The beer wars that have been brewing across the U.S. for several years have now come to Kentucky – and local consumers should sit up and take notice. On one side: global brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) which wants to buy a beer distributorship in Owensboro. On the other side: a coalition of independent wholesalers, brewers and others who fear that giving ABI a larger share of Kentucky's beer market could drive them out of business and result in fewer choices for consumers at bars, restaurants and on the shelves.
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In the closing session of the 2014 NABCA Administrators Conference, panelists looked at one important question for alcohol agencies in the post-Prohibition era: "80 Years Later, is the Regulatory Framework Relevant?" National Beer Wholesalers Association President & CEO Craig Purser noted during the discussion that alcohol is different than other products. The 21st amendment gave states the regulatory authority over alcohol and states developed their regularity objectives. Mr. Purser stated that the "dynamic" three-tier system works for all three tiers (manufacturers, distributors, and retailers) as well as consumers and the public.
Buying the newest Guinness brew entails Champagne tastes and a little more than your standard beer budget. Diageo executives said that in early November, the brand will launch its first in a line of "limited edition luxury beers." The convergence of several market trends—namely, rising demand for premium beers, growing consumption in fine dining settings, and broader consumer palates—has finally warranted bringing some of their experiments to market, said Doug Campbell, Guinness brand director.
Pizza Port Brewing Co.‘s craft beer will be sold in Las Vegas and Reno thanks to an agreement with a Nevada distributor. The Carlsbad, California-based brewer’s Chronic Ale, Swami’s India Pale Ale and Ponto Sessionable India Pale Ale will be available at retailers and in bars and restaurants. Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada will distribute the products beginning in October.
George Taylor and Stephen Pond are criss-crossing America to buy every kind of bottled or canned beer sold in the U.S. Their goal: 40,000 different beers, one bottle at a time. They will be taken back to a lab and analyzed in mass spectrometer for their “DNA” — finding chemical signatures and patterns. That “DNA” being collected will go into a free app called Next Glass that will help beer lovers scientifically find a match to the beer they like.
Lufkin, Texas, is abuzz as a new business will soon open its doors in downtown. It will be the only craft brewery in Angelina County. Big Thicket Brewery is co-owned by Crew and Corey Crawford. "Currently, we have about 13 different style beers on tap for our grand opening. We eventually are going to be a Belgium-style ale shop," said co-founder Corey Crawford. Big Thicket Brewing will be bottling their beers and working with a distributor to sell their beers to local retailers, so customers can enjoy the craft beer at home too. They hope to have their products on shelves by early 2015.
Victory Brewing Company announced the arrival of Harvest Ale, its first wet-hopped ale to be bottled. Available for a limited-time only, Victory’s Harvest Ale is all about the hops. The beer will be available at craft beer bars, bottle shops, beer distributors and major gourmet grocery stores including Whole Foods and Wegmans, throughout Victory’s 35 state distribution footprint.
To celebrate its fourth birthday, Untappd has a new badge for everyone to unlock! Check in to any beer between October 22-31 and you can get the “Untappd 4th Anniversary” badge.
Seattle’s breweries are pushing the envelope when it comes to beer, injecting everything from tree sap to roasted insects into their brews. FoodandWine.com lists some surprising ingredients going into your beers before they hit the tap.