Fall has arrived…and the craft beer biz is only getting busier. But no worries, Rumor Mill is on the case, keeping you plugged in into all the beer news and lifestyle that matters. Plus we’ve an all-important update on what we’ve been drinking lately and you don’t want to miss that.
Busted! (Waltham, MA) – Michael Miller, who runs a trading rare and collectible beer website called My Beer Cellar was reportedly arrested in a sting operation and charged with selling malt/brewed beverages (read: beer) without a license following an investigation by State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.
Officers responded to his ad on the website which bills itself as “the premiere portal for the selling and buying of collectible beer bottles, cans, signs and other memorabilia,” and they arranged to purchase $700 worth of specialty craft beer.
The craft beer sting operation, which amusingly took place at the Bandit Truck Stop, (sometimes we just can’t make this stuff up), netted 57 bottles of in-demand craft beer and one busted 44-year old beer trader.
Words To Drink By (Frederick, MD) – “Political correctness is nothing more than a side-door to censorship.” Jim Caruso CEO, Flying Dog Brewing
Is The UK Pint Destined To Get Pricier? (Great Britain) – In a recent interview with the Sunday Telegraph AB InBev’s president for Northern Europe, Jason Warner, shared that “there has to be an increase” in the price of beer as UK inflation rises.
Global Beer Giant AB InBev, who merged with SABMiller in October 2016, is now the world’s biggest beer company and they control important brands such as Corona, Stella Artois and Budweiser. So Warner’s prediction of possible price increases in the next two years (which, of course, will be passed on to the consumer) is worrisome…
The Drinks Business reported that “the average price of a pint in the UK has risen by 13p in the past year to £3.60.” Not a great sign for the United Kingdom, which has seen inflation rise by 2% since August 2016.
What We’ve Been Drinking Lately (Escondido, CA) – Last night we tapped a Stone Brewing collaboration that they did with they did with NOFX’s resident maniac, Fat Mike and we think it might be the brewery’s first band beer ever. Crushable without being corporate, Stone & NOFX Punk in Drublic Hoppy Lager is a 5.8% ABV concert refresher that’s out there now.