• Yuengling now America’s Largest Brewer

     

    I’m not a big fan of Yuengling beer, but I’ll drink it any day of the week over the swill produced by Anheuser BuschMiller, or Coors.  Yuengling is now the largest American owned brewery in the United States.

    According to new estimates from Beer Marketer’s Insights, Yuengling surged last year with shipments up 16.9% to 2.5 million barrels, placing it eighth in overall U.S. market share, at 1.2%. That was good enough to nose by Boston, which grew by 8% to 2.4 million barrels, dropping to ninth place. Boston owns the Sam Adams brand.

    I’m very happy to see that the top largest American owned breweries are independent.  Further down the list, however, there is some room for improvement:

    Yuengling’s ranking as the top American-owned brewer comes with some caveats. Pabst Brewing Co., which ranks fifth overall, is U.S.-owned, but outsources its brewing. Sixth-place North American Breweries, which sells brands such as Genesee and Magic Hat, is also U.S.-owned, but a chunk of its volume comes from the imported Labatt brand.

    If you haven’t had Yuengling, it’s worth a try, and it’s better for the US economy, too!!!

    Source:  adage.com

  • Anheuser-Busch no longer the #1 and #2 beers in America

    It’s not really news that big beer is slowly losing it’s grip on the American consumer, but it’s still interesting to watch things things at the top change.  It turns out that AB just lost the #2 spot to rival Coors and their Coors Light beer.

    This is the first time in nearly two decades that Anheuser-Busch hasn’t controlled the top two beers in the country. The King of Beers is on its way to becoming court jester.

    I wouldn’t read too much into this, but my take it on it is Budweiser customers are finding other beers to drink, whereas Coors customers are still following the pied piper.

    “Anytime you can dethrone the king, it’s special,” a MillerCoors spokesman told Advertising Age. An Anheuser-Busch spokesman was less celebratory, saying the company was on track with a strategy to stabilize Budweiser.

    The No. 1 brand is Bud Light.

    Source: MSN.com

  • Miller, it’s Australian for Cheap Beer


    So we all know the SABMiller may soon take over Foster’s, but it doesn’t seem like the shareholders were too happy:

    Foster’s executives were forced to defend the takeover before around 200 shareholders at what is likely to be the brewer’s last annual meeting, saying the deal offered the certainty of cash in a volatile global environment.

     

    “You are now presenting us with a bright future for Foster’s and you are turning around and getting rid of this company. It is disgraceful of the board,” said one small shareholder, Douglas Fleming, to widespread applause.

    I’m not one for sentimental value of a big company, especially one like Foster’s, but it seems like SABMiller could care less about the beer.  At least the recognize where the problem lies:

    The company has been struggling with declining volumes as demand for traditional beers falls, and its market share has fallen to 50 percent from 55 percent. But it said there has been some improvement in consumer confidence in recent months.

     

    “We believe that once Australia moves through this period of economic uncertainty, the beer category will return to the long-term trend of moderate growth,” Pollaers said.

    Of course, now Australian’s have to work that much harder to find a good craft beer:

    After SABMiller, the London-based brewer of Peroni, Miller Lite and Grolsch, takes control of Foster’s, about 90 percent of Australian brewing will be in offshore hands. The remaining 10 percent is mainly with small craft breweries.

    Here’s to hoping our mates down under can see to it to join the growing chorus that is the craft beer movement.

    [edited to correct inconsistent information regarding current ownership]

    Source: reuters.com

  • Walmart and Craft Beers a New Marriage

    So it seems Walmart is going to give more beer space to craft beers.  This can only be good for craft beer lovers giving you more choices in more places.

    In another sign that the fast-growing segment is going mainstream, the nation’s largest company and biggest beer seller is planning to add shelf space to accommodate more craft brews, former Walmart CEO Lee Scott told distributors this week at their annual convention in Las Vegas. Mr. Scott, who retired as CEO in 2009 but still serves on the board, said he recently talked to a top Walmart official who is “clearly is in line with the fact we’ve got to make more space, we have to have more representation on assortment.”

    I’m very happy to see this news.  While I don’t often find myself in a Walmart, I know millions of Americans do.  Giving these individuals more choice in the products they see may help bring new craft beer lovers to the table.  Mr. Scott goes on to say:

    Walmart, Mr. Scott added, “built the company on two things: One was price, but the other was assortment, and you can’t take an area like beer where people are moving to craft and ‘under-assort’ yourself because the person who is buying craft beer and wants that assortment will drive to Kroger and pay the 15% more.”

    I’m glad to see that even a super store like Walmart can find value in showcasing the small business products!!

    Source: adage.com

  • Local Beer Gets More Local

    Wine has long been a product in which the grapes are grown near where the wine is produced, often on the same farm.  This is a trend that may be starting soon with beer as well.  A project started in downtown Toronto, Canada is looking to grow hops in the city to be used in making local beer.

    This spring, hops were planted on the property of businesses such as I deal Coffee and restaurant/bar Parts & Labour (both located in the west end of downtown Toronto), a handful of residential backyard gardens and Wychwood Barns, a park and community hub. Katie Mathieu tended to the hops at Parts & Labour – she runs a planter garden project on the building’s rooftop, growing vegetables and herbs for use in the restaurant. Ms. Mathieu says the hops thrived in planters on the roof.

    This is a really positive move towards a more green method of brewing beer, and I hope to see more of it.  Michael Clark, co-founder of Toronto’s Bellwoods Brewery had this to say:

    “Even if the city hops program isn’t a colossal money-maker, there’s a tangible benefit to the greening of space and having it produce something that connects people to that space,” says Mr. Clark.

    Source: theglobeandmail.com

  • Beer Drinking Blamed for Red Sox Demise

    The Red Sox had a downward spiral at the end of the baseball season that ended with a loss to my hometown favorite, The Baltimore Orioles.  There has been plenty of speculation on what may have have been the cause of such a dismal end to a good season, but boston.com yesterday posted an interesting take on the situation.

    Boston’s three elite starters went soft, their pitching as anemic as their work ethic. The indifference of Beckett, Lester, and Lackey in a time of crisis can be seen in what team sources say became their habit of drinking beer, eating fast-food fried chicken, and playing video games in the clubhouse during games while their teammates tried to salvage a once-promising season.

    So it seems that beer is (partially) to blame.  Well, as an Orioles fan, that’s just fine for me.

    via: CBSnews.com
    Source: Boston.com

  • Germany looks to US to broaden beer market.

    The Germans are coming, the Germans are coming!!!!

    With the raising European economic crisis German brewers are looking for methods to increase revenue streams. But German beer has long held it’s traditions or brewing:

    “One of the advantages of Bavarian beer is that it’s so old. It’s clean and natural,”

    However, Germans are now drinking less beer:

    Germans drank 122 liters of beer per person in 2002; in 2010 it was down to 107. Overall beer production sank from 10.8 billion liters in 2002 to 9.6 billion last year, according to the German Brewers’ Federation.

    But maybe the Germans are just tired of the same old thing:

    In America, “there is more beer diversity on the shelf than you will find in Munich or Prague or various other classic brewing centers,” said Julie Johnson, contributing editor at All About Beer magazine. “I don’t know if the German brewer is open to the kind of thing that we’re open to.”

    I hope Germany can find a way to hold onto its long help traditions while broadening the selection of beer.

    Source: The Washington Post

  • Good Beer Festival this Weekend

    The Good Beer Festival is this weekend in Salisbury, MD.  It should prove to be a great time with almost 30 craft breweries represented (see below for list).  Indy Beers will be enjoying the event on Saturday.  I can’t wait to sample all the beer that is going to be available.  We may have to break the article of the event into 2 parts of there is a lot of material to cover, but we’ll see.  If you’re looking to hook up with us, or would like to be featured in our event review, please tweet us @IndyBeers.  Hope to see you there!!!!

    16 Mile Brewery

    16 Mile Beer

    413 S. Bedford St.
    Georgetown, DE 19947-1849
    302-253-8816
    www.16milebrewery.com

    Blue Moon Brewing Co.

    Blue Moon Beer

    311 10th St.
    Golden, Colorado 80401
    800-642-6116
    www.bluemoonbrewingcompany.com

    Burley Oak

    Burley oak Beer

    10016 Old Ocean City Blvd.
    Berlin, MD 21811
    410-513-4647
    www.burleyoak.com

    Clipper City Brewing Co.

    Clipper City Beer

    4615 Hollins Ferry Road, Suite B
    Baltimore, MD 21227-4624
    410-247-7822
    www.hsbeer.com

    Crispin

    Crispin Cider

    405 Central Avenue SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55414
    612-331-3699
    www.crispincider.com

    Dogfish Head Beer

    Dogfish Head Beer

    320 Rehoboth Avenue
    Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
    302-226-2739
    www..dogfish.com

    Eastern Shore Brewing

    Eastern Shore Brewing Beer

    605 South Talbot St.
    St. Michaels, MD 21663
    410-745-8010
    www.easternshorebrewing.com

    Evolution Brewing Company

    Evolution Beer

    501 N. Bi-State Blvd.
    Delmar, DE 19940
    www.evolutioncraftbrewing.com

    Flying Dog Brewery

    Flying Dog Beer

    4607 Wedgewood Blvd
    Frederick, MD 21703-7120
    301-694-7899
    www.flyingdogales.com

    Fordham Brewing Company

    Fordham Beer

    1284 McD Drive
    Dover, DE 19901
    302-678-4810
    www.fordhambrewing.com

    Goose Island Beer Company

    Goose Island Beer

    1800 N. Clybourn Ave
    Chicago, IL 60614
    312-915-0071
    www.gooseisland.com

    Kona Brewing Company

    Kona Beer

    5300 Crain Hwy.
    Upper Malboro, MD 20772-3120
    301-627-1900

    Lagunitas Brewing Co.

    Lagunitas Beer

    1280 North Mcdowell Blvd.
    Petaluma, CA 94954
    707-769-4495
    www.lagunitas.com

    Leinenkugel Brewing Co.

    Leinenkugel Beer

    1515 N. 10th St.
    Milwaukee, WI 53205-2157
    414-931-6799
    www.leinie.com

    Magic Hat Brewing Co.

    Magic Hat Beer

    5 Bartlett Bay Road
    South Burlington, VT 05403-7727
    802-658-2739
    www.magichat.net

    Nectar

    Nectar Beer

    1400 Ramada Drive
    Paso Robles, CA 93446
    805-238-2556
    www.nectarales.com

    New Belgium Brewing Company

    New Belgium Beer

    500 Linden Street
    Fort Collins, CO
    970-221-0524
    www.newbelgium.com

    Old Dominion brewing Co.

    Old Dominion Beer

    1284 McD Drive
    Dover, DE 19901
    302-678-4810
    www.olddominion.com

    Ommegang Brewery

    Brewery Ommegang Beer

    656 County Hwy. 33
    Cooperstown, NY 13326
    607-544-1800
    www.ommegang.com

    Oskar Blues Brewery

    Oskar Blues Beer

    1800 Pike Road #B
    Longmont, CO 80501-6794
    303-776-1914
    www.oskarblues.com

    Samuel Adams Brewery

    Samueal Adams Beer

    30 Germania St.
    Boston, MA 02130-2315
    410-247-7822
    www.samadams.com

    Sierra Nevada

    Sierra Nevada Beer

    1075 East 20th St.
    Chico CA 95928
    530-893-3520
    www.sierranevada.com

    Sixpoint Craft Ales

    Sixpoint Craft Ales

    40 Van Dyke St.
    Brooklyn, NY 11231
    917-696-0438
    www.sixpoint.com

    Southern Tier Brewing

    Southern Tier Beer

    2072 Stoneman Circle
    Lakewood, NY 14750
    716-763-5479
    www.southerntierbrewing.com

    Stone Brewing

    Stone Brewing Beer

    1999 Citracado Parkway
    Escondido, CA 92029
    760-471-4999
    www.stonebrew.com

    Yards Brewing

    Yards Brewing Beer

    901 N. Delaware Ave.
    Philadelphia, PA 19123
    215-634-2600
    www.yardsbrewing.com

  • Miller may be bought by Anheuser-Busch

     

    Not that it is a big surprise to see consolidation in any market, but this one is very interesting.  #1 and #2 looking to combine forces.  This can’t be good for beer.  As if our choices weren’t limited enough, they are about to get more limited as Anheuser-Busch flexes it muscle to grab an even larger market share with a purchase of Miller.  It’s time like this that I like to encourage those around me to drink good craft beers by independent breweries.  We’ll have to see how this pans out, but I can’t imagine it will be anything but bad news for the little guy.

    “Analysts downplayed the speculation, saying such a deal would be contrary to recent guidance by AB InBev management.  The Budweiser brewer is “the right size” and is focused on so- called organic growth, Chief Executive Officer Carlos Brito said in an interview with Dutch newspaper De Tijd in July”

    Source: Bloomberg

  • Steve Jobs Inspired Us All

     

    Steve Jobs inspired us all.  It’s hard to look at the past 30 years of technological advancements and not see the influence he has had on world culture.  From helping bringing mass computing to the American education system, to showing average individuals how to point and click, and of course to bringing the “i” to everything we know today, Steve has been a pioneer, leading us to where no one else could.

    I was young, maybe 10, maybe 6th grade.  I was growing up in a household of computing (VAX 1300 BAUD dialup, compliments of Westinghouse), but Apple, they changed everything.  Those who went to school in the US in the early 1980’s are hard pressed not to remember the Apple IIe.  It seemed overnight the Apple IIe became ubiquitous with everyday computing.  Sure there were other systems available, and certainly those that made more headway into the American home (hello Commodore 64), but Apple touched the youth of the day in the place they called home on a daily basis, school.

    “Microsoft, IBM, HP who are they?”, might ask anyone going to school in the United States at that time, but Apple, we knew the name…we knew the logo.  And that was just the start.  Once Apple had seeped into the common consciousness during the infancy of the technology age, it was going to be hard to shake loose the early held ideologies.

    I remember the day my father brought home the Macintosh.  It had this thing attached to it with a button.  You moved it around and the pointer on the screen moved.  I was 13(ish) and I had just used a mouse for the first time.  The whole computer was self contained (which was odd at the time) with a roughly 9 inch monochrome screen (not fact checking, just going from memory).  I remember my father shortly thereafter buying a 20MB HDD that sat underneath at the same width and depth and about 2 inches high.  He said something like, “Who is ever going to need 20MB of HDD space?”

    Of course, that was well before the advent of MP3s.

    Today we think nothing of carrying all our music with us wherever we go.  While there were plenty of MP3 players on the market before any iPods, like those that Creative made (thanks for the interface), it was the simplicity of use and elegance in design that brought the iPods to the forefront of popular culture.  This was one of, if not the first, must have tech gadgets ever for the adult market.  Apple had been floundering for several years, and it was this inspiration from Steve Jobs that brought forth the Apple you know today.

    From the humble beginnings of the iPod came everything with the “i” moniker.  iPod, iTunes, iPhone, iPad, and all the third party products that followed.  Apple paved the way for selling digital music and video thanks to the “i” line of products.  Without the path Apple paved under Steve’s leadership, I doubt we would find ourselves in the media rich environment we do today.

    Tonight I raise a glass to a man who inspired us all to think in a manner that would have otherwise been unconventional and to dream of a tomorrow that will hold the key to a better technological future.

    –Scott