Craft Pride beer bar in Austin, Texas

I earned a good living selling Fuller’s ESB in Austin for five years back in the aughts. There was a small group of elderly pensioners that came to the pub every single day and hoisted a few pints while they swapped lies and quietly gazed upon the college girls and soccer moms who made up part of our patronage.

I never drank a Fullers. Unlike other noted brands that have recently “sold-out” the sale of Fuller’s to Asahi did not give me grimace or pause. It’s the nature of the industry after all.

Are you willing to read a thoughtful, measured response on the sale of Fuller’s to Asahi? UK-based writer Pete Brown has just that but it’s his buried lede that gave me me a start:

“…not one of the top ten beer brands in the UK – one of the world’s greatest brewing countries – (is) owned by a British company.” link

Charlie Papazian has retired. The founder of GABF (Great American Beer Fest) and the author of “The Complete Joy of Homebrewing,” called it a day last week. If you do nothing else hit the link for a moment just to check out how lean and fit the 70 year old has kept himself. Oh, and the best quote from the piece; speaking on the first beer he plans to drink as a retiree:

I still make homebrew. I made a batch last weekend, and I have about five beers on tap. I’m still doing 5-gallon batches. I’ll probably have one of my homebrews. You can’t get any fresher than that.

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I can remember riding my old Honda CB 350 over and through the Appalachian mountains when I was a teenager and noticing the rampant use of old bourbon barrels as flower planters and porch furniture. Back then the distilleries would set them out and folks would pick them up for whatever use they had planned. They were free. Not any more. John Gill earns a good living as a barrel broker in Milwaukee. Dan Murphy has the tale link

“Sales for Lagunitas last year increased 0.7 percent in supermarkets, drugstores, convenience stores and other retail establishments tracked by IRI, a Chicago-based market research firm”

(Lagunitas) made the tough decision to cut 12 percent of company’s workforce — more than 100 people (last year)

Now with all that extra money Heineken/Lagunitas has on hand after the layoffs they’re planning on opening a new taproom in Amsterdam, Netherlands next month. I’m really looking forward to not drinking there when I visit in the spring. Oh, here’s the puff piece on Lagunitas from the Press Democrat newspaper link

Update. The taproom has opened and they’re selling $15 quinoa bowls.

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