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  • Sam Adams Brewer Stalls in Second Quarter

    On Wednesday, August 1st, Boston Beer Company reported disappointing second quarter earnings. The craft brew giant’s second quarter net income fell 49% - a drop that experts say is due to inventory issues, rising barley prices, and increased spending on branding. 

    The Sam Adams brewer reported a net income of $14.4 million, which pales in comparison to its 2011 second quarter earnings of $28 million. This year’s earnings per share (EPS) are also dwarfed by 2011’s numbers- $1.06 per share in 2012 compared to $2.01 i...


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  • Using the Sun To Brew Beer

    In 1516, The Reinheitsgebot (a.k.a the German beer purity law) regulated German beer to include simply water, barley and hops.  As brewing changed over the ages, the old  Reinheitsgebot was laid to waste and regulations began allowing other items to define beer, including yeast, wheat malt and cane sugar.  Today, breweries like Arbor Brewing Company have found another ingredient to add to their beer—the sun!

    Utilizing the power of solar energy, Arbor has become the first brewery in Michigan to run on solar energy.  Started in 1995 in Ann Arbor...


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  • Could the Airline Industry be Saved by Beer Wars? Big Beer Offers Model for Airline Profitability

    The musician Frank Zappa once said, “You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.”

    A beer and an airline you say?  Well it’s been suggested that you don’t need either.  After all, there are global beers, why not global airlines?  When you consider the ongoing financial debacle of the airline industry and the inverse of what we see today in brewing, perhaps the solution for profitable airlines is found in a keg of beer.  

    The founder of Airfarewatchdog.com, George Hobica, recently commented ...


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  • Texas Lawmakers Trying to Uncover Mystery of Trader Joe’s Brews

    If anyone has ever taken a look at the beer selection at the local Trader Joe’s grocery store, you might come away a bit perplexed.  The brews that you see lining the shelves will surely be unfamiliar for a good reason.  Trader Joe’s has a unique relationship with many of its vendors requiring them to be silent partners.  The first rule of Trader Joe’s Club is you don’t talk about Trader Joe’s Club.  The company has entered strategic partnerships with many of its supplies in that Trader Joe’s is allowed to do their own branding, while suppliers just serve as silent OEM partners.

    This concept may sound completely absurd especi...


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  • Heineken Seeks Larger Share of U.S. Market: Brings Indio Across the Border

    Last Friday, Heineken USA announced the launch of Indio, a dark Mexican beer, in Chicago and seven California and Texas cities. The beer is brewed by Cuauhtémoc-Moctezuma, a subsidiary of Heineken International that also produces Carta Blanca, Sol,
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