SABMiller to spend $80 Million to refurbish brewery
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The adventures of a beer lover, brewriana collector and homebrewer in the Texas Hill Country
Alex George and Evan Brown published a beer barbecue sauce recip over at alibi.com. It sounds pretty good. Head on over and check it out.
My only problem with the recipe is that it calls for 4 cups of left over beer. I've never had 4 cups of left over beer. I wind up drinking it, eventually.
Need to drink your beer quickly? Here's a shotgun beer opener. Used one way, the opener opens your can in the usual way. Used another way, it pokes a hole in the side of the can so you can shotgun the beer.
For the last fifteen years, I have carried a bottle opener on my key ring. Why? 'Cause it's handy, mate!
However, it is obvious what it is. If, unlike me, you care about what people think, perhaps you might need a more stealthy alternative. Here's a beer opener that looks like a key!
Tired of hunting for your bottle opener? Don't want to screw one to your wall. Well, here's one that sticks to your fridge via magnets.
Genius. Pure genius!
Billed as the evolution of the funnel, the Chuggler is a 30 ounce beer mug with a hose on the end that will allow you to drink 30 ounces in 1.75 seconds.
But why would you want to?
Hoping to get into the energy beer market, popular with younger drinkers at clubs, SABMiller announced it would the Sparks and Steel reserve brands from McKenzie River Corp. for $215 million.
Sparks is a caffeinated alcohol malt beverage flavored with ginseng, guarana and taurine and has a citric taste. Steel Reserve is a lager beer. Last year, 270,000 barrels of Sparks were sold.
Sparks and Steel Reserve are already brewed by Miller under an agreement with McKenzie River.
Hurricane Katrina wiped out 60% of Abita Beer's market, New Orleans, but the Louisiana brewery still managed to increase sales. The 20 year old company is expected to earn more than $9 million this year. As a result, company president David Blossman announced a $3.5 million expansion which will increase the company’s production capabilities from 25 barrels an hour to 40.
Herman Weiss was working in San Antonio when Galveston was destroyed by the 1900 hurricane. By 1907, perhaps sensing opportunity in the rebuilding city, Herman had moved his family to Galveston, and had opened a brewery there. However, he was competing against the Galveston Brewery. The Galveston Brewery was co-owned by Adolphus Busch and William J. Lemp of St. Louis and Milwaukee, respectively. It was the dominant brewery in the region (having excaped the 1900 hurricane with little damage), and no doubt, the beer barons did everything they could to force Weiss to close his brewery.
In 1909, Weiss decided to move to Shiner, Texas and become the brewmaster of the newly organized Shiner Brewing Association. But, before long, Herman had moved back to San Antonio, where he worked as a brewmaster for the San Antonio Brewing Association.
Thanks to Keith Holt for this information. Keith is Herman's great-grandson. The little boy in front of Herman is Keith's grandfather.
Labels: Beer History
Those darn "Honey Do's" are getting too long. Hammering all day can build up a powerful thirst! This hammer is the perfect tool.
Miller Brewing Company launched a blog on June 12. It's aimed at Miller employees, distributors, beer industry media and competitors. It's an interesting insight into the big brewer's world.
One entry bodes ill for fans of Rolling Rock. The post describes Carlsberg's falling market share when Anheuser-Busch imported the brand. A-B promoted the brand for a couple of years, then started replacing the Carlsberg beers on shelves with Bud Light, I guess.
You can even download their employee magazine. I looked at a few issues, and there were a lot of stories about Anheuser-Busch. In a Miller magazine. It has been so long since I have been in the corporate world, I had forgotten how much the biggest competitor features in the second biggest competitor's news letter.
Professor Katherine Smart was named the first scientist to the Chair of Brewing Science at the University of Nottingham's School of Biosciences. The post is funded by brewing giant SABMiller with an initial grant of £167,000. Smart is the nation's leading expert in yeast and fermentation. The announcement signals the beginning of the school's postgraduate program, an MSc in Brewing Science.