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Beer Travel / Barcelona and Rome
« on: May 22, 2017, 07:50:47 AM »
I have three nights in Barcelona followed by four in Rome coming up in September. Any suggestions for beer/breweries in either or both cities?

The Pub / Re: Well, this sucks
« on: May 19, 2017, 07:04:15 PM »
This has always been one of my favorites:

This new song is pretty cool:

But this one is awesome and one of the best versions I have heard:

The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 12, 2017, 07:00:06 AM »
Wicked Weed is certainly a strong brand in NC, but they don't command a majority of the shelf space. In most stores their display is separate with single bottle (I'm hesitant to call them bombers) displays and occasionally a sixer or two (bottles & cans) on the shelf. In the bottle shops they are typically top row and languish due to the price point. At $10+ for a 500ml bottle you must contemplate whether or not you want that beer because you could purchase a six pack of something you may enjoy just as much if not more.

I think the Wicked Weed purchase does a couple of things for AB. It gets them firmly in the NC market and it also allows them an established sour beer production facility. IPAs and Sours are the rage at the moment and so they can ride the wave provided people purchase the products.

As to the selling price, I was discussing it last night with someone and we both agreed the Wicked Weed capital investment is at least 20-25 million. The owners/investors had money and probably saw an opportunity for an excellent return on investment. Not sure we will ever know, but I would not be shocked to see it be a 10X-20X ROI.

The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 11, 2017, 04:59:44 AM »
I doubt 10 million reasons would cover the costs of two of their four operations. Maybe they had 100 million reasons. ;)

The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 10, 2017, 06:07:48 AM »
Deleted FB post:

Gosh the internet is fun sometimes. ;)

The Pub / 2018 GABF Judging
« on: May 09, 2017, 06:28:44 AM »
Received the email last night I was selected as one of the new judges at GABF for 2018. Very excited at this opportunity. I know several people who have judged for many years and last year decided to apply. Before work just did not allow me to take enough time off to judge so I had not tried to get on the panel. My current position allows me to take off when needed so this will work out wonderfully!

Of course now I get to wait until September 2018...  8)

The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 08, 2017, 10:37:28 AM »
Not sure if he was looking for an "upgrade" or a way out. What it leave me wondering is will their sour program be the same. Sours to me are as much about art as science and without an artist you don't have every piece of the puzzle.

Seems like old news once you look into it. Now I'm wondering his departure might have been what sparked the interest in selling?

The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 06, 2017, 06:57:56 AM »

I don't know who exactly is on the list of breweries who have backed out of the festival, but the news last night in Raleigh (4 hours away from Asheville) was 36 breweries had backed out.

The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 05, 2017, 02:20:31 PM »
I'm not sure what the initial brewpub costs were, but the production brewery which came after The Funkatorium was 5 million in an industrial park outside of town.

The Pub / Re: Lagunitas to be wholly owned by Heineken
« on: May 05, 2017, 11:56:49 AM »
As luck would have it I used my Lagunitas wide mouth glass last night and placed it in the sink. This morning I washed it and went to put it away and it slipped from my hand and shattered into a million little pieces and 30 or so large shards. After spending a half hour picking up, wiping, cleaning, and vacuuming I think it would have been simpler and easier to recycle the glass in protest. ;)

The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 05, 2017, 11:04:56 AM »
Please don't feel like Wicked Weed had to sell. They were very well financed from the first day they opened.

The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 05, 2017, 06:11:04 AM »
And another one which seems to end rather abruptly.

Brawley's announced they were serving WW pints for $10 each with 100% of the proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders in an effort to empty their remaining WW kegs.

The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 05, 2017, 05:10:53 AM »
Probably the best response to the WW buyout I have seen.

The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 04, 2017, 08:01:45 PM »
Wicked Weed is certainly feeling the sting as 20 breweries have pulled out of their July festival and at least two breweries have severed ties to the brewery and their collaborations. It seems few breweries want to see their efforts enhance the AB machine.

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