Graham Mackay, who anticipated the global consolidation of the beer industry and helped transform his South African brewing company into SABMiller, the world’s second-largest behind Anheuser-Busch InBev, died on Wednesday in Hampshire, England.
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Beer distributor Andrews Distributing Company is partnering with Green-N-Go Cabs, Yellow Cabs, the Brunkenhoefer Law Firm and Dos Equis Beer to offer free and safe cab rides the Friday and Saturday nights before Christmas, the Friday and Saturday nights before New Year's and on New Year's Eve.
Beer distributor Standard Sales broke ground Wednesday on a more than 150,000-square-foot distribution center. CEO Larry Layman said the facility is expected to open next year and will be more than twice the size of the current distribution center. Ector County Commissioner Armando Rodriguez praised the new facility as a mechanism to retain jobs outside the oilfield saying, “It keeps jobs here, especially in Ector County, as something stable . . . that’s good.”
Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing announced it is growing its distribution footprint by offering a rollout of craft beer choices in Alabama beginning Jan. 27. The company is partnering with Supreme Beverage, Gulf Distributing, Allstate Beverage and Premium Beverage. Alabama will be New Belgium Brewing's 36th state of distribution.
Drinks Americas, a U.S. broker for authentic Mexican craft beers which has recently promoted Day of the Dead Craft Beer, announced another state-wide distribution deal with North Carolina’s Tryon Distributing.
The Northwest Grocery Association, which represents big chain outlets such as Fred Meyer and Safeway, filed initiative petitions this week seeking to privatize sales and allow stores over 10,000 square feet to stock liquor. Now, only state-regulated liquor stores are allowed to sell spirits.
Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Wednesday scaling back across-the-board cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system, adding a late dusting of bipartisanship to a year more likely to be remembered for a partial government shutdown and near-perpetual gridlock. Obama's signature was assured on the measure, which lawmakers said they hoped would curb budget brinkmanship and prevent more shutdowns in the near future.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland warned consumers not to drink from any suspicious-looking bottles of Smirnoff Red Label vodka as it could contain contaminants. FSAI Chief Executive Professor Alan Reilly said, "Given we have no information as to when or where this alcohol originates from, it would be unwise for anyone to drink it."
Draft Magazine suggests a selection of beer and cookie pairings for your holiday celebrations.