Fastest Growing Beers

While Bud Light leads with 19 % of the beer
market, three of the fastest growing brews in
the U.S. are all foreign. The fastest growing
brands are Modelo and Dos Equis. Modelo is
owned by Constellation Brands while Dos
Equis is a subsidiary of Heineken.

. Shipments of Mexican brands Dos Equis
and Modelo more than doubled in the last
four years.  Modelo’s popularity gets a boost
from the growth of the Hispanic market and
Dos Equis' from “The most interesting man in
the world” ad campaign.  Belgian brew Stella
Artois comes in third, which has  been able
to distance itself from its parent company
ABInBev.  The fourth fastest growing beer
brand in the country is MillerCoors-owned
Blue Moon, and the fifth is hipster favorite
PBR—the only beer to crack the top five list
that can be considered semi-craft.

It’s worth noting that Budweiser shipped 16
million barrels of beer last year—about 10
times what Dos Equis shipped.

Scotland's Neo-Prohibitionists?

A new law has come into force which makes the legal drink-drive limit in Scotland lower
than elsewhere in the UK. The change reduces the legal alcohol limit from 80mg to 50mg
in every 100ml of blood.  Campaigners believe the new limit will cut the number of deaths
and serious injuries on Scottish roads. The limit elsewhere in the UK will remain at 80mg -
the joint highest in Europe. Northern Ireland is currently considering making the
same reduction as Scotland. Experts have said the new 50mg limit, which came into force
at midnight, means that an average man would be limited to just under a pint of beer or
a large glass of wine, and women to half a pint of beer or a small glass of wine.

The Scottish Parliament voted unanimously in favour of the new law, which brings Scotland
into line with much of Europe. The Scottish government has previously said it had sought a
joint approach with Westminster but the UK government decided to retain the higher 80mg limit,
which in Europe is only shared by Malta. It means that a driver could leave England under the
legal alcohol limit but find they are breaking the law once they pass over the border into Scotland.

What is the legal limit elsewhere in Europe?
(All figures per 100ml of blood)
Zero - Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia (drivers with less than
three years experience), Germany (less than two years experience or aged under 21)
20mg - Estonia, Poland, Sweden, Cyprus (south), Ireland (learner drivers only), Latvia
(less than two years experience), Lithuania (less than two years experience), Greece (less than two
years experience), Luxembourg (less than two years experience and professional drivers), France
(bus drivers only)
24mg - Slovenia
30mg - Germany (for those involved in an accident)
40mg - Lithuania
50mg - Scotland, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France,
Germany (if not involved in an accident), Gibraltar, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia,
Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus (north)
80mg - England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Malta
(Note: 20mg is as close to an absolute ban as you can get without accidentally
penalising those with trace elements of alcohol in their bloodstream.)

In the USA  the blood alcohol limit is 0.08% or greater (units of milligrams per deciliter,
The 0.08% limit is 80 mg/dLrepresenting 8 g of alcohol in 10 liters of blood).
The 0.08% limit is 80 mg/dL
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We Love IPA

IPA sales in the last 52 weeks jumped nearly
50 percent from the previous year. The wider craft
segment rose about 20 percent.   IPAs now
accounts for over a quarter of all craft sales

Fervor for the hop-heavy ale shows no signs of
slowing.  As consumers flock to IPAs, breweries
have expanded their offerings to meet demand.
IPAs continue to surge because more varieties
have emerged, Recent trends include ales made
with malted rye instead of barley or "sessionable"
variations.  American-style IPA” is the most
popular category to enter among brewers at the
Great American Beer Festival for more than a
decade, with over 250 entries ilast year compared
to an average 51 entries per category.

The first reference to “India pale ale” was actually
in an Indian newspaper in 1828, almost 50 years
after George Hodgson (sometimes called the
originator of the style) started shipping his pale
ale to India. The second known reference is a
mention in an Australian newspaper in 1829