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Beer Summit Soundoff PDF Print E-mail
Written by David   
Thursday, 30 July 2009 10:31

Sometimes I hate to blog about things that everyone else is talking about. But we cover American and craft beer news, and you may have heard some mention about the so-called "beer summit" that President Obama will be arranging.

If you live under a rock you might have heard about the "stoopidness" of the President's remarks about the Chicago police last week and how Police Sargent James Crowley arrested Henry Louis Gates Jr. in his own home. So the Prez sez "hey, let's all hug it out over a beer at the White House."

Sounds good... beer is the solution to (and cause of) all of life's problems.

Do I care that this is even happening? No. The "Summit" was created to help get the Presidential Foot out of the Presidential Mouth. But the Wall Street Journal this morning alerted me to the REAL matter at hand... the beers being served at the beer summit are all foreign beers. Gates will be drinking Red Stripe, Crowley will have Blue Moon and Obama will be pounding Bud Light... none of which are American-owned beers.

Red Stripe is brewed by London-based Diageo PLC. Blue Moon is brewed by Molson-Coors in Canada and distributed by SABMiller, owned by South African Breweries, and as we have reported many times, Bud Light is now owned by Anseuser-Busch InBev NV, a giant Belgian-Brazilian company.

Come on Bam, you're the President of the US, drink American beer! How about sitting down with a six-pack of Sam Adams or some other American craft beer?

The WSJ adds an interesting quote to the "brouhaha" from the Genesee Brewery: "We just hope the next time the President has a beer, he chooses an American beer, made by American workers, and an American-owned brewery like Genesee."

I concur.

(cross-posted and modified from Brian's Belly

Where Your 4th of July Pool Toys, Beer, and Hot Dogs Come From PDF Print E-mail
Written by David   
Wednesday, 01 July 2009 07:53

I happened upon a blog post on MoneyFoxs.com that spells out the ways that you may may be celebrating our American Independence Day by putting money in foreign pockets.  That doesn't sound like a good way to spend on the 4th of July.

So if we are going to ask you to Drink American, it goes without saying that you should cook, eat and celebrate American too... with American grills, corn and hot dogs...  Oh, and don't forget the American made flags and sparklers.

8 Companies Behind the 4th of July: Where Your Pool Toys, Beer, and Hot Dogs Come From 

Caught on tape: Anheuser-Busch execs party, then cut more jobs PDF Print E-mail
Written by David   
Saturday, 23 May 2009 10:35
Anheuser-Busch executives responsible for cutting jobs, slashing salaries, and freezing pensions have been caught partying at the company's Lake of the Ozark's luxury retreat.

KSDK's I-Team documented four vice presidents and five department leaders among the group seen hugging and toasting each other as they reportedly discussed the next round of layoffs.

The Anheuser-Busch lakefront resort is a secluded compound used for meetings, getaways and parties. According to the two day agenda, the 'People Strategy' meeting dealt in part with a three-year plan that focuses on reducing more jobs through outsourcing and layoffs. An Anheuser-Busch insider, whom they call "Joe" said "What you see in the tape is the face of corporate greed. This is the same type of corporate greed and self-indulgence that we've seen on Wall Street, that we've seen in the financial sector, and it's important that somebody hold a mirror up to this and say, 'Enough.'"

The group enjoyed the company's fully staffed, million-dollar 51 foot sports yacht. They chatted, drank and cruised on the lake. On the second day of meetings, 20 people from finance and accounting department lost their jobs.


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Economy Still Bad, Craft Brewers Up PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 March 2009 21:18
Lost your job?  Consider your next life in the beer industry.

Our economic meltdown has stifled entrepreneurial activity across the board. But as we've mentioned recently, craft beer makers are seeing slow, but still-strong sales increases as they outperform the rest of beer industry.

A surprisingly large number of people have been starting microbreweries or brewpubs according to an article in today's Wall Street Journal.  Schools that teach brewing are overflowing with people interested in getting into the business.  And sites like Beer Advocate are seeing an insane amount of traffic as interest is increasing.  Even Drink American is on a tiny uptick.

Last year 114 microbreweries and brewpubs opened in the U.S., according to the Brewers Association. The group estimates 200 microbreweries and brewpubs already are on the drawing board for the next few years.

Are you interested in getting into the beer business?  Be sure to read the full article at WSJ.com.

Beer Wars, the Movie PDF Print E-mail
Written by David   
Sunday, 08 March 2009 23:37

We speak a lot about the quality of American craft beers. When we started Drink American to inform people about the Belgweiser fiasco, we found that most beers that we thought were American turned out to be foreign owned.

This directed us further into understanding and appreciating American craft brewers and the challenges they face. We were not alone in our quest for information, apparently.

Beer Wars is an upcoming documentary about the clash between corporate beer companies and independent brewers. The movie is billed as an irreverent and comical journey through the underbelly of the American beer industry. Hmmm... might be more like the beer belly of the industry.

The film has director Anat Baron exploring the U.S. beer industry to ultimately find the truth behind the labels on our favorite beers. She goes behind the scenes of the daily battles and all out wars that dominate one of America’s favorite industries.

A digital one-night-only premiere hits theaters nationwide on Thursday, April 16th followed by commentary and discussion, but we can only imagine that after that we'll be able to find the flick itself on DVD or cable.

Beer Wars Movie Trailer from Beer Wars on Vimeo.


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