Hop Talk Podcast #6 – Dirty Blondes and Missing Dons

In this episode we talk about

  • MolsonCoors goes “craft” in Canada
  • Economy down, alcohol sales up
  • Rating beer
  • Finding beer festivals
  • and, listener mail

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Show notes:

Beer News

MolsonCoors has launched Six Pints Specialty Beer Co to target the “craft and specialty beer market”. Haven’t we seen this before?

In spite of the sluggish economy, alcohol sales are doing well.

We also ran across an opinion piece from Ashley Routson, aka “The Beer Wench”, about Craft Beer and the “Restaurant Hypocrisy”.

Beer Rating – does it make sense?

We discuss the origins of the Unofficial Hop Talk Beer Rating System. Does rating beer make sense? Isn’t beer too personal to try to put an objective measure on it?

Beer 2.0

Looking for something to do this weekend, or maybe next? You owe it to yourself to check out BeerFestivals.org. It has the best and biggest listing of beer festivals I’ve ever seen.

What we drank:

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Music credits:

Background music at bar during intro:
Artist: Gnappy
Song: Best Not FUnck Around

Main intro:
Artist: A Thousand Knives of Fire
Song: She’s Yours

Outro Music:
Artist: Aphasia
Song: Metal Tank

Transition Music:
Artist: Devil In A Woodpile
Song: Beer Ticket Rag


Beer: doing well in a bad economy

National Public RadioI am a big fan of National Public Radio and love when beer appears in places I didn’t expect. Today on All Things Considered was a piece by John Burnett about the fortunes of brewers from the very small to the absolutely enormous. Specifically, that while beer isn’t recession-proof, it certainly is recession-resistant.

Brewery Business Hopping Despite Tanking Economy

“The American public is the biggest beer market in the world,” says Juan Manuel Prado, health and safety manager at the new [Grupo Modelo] brewery. “Drinking beer is part of your culture. Other products might be affected by the economy, but everything revolves around beer. When you’re sad, you have a beer; when you’re content, you have a beer.”

Worth a listen.

A-B InBev announces layoffs

Just in case you missed it, InBev consummated their acquisition of Anheuser-Busch a couple of weeks ago.

Anheuser-Busch InBevAnd in any large corporate merger you know some people are going to lose their jobs. Plus this economy, in case you haven’t noticed, sucks, and people are losing their jobs left and right.

So Monday’s press release isn’t really a surprise.

Press Release: Anheuser-Busch InBev announces workforce reductions in the U.S. (PDF)

Still, the loss of 1400 jobs stings, and they’re all in the U.S. And that doesn’t count over 400 contractor positions. (I’m a contractor; I work as hard or harder than any of the full-timers at my place of employ.) This is in addition to the 1000+ who have taken early retirement offers.

And here people were talking about beer being recession-proof…

(via Realbeer.com)