Well it was another up and down year for beer producers in the states with beer consumption down slightly.

The big brands are still losing market share, but the craft beer and import markets showed very slight increases in sales.

First it was hops and the hop shortage a few years ago. Now it seems that barley is going to conspire to raise the price of your favorite beverage - beer.

According to a study commissioned by Molson Coors, farmers in Britain are blaming a lack of rain for a poor barley crop. A full 94 percent of 259 farmers surveyed said the dry weather has impacted the barley crop. 40 percent said the dry conditions had a very profound negative affect on the crop. The Molson Coors study found that two thirds of Britain's arable farmers were affected.

t seems that the economy is playing havoc abroad as well as the United States.

According to the British Beer Pub Association alcohol consumption (including beer consumption) is almost at a 10 year low and has dropped 2.4 percent since 2004. They are asking for a freeze on beer taxes due to the economy and a decline in beer consumption.

Most people think that beer causes a beer belly despite studies that show mixed conclusions. There are even studies that show beer to be a negative factor in abdominal obesity (Halkjaer et al., 2006). There is no doubt that abdominal obesity is one of the leading risk factors for cardiovascular disease. It is important to understand the true causes and not just blame beer, or any other food without proper study.

Well the 2011 Oktoberfest is over and good weather contributed to a record-breaking attendance.

The full story from chinchinjobs.com describes the event:

The balmy late summer weather was identified as the reason 6.9 million visitors, 500,000 more than last year, staggered around the cavernous beer tents in the German city.

They guzzled the 7.5 million steins, litre-sized measures of the amber nectar, despite a record high price of nine euros.

Last year, 6.4 million people drank seven million litres, the equivalent to 12.3 million pints.

When 25% of the beer market is not big enough, you need to buy your competition, specifically your number one rival, who also wants to grow. Does the world, yes world, need one company controlling almost 50% of the beer market?

It seems that ABI (Anheuser-Busch InBev) is looking to do just that buy thinking of buying SAB Miller.

An article from chinchinjobs.com discusses what they know about the supposed talks.


The brewers at BrewDog are at it again. This time they created a beer that was fermented on the bottom of the North Sea.

Why? To break an ancient curse on the Scottish shoreline.

The 7.1% ABV India Pale Ale (IPA), was even brewed with nautical themed ingredients like seaweed, mermaids, rum and distilled sea salt.

Here is what they have to say on the BrewDog website about the brew:

Yes it is true! Google has entered into the beer business by teaming up with Dogfish Head Brewery to create a beer that is supposed to represent the 5 continents where beer is brewed (I guess someone at McMurdo needs to start brewing soon!)

I have always thought that an old fashioned beer garden would be a great thing to have. In the old days, and in Munich today, families went to beer gardens to relax, enjoy the day and of course, drink beer.

When I was growing up there was a Busch Gardens in Los Angeles that I used to go to, but as much as I enjoyed the rides and other stuff, my father probably had more fun... drinking the beer.

It looks like there is at least one city that thinks like I do, Madison, Wisconson. It seems that a beer garden was approved for construction.

Even though the news for beer sales has been bad for the last several years, some breweries are taking advantage of the down economy along with city and utility company incentives.