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Two Six-Packs of Truly American Beers for the 4th of July PDF Print E-mail
Written by David   
Sunday, 22 June 2008 19:03
Digg It!Due to the resurgence of the commercial craft brewing industry in the 1980s, the United States now features many beers, offered by over 1400 brewpubs, microbreweries and regional brewers.

To help get you started in your quest to Drink American, here is a list of the top six craft and microbreweries according to the Brewers Association of Boulder, Colorado.

1. The Boston Beer Company, brewers of about 20 different varietes of Samuel Adams, is probably the best known "craft brewer" in the United States (and is, in fact, the largest). Sam Adams beers are "contract-brewed" meaning, they are so large that not all of it comes from one brewery. Hence, Sam Adams can be found nationwide. With a name like Samuel Adams--an American patriot famous for his role in the American Revolution--it is one of your best beverage choices for patriotic consumption this Fourth of July. For a hot summer weekend, try Sam's Summer Ale, Sam Adams Light, and the original Sam Adams Lager.

2. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, CA, produces almost 700,000 barrels of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale a year, making them the second largest craft brewer. They also have a Summerfest Lager this time of the year.

3. New Belgium in Fort Collins, Colorado--the third largest craft brewer--makes one of my favorites--Fat Tire Amber Ale. Though only in about 18 states, it's worth looking for.

4. The Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, TX is the fourth largest craft brewer. They make Shiner Bock, a delicious German/Czech-style beer that is is now distributed in 41 states.

5. Pyramid Breweries of Seattle, WA, brews Thunderhead IPA, and a nice Kölsch summer seasonal called Curve Ball.

6. Matt Brewing in Utica, New York serves up the Saranac line of beers. A nice light option to replace Budweiser on Independence Day would be their Traditional American Lager (a.k.a. pilsner in most of the world).

And a six-more-pack of some of my personal favorites not in the top six:

1. D.G. Yuengling & Son, commonly called Yuengling, of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, is the oldest operating brewing company in the United States, having been established in 1829, and is one of the largest breweries by volume in the country. They produce, among others, the popular Yuengling Lager.

2. Shipyard Brewing Co. in Portland, Maine makes the fantastic Shipyard Export Ale as well as a Summer Ale that is slightly less hoppy, perfect on a warmer day.

3. Abita Brewing Co. in Louisana makes Abita Amber and Purple Haze for the warmer days and Turbo Dog for those cooler nights.

4. Anchor Brewing Company, in San Francisco, CA, makes the very popular and easy-to-find Anchor Steam as well as a seasonal summer wheat beer.

5. Magic Hat Brewing Company in Vermont, makes the easy-to-find-east-coast beer #9.

6. Pete's Brewing Company of San Antonio, TX, makes Pete's Wicked Ale, an American Brown Ale. One of my personal favorites--if I can ever find it again--is Pete's Strawberry Blonde, a summer brew.

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Last Updated ( Monday, 23 June 2008 21:33 )
Modelo CEO Resigns from Anheuser-Busch Board, A-B to Buy Crown Beers PDF Print E-mail
Written by David   
Friday, 20 June 2008 21:11
On Friday Anheuser-Busch saw one of its key players step down, but all is not as it appears. Rather than signal weakness this departure shows that Bud is ready to make a play for Grupo Modelo in order to keep itself from getting taken over by Belgian brewer InBev.

A Grupo Modelo spokesperson said Carlos Fernandez resigned from the board to avoid the appearance of any conflicts.  Ann Gilpin, an analyst with Morningstar in Chicago, called the resignation confusing since she believes Fernandez is in favor of InBev acquiring A-B because he does not want to see Anheuser-Busch buy out the rest of Grupo Modelo.
Some sources took Mr Fernandez's departure to mean that Anheuser has lost a key ally in any defence against InBev. 

Separately, Anheuser-Busch announced today that it would buy the remaining 50.0% of Crown Beers India Ltd., its India-based joint venture, that it doesn't already own.  Earlier this week, InBev told the U.S. beermaker in a letter not to pursue other transactions as it considered InBev's offer.

Easy Bud, she's bad news.


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 July 2009 08:21 )
Warren Buffett & Jimmy Buffett PDF Print E-mail
Written by David   
Friday, 20 June 2008 00:04
Things are not looking good.  According to The Business Journal, Warren Buffett, the world's richest man and chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., plans to tell Anheuser-Busch Cos. chief August Busch IV that he supports Belgian brewer InBev's proposed $46.3 billion takeover offer of the Budweiser brewer.

Berkshire Hathaway owns more than 35.3 million shares, or 4.9 percent, of Anheuser-Busch stock, and is believed to be the brewer's second-largest shareholder behind the 5.7 percent held by Barclays Global Investors NA of San Francisco. Berkshire Hathaway's stake in Anheuser-Busch is worth nearly $2.3 billion at the current offer price of $65 per share.

"Mr. Buffett, who holds a 5 percent stake in Anheuser-Busch Inc., has a notable reputation for assisting in matters where family ownership is at stake," said Adolphus Busch IV, an uncle to August Busch IV and a company shareholder, in a statement. "His participation in the recent merger of Wrigley and Mars Inc. is evidence of his integrity. Should Mr. Buffett see this merger as a positive action for all shareholders involved, the likelihood of a deal will increase enormously."

Research firm Gimme Credit issued a note Monday morning that said, "If Mr. Buffett makes any public statement in support of InBev's bid, it's game over for the Busch family's takeover defense efforts."
But what does Mr. Cheeseburger in Paradise think?  The OTHER BUFFETT, Jimmy Buffett's LandShark Lager is brewed by the makers of Budweiser. Where are all the quotes in the papers from him!? What will HE tell the Busch family!?  Maybe he can promote some changes in attitudes... if not, put LandShark on your list.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 July 2009 08:15 )
Drink American Proposes Boycott of Anheuser Busch PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 June 2008 01:00

UPDATE--June 26, 2008: It is with great pleasure that we woud like to officially stand-down from the Anheuser-Busch boycott that we were suggesting take place on Independence Day. Those that had pledged to stand by our boycott understood the importance of dissuading members of the Anheuser-Busch board of directors from selling the All-American company to a foreign entity. Read more here.

Strikes and boycotts quite frequently do absolutely no good. We see them all the time and pay them no mind. The plights of the supporters go unheard of or dismissed due to a minority interest or only a local following.

But, my fellow Americans, we are not in the minority. We are patriots and this affects all Americans, drinkers and teetotalers alike. In this day and age it is harder and harder to walk into a store and find a product that says "Made in U.S.A." on the label... something that was built by an American company, by Americans, for Americans.

We the People need to do something and we need to do it now.

Anheuser-Busch has a history in the United States that goes back 150 years. Recognizable icons of the company include the American Eagle logo, the banner and pledge on every can and label of Budweiser beer, and of course, the magestic Budweiser Clydesdales.

It is with all this in mind, and with great displeasure that we must recommend a boycott of all Anheuser-Busch products. We are proceeding with single coordinated event for the Fourth of July weekend... on this Independence Day, we ask you to Drink American and boycott all Anheuser-Busch beverages as well as all InBev beverages.

What does this mean? Simply put, choose to imbibe with patriotism and loyalty on that holiday. Instead of a six-pack of Bud, pick up a six-pack of beer that was brewed by your local brewery. Instead of a case of Bud Light, enjoy something that you've never tried before that was brewed in your own hometown. Show A-B that you won't stand for any act of treason against our great country... before it's too late.

Spread the word. Use the social links and email links on this site to let your fellow Americans know what could happen to a great American icon. Check our FAQ for a list of all A-B and InBev beers and beverages to avoid on Independence Day weekend this year.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2008 13:04 )
$65 a BUD (NYSE) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 June 2008 21:37
The head of Belgian brewer InBev NV visited Capitol Hill Tuesday to promote his company's takeover of Anheuser-Busch to skeptical lawmakers and told reporters the $65 a share offer is the highest it would bid. At that price per share, the deal would be worth about $46.3 billion.

At the meeting Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill said: "I explained to them that I would do everything I could to stop this sale from going through." She added: "It's very unclear that any of us (members of Congress) can do anything at this point" other than to express displeasure.

This is true as is does not look like any regulatory clearance is needed in the deal. InBev would combine breweries that operate in different geographic markets and thus not violate antitrust laws.

Meanwhile, Berkshire Hathaway, the investment company controlled by billionaire (and American icon in his own right) Warren Buffett, may bank a $600 million profit if InBev NV succeeds in its takeover of Budweiser-maker Anheuser-Busch. Some news outlets have reported that Buffett committed to support the takeover. Buffett's company owns 35.56 million shares of BUD (NYSE), which is roughly 5%.

Perhaps even worse speculation right now is that Grupo Modelo, already 50 percent owned by Anheuser, is expected to block any attempt by them to buy full control as a defensive move (this would make Modelo an American company, not a Mexican company, which their CEO is vocally against). Analysts say the most likely outcome is that Modelo will embrace InBev's bid for Anheuser and hope the Belgian brewer proves to be a better partner than the biggest U.S. brewer.

So where does this leave us?

Well, we think it's finally official... we need to strike. Details to follow.

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 June 2008 23:19 )
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