• Beerporn: Editor’s Choice

    Tuesday is Editor’s Choice award day on http://hashtagbeerporn.com.  We are giving out an Editor’s Choice Award each week to the picture we think best represents beerporn during that week.  As an ongoing feature on Indy Beers each week I’ll be posting the Editor’s Choice winner from #Beerporn.  Remember, anyone can join and post pictures of beer to http://hashtagbeerporn.com.

    This week’s winner is Aser.  I personally am not a big fan of New Belgium, but a lot of people seem to like their beers.


  • [Infographic] Which Beer Glass Should I Choose?

    Ever wonder which glass is the right glass for drinking beer? Wonder no longer with this informative infographic.

    Which Beer Glass Should I Choose? Which Beer Glass Should I Choose?


    Source: http://blog.centralrestaurant.com/

  • [Infographic] The Price of Beer Around the World

    Ever wonder how the price of a beer in your county compares to that of others?  Wonder no longer with useful infographic below.  As a note, the USA is not on the list for cheapest or most expensive.
    The Price Of Beer Around The World Infographic
  • U.S. Challenges Busch-Modelo Beer Merger

    No Anheuser-Busch

    When the big get too big there is only one entity that can stop them, the government.  It seems the US government may think InBev Anheuser-Busch may be getting just a little too big.

    The U.S. Justice Department is trying to keep Budweiser and Corona apart.

    Justice is challenging the proposed $20.1 billion buyout of Mexico’s Grupo Modelo, brewer of Corona beer, by Anheuser-Busch InBev, brewer of Budweiser.

    Anheuser-Busch inBev owns 49% of Grupo Modelo, this deal would give it the rest.

    The government, though, says the merger would put too many top beer brands in the hands of a single company, limiting competition. The concern is especially high in 26 U.S. cities. The suit has been filed in federal court in Washington D.C.

    Investors of small business formation  reacted negatively to the news. Industry consolidation has been rampant in the beer and spirits industry and is viewed as a way for companies to boost profit by cutting costs.

    Shares of Anheuser-Busch InBev were down $5.58, or almost 6%, to $88.56 Thursday.

    Budweiser and Corona are among the most dominant beer brands in the country. Bud Light is the best-selling U.S. brew, while Corona Extra is the No. 1 selling import.

    Shares of Constellation Brands, a top spirits maker with brands like Robert Mondavi, fell $6.77, or 17%, to $32.40. Constellation is the U.S. top beer importer through its distribution joint venture with Grupo Modelo.

    Constellation stood to benefit from the proposed merger of Grupo Modelo, though, with Anheuser-Busch InBev and potentially suffers if it falls through, says Ken Perkins, analyst at Morningstar.

    Back in June 2012, when Anheuser-Busch InBev proposed the buyout of Grupo Modelo, it created a deal with Constellation to manage anti-trust concerns, Perkins says. As part of the deal, Anheuser-Busch offered to give Constellation a long-term deal to control the joint venture with Grupo Modelo, replacing the current deal that expires at the end of 2016, Perkins says. That would have given Constellation a long-term deal giving it the rights to distribute Grupo Modelo products in the U.S.

    Now, with the Anheuser-Busch buyout of Grupo Modelo in question, investors, too, worry that constellation could lose those distribution rights at the end of 2016.

    Regulators are apparently worried that even if Constellation has U.S. distribution rights for Grupo Modelo products, it will still be Anheuser-Busch InBev calling the shots when it comes to pricing.

    Lacking that competition, Anheuser-Busch would be able to boost beer prices, says Bill Baer, assistant attorney general for the department’s antitrust division.

    Source: http://www.usatoday.com/

  • Bud Dud: Big Beer Isn’t Recession-Proof

    No Anheuser-Busch


    I reported two days ago about how craft beer seems to be recession proof.  Well, the same doesn’t seem to hold true for big beer.

    The thing you pick up pretty quickly in just about any discussion of craft beer is that beer people are geeks: obsessive, opinionated, passionate, pedantic human beings who spend hours mulling every drop of their industry.


    We discovered this firsthand last week when some folks at the Beer Institute, a beer industry organization based in Washington, pointed out an alternative theory behind our post about how craft beer beat the recession. The Beer Institute found that craft’s gains came at the cost of overall industry losses. As Beer Institute spokesman Chris Thorne put it, “Beer isn’t recession proof.”


    “What you had was guys who build roads, hang drywall and deliver appliances out of work. These are guys who drink premium and premium light brands, because it’s affordable and that’s what middle class Americans drink,” Thorne says. “Meanwhile, Wall Street bankers, lobbyists and other well-paid professionals survived the Great Recession just fine, and continued to plunk down big bucks for high-end beer, thereby growing their share of market.”


    To illustrate that point, the Beer Institute provided a chart of average unemployment rates compared to average monthly beer shipments during the same period. Overall shipments began decreasing steadily in 2009 and continued through June of last year in direct correspondence with job numbers.



    In 2011, the last full year for which numbers were available, the Treasury Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau indicated that overall U.S. beer shipments decreased 1.4% after dropping 0.7% in 2010 and 1.9% in 2009. Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD 0.00%) and MolsonCoors (TAP 0.00%), the nation’s two largest brewers, each saw shipments slip 3%. Heineken shipments also fell 4%.


    It’s part of the reason Anheuser-Busch InBev pushed its premium Bud Light Platinum brand at the Super Bowl last year and is throwing weight behind its Budweiser Black Crown during the big game this year. It’s also why A-B acquired craft label Goose Island last year and MolsonCoors continues to push premium brands like Blue Moon and Leinenkugel’s.


    Results have been mixed. Early indications from industry trade publication Beer Marketer’s Insights show A-B with a 0.6% gain in 2012, thanks to both premium beers and a dwindling unemployment rate. Improved jobless numbers helped boost U.S. shipments 1.5% in 2012, based on preliminary figures, but it hasn’t been an even recovery. Higher-paid college graduates have seen most of the benefits, while those with a high school education or less continue to lose ground. As a result, MolsonCoors’ MillerCoors U.S. division saw shipments drop 1.8% last year as drinkers unsure about buying 30-packs of Miller or Coors in an unstable economy cut back.


    Though the Beer Institute asserts that dividing brewers up into different categories only detracts from a thriving industry that boasts more brewers than at any time in U.S. history, beer spending patterns indicate that those fractures have already formed. Beer geeks can use whatever labels they want to describe it, but the only labels that matter are the ones on the beer cans and bottles each side of the unemployment divide can afford.

    Source: http://money.msn.com/

  • Beerporn: Editor’s Choice

    Tuesday is Editor’s Choice award day on http://hashtagbeerporn.com.  We are giving out an Editor’s Choice Award each week to the picture we think best represents beerporn during that week.  As an ongoing feature on Indy Beers each week I’ll be posting the Editor’s Choice winner from #Beerporn.  Remember, anyone can join and post pictures of beer to http://hashtagbeerporn.com.

    This week’s winner is Husar.  He did a great job of capturing the logo in this one.


  • How Craft Beer Beat the Recession



    While nothing is recession proof, craft beer is making a strong case for that point.

    The craft beer industry has no problem telling folks how fast it’s growing, but now a market research firm says that small brewers’ recession-era growth should make Budweiser and Coors beware.


    The research organization Mintel reports that sales of craft beers, including Boston Beer Company‘s Samuel Adams brand, the Craft Brew Alliance’s Widmer Brothers and Chico, Calif., mainstay Sierra Nevada, more than doubled from $5.7 billion in 2007 to $12 billion in 2012.


    About 24% of beer drinkers told Mintel that they drank more craft beer sold at stores in 2012 than they did compared to 2011, while 22% upped their craft beer drinking in bars.


    The Brewers Association craft beer industry group has been crowing about that growth for the last few years, and says craft beer expanded 13% by volume and 15% in sales back in 2011 alone. Meanwhile, the total number of breweries in the U.S. rose from 1,793 in 2010 to 2,336 at the end of December. That easily surpasses the 2,011 breweries operating here in 1887, when brewing hit its peak with help from European immigrants who brought their home countries’ brewing traditions along for the ride.


    Existing craft brewers are seeing huge growth as well. Boston Beer’s production has increased 25% since 2007 and surpassed 2 million barrels for the first time in 2009 — at the peak of the financial crisis — according to Beer Marketer’s Insights. Sierra Nevada saw sales increase 23% during that span and announced plans last year to expand operations to an East Coast brewery in Asheville, N.C. New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, Colo., which has increased production 33% since 2007, will be joining Sierra in Asheville and bulking up its brewing capacity as well. Meanwhile, Lagunitas Brewing Company, out of Petaluma, Calif., has more than tripled its output since 2007 and has plans to open a new brewery and tap room in Chicago this year.


    Craft beer is a tiny pour in the beer industry’s $78 billion stein, but its take is rising. The Brewers’ Association says craft beer accounted for 5.7% of all beer by volume in 2011 while bringing in 9.1% of the industry’s sales.


    That’s pretty small, considering one out of every five beers sold in the U.S. is a Bud Light, but Anheuser-Busch InBev and MolsonCoors’ combined 76.5% share of the U.S. beer market is dwindling. The big breweries dropped production 3% apiece in 2011 as craft beer sucked up market share, and both are putting more emphasis on craft-style brands like Leinenkugel’s, Goose Island and Blue Moon. Drinkers seem just fine savoring the craft brewers’ slow-building results.

    Source: http://money.msn.com/

  • Hop Infused Vodka

    What goes with vodka?  Beer, or at least one of the ingredients from beer, namely hops.  I’ve seen vodka made with just about everything, so I’m not surprised to see hops in the mix.


    Anchor Distilling president David King had no idea that he was entering the flavored vodka business when he suggested distilling hops, the main flavoring agent of beer.


    “It started as a weird curiosity,” he told us. “And then when we actually did it, the resulting product defied categorization; not enough sugar to be a liqueur, not a gin.”


    Ultimately, the government decided: When he sent it to the TTB for labeling approval, they deemed it a flavored vodka.


    But the spirit, named Hophead ($35 for 750 ml; buy it here), couldn’t be further from the confectionery train wrecks of the same genre.


    It’s made with two types of hops, which offer a funky, herbaceous scent that gives way to notes of honeysuckle. Flavors of pine needles and herbs recall gin, while a bitter spine echoes a classic IPA. It is a crossroads for three very different drinking sets: the vodka-eschewing bartender, the gin-fearing drinker and the pint swiller.


    Try it first in a Bloody Mary, where the vodka’s savory character augments the tomato and horseradish. Then consider it in a cocktail from Absinthe in San Francisco, where bar manager Matt Conway uses it as the base of a refreshing shandy (see the recipe).


    Or do as the brewers at Anchor’s brewery do for double-hop action: Take a shot with an IPA back.

    Source: http://www.tastingtable.com/


  • Beerporn: Editor’s Choice

    Tuesday is Editor’s Choice award day on http://hashtagbeerporn.com.  We are giving out an Editor’s Choice Award each week to the picture we think best represents beerporn during that week.  As an ongoing feature on Indy Beers each week I’ll be posting the Editor’s Choice winner from #Beerporn.  Remember, anyone can join and post pictures of beer to http://hashtagbeerporn.com.

    This week’s winner is Scott.  It’s mine, but I really like the lighting and the title, “@SierraNevada – What Time Does the Narwhal Bacon?”



  • [Infographic] The Best Beer Tours in America

    While I don’t agree with some of the breweries on this infographic, it still is a fun one.



    Source: http://www.travelinsurance.org/