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

Beer Beyond Brand and Becoming National Identity

White Bull Lager. It didn’t register at all to me. And it isn’t until the news of its possible extinction that I heard about it at all. The history of White Bull Lager is part of the history of an independent South Sudan. And while (of course) there is a longer history than when it became an independent country in 2011, that shorter history of … Continue reading Beer Beyond Brand and Becoming National Identity

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If you can’t beat them, buy them out.

I apologize ahead of time for the link to mainstream reporting on beer, but I find this interesting. Maybe because in 2011 Anheuser-Busch InBev (aka Budweiser)  bought my once local brewpub and hang out, Goose Island in Chicago. I’ve long proposed that Budweiser could produce beer better than many successful craft brewers if it were economically viable for them. Their short-lived American Ale was a decent amber ale, even while still attempting to … Continue reading If you can’t beat them, buy them out.