Happenings In The Beer World

As usual, the is a lot going on in the dynamic beer world. Here are a few things I found interesting.

Bell’s Brewery plans to add a waste-water system, canning line and fermentation cellar in 2013. They also plan to invest $52 million, during the next six years, in the brewery.

Anheuser-Busch InBev SA’s attempt at purchasing the 50% of Grupo Modelo it does not already own is being contested by the United States Government. Concerns over rising prices are the primary reason for this lawsuit.

Constellation Brands and Crown Imports have asked to be included as defendants in the U.S. Government’s lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch InBev SA.

Speaking of lawsuits, the city of Philadelphia is suing Yuengling for an alleged $6.6 million in back taxes. Details are sparse, but my guess is those ugly glasses have something to do with this mysterious lawsuit…

The Alaskan Brewing Company has plans to use spent grain to power is brewery.

When I moved to Florida from Missouri in July, I had to give up a 3,000 plus beer bottle collection that included many rare and beautiful bottles. While that was sad, several local homebrewers found good uses for many of them. While I loved my collection (eventhough 99.9% of them were stored in a closet by the time I moved), these cans are worth a bit more than mine.

I have talked a little on aging beers before here. The following is another good but short article on the subject.

Here is another long article on the great debate about big brewers vs craft brewers. I only have two comments, first the title is misleading, as the highly sought after beer Bells Hopslam is not even mentioned. Secondly, I do not see Samuel Adams as small by any imagination, they changed the definition of craft beer by becoming too large and are still playing the small guy card. I do not want to take anything away from their history, attitude and the quality of their products, I just do not see them as the little guy anymore. The area of Florida in which I live has a Samuel Adams representative roaming around, there are numerous commercials and the brand is distributed by one of the largest distributors in the country. Conversely, the Anheuser-Busch house in Fort Myers only distributes to two counties.

Here is good blog article on Valentine’s Day beer.

Yeast is my favorite microorganism!

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