Pabst Sold – Again

Oasis Beverages, a Russian food a beverage company owned by Eugene Kashper, announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Pabst Brewing Company. TSG Consumer Partners, an investor in growth-oriented consumer brands, will acquire a minority stake in Pabst as part of the transaction. “Pabst Blue Ribbon is the quintessential American brand – it… Read More…

AB Getting More Serious About Craft

Anheuser-Busch InBev is creating a new “business unit” to oversee the companies high-end products including their “craft” and imported beers. The new business unit will be based in Chicago. The announcement was made in an internal memo to employees and was reported on by Ad Age. Chicago is the home of  Goose Island Brewing, which… Read More…

Stroh Brewing – From 3rd Largest Brewery to Zero

A history lesson. Because if we care to, we can learn from history. Few people remember that the Stroh Brewing Company was the third largest brewery in the US in the 1980’s. Today, the family has literally gone from a $9 billion (yes, that is a “B”) fortune to virtually zero. “We made the decision… Read More…

Stay in Their Seats Longer?

In a recent interview with Pete Coors in the online edition of the Denver Post, Pete said that on-premise customers “…stay in their seats an average of 18 minutes longer when they have a light premium beer on tap. That means they are spending more money, leaving bigger tips.” Huh? Go figure how they researched… Read More…

Beer Legend Passes

Graham Mackay, who turned the South African company South African Breweries into SABMiller, died on Wednesday in England at the age of 64. Mackay had been battling a brain tumor since April. Mackay, who was chief operating executive at SAB in the mid-90’s, was the driving force in expanding SAB’s growth internationally by acquiring floundering… Read More…

Blue Moon Marketing to Push “Craft”

MillerCoors Tenth and Blake President Tom Cardella, who has more than 30 years of experience in the beer industry, is interviewed in a video by Ad Age and describes the marketing strategy for the Blue Moon brand.

Tenth and Blake Expands

MillerCoors Tenth and Blake Beer Co. bought a 110,000-square-foot building next to its Milwaukee 10th Street brewery where it produces Leinenkugel brand beers. In a company statement, Tom Cardella, Tenth and Blake president and chief executive officer said, “As demand for our craft and specialty beers continues to increase, this additional space gives us the… Read More…

ABInBev Modelo Deal May be Near

It’s getting closer — Anheuser Busch InBev’s efforts to buy Mexico’s Grupo Modelo looks like it’s close to getting DOJ approval. The St. Louis Post Dispatch that the two brewing giants have reached an agreement with US antitrust regulators to allow the 20 billion dollar purchase to go forward. The Justice Department filed suit in… Read More…

ABInBev Offers to Spin Off Corona Brands

Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to sell Modelo’s Piedras Negras brewery in Mexico, near the U.S border, to Constellation and grant it perpetual rights for Corona and other Modelo brands in the United States, at a cost of $2.9 billion in hopes of ending U.S. Department of Justice concerns that the deal would mean higher prices… Read More…

Goose Flies National

AB will roll out its Goose Island beers on draft nationally. Honker’s Ale, 312 Urban Wheat Ale, India Pale Ale and a rotating seasonal will be available soon nationally. Bottles will roll out nationally this spring. All Goose beers will be produced at AB breweries in the Baldwinsville, N.Y and Fort Collins plants.