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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

Is the Craft Beer revolution complete?

BeverageDaily.com had a report earlier this week that has sent a good-sized ripple around the great Beer Pond. Reporter Ben Boukley reports that Heineken CEO Jean-François Van Boxmeerhas thrown in the towel in the fight against American craft brewers: “Craft beers have been taking the lion’s share of beer market growth over the last decade – practically exclusively,” he told Societie Generale analyst Jamie Norman on a call this morning. “You cannot compete with Heineken or any other brand against the… Read More »

Blues, Brews & BBQ returns to Napa

Looking for some beery fun this weekend? Napa’s annual Blues, Brews & BBQ festival returns Saturday from 1-6 p.m. They close down several blocks of downtown and set up food booths and music stages here and there. The highlight, beer-ish-ly speaking, is the beer garden, a row of tents from various area breweries, along with Coors-affiliated Blue Moon, which is sponsoring the festival. Organizers haven’t posted a complete lineup, but Lagunitas, New Belgium, Newcastle, and Anchor will definitely be on… Read More »

Craft or crafty?

Bloomberg had a fun article this week about Blue Moon, the popular wheat beer that just happens to be a branch of the MillerCoors empire. After years of taking a beating from beer purists, who complain that Blue Moon is a stealthy intruder by the big boys into the craft beer market, the makers of the beer are barking back. Their argument boils down to Who Cares? “We should be proud to make beers that grow and are popular —… Read More »