoct the pilsner again.

We say the timing couldn't be better... America needs a beer like Schlitz more than ever.  Good luck to Pabst Brewing in making this a national rollout.
Read the full story at Mercury News.

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