Archive for December, 2006

California legalizes ‘free beer’

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

Beginning Monday, a new California law will allow manufacturers and distributors to give free beer samples to patrons at restaurants and bars, a marketing practice previously banned in the state. Anheuser-Busch lobbied hard for the new law, but insists that it only plans to conduct small educational tastings about new beers, such as its latest […]

Karl Strauss dies

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

Karl Strauss, consultant to scores of craft breweries and founder of San Diego;s first microbrewery himself, has died. He was 94. Strauss was born in a small brewery in Minden, Germany, where his father was the president. He lived in the family quarters at the brewery while he was growing up, the went to study […]

What would Rocky drink?

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

The latest movie in the Rocky series, “Rocky Balboa,” raises an interesting question. What would Rocky drink? Don Russell, Joe Sixpack, is on the case. A powerful reminder that it wasn’t long ago regional beer brands mattered. When asked the question, Sylvester Stallone answered “Rolling Rock” – but just because it was a Pennsylvania beer […]

Christmas cards from beery gravesites

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

For more than a decade, Brad and Lynn Craig have been mailing Christmas cards to their friends, bearing a photo of themselves next to the headstone of some great early Wisconsin beer baron or another.

Alaskan Brewing celebrates 20 years

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

Alaskan Brewing Co-founders and Co-owners Geoff and Marcy Larson and seven of the 10 original volunteers packaged 253 cases of Alaskan Amber to commemorate the first packaging of the flagship brew 20 years ago. “20th YEAR / 1986-2006” is printed on all the bottle labels in the limited-edition cases, and each case offers a free […]

More on Bell’s departure from Illinois

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

Sit back with a beer (or a six-pack) because the Chicago Reader goes into considerable detail to explains “How Illinois beer distribution laws, fiercely protected by a powerful industry, drove away one of Chicago’s favorite small brewers.” That, of course, is Bell’s, the Michigan beer that is no longer sold in Illinois.

Higher beer prices

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Scottish and Newcastle has informed wholesalers in the UK that the cost of beer will go up 3.5% next year. Chances are we’ll be seeing more of the same from brewers, small and large, everywhere. A spokesman for Scottish & Newcastle said the entire industry faced cost inflation of between 7% and 9%, pointing to […]