AB Inbev and SABMiller Host the Party in the Wave Pool

On September 8th, 2015, the purchase of 50% of Lagunitas by Heineken valued Lagunitas as $1 billion. A company buying a large stake in another company to share profits and operating expenses happens all the time. It’s sound business and economics. On September 11th, 2015, Greg Koch stepped down as CEO of Stone Brewing to be Executive Chairman. Consolidation and role focusing is standard operating procedure … Continue reading AB Inbev and SABMiller Host the Party in the Wave Pool

San Diego Beer Trip, Days 2 and 3

Amid a day of meetings, I was able to squeeze in visits to two breweries in San Diego. I had an afternoon meeting in the downtown area, so I wanted to stay downtown and not have to catch another cab or Uber from a restaurant/brewery to the meeting location. Luckily, there was a restaurant/brewery right near where my meeting was – The Beer Company. Seems … Continue reading San Diego Beer Trip, Days 2 and 3

San Diego Beer Trip, Day 1

Alright, so technically I’m down in San Diego for work, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t explore the awesome beer scene in San Diego. Getting off of the plane, you recognize that this town doesn’t mess around, and are greeted with a Stone Brewing outpost. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to have an overpriced beer at the airport. In the evening, after my meetings … Continue reading San Diego Beer Trip, Day 1

Ommegang to re-release early Game of Thrones beers.

Game of Thrones is now a worldwide phenomenon, but if you missed Ommegang’s first two companion brews, Iron Throne Blonde Ale and Take the Black Stout, soon you’ll have a chance to try them. Josh Goodstadt, HBO’s VP of Global Licensing, said, “The popularity of the beers has grown right alongside the popularity of the show, and we are thrilled to give these first two brews a second … Continue reading Ommegang to re-release early Game of Thrones beers.

Meet at Starbucks for a Beer?

I am not a coffee person. And I am definitely not a fan of Starbucks as an organization. I am a supporter of Peet’s and Blue Bottle and others and steer people away from Starbucks with my ignorant, outsider perspective. I try to keep things positive about beer, but the announcement that Starbucks will sell beer, wine and tapas type dishes starting tomorrow is something … Continue reading Meet at Starbucks for a Beer?

Searching for Snow Beer in the USA

It’s the world’s best selling beer and it’s sold exclusively in China. Challenge accepted. What challenge you ask? Finding Snow Beer somewhere in the San Francisco Bay Area. It started with the simple idea of finding out what was truly the top selling beer by unit. Jay and I were both surprised and curious that we’d not heard of it before. It made sense that … Continue reading Searching for Snow Beer in the USA