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All the News You Can Drink: Grateful Dead Beer, Free Beer Passport, Shutdown Slowdown and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 11, 2013 06:39 PM

Grateful Dead Beer Gets Crunchy

Millions of tie-dyed Deadheads in parking lots and campsites across North America have ingested tons of granola (among other things) over the decades of the band’s existence, so it was only natural for granola to become the mystery ingredient in the new American Beauty bold pale ale, a brew made in partnership between the band and Delaware’s Dogfish Head Brewery. This marks the first time the band has had its own beer, BrewHound reports.

The idea for including granola during the brewing process came from one of the more than 1,500 fans of the band who offered up ideas. Along with granola, the beer will be made only with ingredients grown in the US.

The brew will debut in the next few weeks across Dogfish’s 27-state distribution network.Continue reading...

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Culinary Creators Face Trademark Woes When it Comes to Foreign Foods

Posted by Abe Sauer on October 9, 2013 12:43 PM

A trademark case out of London hits close to home for one of the culinary world's hottest trends: pho. But it raises a much larger issue as trends cross cultural divides and enterprising types look to cordon what they believe is a unique market. 

Recently, a small Vietnamese restaurant in London called Mo Pho was asked to change its name due to the fact that Pho Cafe, a British chain of Vietnamese restaurants had trademarked the term "pho" several years earlier. Except in Vietnamese, pho is a simple term for "noodle soup," kind of the English equivalent of "cheeseburger." What the case suggests is that any general food term is protectable by trademark—provided it's in a foreign language.Continue reading...

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All the News You Can Drink: Dogfish Head’s Moon Brew, Bud’s Packaging Fail, Wine Biz Gets Corona Boost and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 4, 2013 06:45 PM

Dogfish Head Gets Spaced Out

Delaware brewery Dogfish Head is always up for experiments. Its latest is a small-batch Oktoberfest ale, Celest-jewel-ale, that features an ingredient probably never used before in the brewing process: moon dust. 

According to Fox News, Dogfish made a deal with ILC Dover, which produces spacesuits for NASA, in order to have access to “lunar meteorites” that it ground up and put into the brew like a big teabag.

Much more experimental than that, though, is the brewery’s plan to open a 16-room, beer-themed hotel. It’ll open next year about 11 miles from the brewery, Eater.com reports. Each room will have its own micro-fridges and beer glasses as well as a bottle opener on the wall.

In the spirit of inventiveness, Dogfish has also created a little gadget known as the Randall Jr. that allows consumers to infuse their own beers with interesting ingredients and flavorings. At Dogfish, the brewers want everyone to catch the creativity bug.Continue reading...

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All the News You Can Drink: Miller Lite's Marketing Issues, Jaguars' Booze Bribe and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 27, 2013 07:22 PM

Miller Lite's Marketing Problem

Miller Lite’s “Tastes Great, Less Filling” ad campaign was one of the most memorable of the 1970s, but the brew’s marketing message has been lost over the years, and sales have followed. 

Alan Clark, the CEO of parent company SABMiller, told the Wall Street Journal that the dip in sales isn’t because consumers don’t like the taste of the brew, but because of its poor marketing. After all, Coors Light has been growing its sales in recent years because of its “Rocky Mountain cold refreshment” branding. “(It) is so simple and yet so powerful in its expression,” Clark told the Journal.

So the brand trying its best to bring back the magic of the old days. It reinstated “Miller Time” last year, began airing ads with celebs this year, and is trying out a limited-edition retro can next year, the Milwaukee Business Journal reports. Something's bound to stick. If not, maybe some good old 'Tastes Great, Less Filling' arguments?Continue reading...

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All the News You Can Drink: Heineken Aims for Second Screens, Walmart Wants to Be the King of Beers and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 20, 2013 06:13 PM

Heineken Aims for Second Screens

According to Heineken, 70 percent of fans watching the UEFA Champions League soccer matches are doing so at home with a tablet, and 77 percent of tablet owners have their devices nearby during games, so why not take advantage of that? 

Heineken is looking to spur more tablet usage during European matches by offering up big-name soccer stars to chat with during games. Dutch legend Ruud Gullit will be the first to take part in the #sharethesofa campaign with more headliners to follow.

According to Mashable, those who tweet #sharethesofa will also be elligible for prizes, including earning the company of two soccer stars who will join them on their own couch to watch a match.Continue reading...

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Absolut Hopes to Inspire Fans with Creative New Campaign

Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 16, 2013 07:22 PM

For decades, Absolut’s ad campaigns have been all about transformations, turning the iconic bottle into an Adirondack chair, a tiara, and a funky Southwestern piece of art, among a slew of other things. But the brand’s newest ad campaign isn’t about how its bottle can be transformed, but how art can help Millennials transform not just themselves but also the world around them.

Young adults can "break free from the idea that anything is predetermined and take control of their future," said Absolut VP of Global Marketing Jonas Tahlin, according to MediaPost. "Absolut has always tapped into the transformative power of art, but...[with the new campaign], we’ll take a more active part in stimulating transformation and pushing the cultural scene forward.”Continue reading...

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All the News You Can Drink: Dom's New Balloon-Inspired Bottle, Hello Kitty Beer and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 13, 2013 05:46 PM

Jeff Koons Teams with Dom Perignon on New Bottle

It’ll cost you millions to get an original piece of art by Jeff Koons, but a Koons-designed bottle of Dom Perignon will only set you back $20,000. The company turned to the artist two years ago to create a new bottle design, along with gift boxes and a bottle holder. Koons eventually turned out a design inspired by his famous Balloon Venus sculpture, according to the New York Observer.

“Its color is deep, with light amber and copper tints,” the brand said in a statement, according to HauteLiving.com. “The wine’s bouquet erupts theatrically from its silken fleshy body, just as the sculpture’s reflective surface envelop the viewing in a dynamic invitation to tasting.” 

The bottle was unveiled this week in New York City, attracting A-listers who just happened to be in town for Fashion Week, including Martha Stewart, Carmelo Anthony, Eve, Maya Lin, Ted Allen and Donna Karan, among many others, Wine Spectator reports.Continue reading...

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Heineken Readies to Ignite the Night with New Interactive Bottles

Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 10, 2013 02:56 PM

First introduced several months ago as a concept at Milan Design Week, Heineken is readying to roll out its interactive Heineken Ignite bottle in seven key markets around the globe.

The “first interactive bottle” is outfitted with eight bright LEDs, an eight-bit microprocessor, a motion detector, and a wireless network transceiver that allows the bottle to light up when you raise it to take a sip, clink bottles, and even flash along to the beat of real-time music, according to PSFK.Continue reading...

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