Archive for February, 2007

Safeguarding the children from beer

Monday, February 19th, 2007

The rigorous age-verification system Anheuser-Busch initiated for those who want to visit the new Bud.TV isn’t restrictive enough for some. Twenty-three attorneys general have written to Anheuser-Busch Cos., asking the brewer for better tools to make sure underaged viewers aren’t accessing its new Bud.TV site. An A-B spokeswoman pointed out that many site users (or […]

Free beer as in free speech

Monday, February 19th, 2007

You are correct if you’ve figured out that a project to create “open source” beer doesn’t mean you end up drinking beer that you get for free. The idea of open source beer has been around as something of a joke since 1998, but students in Denmark have taken it a step further and begun […]

Oregon craft sales up 16%

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

Oregon craft brewers produced 16% more beer in 2006 than 200, the third year in a row of double-digit gains.

Dive bars and Internet connections

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Can a dive bar have Wi-Fi? Something to think about next time you nurse a beer at your favoirte dive bar. Don Russell offers his own definition plus lists some Philadelphia standouts. And, no, he doesn’t think a self-relfecting dive bar should have a wireless Internet connection. To me, a dive is a place where […]

A-B, InBev merger rumored

Friday, February 16th, 2007

A Brazilian daily reports that Anheuser-Busch and InBev, the two largest brewing companies in the world, have held prelimary merger talks. Not surprisingly, neither company is commenting. “We do not comment on market speculation,” said Gwendoline Ornigg, InBev’s director of corporate external communications. Anheuser-Busch echoed that, saying it was the company’s policy “to not confirm, […]

Time features spicy side of Fal Allen

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

Time features American brewing pioneer Fal Allen’s innovative beers at Singapore’s Archipelago Brewery in a story it headlines “Waiter, There’s a Herb in my Beer.” Andrea Teo, Archipelago’s managing director, expects Allen to uses spices. “I thought, what a great name: Archipelago somehow resonated with spices and islands . . . What if we make […]

16th century village inn top English pub

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) announced the Tom Cobley Tavern, Spreyton, Devon, as its National Pub of the Year 2006. This 16th century village inn has been run by Roger and Carol Cudlip for the last four years. In that time they have turned the Tom Cobley Tavern into the epitome of a Community […]