Archive for December, 2010

Pelican Brands acquires Napa Smith Brewery & Winery

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

An investment group led by J. Smoke Wallin has finalized the purchase of Napa Smith Brewery & Winery, making it part of a family of companies which includes Pelican Brands. Napa Smith Beer is currently in 17 states, and will be available nationally by the summer of 2011. Earlier this year, Napa Smith appointed Pelican […]

Tour de Fat raises $331,428 for charities

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing’s “traveling carnival of all things bicycle,” raised $331,428 for non-profit friends in 2010, which is up nearly 20% from 2009. The tour attracted 70,250 cycling and beer fans celebrants in 13 cities. From the press release: Tour de Fat is free to attend, but money raised from the sale […]

Deschutes 2010 Abyss is available

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Must mean it is time to open the 2009 vintage. Heck, turns out we could have done that in November.

Grolsch’s seasonal ‘swingtop symphony’

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

This one really belongs at Real Beer for the Holidays but that blog isn’t set up to accommodate videos. Happy holidays. If you go to the Grolsch website there’s a chance to win a case of beer.

Chinese giant Tsingtao takes over another brewery

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

The Tsingtao Brewery — China’s largest — has agreed to buy the Shandong Yinmai Beer Co., the third brewery it has taken over in two years. Wang Fan, vice chairman of Tsingtao Brewery, said the deal would consolidate Tsingtao Beer’s dominance in the market in Shandong amid fierce competition. Yinmai will continue to make Yinmai […]

Breckenridge, Wynkoop enter joint venture

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

The parent companies of two Denver-based breweries, Wynkoop Holdings and Breckenridge Holding Co., announced they will enter into a 50-50 joint venture early next year. Spokespersons emphasized that Wynkoop, which owns the Wynkoop Brewing Co. and six other restaurants, and Breckenridge, which operates Breckenridge Brewery and five brewpubs, will not merge their identities, their brands […]