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  

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.
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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)

Christmas in July? No Pumpkins in July!

I posted about my annoyance with the early onset of Pumpkin beer last year and it seems that others feel similar. I understand why breweries are putting the Pumpkins out earlier, they make money. So, I do not fault the breweries or distributors for making the most by stretching the season. I just try not to drink pumpkins until October. I say try because I did have a pumpkin shandy from Travelers and two new Chech Republic pumpkin beers from Kor, but for the next two weeks no more. October 1st, I will have my Pumking and track down a Punkin. After that the pumpkin beers will fall as I see them. Then in November its harvest time. Here is an article from Yahoo Finance where  Michael Felberbaum discusses this topic with some brewers.

Early pumpkin beers brew dismay among drinkers

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/early-pumpkin-beers-brew-dismay-183740446.html?goback=.gde_92612_member_270996034