Archive for December, 2005

EU backs higher prices in Finland

Friday, December 30th, 2005

Is this fair? The European Union prolonged Finland’s right to curb the amount of beer travelers can bring from Russia, aiding costlier Finnish retailers, bolstering tax revenue and addressing worries about drunkenness. Finland can limit beer carried by people arriving from non-EU countries including Russia to 16 liters until the end of 2007 under the […]

Beer for the turkey

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

The Publican in Britain asked a variety of beer types what beer they’d serve with a Christmas turkey. We particularly like the reply from Ben McFarland (beer writer of the year): At Christmas, you need a beer that copes with every potentially disastrous gastronomic eventuality. If the turkey ends up drier than a pensioner’s elbow, […]

How ‘Slate’ thinks about beer

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

During 2005, the online publicaton Slate covered the war in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, and the future of the Supreme Court, but the most popular stories were, for the most part, about dogs, beer, celebrities, and naked ladies. No. 9 on the list: Welcome to Miller Time, The great American beer crisis. Always interesting to see […]

No free beer in Minnesota

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

The Internal Revenue Service has ruled that shareholders and employees of Summit Brewing Co., who get two free cases of beer each month, will be taxed for the beer beginning in 2006.

A-B, Goose Island in talks

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

The Chicago Tribune (free registration required) reports that Goose Island Beer Co. and brewing giant Anheuser-Busch are “in talks.” Goose Island president and founder John Hall confirmed as much, but said discussions have been limited to “distribution issues.” He declined to comment further on the nature of the talks. Adding a small brewer would answer […]

Pin-up girls and beer

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

New York City’s Heartland Brewery has published a 1940s era pin-up calendar, featuring its servers and beers. The girls are posed in 12 vignettes to represent beers such as Matrimony Ale, Farmer Jon’s Oatmeal Stout and Not Tonight Honey Porter. Fifty percent of all proceeds from the calendar to the Heartland Brewery Foundation, with funds […]

Weekly Therapy: Winter warmers

Monday, December 19th, 2005

You wouldn’t have heard this exchange last year:        “Have you tried the new bourbon oak barrel beer from Anheuser-Busch?”        “Which one?” A-B regularly tests a variety of products in many markets, often with hopes they’ll develop into something bigger. That’s not the plan with three beers available now – they are one-offs (seasonals) willing to […]