Archive for June, 2008

California beer lovers remain on call

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

The Brewers Association, through its Support Your Local Brewery program, asks California residents to continue to be ready for action. The message: Dear Beer Activists and Homebrewers, Thanks to all of you who took the time to contact the five California Senators on the Governmental Organization Committee to express opposition to A.B. 1245, legislation which […]

Miller delays taking ‘craft lite’ national

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Miller Brewing has delayed its plans to begin national distribution of the Miller Lite Brewers Collection. In a memo to distributors, president Tom Long wrote that recent test-market results “indicate a need for some additional and refined marketing elements with greater clarity about the brand’s promise of light beer refreshment combined with craft-style taste.” “We’re […]

F.X. Matt to resume bottling by June 30

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

F.X. Matt Brewing Co.will resume bottling beer by the end of the month, “an important step in the brewery’s recovery from a $10 million fire last month.” “We are well insured and we expect to rebuild the facility as it was or better than that, and probably in the end we’ll end up with a […]

InBev bid official; A-B stock rises

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Anheuser-Busch confirmed Wednesday that InBev has made a a $46.3-billion bid to take over the American brewery. InBev, whose brands include Stella Artois and Beck’s, is offering $65 per share for Anheuser, the leading U.S. brewer with 48.5% of the market. A-B said its board of directors “will evaluate the proposal carefully and in the […]

Deschutes celebrates with two new beers

Friday, June 6th, 2008

Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery’s celebrates its 20th anniversary this month with two commemorative seasonal beers — Black Butte XX and the 20th Anniversary Wit. From the press release: “Black Butte XX is a tribute to Black Butte Porter, the revolutionary Deschutes Brewery beer that has excited beer enthusiasts since its release in 1988. This special Reserve […]

F.X. Matt resumes production

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

New York’s F.X. Matt Brewing Co. resumed production Tuesday, just five days after a fire that caused more than $10 million in damage and destroyed the brewery’s canning operation. Its bottling line will be down for an undetermined amount of time. The brewery will have to temporarily outsource to other breweries for canning and bottling, […]

Foster’s debuts high-priced lager

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Foster’s has created a limited edition beer that will sell for $60 dollars ($57 US for a 750ml bottle). Foster’s master brewer John Cozens calls Crown Ambassador Reserve lager “luxury beer.” “It’s expensive to make and it’s expensive to package but it’s Australian, it’s luxury and let’s hope there’s more to come,” he said. The […]