Monthly Archives: July 2008

InBev, Anheuser-Busch

You can’t hardly swing a dead cat around the beer blogosphere the last couple of days without running into chatter about the InBev takeover of Anheuser-Busch. (Latest news: A-B accepted the offer at $70/share, or about $52 billion.) I’ve avoided writing about any of it (until now) because, frankly, I’d rather write about beer than about the business of giant corporations. And I really have nothing to add. If you want the quality coverage, check … Continue reading →

Woody – the Deschutes Barrel – images

I’ve written a few times about Deschutes Brewery‘s traveling barrel, "Woody"… I think the thing is endlessly amusing and a great marketing tool. This weekend, at the Bend Summer Festival, I finally saw it, and snapped off a few pictures. (I also had a couple cups of their 20th Anniversary Wit at the ‘Fest. From the Barrel, of course.)

Liquid Solutions

I’ve briefly mentioned Liquid Solutions in passing in the past; it’s one of the best online beer stores out there—indeed, it’s one of the only beer stores that I’ve found online. (Which, in this day of ubiquitous ecommerce, you’d think there would be more of…) Liquid Solutions has an impressively large inventory, and carries mead, wine, cider, and more (not just beer). What helps is they also have a physical store location—here in Oregon, natch. … Continue reading →

The next Session: Happy Anniversary

The next Session (#18) is coming to us August 1st courtesy of The Barley Blog: For August, the theme is “Happy Anniversary”. Use this as an excuse to celebrate. Open a limited release anniversary beer from your favorite brewer. Enjoy that special beer you normally only open on your wedding anniversary or birthday. Either way, tell us about it. Why is it a beer you may only drink once a year? Why is that brewery’s … Continue reading →

PR package for Long Hammer IPA

Going along with the press release about new packaging for Redhook‘s Long Hammer IPA, I received a package from their PR company containing, naturally, beer. The 22-ounce bottle of Long Hammer came in a neat wooden box with a copy of the press release and a glossy press kit pamphlet. The irony? The bottle doesn’t have the new package design—instead, there was a note saying the new ones weren’t available yet but they didn’t want … Continue reading →