Archive for March, 2008

What’s hot? Miller Chill and Blue Moon White

Monday, March 31st, 2008

What do Coors Blue Moon White Ale and Miller Chill have in common? The grabbed the No. 1 spots on “Top 30 Beer Brand Performers in 2007” and “Top 15 New Beer Brands in 2007” list announced by IRI Beer, Wine and Spirits Practice. For the Top 30 Beer Brand Performers ranking, IRI analyzed volume […]

The perfect summer job? Best Brewers Summer intern

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Turns out being Chief Beer Officer for Four Points by Sheraton is a real job. In fact, CBO Scott Kerkmans has discovered he needs help and the company has announced a “world wide” search for a Best Brews Summer intern. As part of his undertaking the resident CBO is seeking a yeasty soul over the […]

A-B gives Michelob brands ‘creative license’

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

The St. Louis-Dispatch reports Anheuser-Busch is creating Michelob Brewing Co., a new unit that will encompass A-B’s fuller-flavored beers, such as Michelob, and spin-offs such as Michelob Porter and AmberBock as well as newer beers that have not yet been released. This “formally gives new autonomy and creative license to its 112-year-old Michelob brand family.” […]

Heineken acquires Czech brewing group

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Dutch brewing giant Heineken has struck a deal to acquire Czech brewer Drinks Union, which will boost Heineken’s share of the Czech market from 9% to 12%. The company cites “considerable growth opportunities in the Czech market” as the reason for the acquisition. Drinks Union owns the popular Zlatopramen brand and three regional brands, Breznak, […]

Georgia bar gives customers own personal taps

Monday, March 24th, 2008

A sports bar in Atlanta now allows customers to pour their own beer while seated at their own table. Jeff Libby, 26, invented and patented the system. Taps boasting two beer spouts are built into tables dotting Atlanta’s swanky STATS sports bar. Each is hooked into a cooler of kegs in the bar’s basement through […]

New beer alert: Shiner 99, ‘Hopsinjoor’ and more

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

The Spoetzl Brewery in Texas has released the fourth beer in the countdown toward its 100th anniversary in 2009. Shiner 99 is brewed in the style of a Helles. A brewery press release notes: “Some people think ‘helles’ is German for ‘pale.’ But it actually means ‘bright,’ and that’s just what Shiner 99 is — […]

Joe Sixpack’s Philly Beer Guide released

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Even though Philly Beer Week has ended, Philadelphia continues to celebrate beer on a daily basis, and beer writer Don Russell has written a guide to drinking in his hometown. “Joe Sixpack’s Philly Beer Guide: A Reporter’s Notes on the Best Beer-Drinking City in America” cites more than 300 places and is thick with maps […]