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Brewers: Don't Frack Up German Beer

Industry group worries fracking will harm the groundwater

(Newser) - Germany prides itself on the (legally mandated) purity of its beers, and brewers refuse to mess that up for a little thing like cheap energy. The Association of German Breweries is coming out in force against fracking, arguing that it should be banned until the government can be completely sure...

Sioux Tribe Sues Beer Makers for $500M

Sellers turning blind eye to smuggling, devastating problem: suit

(Newser) - The town of Whiteclay, Nebraska, has only 14 residents, but four beer stores which sell nearly 5 million cans a year. If you think those numbers sound strange, you're paying more attention than beer makers, a lawsuit from the Oglala Sioux Tribe charges. The Pine Ridge reservation—where alcohol...

Early French Were Beer Lovers
 Early French Were Beer Lovers 

Early French Were Beer Lovers

2,500-year-old brewery unearthed

(Newser) - French people proud of their country's wine-making heritage may be surprised to learn that their nation holds one of the oldest beer-making sites ever found in Europe. The Celtic people who inhabited what is now the Provence region appear to have been just as fond of beer as they...

Women Are Better Beer Tasters

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Women Are Better Beer Tasters

So says MillerCoors, which has a lot riding on it

(Newser) - Men guzzle way more beer, but women seem to have a better nose for it. One major brewer—SABMiller, which makes Miller and Coors, among other brands—has concluded that women are better able to discern when a batch is skunky or just right, and as a result, the company...

Carlsberg Tension Still Brews Over on-the-Job Boozing

Union digging in over 'need to keep our beer'

(Newser) - It's perhaps an enviable problem to have, but workers and management at Copenhagen's Carlsberg brewery are still facing off over the right to crack a cold one on the clock. Workers went on strike this week after Carlsberg limited the century-old privilege to a mere three pints during lunch hour....

Hipster Beer PBR Cruises in Recession

Downmarket brew's sales skyrocket as usual suspects flounder

(Newser) - Pabst Blue Ribbon has profited from a hipster following for years because of its unpretentious image and low-profile marketing, so it makes sense that even a recession hasn’t dimmed the brand’s power. Sales are up 30% for the year ending in October, trouncing beer’s overall 1.1%...

'Extreme Beer' Features High Alcohol, Cost
 'Extreme Beer' 
 Features High 
 Alcohol, Cost 

'Extreme Beer' Features High Alcohol, Cost

One new highbrow bottle, with 27% alcohol, costs $150

(Newser) - Beer with a high alcohol content is in the spotlight after two breweries announced supercharged creations—Boston Beer Company's Utopias, with 27% alcohol, and BrewDog's Tactical Nuclear Penguin, with 32%. Are they good for the average guzzler? Salon gets details from expert Brooks Hamaker:
  • They don’t come cheap: Utopias

Beer Prices Going Up
 Beer Prices Going Up 

Beer Prices Going Up

(Newser) - The nation’s largest brewers plan to raise beer prices in the fall, the Wall Street Journal reports. Anheuser-Busch InBev—maker of Budweiser—and MillerCoors will further test the notion that beer is generally recession-proof. “The environment is very favorable, we think,” says an Anheuser exec. Both companies...

Trouble Brews Over Prez Foreign Beer Pick

(Newser) - President Obama's next round of peacemaking beers at the White House might have to include US brewery owners, reports the Wall Street Journal. The cooling off confab today will be providing busted Harvard Prof. Henry Louis Gates and cop James Crowley's favorite brews Red Stripe and Blue Moon, and some...

MillerCoors Testing Mini-Keg for Fridge

(Newser) - MillerCoors is trying out a novel presentation of its Miller and Coors Light beers with the “Home Draft,” a 1.5-gallon mini-keg that stays fresh in the fridge for a month, the Wall Street Journal reports. The set-up is similar to boxed wine. Amid a drop-off in domestic...

Sour Beers Put Smiles on US Brewers' Mugs

(Newser) - The ever-adventurous US microbrewing community has embraced a new flavor, the Los Angeles Times reports, and it’s sour. Brewers are taking a page from the Belgian playbook and turning out tart lambics and gueuzes aged in oak barrels. “Sour beers are our connection to the ancient history of...

Bargain Brewskies Buoy Breweries

Cheap beer sales are rising faster than pricier options

(Newser) - Cheap brews are giving breweries just the boost they need during tough times, reports the Wall Street Journal. Economy suds such as Busch, Miller High Life, and Pabst Blue Ribbon are rising faster than the nation's overall beer sales and helping companies weather the economic storm. A short time ago,...

Guinness Readies New Stout
 Guinness Readies New Stout  

Guinness Readies New Stout

Beer is first new Guinness since the 1960s

(Newser) - Guinness will sell a new beer in honor of its 250th anniversary, the AP reports. The Guinness 250 Anniversary Stout, due in US stores April 24, will be the first new stout Guinness has exported to America since the famous Guinness Draught debuted in 1960. The anniversary brew is carbonated,...

Here Comes Kid Rock Beer
 Here Comes Kid Rock Beer 

Here Comes Kid Rock Beer

(Newser) - The auto industry may be tanking, but Michigan has a new small-scale savior: Kid Rock Beer. A Michigan brewery has landed a tax credit to produce a line of beer with the rocker's name and image, the Detroit Free Press reports. It's expected to create about 400 new jobs in...

'King of Beers' Gets a Taste of Own Medicine

...and realize it's a lot like watery piss, actually

(Newser) - Anyone who thinks InBev’s buyout of Budweiser represents the end of American beer needs a history lesson, writes Edward McClelland in Salon. Budweiser became the “King of Beers” by killing every other heir to the throne. In 1960, America had 175 traditional, regional breweries, making lagers just like...

Belgian-Brazilian InBev Buys Anheuser-Busch for $52B

Historic change for American beer king

(Newser) - Legendary American brewing company Anheuser-Busch has agreed to a $52 billion takeover bid by the Belgian-Brazilian InBev, building the largest beer firm in the world and ending over 150 years of ownership by the Anheuser and Busch families, the Wall Street Journal reports. The $70-per-share deal is a step up...

InBev Boosts Bid for Bud, Making Buyout Likely

Deal now tops $50 million, and Anheuser is likely to accept

(Newser) - InBev has increased its bid for Anheuser-Busch to $70 a share, the Wall Street Journal reports. Although willing to replace the Budweiser-brewer’s board in a hostile takeover, the $5-per-share boost—bringing the total deal to $50 billion—is a signal that InBev would prefer to keep things friendly. Anheuser...

One-Man Beer Outfits Take Brewing Micro Indeed

Super-small operations cater to niches in US niche markets

(Newser) - Some so-called “microbreweries” have grown much too large to use that sobriquet, but as certain outfits outgrow the label, others are just growing into it. Portfolio's Lew Bryson introduces the future of beer: one-man brewing. In a market where once-boutique names like Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada now command...

Belgian Monks Balance Brewing and Benediction

'Insatiable' thirst complicates simple life

(Newser) - A Belgian monastery is struggling to balance the growing global craving for Westvleteren, the "holy grail of beers," with its devout way of life, the Wall Street Journal reports. Customers are limited to two cases per month of the St. Sixtus brew, which the monks neither label nor...

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