November 7, 2012 |
Molson Coors Brewing Co., owner of the Coors Light, Keystone and Blue Moon brands, did fine in its recent third quarter. It's the next quarter the beer maker is nervous about. Declining consumer demand and high costs in the U.S. and central Europe, along with unfavorable currency swings in Britain and Canada, mean that the fourth quarter will likely “be the most challenging of this year,” Chief Executive Peter Swinburn said in a statement . Already, the company's British, Canadian and international units are reporting sliding sales, though profit soared 16% to $139.9 million in the U.S. during the third quarter.
June 28, 2013 |
Drinking just got even more social. A Scotland-based brewery has created what it's calling the world's first “Twitter beer.” BrewDog brewery had its Twitter followers, Facebook fans and blog readers vote on ingredients for a beer ultimately named after the hashtag they used to talk about it on Twitter: #MashTag. Mashing is the first stage of brewing, and yes, the name of the beer was crowdsourced too, as was the brew's label. The crowdsourcing happened during a week in March when the brewery put out a blog post every day explaining the choices voters had. Each day was devoted to a different element of the beer.
September 26, 1988
Changlee Beer, China's largest brewery, has signed on with Sebastiani Vineyards of Sonoma, Calif., as distributor for the United States and Canada. State-owned Changlee produced nearly 8 million cases of beer last year. Bob Carroll, Sebastiani's vice president for marketing, said Changlee is being successfully test-marketed in Chinese restaurants in Florida, Georgia and Texas, and will begin national operations in January.
May 23, 2013 |
If you're a baseball fan, you probably know that the Omni San Diego Hotel offers a unique tie to the game: It overlooks Petco Park , with a pedestrian skywalk connecting the hotel to the action. It's the only hotel in the nation attached to a major league ballpark. The Omni offers visitors other perks too. It's in the historic Gaslamp Quarter across from the convention center and is convenient to other city sites. But the hotel really shines in summer, when the ballpark is in use. The deal: Celebrate America's pastime with the "Beer, Brats and Baseball" package, which starts at $289 and offers lodging, plus two tickets to a P adres game, beer and brats.
April 14, 2010 |
Boxed alcoholic beverages tend to receive a gimlet eye from discerning drinkers. Wines purveyed from cardboard boxes go south quicker than their bottled brethren and often come from vintners with low marks from connoisseurs. But what about boxed beer? Why hasn't the populist sudsy brew, already an everyman's refreshment, entered the boxed beverage realm? Because it's simply more difficult to keep carbonated beer pressurized and oxygen free in large, four-liter containers, according to Thomas Hussey, a recently graduated industrial design student from Australia's University of Technology Sydney.
March 16, 2013 |
Sometimes you just have to step up to a big, strapping IPA. This one is positively steely with hops, boasting 104 International Bittering Units, nearly twice as much as in the average West Coast IPA. It's also high in malt and alcohol (9.4% by volume). It pours medium amber with a huge yellowish head. The nose is brisk and outdoorsy, almost resinous with pine scent. The entry on the palate is sweet with bitterness gradually sneaking up, though not quite as much bitternesss as the 104 IBUs might suggest.
August 13, 1989
Paul Grein's July 30 article, "Suds 'n' Bucks 'n' Rock 'n' Roll," cogently illustrates the beer makers' voracious appetite for profit and the "futures" market as they target the young by sponsoring rock concerts. And kudos to retiring U.S. Surgeon Gen. C. Everett Koop, quoted in the article, for his efforts to: (1) eliminate alcohol sponsorship of concerts and athletic contests where much of the audience is likely to be under the drinking age; (2) eliminate the use in alcohol ads of celebrities who appeal to youths, and (3)
July 14, 1993 |
California has lost its taste for success stories. We'd rather cry in our beer and chronicle the failures--the bankruptcies and plant closures, the tumble of property values, the rumble of vans hauling away our assets. California, we tell ourselves again and again, is a loser. Say it enough, and you begin to believe it. Say it enough and you can make it come true. Here is a different kind of story.
August 15, 2012 |
Politicians trying to play the authenticity card can get in trouble. They can look inauthentic. Or they can disrupt business as usual. The operator of the Bud Tent at the Iowa State Fair said this week that President Obama's stop at the popular beer pit-stop cost him a lot of business - as the Secret Service choked off the flow of customers by securing the area and screening everyone who wanted to come in for a cold one. The Monday...
November 9, 2011 |
Stone is known for major attitude - its flagship IPA is named Arrogant Bastard. So you'd expect something pretty hairy from its smoked porter. In fact, it's surprisingly elegant. It pours very dark brown with a dense tan head and a nose of yeast and a hint of molasses. The smoke flavor is very subtle indeed, perhaps somewhat hidden in the roasted-malt flavors that lightly suggest coffee and chocolate. The main impression is a very polished palate - malty sweetness quickly dried out by the hops (there are a lot of hops here, but the effect is not challengingly bitter)