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logo_abinbev.jpgI don’t know why, but of all of the things that InBev has done with Anheuser-Busch since purchasing the company back in November, this one seems to have stuck in my craw:

Busch Entertainment Corp. told employees this morning that free samples of Busch’s premier product no longer will be provided to theme park patrons.

Visitors of legal age will be able to buy beer at hospitality centers that will be converted into new facilities beginning this month, Busch Entertainment says in an e-mail response to questions about the new policy.

Really?  Charging for what account as nothing more than samples? What’s next, charging for the samples at the end of the brewery tour?  Don’t get me wrong, I know nothing in life is free and that it will probably keep down on drunk jagoffs at what are supposed to be family friendly locations, but this just seems like a big “screw you” to AB-InBev’s customers.

Thoughts?  Personally I think it looks like the eagle is about to poop on the InBev part.

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I get quite a bit of press material from various outlets nowadays and I don’t like passing a lot of it along because I don’t like feeling like a shill.  But I thought due to everything happening in the world of Anheuser-Busch these past few weeks, this special may be of some interest to some people:

What’s on tap now for Budweiser? CNBC takes you inside America’s 130-year love affair with the King of Beers. Now that InBev has agreed to purchase the iconic American brand, CNBC’s “American Originals: Budweiser” offers a first look at the new reality for Bud. Watch CNBC on Thursday, July 17 at 9p/12a ET to see the side of Budweiser you’ve never seen before… the past the present and the future. Click here for web highlights. 

If you happen to catch the special, be sure to share your comments via this post.

ld_bud_inbev_080707_mn.jpgYou may have heard by now, but Anheuser-Busch’s board of directors have approved the purchase of the company by InBev. I’ve given my thoughts on this merger in the past, but I can’t say it’s still not a bit of a sad day. As someone who’s been through a few mergers and lay-offs in my short life, my best wishes go out to all of those people currently working at AB. Feel free to leave your comments about the merger and the impact. It’ll be interesting to see what happens next.

As someone always looking for an upside, maybe we see more beer in St. Louis because of it?

inbev.jpgI know I’ve kept pretty quiet about the whole AB/InBev deal, mostly because I’m pretty apathetic to it.  I know it sounds pretty terrible, but in my eyes it’s just a business decision. (In fact this article sums up my feelings pretty well.)  I realize that a lot of people in St. Louis would be affected by the buy-out, but it basically comes down to one huge company buying another huge company.  It just so happens that people have a special place in their heart for one of the companies, but unfortunately all of the fliers, blogging and hand wringing in the world isn’t going to do much to stop it.

On the lighter side of all of this, it looks like Schlafly is trying to do their part to keep local beer local, they’ve begun a fund-raiser to buy InBev.  Now it’s only going to take 50 billion small one dollar donations to make it happen, but nothing is impossible!

Stuff from around the web

Beer Releases and News

  • Paul at The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton alerts me to some new beers he has in stock at the Clayton and Rock Hill locations:
    • Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale Southern Hemisphere
    • J.W.Lees Manchester Star Ale
    • Altenmunster Maibock (2 liter swing top bottle)
    • Gouden Carolus Tripel 25oz
    • Vapeur Saison de Pipaix 25oz
    • Lowenbrau (German version)
    • Pilsner Urquel in 4pk cans
    • Corona 12 oz Cans
    • Heineken 12oz cans
    • Newcastle Brown 6pk cans
  • Mike Cherre, Beer Consultant at Lukas Liquor posts on their blog some of the new selections they have in stock:
    • Aventinus Wheat Doppelbock vintage 2003 and 2004
    • Ettaler Kloster Edelhell
    • St. Michaelsberg Kellerbier
    • J.W. Lee’s Harvest Sherry Cask ’07
    • J.W. Lee’s Harvest ’97
    • J.W. Lee’s Harvest Port Cask ’07
    • J.W. Lee’s Harvest Lagavulin ’07
    • Gaspar (Belgian I.P.A.)
    • Guido (Belgian Strong Ale)
    • Podge (Belgian Imperial Stout)
    • Demon Hunter (Belgian Style Dark Ale)
    • Xyauyu Reserva Teo Musso (English Barleywine)
    • Harviestoun Ola Dubh Highland Park 30yr
  • Chris at Randall’s Wine & Spirits alerts me to some new beers sets he has in stock at the Fairview Heights Randall’s:
    • Left Hand Chainsaw ESB
    • Avery Majaraja
    • Flying Dog Woody Creek White/ Kerberos/Canus Major Sample Four Pack
    • Two Brothers Dog Days
    • Fort Collins Rocky Mountain IPA
    • Shiner Bock
    • Shiner Blonde
    • Cave Creek Chili Beer
    • Red Macgregor
  • Chris is also expecting these beers in today at the St. Louis Randall’s:
    • Schneider Hoppfen Weiss
    • Southern Tier Imperial Extra Pale Ale
    • Southern Tier Uber Sun Imperial Summer Wheat
    • Southern Tier Unearthly Imperial IPA
    • Harviestoun Ola Dubh 12yr
    • New Belgium La Folie
    • Tomos Watkin OSB
    • Tomos Watkin Lovely Ale
    • Otro Mundo Red
    • Otro Mundo Golden Ale
    • Jolly Pumpkin La Roja/
    • Jolly Pumpkin Oro De Calabaza
    • Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca
    • Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere
    • Jolly Pumpkin E.S. Bam
    • Sierra Nevada Summerfest
    • J.W. Lees Manchester Star Ale
    • J.W. Lees 07 Harvest Ale
    • 1809 Berliner Weisse
    • Hitachino Japanese Classic Ale
    • La Rulles Estivale
    • Cuvee Angelique Belgian Ale
    • Schneider Aventinus 03 Vintage
    • Farsons Lacto Stout
    • Cuvee Alex Rouge
    • Alvinne Podge Imp Stout
    • Maredsous 10/6/8

Here’s a list of upcoming beer events:

Leffe Blonde a Belgian Style Pale Ale makes a return to St. Louis after a lengthy absence. It’s slowly starting to trickle in so make sure to watch your shelves. If you want it today a recentsighting has placed it at The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton.