Archive for June, 2007

The beer must go through

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

Emergency workers delivered beer to an Australian town isolated by flooding. “There was some extra room on a boat after the essentials were loaded this morning,” said State Emergency Services spokesman Philip Campbell. The beer arrived just before a rugby league match.

Smoking bans boosts Washington beer, food sales

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

What were the effects in the state of Washington of banning smoking in bars, restaurants and gambling establishments? The Eugene Register-Guard reports that food and beer sales rose, but gambling income was down. “The numbers suggest that bars and taverns may have lost some smokers but gained customers drawn to a smoke-free environment,” Revenue Department […]

Shipyard, Lost Abbey, Firestone Walker shine

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Shipyard Brewing’s Export Ale captured Best of Show at the San Diego County Fair’s Commercial Beer Competition last Saturday. The Maine brewery’s flagship beer also won the gold in English Ales. Port Brewing/Lost Abbey from nearby San Marcos won five medals in the competition, as did Firestone Walker in Paso Robles.

European court backs A-B branding rights

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

A European court has upheld Anheuser-Busch’s right to use Budweiser and Bud brand names on merchandise including T-shirts and barbecue sauces, rejecting a challenge by Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar. Budvar, which sells its beer under the name of Czechvar in the United States, sought to prevent Anheuser-Busch from registering the brand names as trademarks for […]

German beers sales up, but for how long?

Monday, June 11th, 2007

German beer consumption was up in 2006, but brewers aren’t optimistic about the future. Sales have been declining since 1995, and the increase – from 115 liters per resident in 2005 to 116 in 2006 – has been credited to the World Beer Cup (which won’t be around this year, next, etc.) Per capita beer […]

Gluten-free Belgian beers US-bound

Friday, June 8th, 2007

U.S. importer Merchant du Vin will begin selling three gluten-free beers from U.K. brewing company Green’s Beers in July. The beers should be available on the East Coast early in the month and on the West Coast later in July, but availability will likely vary by region. Green’s sells gluten-free beers in a variety of […]

‘Old-fashioned’ beer fights image problem

Friday, June 8th, 2007

Graphic warning: If you click over to read the following story you will see perhaps the grossest photo of a beer belly every published. Market analyst Datamonitor forecasts beer consumption will continue to decrease in both Europe and the United States because of health concerns and image. “Health concerns along with changing alcoholic drinks preferences […]