Greetings! I am still around. Although most of my efforts of late have revolved around exploring Beervanna and working hard to open up Ben’s Bottle Shop in Vancouver Washington? Of which construction started today! I also have a beer blog at Ben’s Bottle Shop which updated much more often.
Speaking of Ben’s Bottle Shop, my business parter Ben and I will be attending all three sessions of the Great American Beer Fest and will be sharing our experience live (until we have too much fun and forget!) on Twitter @bensbottleshop and Instagram @bensbottleshop so feel free to follow and experience one of the great beer spectacles through our eyes!
in the larger beer world, I am sure many of you are away that AB-InBev is looking to take over SAB-Miller. While this is certainly big news, I do not see a lot changing on the streets. If the merger happens, the concessions that will have to be made to the Justice Department to make this legal will probably go to great lengths to ensure the status quo. I can see the possibility of brands such as Shock Top and Tenth and Blake being restructured or separated like a Yum Brands-Pepsi situation. But overall, I personally, think the craft segment will continue on much the same.
One merger that I can see having a serious impact on the craft beer industry, although I am not sure how yet is the purchase of 50% of Lagunitas by Heineken for me, it is more of a shock that legendary craft beer pioneer and evangelist Tony Magee would make such a deal. With that said, I congratulate him, essentially Lagunitas is going worldwide from Europe to Southeast Asia. This partnership will further the ever growing respect the United States beer industry commands worldwide. Plus, I won’t mind drinking some good West Coast hops next time I visit Singapore! Duvel’s recent purchases of Boulevard and Firestone Walker is another big move for the new global US beer!
On a related note, and this is pure speculation but I think Groupo Modelo will be the next international brewer to purchase a major U.S. Craft brewery.
one more thing just for fun… Since, I used to be in good shape and a gym rat, I tried (usually, unsuccessfully) to incorporate protein into my drinking. Well, the fine folks at Supplemental Brewing just may have created a delicious solution To this problem. I can’t wait to try their protein fortified brews and they need your help! Here is a link to their Kickstarter campaign that launches September 21 https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/konrardy/1937990281?token=a4956f5b