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Kroger Wants Alcohol Companies To Pick Up The Tab For Its New Booze Organization Plan

After decades of sticking with its organization system in stores, Kroger has a new plan for how it decides which booze brands go on which shelf, and how prominently each one is displayed. Instead of relying on “category captains” from big names like Anheuser-Busch InBev and Diageo to suggest how wine, liquor, and beer are organized in stores, the grocer wants alcohol companies to pay a privately held distributor to make those display decisions. [More]

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8 States With The Strangest Alcohol Laws

What’s the first thing you do to prepare for a trip to another state? After finalizing your packing list, looking up the law of the land should be on your list — especially if you’re planning on drinking any beer, wine, or liquor while you’re there. [More]

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Judge Tosses Drunk-Driving Charge Against Woman Whose Body Acts As A Brewery

We learned a few years ago that there is a real medical condition where a person’s body basically turns into a brewery through no actions of their own. Though it can result in a drunken-like state that some might chalk up to simple inebriation, auto-brewery syndrome is involuntary, and as such, helped one woman who has it beat a drunk driving charge. [More]

Anheuser-Busch Buys Breckenridge Brewery, Third Craft Brewer In One Week

Anheuser-Busch Buys Breckenridge Brewery, Third Craft Brewer In One Week

As if the pending $107 billion merger with SABMiller wasn’t enough of a portfolio boost for Anheuser-Busch InBev, the beer giant has purchased not one, but three craft brewers in the last week. The company’s most recent holiday gift for itself is Breckenridge Brewing of Colorado. [More]

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Anheuser-Busch Distributor Incentive Program Raises More Concerns Of A Stifled Craft Beer Market

With its $107 billion merger with SABMiller making waves and federal regulators investigating its purchase of several small distributors, one might think that Anheuser-Busch InBev would lay low when it comes to rocking the distribution boat. But that’s apparently not the case, as the company recently unveiled an incentive program that would provide distributors with a sliding scale of bonuses if most of the beer they sell comes from the brewer.   [More]

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Anheuser-Busch CEO Tells Congress That Mega-Beer Merger Is Good For Everyone, Really

Executives involved in the billion-dollar beer merger between Anheuser-Busch and SABMiller tried to paint a rosy picture of its impending marriage — despite a wealth of contradictory testimony — assuring lawmakers that there’s really no downside to the deal: everyone will benefit, even consumers.  [More]

Big Beer CEOs To Testify In Front Of Congress On The Awesomeness Of Mega-Merger Tuesday

Big Beer CEOs To Testify In Front Of Congress On The Awesomeness Of Mega-Merger Tuesday

There are billions of reasons (or rather dollars) for the executives for Anheuser-Busch InBev, SABMiller and Molson Coors Brewing Co. to prove that a mega-beer merger is a brilliant plan, and now it looks like they’ll have their chance to opine on its greatness by testifying in front of Congress tomorrow.  [More]

Consumers Sue To Stop $107B Mega-Beer Merger

Consumers Sue To Stop $107B Mega-Beer Merger

Anheuser-Busch InBev’s formal $107 billion bid to acquire SABMiller is far from a done deal: federal regulators will likely be combing through the details of the proposal for quite some time to determine how it will affect the global beer markets, and consumers’ wallets. But it looks as if lovers of the sudsy drinks are a bit ahead of the game, filing a lawsuit to stop the mega-merger. [More]

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Beer Truck Takes Instant Revenge On Alleged Thief By Running Him Over

If I’ve learned anything about inanimate objects from cartoons like The Brave Little Toaster, it’s that they have emotions and are totally dedicated to their humans, and will do anything to reunite with them in case of separation. Which is probably why a beer truck ran over a man accused of stealing it in Georgia recently. [More]

Anheuser-Busch InBev, SABMiller Finalize Merger, Agree To Sell MillersCoors Brand To Molson For $12B

Anheuser-Busch InBev, SABMiller Finalize Merger, Agree To Sell MillersCoors Brand To Molson For $12B

After receiving more time to finalize its offer to acquire SABMiller, Anheuser-Busch InBev made a formal $107 billion bid for the company on Wednesday. The deal includes a record $75 billion loan and confirms the anticipated divestiture of SABMiller’s stake in its largest brand: MillerCoors.  [More]

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Guinness Tweaking Its 256-Year-Old Brewing Process So Vegans Can Enjoy A Pint, Too

It must be tough out there sometimes for a vegan or a vegetarian — your meat-eating friends can’t talk about anything but bacon, and waiters never know if there’s cream in the soup or if the potatoes are fried in lard, etc. — so when it’s time to relax with an alcoholic beverage, it’s got to be nice to have options. Guinness is giving vegans one more option, with a tweak to its 256-year-old brewing method. [More]

Anheuser-Busch InBev Gets More Time To Finalize Mega Beer Merger Offer

Anheuser-Busch InBev Gets More Time To Finalize Mega Beer Merger Offer

Anheuser-Busch InBev — the Belgian-Brazilian maker of “America’s beer” — was supposed to finalize its offer to acquire SABMiller by Oct. 14. That deadline was extended until this afternoon, but just like that really wealthy international student at college who never seemed to get his work done on time, AB InBev has been granted another extension. [More]

Will Mega Beer Merger Lead To Higher Prices & Fewer Choices For Consumers?

Will Mega Beer Merger Lead To Higher Prices & Fewer Choices For Consumers?

With a $104.2 billion merger agreed to in principle, beer giants Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller could be walking down the aisle soon, creating a company that provides nearly 70% of the beer sold in the U.S. While such a mega-merger might be beneficial to the companies as far as increasing market share and cutting costs, the deal could have some very real consequences for consumers – and other beer producers.  [More]

MillerCoors Gets Court To Throw Out Blue Moon “Craft Beer” Lawsuit

MillerCoors Gets Court To Throw Out Blue Moon “Craft Beer” Lawsuit

Earlier this year, a California man sued MillerCoors (which is half-owned by SABMiller, which is currently in the process of a massive global merger with Anheuser-Busch InBev) over its continued labeling of its Blue Moon brew as a “craft beer.” But yesterday, a federal court threw out the case against the mega-brewer. [More]

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Regulators Probing AB InBev Over Allegations Of Pushing Out Craft Brewers By Buying Distributors

Despite Anheuser-Busch InBev’s attempt in recent years to get drunk on craft beer by padding its portfolio with small brewers like Golden Road, Goose Island and Blue Point Brewery, among others, the beverage behemoth is in talks with federal regulators over allegations that its recent purchase of distributors is a calculated attempt to shut the door on increasingly popular craft brews.  [More]

By acquiring SABMiller, InBev would gain significant market share in Africa, where beer sales are expected to grow in the coming years. To do that, the merged companies would likely have to divest themselves of holdings in the U.S., where the control a combined 70% of the beer market.

Budweiser Maker Officially Offers $104 Billion To Buy Miller

After SABMiller rejected a $100 billion takeover offer from Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s biggest beer company has come forward with a sweeter offer of $104 billion. [More]

Miller Reportedly Turns Down $100B Takeover Offer From Anheuser-Busch

Miller Reportedly Turns Down $100B Takeover Offer From Anheuser-Busch

With the deadline of Oct. 14 looming for Anheuser-Busch InBev to make a firm offer to acquire fellow beer biggie SABMiller, a new report says that the company’s early informal suggestion of “Hey, what do you guys think of $100 billion?” was turned away for being too low. [More]

Anheuser-Busch Adds Golden Road Brewing To Its Overstuffed Roster Of Beers

Anheuser-Busch Adds Golden Road Brewing To Its Overstuffed Roster Of Beers

Just a week after Anheuser-Busch InBev confirmed it was looking to enter a long-term relationship with rival SABMiller, the company continued to pad its portfolio with the purchase of California craft brewer Golden Road Brewing. [More]