Archive for May, 2007

NH considers allowing stronger beer

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

The New Hampshire legislature is struggling with a bill that would boost the ceiling on alcohol allowed in beer from 12% abv to 18%. A compromise was reached Tuesday that gives the state Liquor Commission the power to approve the sale of specialty beer above 12% on an individual basis. “This allows the state of […]

Bud.TV not dead yet

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

It would appear that the rumors of the death of Bud.TV have – in the words of Mark Twain – “been greatly exaggerated.” The Wall Street Journal (subscription) reports, “Despite earlier suggestions that it might scrap its struggling online entertainment channel, Anheuser-Busch has decided instead to revamp the Web site to make it edgier.” Instead […]

Smuttynose expansion plans scuttled

Friday, May 25th, 2007

A proposal by Smuttynose Brewing Co. to construct a new brewery and restaurant off Route 1 is dead after Portsmouth the City Council denied a proposed zoning change that would have been the first step in the process. Some of the opposition seems pretty provincial (but then we are biased): Kathleen Hersey of 1761 Lafayette […]

Miller tap on Coors keg equals state fine

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

The operator of the bar in a Wisconsin American Legion received a ticket for pouring Coors Light with a Miller Lite handle – even though he told his customers it was Coors Light. The Appleton Post-Crescent has the mildly confusing story: (Ray) Wendt’s American Legion bar normally serves Miller Lite. But a wedding party asked […]

Beer festival runs out of beer

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Oops. The Stratford Real Ale Festival (Stratford-upon-Avon, the Shakespeare place) was supposed to run three days. But they ran out of beer on the second day. Organiser Bob Mansfield told the Herald: “We ran out of food at 8.30pm and went dry at 9.30pm. We could not bring in extra supplies from the breweries because […]

Do you have Dale in a can?

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

Yes, They Can says the Washington Post in a story about better beer in cans. You may already know the story about how Oskar Blues started something different in 2002 by selling Dale’s Pale Ale in cans filled right at the Lyons, Colo., brewpub. If not, read on.

A-B gains, but Bud.TV’s future uncertain

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

Anheuser-Busch reported short term gains Tuesday, saying that beer sales to retailers have rebounded in May after a disappointing April. The brewer said sales from wholesalers to retailers for the whole company, as well as just for its core beer brands including Budweiser and Bud Light, rose at a mid-single digit percentage rate. So far, […]