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October 27 is National American Beer Day PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 October 2011 00:00

Today is National American Beer Day. We only know this because various news outlets like CNN seem to be reporting it, thought we can't find definitive information on who dedicated this day (and this month) to American beer. Not even the Brewers Association website seems to mention it.

But whether it's real or not, let's all spend the day (and maybe the weekend) drinking some good old American beer.

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 October 2011 09:21 )
American Consumer Satisfaction Down On Anheuser-Busch PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 October 2010 07:16

According to the American Consumer Satisfaction Index, Anheuser-Busch InBev has not been doing too well...


Customer satisfaction with beer fell from its all-time high in 2009 by 2.4% to 82, driven by a sharp decline for Anheuser-Busch products. The rest of the measured brewers—Miller, Molson Coors, and the aggregate of smaller brands such as Corona, Heineken, and Samuel Adams—held to the same scores received one year ago.

In 2009, a year after its acquisition by Belgian InBev, Anheuser-Busch advanced to its best ACSI score ever and captured the industry lead at a record 84. In 2010, the gain has evaporated as the company lost 4% and slid to 82. The number-one seller of beer in the United States also has struggled with sales of its Budweiser brand. Sales of the brand fell by nearly 10% last year, the largest decline on record, as younger drinkers have increasingly turned to microbrews and low-calorie products.


From the ACSI Press Release, via  Brookstone Beer Bulletin.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 October 2010 22:44 )
Bye Bye Beer Thugs PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 October 2010 07:08

In a nice blog post I just stumbled upon called "Bye Bye Beer Thugs" at The Drinkslinger, the writer talks about his love of craft beer in his youth, his turn to the dark side when he settled into Michelob Ultra for 10 years, and how the beer documentary "The Beer Wars" helped him sever his tied with Anheuser-Busch InBev once and for all.

So, I’ve been tasting for myself and I realized that for the past ten years I’ve been drinking (and selling) beer flavored water. [...] This past year I also found myself in the position of selecting and purchasing all the alcohol for a small, local licensed establishment. [...] I made the mistake last season of only carrying Bud and Bud Light and holy cow, did I hear some major beer bitching.  “Bud?  All you have is Bud?!  That’s not even real beer.”

This season I have yet to purchase any Budweiser stuff to sell but circumnavigating the Big Bud people is not as easy as one might think.  Since the 2008 merger of Europe’s InBev corporation with Anheuser-Busch, AB-InBev is now the world’s largest beer brewer with 25% of the global beer market.  They own 1 out of every 4 beers!   Besides the well known Bud, Michelob and Busch families, they own Stella, Bass, Beck’s, Kirin, Hoegaarden, Shock Top Wheat and even Rolling Rock!  I was careful to select outside the AB-InBev family and last week we opened for the first time this season, offering a great domestic craft Pale Ale and a tasty imported lager.  To my surprise, I heard quite a few “What?  No Bud Light?” As if denying anyone access to watery flavored beer was an abomination.

Read his full post at The Drinkslinger 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 October 2010 07:32 )
Craft Beer Sales Up Despite Overall Beer Decline PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 March 2010 22:27
National sales of craft beer grew 10.3 percent in 2009, despite the fact that overall beer sales in the United States fell by 2.2 percent, according to figures released Tuesday by the Brewers Association.

The growth during the recession-hampered year was even stronger than the 10.1 percent sales jump that small, locally owned breweries saw from 2007 to 2008, the Boulder-based association noted. And it came at a time when imported beers in particular felt the sting of the economic downturn, as sales of foreign-produced beer fell by 9.8 percent throughout the country last year.

Local brewers cited several reasons for the jump in sales even as the country’s largest brewers, such as Denver-based Molson Coors as well as Anheuser-Busch, saw sales dip. For people who can no longer afford a luxury vacation, the ability to treat themselves to a tasty local beer for just a few dollars more is a reward they still can afford, said Todd Usry, Breckenridge Brewery director.  Also, at a time when large corporations are laying people off and becoming less relatable to average Americans, craft breweries are still seen as a local product.

U.S. craft brewers had $6.9 billion in sales in 2009 that represented an estimated 9.1 million barrels. In comparison, overall U.S. beer sales fell from approximately 210.4 million barrels to 205.8 million barrels in 2009.

Craft beer sales continue to be just a small percentage of American beer sales, representing 4.3 percent by volume, but the number is rising, Brewers Association officials said.

Read the full story at BizJournals.com

Anheuser-Busch InBev Executive Pay Nearly Doubles PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 23 August 2009 09:07
Many St. Louisans are left shaking their heads over new numbers from Anheuser Busch InBev. A Belgian business magazine reports executive pay for the 13 member board has almost doubled in the past year. The increase doesn't sit will with St. Louisans still angry over layoffs at the brewery.

Political activist Ed Martin says the InBev conglomerate that took over Anheuser Busch already had a reputation in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. "No one should be surprised, because back last year, year and a half ago, what we were saying is if you go forward with this, you're going to have a slash-and-burn company. It's going to cut, cut, cut to the bone."

InBev slashed expenses, laid-off a thousand workers, and decreed it would now take ninety days to pay any bills.

Martin, who founded the "Save A-B" Campaign, says he's not surprised that all of the cost-cutting increased the company's profit by 28-percent.

The cuts and layoffs that caused the profit increase also raised payouts for the 13 members of the A-B InBev board.
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