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Also known as, What is Happening in the World of Beer and Wine. Sometimes newsworthy, usually noteworthy, always interesting, information about our favorite subject, beer and wine.

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.

Hensley Beverage drinks to success

Ryan Randazzo - - The Arizona Republic

A forklift zips quietly through a sprawling, chilled warehouse, moving an order for Hensley Beverage Co. in west Phoenix.

The driver maneuvers through mountains of bottles, cans and kegs of Budweiser products. In a reflection of the changing business, he also passes through pallets of local brands such as Four Peaks Brewing Co. of Tempe and Mother Road Brewing Co. of Flagstaff.

Anyone who has downed a can of Bud Light while floating down the Salt River, or sipped a beer while watching a Cardinals game at University of Phoenix Stadium, has been served by Hensley.

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