A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.
14 September - 27 September 2014
Cold temperatures and wet weather damage already historically small North American barley harvest. Malted barley prices may rise. Will beer prices increase as a result?
Cask ale volumes (in the U.K.) grew in 2013, despite a declining market. The 2014 U.K. Cask Report has been released.
—Via Pete Brown.
Britain celebrates Cask Ale Week, 25 September through 5 October, organized by Cask Marque: "only in UK, only in pubs."
—Via Cask Ale Week.
Belgian brewery, De Halve Maan in Bruges, to move its beer via an underground pipeline from its brewery to its bottling plant, three kilometers away.
Autumn began on Monday, 22 September 2014, at 10:29 EDT in the Northern Hemisphere, with the occasion of the Autumnal Equinox.
NASA's MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) probe arrived in Mars orbit late Sunday, 21 September 2014.
India's first-ever Mars probe, the Mangalyaan Mars Orbiter Mission, arrived at Mars orbit on 23 September.
The best beers in Maryland as determined by the Maryland Comptroller's Cup.
—Via Brewer's Association of Maryland.
Pabst —the non-brewing owner of several American 'legacy' brands including Pabst Blue Ribbon, Old Milwaukee, Schlitz, Colt 45, and National Bohemian— has been sold to a consortium including a Russian company, Oasis Beverages.
—Via Baltimore Sun.
Scottish voters have rejected independence, opting to stay in the U.K.
—Via CBS News.
Anne-Françoise Pypaert is the first-ever woman brewmaster at any Trappist brewery, directing brewing operations at Brasserie d’ Orval, where she had been Director of Quality Control since 1995.
—Via Belgian Beer Specialist.
Daniel Bradford, owner of All About Beer Magazine for 22 years, has sold the magazine and the World Beer Festival to a North Carolina company. The sale marks a generational change in craft beer, Bradford was former director of the Great American Beer Festival, former president of the Brewers Association of America, and former marketing director of the Association of Brewers.
—Via Real Beer.
Nearly one in every three beers in the world might soon be owned by the same company. Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest beer maker by volume, is preparing to offer as much as $122 billion for SABMiller, the world's second-largest brewing company.
—Via Washington Post.
The twenty-five 'Best' Beer Bars in America in 2014, as selected in a national poll, run by the Brewers Association.
Why does a 6-pack of craft beer cost what it does? An explanation, via writer Joe Satran.
—Via Huffington Post.
Sad legal kerfuffle at Balcones Whisky, one of America's 1st 'craft' distilleries, in Waco, Texas. The distillery founder, Chip Tate, has refused to attend board meetings with the venture capital group that now owns a majority stake in the company.
—Via Whisky Advocate.
The 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key's writing of the "Star Spangled Banner," in 14 September 1814.
—Via Washington Post.