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Honey Porter or Smoked Lager?

Samuel Adams “Beer Lovers Choice” program is back.

This year one of the choices is Honey Porter, a retired member of the Samuel Adams family first brewed in 1994. The other beer in the competition is Smoked Lager.

Drinkers will have a chance to taste the two new beers and cast their vote during August and September at tasting events in local bars held in select cities nationwide. More information is available at

The beer that receives the most votes will become part of the Samuel Adams Brewmaster’s Collection beginning in January 2007. This mixed 12-pack features a variety of Samuel Adams beers.

Last year drinkers chose Sam Adams Brown Ale over a bohemian pilsner in similar voting.


Flying Fish needs bigger pond

Flying Fish Brewing – a brewery “founded on the Internet” in 1995 – has outgrown its home in Cherry Hill, N.J., and will likely move to nearby Burlington City.

“We’ve been looking for a new site for quite a while because we have outgrown our present location. I only want to move once,” founder Gene Muller told the Courier Post.

A move would leave Flying Fish room to triple its current capacity of 10,000 barrels.

As the company notes at its website: “When we started on the web in 1995 most folks weren’t on line. There was no spam and no illegal file sharing. There was also no and no Netflix. So step way back in time to the end of the last century and see how far we’ve come from virtual brewery to real brewery to real big (for us) brewery.”


Pennsylvana distributor, InBev duke it out

Pennsylvania specialty beer wholesale Shangy’s has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that InBev USA has failed to honor a 1998 agreement ensuring Shangy’s would be the sole wholesaler of Hoegaarden and other InBev products in a 17-county region that includes the Lehigh Valley, the Poconos and Philadelphia.

The Allentown Morning Call puts it this way:

The David versus Goliath battle pits one of the last of the state’s independent wholesalers against a corporate beer behemoth seeking to streamline distribution of its specialty beers with its major brands such as Beck’s, Bass and Lowenbrau.

The battle could decide the future of Shangy’s and, Nima Hadian says, ultimately reduce the number of specialty beers available to Pennsylvania consumers.

A business story with serious implicatons.


The Rock no longer rolls

Not sure how I came across this blog post but the headline sucked me in and the message reflects the mood of many who have posted responses to other entries here about Rolling Rock production heading to Newark, N.J. (further documented yesterday the the New York Times).

Anyway, from the blog:

Funny. I always thought that the reason Bud tasted the same no matter where it’s brewed is because it’s “beer” who’s recipe has been watered down over the years to the lowest, most generic piss-water common denominator for the hordes of sheep who fall for sophisticated, multi-billion dollar advertising campaigns.

Amazing the emotions beer brands can evoke.


Las Vegas man drinks lucky 7,777

After 7,776 beers how do you make the next one special?

Greg Nowatzki consumed his on July 7, at seven seconds after 7:07 p.m., at Big Dog Brewing Co. in Las Vegas. Big Dog brewer Dave Otto made a beer especially for the occasion called Quad 7. Otto used seven different malts, seven different hops, 77 IBU’s – International Bittering Units – and 7.7% alcohol.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal has the story.

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Brewery stays in New Glarus

New Glarus Brewing will be staying in New Glarus, Wisconsin.

Before you say “of course” read the report from the Capital Times. The brewery had threatened to pull up stakes and build on an alternative site.

The dispute was settled last night when the village board agreed to provide an economic development incentive of $2 million toward infrastructure costs of the new facility through tax incremental financing.

In exchange, the village will receive property tax revenue from the plant, which is guaranteed to have an assessed value of at least $8 million, as well as benefit from retaining the popular attraction and contributor to the village’s economy.


Bidding war for Sleeman?

The Globe & Mail reports that that four beer makers were expected to make their bids for Sleeman before the company’s self-imposed deadline – and that a bidding war may arise.

Prospective buyers include Molson Coors Brewing Co. and Labatt Brewing Co. Ltd., as well as Royal Grolsch NV of the Netherlands and Sapporo Breweries Ltd. of Japan, two overseas companies that distribute in Canada through Sleeman.

Other deals also seem possible.

While speculation swirls around which company might be the winning suitor, Blackmont Capital analyst David Hartley suggested independent brewer Moosehead Breweries Ltd. could sneak in and merge with Sleeman, although Moosehead says it has no such plans.

Sleeman, Canada’s third-largest brewer with 7 per cent of the country’s beer market, said in May it would begin a “strategic review” that could involve a sale.