A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.
7 December - 20 December 2014
U.S. to renew diplomatic relations with Cuba.
—Via Daily Beast.
Michigan's Founders Brewing —among top 30 largest 'craft' breweries in the U.S.— sells a 30% stake to Spanish brewery, Mahou San Miguel, to facilitate expansion. [The U.S. Brewers Association stipulates 25% as the upper limit for its members, i.e., under its definition of 'craft' brewery. Will it end Founders' membership?]
—Via All About Beer.
After peaking at nearly 219 million barrels in 2008, total U.S. beer shipments have declined, reaching just 211.7 million barrels in 2013. 'Craft' beers have largely bucked the overall downtrend in beer sales. From 2008 to 2013, shipments of craft beer rose by 80.1% to a total of more than 16 million barrels, or 7.6% of the U.S. beer market. The most precipitous decline for a 'mainstream' beer was Budweiser Select, down 61% from 2008 through 2013.
—Via 24/7 Wall Street.
The forty-year history of Anchor Brewing's "Our Special Ale" Christmas beer, the first American 'craft' spiced beer. [And, for the first time ever, brewers divulge spices not used.]
—Via Washington Post.
The northern European history, archaeology, and agriculture of 'brewing stones.' Before the adoption of metal brew kettles, brewers used 'brewing stones' to mash and heat their wort.
At the end of November 2014, 3,200 brewery companies were operating in the United States; 13 states had more than 100 breweries each. Through June of 2014, 'craft' breweries enjoyed 18 percent growth by volume. Numerous data channels show continuing double-digit growth for 'craft' beer in the second half of the year.
—Via Brewers Association.
Maker’s Mark bourbon sued over claim of being ‘handmade.'
—Via The Drinks Business.
Washington Post uses old data to incorrectly imply that millennials are abandoning craft beer (which grew at 18% in 2014, while total beer consumption has declined 9 percent between 2002 and 2012).
—Original Wonkblog piece at Washington Post: here.
John Coltrane's seminal "A Love Supreme" was recorded 50 years ago, 9 December 1964.
—Videos, via YouTube:
'Craft' beer joins mile high club. Delta Airlines to serve beers from eight 'craft' breweries, during flights.
An Idaho legal challenge to Anheuser-Busch's purchase of 10 Barrel Brewing. The declaratory action seeks a ruling to confirm Idaho’s statute that a brewer producing more than 30,000 barrels cannot hold a retail, brew pub, or wholesale license. ABInbev produces over 180 million barrels of beer a year; 10 Barrel produces more than 40,000 barrels. The lawsuit claims that ABI now seeks to establish itself as brewer, distributor, and retailer.
—Via Alcohol Law Review.
Photos from the attack on Pearl Harbor, 73 years ago today.
"My business taxes should not be used for someone to compete with me." Richmond, Virginia, restaurants complain about favorable tax rates and loans given to California's Stone Brewing (which is building a new brewery and beer garden in the city city).
—Via Style Weekly.
Comparing the same wine sealed with cork and screw-cap. Reduction vs. oxidation and cork taint.
—Via Jamie Goode's Wine Blog.
2.9 billion miles from Earth, but only 162 million miles from Pluto (and closing), NASA's (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) New Horizons probe 'awakens' from 8-year slumber.
—Via NBC News.