Archive for January, 2010

German beer consumption tumbles . . . again

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

German beer sales continued their downward spiral in 2009, falling 2.8%. The drop was the biggest since 1998. The only break in the ongoing decline came in 2006, when Germany hosted the World Cup and sales rose marginally. Overall, beer sales have declined 30% in the past 20 years although consumption of alcohol, reduced to […]

New beers: Jubel 2010, Top Sail Bourbon Barrel

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Deschutes Brewery in Oregon has bottled a beer otherwise known “Super Jubel” for the first time in 10 years, with Jubel 2010 set to reach store shelves soon. A brewery press release explains the orgins: “Jubel was discovered by accident two decades ago when a clumsy burglar didn’t realize the weight of his stolen keg […]

Beer Label Evolution

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Below is, as far as I know, the most recent label for Budweiser, updated in 2000. We all know that labels change over time, sometimes dramatically, but usually more subtly with just small tweaks from time to time. But even small changes over a long period of time become dramatic in the long view. So […]

Belgian beer blockade holds strong

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Belgian beer union officials are talking about intensifying their strike against Anheuser-Busch InBev’s plants in Leuven and Liege although the company said it plans fresh talks with the union today. A second round of talks ended Tuesday ended without agreement. Staff at the AB InBev plants have been blocking the plant entrances for two weeks. […]

Zwickelmania: The perfect Valentine

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

How’s this for some back-to-back romance in Oregon? Feb. 13: Zwickelmania. Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day. Close-toed shoes required. The Oregon Brewers Guild has extended the scope of the Zwickelmania Oregon Brewery Tour after last year’s successful debut. Breweries across the state will host open houses and special tastings From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on […]

Narragansett tie design contest deadline near

Monday, January 18th, 2010

The deadline for Narragansett’s Third Annual Father’s Day tie design contest is Friday. The winning design will be featured online at and ties will be distributed throughout New England’s package stores in June. Judges will choose winners based on three main criteria: creativity, wearability and overall ‘Gansettness. Therefore all designs must incorporate Narragansett Beer […]

A-B InBev bosses taken hostage

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Workers at an Anheuser-Busch InBev brewery in eastern Belgium briefly took some bosses hostage after the world’s largest brewery announced layoffs, local media reported. The company will cut 800 jobs across western Europe, 10% of its 8,000 workforce in the region. It said the move was a response to falling beer sales, with the layoffs […]