• Major League Baseball Craft Beer Guide

    Looking to get yourself a frosty beer while you’re watching your favorite team play baseball?  If you’re at the ball park there are lots of choices, but not all are good craft beer.  The folks over at craftbeer.com put together a great list of which beers can be found at which parks.  I’m happy to see Flying Dog Brewery and Heavy Seas Beer are available at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, MD.  Do you see any beers you’d love to drink while watching America’s pastime?

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim | Los Angeles Angels | Anaheim, CA
    Bootlegger’s Brewery, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery


    AT&T Park | San Francisco Giants | San Francisco, CA
    Anchor Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company


    Busch Stadium | St. Louis Cardinals | St. Louis, MO
    Boulevard Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing Company, Samuel Adams, Schlafly Beer, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company


    Chase Field | Arizona Diamondbacks | Phoenix, AZ
    The Phoenix Ale Brewery


    Citi Field | New York Mets | Flushing, NY
    Abita Brewing Company, Blue Point Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery, Ommegang, Sierra Nevada, Six Point Brewing Company, Victory Brewing Company


    Citizens Bank Park | Philadelphia Phillies | Philadelphia, PA
    Anchor Brewing, Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, Flying Fish Brewing Company, Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Sly Fox Beer, Victory Brewing Company, Tröegs Brewing Company, Yards Brewing Company


    Comerica Park | Detroit Tigers | Detroit, MI
    Bell’s Brewery, Inc.


    Coors Field | Colorado Rockies | Denver, CO
    Boulder Beer, New Belgium Brewing Company, Odell Brewing Co., Oskar Blues, Samuel Adams


    Dodger Stadium | Los Angeles Dodgers | Los Angeles, CA
    Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Gordon Biersch Brewery, Samuel Adams


    Fenway Park | Boston Red Sox | Boston, MA
    Harpoon Brewery, Samuel Adams


    Great American Ball Park | Cincinnati Reds | CIncinnati, OH
    21st Amendment Brewery, Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Avery Brewing Company, Bell’s Brewery, Inc., Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., Founders Brewing Company, Great Lakes Brewing Company, Rivertown Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Co.


    Kauffman Stadium | Kansas City Royals | Kansas City, MO
    Boulevard Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing Co.


    Marlins Park | Miami Marlins | Miami, FL
    Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales


    Miller Park | Milwaukee Brewers | Milwaukee, WI
    Lakefront Brewing Company, New Glarus Brewing


    Minute Maid Park | Houston Astros | Houston, TX
    Samuel Adams, Spoetzl Brewery, St. Arnold Brewing Company


    Nationals Park | Washington Nationals | Washington, D.C.
    Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, Flying Dog Brewing Company, Heavy Seas Beer, Brewery Ommegang, Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company


    Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum | Oakland Athletics | Oakland, CA
    Lagunitas Brewing Co., Sierra Nevada Brewing Company


    Oriole Park at Camden Yards | Baltimore Orioles | Baltimore, MD
    Flying Dog Brewery, Fordham Brewing, Heavy Seas Beer, Old Dominion Brewing Co.


    PETCO Park | San Diego Padres | San Diego, CA
    Ballast Point Brewing Company, Karl Strauss Brewery, Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Co., Stone Brewing Co.


    PNC Park | Pittsburgh Pirates  | Pittsburgh, PA
    21st Amendment Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, Church Brew Works, Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, East End Brewing Company, Erie Brewing Co., Flying Dog Brewing Company, Harpoon Brewery,  Lagunitas Brewing Co., Pennsylvania Brewing Co., Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Co., Tröegs Brewing Company


    Progressive Field | Cleveland Indians | Cleveland, OH
    Buckeye Brewing Co., Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., Great Lakes, Hoppin’ Frog, Thirsty Dog Brewing Company


    Rangers Ballpark | Texas Rangers | Arlington, TX
    Brooklyn Brewery, New Belgium Brewing Company, Rahr & Sons,  Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Spoetzl Brewery, St. Arnold Brewing Company


    Safeco Field | Seattle Mariners | Seattle, WA
    Fremont Brewing Company, Harmon Brewery, Iron Horse Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Lazy Boy Brewing


    Target Field | Minnesota Twins | Minneapolis, MN
    Samuel Adams, Summit Brewing Company, Surly Brewing Company


    Tropicana Field | Tampa Bay Rays | St. Petersburg, FL
    Cigar City Brewing Company


    Turner Field | Atlanta Braves | Atlanta, GA
    Abita Brewing Company, Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Sweetwater Brewing Company


    U.S. Cellular Field | Chicago White Sox | Chicago, IL
    Bell’s Brewery, Inc.


    Yankee Stadium | New York Yankees | Bronx, NY
    Brooklyn Brewery, Samuel Adams

    Source: http://www.craftbeer.com/

  • Of the Top 100 Beer Brands, Anheiser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors Control the Majority.

    You know that here at Indy Beers we love to promote the little guy.  Well, we also like to let you know the monopoly the big guys have in the market.

    Last week’s announcement that Anheuser-Busch InBev had agreed to buy Corona maker Grupo Modelo is the latest move in a long trend of consolidation in the beer market, leaving it increasingly about two giant players — AB InBev and Chicago-based MillerCoors.

    The folks over at www.chicagotribune.com put together a great graphic showing who owns what, so check it out below and see who owns what beers.



    Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/

  • Church or Beer?

    The folks over at www.floatingsheep.org put together a nice little Infographic on the difference between tweeting about beer or tweeting about church.  The sample data set was from June 22, 2012 through June 29, 2012 and looked for either the word “Beer” or “Church” in a tweet.  They found a total of 17,686 tweet mentioning “church” (half of which were sent on a Sunday) and 14,405 tweets mentioning “beer”.

    The data was reviewed further to break down the numbers by state.  Below is the breakdown on a per county basis of the tweets.

    They also created another graphic that clearly shows a north South divide in the country between these two keywords.

    Given the cultural content of the “church” tweets, the clustering of relatively more “church” than “beer” content in the southeast relative to the north-east suggests that this could be a good way to identify the contours of regional difference. In order to quantify these splits, we ran a Moran’s I test for spatial auto-correlation which proved to be highly significant as well. Without going into too much detail, this test shows which counties with high numbers of church tweets are surrounded by counties with similar patterns (marked in red) and which counties with many beer tweets are surrounded by like-tweeting counties (marked in blue).  Intriguingly there is a clear regional (largely north-south split) in tweeting topics which highlights the enduring nature of local cultural practices even when using the latest technologies for communication.

    I’m not sure what this means, but in Maryland, we seem to be right in the middle, and that’s fine with me.

    Source: http://www.floatingsheep.org/

  • To Make Beer, MillerCoors Helps Farmers Save Water

    I’ve written articles before about the importance of water in making beer.  It seems that even the big beer companies struggle with water issues.  When a brewery needs a local water source to brew its beer, it is in the best interest of the brewery to protect that water source.

    “It is not going to be one organization or one company or one government that is going to solve this problem. It is going to take all of us collectively,” said Kim Marotta, MillerCoors director of sustainability.


    MillerCoors acted after an internal assessment showed that three of its eight U.S. breweries, including one in Fort Worth, Texas, faced potential water shortages. The company is working on water conservation at its breweries, but also is identifying large agricultural water users near its breweries and asking to partner with them on conservation.


    “We’re just starting that work,” Marotta said. “You have to start farm-by-farm.”

    I’m glad to see a company like MillerCoors taking an interest in the environment, even if it is self serving.  The initiative is a good start in the right direction and may lead to better brewing processes with less of an environmental impact.  Clean, pure water is a resource that is increasingly difficult to come by in many parts of the world and large corporations are taking notice.

     “You have to do more with less,” said Ken Klaveness, executive director of Trinity Waters, a non-profit conservation group focused on the 512-mile-long Trinity River, which supports water needs for over 40 percent of Texans.


    “If you want your business to be here 15 to 20 years from now, you need to be proactive,” Klaveness said.


    Projects with farmers can range from planting of grasses with deeper root systems that hold water and reduce erosion to installing high-tech monitoring stations in pastures.


    Farmers are being asked to change irrigation techniques and equipment and plant a mix of different crops. Ranchers are asked to alter the ways they rotate their cattle grazing.


    MillerCoors is also working with 800 barley farmers in Idaho to alter their irrigation practices in ways that use less water. MillerCoors will not disclose how much it is spending, but Marotta said the effort was a high priority.

    When water is the largest ingredient in your product, I can absolutely see a need to make saving and protecting that resource a high priority.  Hopefully it will be done in a manner that doesn’t horde that resource and keep others from getting their rightful share.

    Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/

  • Miller Time: Beer so Bad it’s Free

    When all other marketing attempts fail, why not just give your product away for free?  That is the idea at Miller Brewing.  What’s the catch?  Legal-drinking-age consumers with the first, middle or last name Miller will receive a gift card equivalent to the cost of a case of Miller Lite.

    Consumers located in, or willing to travel to, any of nine cities hosting special “It’s Miller Time On Us” events across the country can show their legal state ID with their first, middle or last name of Miller to pick up their $25 It’s Miller Time gift card. “It’s Miller Time On Us” kicks off this week in Philadelphia and then continues in Charlotte, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Phoenix throughout June and July. Gift cards are limited to one per person and must be collected within the designated hours for the event.

    If you’re really interested in going here are the “It’s Miller Time on Us” events that are scheduled (all times local):

    • Las Vegas – June 29, 1-5 p.m., poolside at The Palms
    • Charlotte – July 11, 5-8 p.m., EpiCentre
    • Milwaukee – July 13, 3-6 p.m., Miller Visitor Center
    • Cincinnati – July 17, 5-8 p.m., Holy Grail Tavern & Grille
    • Chicago – July 20, 4-7 p.m., location TBD (watch Facebook.com/MillerLite for updates)
    • Philadelphia – July 24, 4-7 p.m., XFINITY Live! Philadelphia
    • Pittsburgh – July 24, 4-7 p.m., Station Square
    • Phoenix – July 27, 3-6 p.m., Coach & Willie’s
    • Indianapolis – July 28, 1-4 p.m., Georgia Street (Pennsylvania Street to Capitol Avenue)

    I’ll pass, but if you go, take some pictures and share them with us.  I’d love to see the marketing behind this event because we all know it’s marketing that sells this beer, not flavor.

    Source: http://www.marketwatch.com/

  • Hotels are Branding and Serving Their Own Beer.


    Hotels, looking to make some extra money, have started either promoting craft beer, or are re-branding locally brewed beer as their own.  I’ve seen this done several times before at local restaurants.  T-Bonz Grille & Pub’s 33rd street beer is a re-branded beer.  The same applies to all the beers available from Bare Bones Grill & Brewery.  It seems that this venture is not just limited to bars and restaurants now.

    •The Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia this month released Cherry Verbena Saison, its third collaboration with Dock Street Brewing. The beer was brewed with lemon verbena harvested from the hotel’s rooftop garden.


    •Four Fairmont hotels have partnered with breweries to create their own house microbrews using honey from on-site beehives. The Fairmont San Francisco Honey Saison, for instance, was crafted in partnership with Almanac Beer.


    •The Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles International Airport recently appointed a new director of brewer relations, created a beer advisory board and has customized in-room beer fridges.


    •And at Kimpton’s Hotel Solamar in San Diego, Christian Graves, executive chef of the Jsix restaurant, will host “craft beer hours,” during which he’ll provide tips on home brewing.

    This to me is great news.  I love a good craft beer, and I’m happy to see businesses teaming together to make a quality product.  It’s all about the bottom line, and if that money can be kept in the local economy, it’s better for your neighborhood brewer.

    Hoyt Harper, global brand leader for Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, credits the social hour for higher food and beverage sales: “It energized our lobbies and brought more guests morning, noon and night.”

    Of course, I would like to see the brewer mentioned, if at all possible.  While it’s good that the local beer is being sold, a cross-promotional marketing campaign would be a great way to further enlighten the traveling beer drinker.  Why not tell the hotel guest who makes the beer and offer discount tours of the brewery or six packs to take home and share with your friends.  That probably won’t happen, but here’s to hoping that when I travel, a good craft beer is never to far from reach.

    Source: http://www.usatoday.com

  • Beer Drinkers are More Likely to Have Sex on the First Date


    Want to increase your odds of getting lucky on a first date?  Find someone who drinks beer.  A new study points to evidence that those who consume alcohol (not necessarily on the date) are more likely to have sex on the first date.

    Both men and women who enjoy a pint are 60 per cent more likely to sleep with someone early in a relationship, statistics show.


    This applies to both gay and straight people, according to Christian Rudder, a Harvard graduate who set up dating website OKCupid.


    After analysing the profiles and interactions of hundreds of millions of users, Mr Rudder found that beer-drinking was the most useful indicator of whether people are likely to have casual sex.  He also found the three questions that best predicted whether couples would actually go on to have a long-term relationship.


    1) Wouldn’t it be fun to chuck it all and go live on a sailboat?
    2) Do you like horror movies?
    3) Have you ever travelled around another country alone?


    The data suggests that compatibility on sensation-seeking may be even more important than more obvious compatibility testers such a date’s opinion on religion, sex, and smoking, observed Psychology Today.

    So there you have it, four questions you can ask your date on your first date to gauge your odds of getting lucky that night.  I would suggest asking if they enjoy beer first, and then perhaps ask the next three questions while enjoying a beer.  If they don’t like beer, well, you’re on your own.

    Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

  • InBev to buy Modelo

    InBev is at it again.  This time they are looking to buy Modelo.  The deal, which would include Corona, would be worth an estimated 15 billion dollars.  InBev already owns a 50.4% stake in Modelo.

    Mexico is the world’s sixth biggest beer market and the fourth most profitable and is a virtual duopoly between Modelo and Heineken. Analysts say it would be a good strategic deal for AB InBev.


    Modelo has a 50-percent-plus market share of the Mexican beer market, but a relatively low profit margin of around 26 percent which AB InBev would look to push towards the margin of 60-65 percent it earns in Brazil.


    The move would increase AB InBev’s focus on North and Latin America which already accounts for over 90 percent of profits with its half share of the U.S. market and 70 percent of Brazil.


    So it looks like InBev wants to just buy portfolios instead of developing new beers.  Yet another sign of a failing corporate business process.  Why be innovative in the market place when you can just buy an existing customer base.

    Source: http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/06/25/modelo-abinbev-idINL6E8HP3ND20120625

  • Beer from the Beard of a Brewer

    Well this is an odd one, how about a beer brewed from yeast that were found in the beard of a brew master for Rouge brewery?  It seems White Labs, a company known for making beer yeast, was looking to make a new yeast strain to sell.

    White Labs — a company that produces yeast for brewing — initially tested three samples from the Oregon-based Rogue Brewery’s hopyard, and none of them were suitable to be brewed.

    With their unsuccessful venture, they decided to go looking somewhere else at Rogue’s brewery, specifically, the beard of head brew master John Maier.

    The researchers allegedly took nine follicles of Maier’s beard and placed them on separate petri dishes. Voila, they got themselves some yeast. Rogue’s blog says the company will use the new yeast strain created from the beard to make a new beer called “New Crustacean.” It will be released early 2013, apparently.

    This certainly would be interesting if it actually happens.  I’d love to try the yeast in one of my own batches of beer!

    Source: http://rogue.com/rogue-wire-service/blog/category/general-news-info/
    Via:  http://blog.seattlepi.com/thebigblog/2012/06/21/beer-brewed-from-a-beard-is-this-a-real-thing/

  • Cans: A Can-Do Attitude


    Cans, they seem to be in the news a lot right now, and today is no different.  It seems that Bloomberg has posted a chart showing that cans are on a continued upswing of growth.

    The CHART OF THE DAY shows almost 53 percent of the beer consumed in 2011 was served in an aluminum can, up from a low of 48 percent in the years leading to the economic slump that began in December 2007. After peaking at 60 percent in 1991, the container’s popularity gave way to bottles and glasses amid growing demand for foreign brews.

    I’m really beginning to be won over by the can movement.  Once decanted I feel the beer from a can holds up just as well as its bottled brethren.

    “The image of beer in cans has changed,” said Charlie Papazian, president of the Boulder, Colorado-based Brewers Association. Since the recession, “two segments have done well, the below-premium budget beers and the high-end craft beers,” he added. “Historically, budget beers have been packaged in cans, and have been priced ridiculously low.”

    I’ll just make sure to stick with a beer that doesn’t involving me cutting a hole in the top to drink it.

    Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/