The inaugural Best Beer Writing Contest, sponsored by the National Beer Wholesalers Association, has concluded and the winner determined! More than 60 beer bloggers from across the country participated in the Best Beer Writing Contest. They were tasked with writing about the topic: America’s Beer Renaissance: Consumer Choice and Variety in the U.S. Beer Market. The winning entry was written by David Bardallis of Ann Arbor, Michigan, for his blog “All the Brews Fit to Pint.”
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Chip Mims is a son of the beer business. His father, H.H. "Boots" Mims, bought the small distributorship in 1964 after working as a sales manager for six months. H.H.'s identical twin brother, Joe, joined in 1966. They had three sales routes, and Falstaff was the beer of choice. In the '70s, the flagship brand was Miller Lite but soon Mims introduced craft beers. Today Mims, based in Raleigh, is run by Chip, 50 and his 49-year-old cousin, Jeff. "I got lessons in history and beer as I sat on a stool at the bar in the company's conference room," said Chip.
MIA Brewing Company, Miami-Dade County's newest brewery, is officially open for production in Doral. The first beer to be launched is a hefeweizen and the initial batches should be ready at the end of August. Most Wanted Beverages, distributor of MIA Brewing, will deliver the beer to at least 30 accounts throughout the city.
The Center for Alcohol Policy is accepting nominations for the Second Annual Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award until August 1, 2014. The award will be presented at the Center’s upcoming Alcohol Law and Policy Conference September 3-5, 2014, at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois.
More than half of American consumers Gallup polled say in the past four weeks they purchased generic or store brand goods (83%), shopped at more than one store for similar items to get the best deal (61%), gone online to compare prices and find the best deal (59%), used coupons when shopping (58%), and followed a strict budget (55%). But, perhaps surprisingly, a majority also say they purchased more at the store than they originally intended to (58%).
The legal battle over President Obama’s healthcare law ramped up again this week, as two federal appeals courts handed down conflicting rulings on whether the government can continue to pay subsidies nationwide to millions of low- and middle-income people to help them with the cost of insurance.
Better Homes and Gardens magazine lists four great beers to pair with hot dogs at your barbeques this summer.