Six items that have consumers buzzing in the world of beer, wine and spirits as we head into the weekend:
1. North Carolina Sings the Blues: Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery has announced they are expanding to North Carolina . The company says it will open a brewing facility and restaurant/music venue in downtown Brevard, NC. The Oskar Blues announcement follows California-based Sierra Nevada Brewing and Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing announcing they will be opening facilities in Asheville, N.C.
2. Bell’s Brewery To Be Sold?: The future ownership of the seventh largest craft brewer in the country is being negotiated. Larry Bell of Michigan-based Bell’s Brewing says he is in negotiations to buy out 11 of 14 current shareholders. Bell is not ruling out a sale of the brewery if a negotiation cannot be reached.
Anheuser Busch-InBev says U.S. beer shipments rose for the first time in three years, up one percent in the first quarter. Driving much of the increase? Bud Light Platinum, which the company called “the most successful brand launch in the U.S. alcohol industry since 2005, reaching a market share of 1.4 percent.”Page 1 of 3 | Next Page