Custom Can Printer

We have seen a huge increase in can use for the craft beer industry over the last few years and for many reasons we expect the use to continue to grow. The technology is changing quickly to meet the demands of the industry. I think the following printer is a great idea. It might seem costly now, but do you remember what a 42inch flat screen TV cost a few years ago.  So you only need blank cans that would be printed as needed.  Please follow this link to read the full story from Craft Brewing Buiness.

Digital printing craft beer cans

 

Pretentious Beer Glass

I recently  purchased the Dual Beer Glass from Pretentious Glass. This is a hand crafted glass that allows the drinker to mix two beer that are miscible.

The following is a quote from the designer:

“This is the first specialty glass released by the Pretentious Beer Glass Company. It is a cylindrical beer glass with two separate chambers inside that combine into one towards the lip. I first began working on this design
after having a bartender incorrectly pour a Half and Half, blending the two beers together. This glass is not just the solution to the problem of using a jig to properly pour those types of beers, but it allows you to mix any two beers, even ones that have similar specific gravities. A wonderful secondary benefit to this glass is that you can smell the bouquet of both beers simultaneously, where normally you only smell the beer that settles on top. Dimensions vary more on this glass than the others due to production techniques, and are approximately 5-6″ tall and 3″ wide, holding 10-12 oz.”

I tested the glass at the World of Beer in Downtown St. Petersburg. We mixed a few styles, an IPA with a Brown, A dubble with a triple, The Tangerine Wheat with a Maduro Brown.  I like the glass and am looking forward to testing out some other combos, However I dropped it on the way out of the store. Sadness, much Sadness.   Check out their website:

http://pretentiousglass.com/

 

 

Growlers at Brass Tap

The Brass Tap in Downtown St. Pete is the first non brewery in Pinellas County to offer growlers. They are following suit with ABC liquors. I like the idea and look forward to more of this. Also, they are not pouring growlers from the breweries near them, Cycle, Green BenchThree Daughters and soon, St. Pete Brewery. The price for the growler is $6 and the fills are between $8 and $18. I purchased a Barley Mow Unkindness, one of my local brews. IMG_20140124_140019023

Beer Sales Rebound

So, there have been many article recently talking about the woes of the beer industry, typically leaving out the craft beer sector. This, however, is positive news from USA Today. My favorite quote from the article is

“But craft beers — which typically have distinct flavor and are produced in smaller quantities”

There is just something awkwardly funny to me about that statement. Oh well, Please give it a read.

craft-beer
The increased popularity of craft beers is help ing to boost beer sales.
(Photo: H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/10/01/beer-sales-volume-technomic/2901943/?goback=%2Egde_104729_member_278480157#%21

MillerCoors Albany Recycles 99% of its Waste

This story comes to us courtesy of the Albany Herald. I posted a few weeks back about Millercoors reaching record low usage of water and now it looks like they have been putting massive recycling programs in their US plants.  This is just marketing you say. Well maybe but we need to wait for the commercials. One factor could be that by recycling the waste product they generate revenue, up to $1.5 million at the Albany plant. So instead of paying to haul away 40Tons of waste every month, they are getting paid to have it hauled away. Please give the article a read by following the link.

http://www.albanyherald.com/news/2013/sep/24/millercoors-now-landfill-free/

Albany MillerCoors removes a trailer full of these 240-pound compacted aluminum cans each month as part of the brewery’s recycling efforts. (Staff photo: Brad McEwen)
Albany MillerCoors removes a trailer full of these 240-pound compacted aluminum cans each month as part of the brewery’s recycling efforts. (Staff photo: Brad McEwen)

A Great Answer to the Question – Is Craft Beer in a Bubble?

This is another reference to the bubble everyone seems to think or maybe want in a strange way to happen. Sorta like a bug, See I Told You So. However I believe that after you read this analysis from Dr. Bart Watson you should agree that  there is a heck of a alot of room left in the craft beer marketplace.

http://www.brewersassociation.org/pages/community/ba-blog/show?title=the-craft-beer-non-bubble

AB Donates Drinking Water to the Colorado Flood Relief Effort.

AB is donating over 2000 cases of drinking water to the American Red Cross for their use in flood relief efforts in Colorado. I know what some of you are thinking and yes there are jokes to be made.  But did you know that besides monetary support, over the last 25 years Anheuser-Busch has donated more than 72 million cans of emergency drinking water following natural and other disasters. Pretty Cool.

ANHEUSER-BUSCH EMERGENCY DRINKING WATER DONATION / Since 1988, Anheuser-Busch has donated more than 72 million cans of emergency drinking water following natural and other disasters. (PRNewsFoto/Anheuser-Busch)