It took Kansas City Bier Co. LLC less than a year to expand its distribution to the entire Kansas City, Missouri, metropolitan area. The brewery has partnered with five distributors in the Kansas City area. Its beer is currently available at about 150 bars and restaurants, from Blue Springs in the East to Shawnee in the West, Raymore and Pleasant Hill in the South and North Kansas City in the North.
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Heineken will remain an “active player” in seeking acquisitions, despite having fended off an approach from SABMiller, according to the Dutch brewer's CFO. Speaking to analysts following the group's nine-month trading update, Rene Hooft Graafland said that the Heineken family had rejected SABMiller's offer as it wanted to “preserve the heritage and identity” of the company.
The North American Guild of Beer Writers announced the winners of its second annual beer writing contest earlier this month at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. The contest highlights excellent writing about beer in a variety of categories including Beer and Food writing, Best Blog, Best Book, Best Brewspaper/Free Zine writing, Best Magazine writing, Best Newspaper writing, Best Online Magazine writing and Best Podcast. Taking first place again this year was Literature and Libation by Oliver Gray. Bryan Roth won second place with his blog This Is Why I’m Drunk. Winning third place was Jessica Miller’s Hey Brewtiful, A Woman’s View of Brewing and Beer.
"Beer has to have water," said Luis Cayo, general manager for the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Los Angeles, which has survived many droughts over the last 60 years. "The amount of water in a standard can of beer is about 92 percent." This drought, however, is the most severe on record and there's no end in sight. Agriculture operations and manufacturers across California are drilling deeper, paying more and competing with each other and with residents for water. But in the brewing business, it's not just the water going into the cans, it's the water used to clean tanks.
A threesome of pro golfers have teamed up to create some new options for the 19th hole. With the help of Florida-based brewer The Brew Hub, PGA tour members Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley and Freddie Jacobson are teeing up a line of new craft beers targeting golfers. The three beers will initially be available this month on draft at select Florida golf courses and on-site restaurants and country clubs. Distribution will expand to grocery stores, bars and other restaurants in Florida and then to other regions.
In time for fall, Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, California, introduced a new, citrus-rich, chocolaty iteration of its year-round Stone Smoked Porter. "Stone Smoked Porter With Chocolate & Orange Peel" is available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft at retailers, bars and restaurants in select markets nationwide.
U.S. employment is down. Consumer confidence is up. Inflation is low. Things are improving, yet Americans are still worried. The economy is voters' top concern ahead of the midterm elections next month, ranking ahead of national security, according to a recent Politico poll.
October is a great month for both craft beer and horror films, and unsurprisingly the two go great together. But how best to pair them? Many beers display monsters, zombies, ghosts and ghouls right on the labels. Some, like Great Lakes Brewing Co.’s Nosferatu, Two Road’s Brewing Co.’s Roadsmary’s Baby and Full Pint Brewing’s Night of the Living Stout even allude to iconic horror films. Paste Magazine lists beers that best match horror flicks.