Painter Wins Defamation Suit
FILED OCTOBER 20, 2014
Former longtime Louisiana ABC commissioner Murphy Painter won most of the points in a defamation suit against a former colleague after a long four year battle.
Winking Lizard Leader: Craft Needs to Make up This Volume
FILED OCTOBER 17, 2014
Couple overarching themes in Wednesday's always-informative Winking Lizard Tavern meeting. We've reported before that the Ohio-based chain of about 20 units (including its Winks and whiskey-centric Lizardville concepts), is among the largest on-premise accounts for national craft brands.
Why is ABI Staying Silent on SABMiller Speculation?
FILED OCTOBER 16, 2014
Investment group CLSA is attempting to get to the bottom of AB InBev's reticence on a possible SABMiller takeover. Caroline Levy and her team have pointed to the UK's Takeover Code as one possible explanation for the brewer's sealed lips.
On-Premise Chain Outlines What Ales Light Beer
FILED OCTOBER 15, 2014
After we reported on the NBWA super-panel, one regional on-premise chain operator, John Lane of Winking Lizard in the midwest, wrote to BBD that light beer is suffering an identity crisis. "While yes, quality may be associated with the decline of light, it is flavor and authenticity that is the downfall," writes John to BBD.
Heineken Announces Big Partnership with Major League Soccer
FILED OCTOBER 14, 2014
Heineken USA today announced a landmark, long-term partnership agreement to become the Official Beer of Major League Soccer, to start in January 2015.
SABMiller Trading Statement: U.S. STRs down 3.7% in Q2
FILED OCTOBER 14, 2014
North America was not one of the brighter spots from MillerCoors parent company's just-issued update on six months ended 30 September. Their high end chugs along, but SABMiller's U.S. domestic STRs were down 2.5% for the six months ended Sept. 30, and by 3.7% in the second quarter. And domestic sales to wholesalers for both period measures were down by 1.7%.
Joose Fronts New Sales/Marketing Structure, New Product
FILED OCTOBER 13, 2014
United Brands, makers of the Joose lines of FMBs, has been somewhat quiet for a while. But for the last three months behind the scenes they have been on a hiring spree starting with former Mike's chief Phil O'Neil.