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Will Mega Beer Merger Lead To Higher Prices & Fewer Choices For Consumers?

Ashlee Kieler - - Consumerist

With a $104.2 billion merger agreed to in principle, beer giants Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller could be walking down the aisle soon, creating a company that provides nearly 70% of the beer sold in the U.S. While such a mega-merger might be beneficial to the companies as far as increasing market share and cutting costs, the deal could have some very real consequences for consumers – and other beer producers.
While we can't know for sure just what the outcome of the proposed merger will be for consumers, AB InBev (ABI), SABMiller and the hundreds of other smaller brewers, antitrust experts provided Consumerist with a few plausible scenarios, none of which really benefit the consumer.
In fact, Diana Moss, president of the American Antitrust Institute, tells Consumerist that virtually no merger scenario between the two companies would benefit consumers. Instead, the deal spells higher prices, fewer choices, and a harder life for smaller craft brewers.

Here are more than 100 beers in the A-B InBev/SABMiller merger

Ben Unglesbee and Veneta Rizvic - - St. Louis Biztalk

Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller together have more than 400 beers in their respective portfolios, which could soon merge after the companies agreed in principle to a buyout of SABMiller by A-B InBev worth more than $100 billion this week.
Some of those beers are among the most iconic in the world — such as A-B InBev's Budweiser and Stella Artois — and some are regional brews in far-flung places, known mostly to locals.

Millennials drive demand for craft beer, wine and spirits

Janet Forgrieve - - Smart Blogs

Descriptions including "craft", "small batch," "custom," "limited edition" and "artisan/artisanal" are more likely to influence the purchasing decisions of millennials than they are to sway older consumers, according to a recent Harris Poll. Chefs and restaurateurs are finding ways to feed the trend — the Culinary Institute of America will hold a Crafting Beer and Food Summit in October, bringing together master brewers and chefs to create menus that complement craft beers.

Three Cheers for Three-Tier And Your Craft Beer Distributor

Keeli Monroe - - Brew Studs

I'd like to present a handful of scenarios to you:
It's 5:00 P.M. on a Friday (finally), and like many Americans, your work week is ending. You're ready for two things: the weekend, and some good damn beer – because let's be honest, the weekend isn't the weekend without the good damn beer. Lucky you, because this is America. Prohibition is dead, and you've got options!

Golden Road Expands Distribution to Arizona

David Eisenberg - - Brewbound

Southern California's Golden Road Brewing has announced plans to expand distribution throughout Arizona next month, bringing its full line of beers to consumers outside its home state for the first time.

The brewery has signed with Golden Eagle Distributors, which will sell the company's core line and seasonal offerings to retailers for both on- and off-premise consumption. The rollout is scheduled for early May.

How to drink beer like a local around the world

Roberto A. Ferdman - - Washington Post

Travel the world, and you'll find there's quite a bit of disagreement about what the best—or at least preferred—beer looks like.

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