Calories Count

Among spirits, calories per serving ranged
from 86 calories for spiced rum to 120
calories for gin. The average was 98
calories per serving.

For wines, calories per serving ranged
from 105 calories for a merlot to 125
calories for a cabernet sauvignon. The
average was 118 calories per serving;
The greatest variation in calories occurred
among beers and flavored malt
beverages. Light beers averaged 100
calories per serving, regular beers
averaged 140 calories  per serving, and
the flavored malt beverages  ranged from
190 calories per serving to 241 calories.

Variations were greatest when analyzing
carbohydrate levels. Compared to no
carbohydrates in spirits, wines ranged
from 0.8 grams per serving for
chardonnay to 5.0 grams per serving for
cabernet sauvignon. Among different
beers and malt beverages, carbohydrates
ranged from 3.2 grams per serving for
light beer to 38 grams per serving for a
flavored malt beverage.

Beck's Art

It's the largest art commission undertaken
for the public. The work of four artists will
be displayed on 27 million bottles of
Beck's beer.   Beck's is moving its
artist-label beers into mass production  in
partnership with the Royal College of Arts
(RCA) in Kensington, West London. who
selected the winning entries based on
the theme of individuality.  
Beer Mapping

You may know exactly where your favorite bar or brewery is, but can you remember
where all of the breweries across the state are located? Thanks to the power of Google
maps and a custom made database, now you can zoom in and find all of the best beer
destinations are all across your state and the rest of the world.  

The Beer Mapping Project is a website designed to help beer fans map out the locations of
their favorite beer meccas: Breweries, Brewpubs, Beer Bars, Beer Stores and even
Homebrew Stores. Handy links will guide you to your specific region. From there Google
maps will allow you to d rag around the maps and zoom right to your favorite location.

The different colored pushpin icons will help you identify the type and location of the
brew spot you’re looking for. Don’t know where a great pub is? Check the attached
scrolling list of destinations and click and the software will center your map directly on
that spot.
Feature News
Feature News  from
The InBev Story

Anheuser-Busch has accepted InBev's takeover offer
forming the largest beer company in the world.
Ownership by InBev has a special meaning in the beer
world.  It's called the "Brazilian factor" and it's code for
ruthless cost-cutting. The term comes from the fact
that InBev is a Belgian beer company run by Brazilians,
led by CEO Carlos Brito. InBev firmly believes that the
best way to boost value is through margin
improvement, which means they reduce expenses
everywhere. Mr. Brito, who started AmBev in 1989 with
a small team of Brazilian investment bankers and a
single brewery, has no sympathy for breweries that are
not running at full capacity. Additionally, the Brazilians
like to distribute their own brands instead of relying on
wholesalers to do the job for the

InBev trumpets the use of "zero-based budgeting,"
where operating budgets revert to zero at the end of
the financial year and have to be renegotiated anew,
usually at lower levels. Employees say nothing is
sacred. If electricity costs have to come down,
management will even switch off cafeteria lights .

Compare this corporate philosophy with Boston Beer's
Jim Koch who  is unveiling "Samuel Adams: Brewing
the American Dream," an initiative with Accion USA, a
nonprofit that assists small-business owners.  Koch is
offering small loans from a $250,000 fund  to New
England entrepreneurs working in the food and
beverage industry.  According to Koch, "we want to
encourage and assist budding businesses in the same
way we were helped when Boston Beer was just a
crazy idea I had."