Twinkies and Beer
Buffalo Wild Wings Beers
Buffalo Wild Wings, the national restaurant
chain's tagline is the largest pourer of draft
beer in the country, if not the world," said
Andy Dismore, vice president of Food &
Beverage at the company.  When Buffalo Wild
Wings opened its first restaurant in 1982, the
U.S. beer marketplace was a lackluster scene.
Today, the typical Buffalo Wild Wings offers
as many as 30 different taps.  "We have to be
able to turn that beer over quickly so they stay
fresh," he said. The company uses a
three-layered system to select beer to pour. It
starts with its national brands like Budweiser
and Miller Coors in every Buffalo Wild Wings
nationwide to allows the chain to leverage the
brands' national promotions and marketing.

The second tier is regional beers, which are
chosen on a state-by-state basis. The last layer
is a flexible option that allows individual
restaurants to have the freedom to make
choices based on a local favorite, a seasonal
offering or what its customers are asking for.
Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread may soon be
back in stores after a bankruptcy court judge approved
sales of several iconic brands that had been owned by
the failed Hostess Brands Inc.  The new owners are
familiar to beer drinkers as the group responsible for
Pabst Blue Ribbon and many other icon brands.

C. Dean Metropoulos and Co., is the Connecticut-based
private equity firm behind Pabst.  It specializes in buying
and revitalizing struggling brands like Chef Boyardee
pasta products, PAM cooking spray, and Bumble Bee
tuna. The firm purchased Pabst for $250 million in 2011,
and is North America's largest privately-held brewer.

The price was $410 million for Twinkies, Ho Hos, Ding
Dongs and Donnettes.  The moneies raised from the
sales of all the brands associated with Hostess will be
used to pay off Hostess's creditors, which the company
said totaled $1.43 billion when it filed for bankruptcy.

In a document filed in U.S. bankruptcy court on Hostess
Brands said no other qualified offers other  than the one
from Pabst were submitted by the bid deadline.
Privatization -  In a historic vote, the state House of Representatives has
passed a bill that would privatize the sale of wine and hard liquor in Pennsylvania.
After seven hours of debate the vote was 105-90 to approve the measure,
which calls for gradually selling off licenses to the private sector.  However
breweries such as as Yuengling, Troegs , Appalachian Brewing Co., Anheuser-
Busch and MillerCoors have are all lobbying the Senate to vote NO.

Who Spends the Most?-  When a patron orders a craft beer, the average
total food/bar bill is around $80, which is well above that of the largest beer
brands.  In contrast, the average check is $63 when a Budweiser is ordered, $62
for Coors Light, $60 for Miller Lite, and $52 for Bud Light.  The average check
when a Yuengling is ordered is only $55

No Contract -  After 16 years as one of contract brewing’s loudest
cheerleaders, Shmaltz Brewing Company, makers of HE’BREW  and Coney
Island Lagers, is breaking with tradition and opening its own New York State
production brewery. Located in Clifton Park, NY,  Shmaltz’s new home boasts a
50-barrel brewhouse with 20,000 barrels of annual capacity and nearly 20,000
square foot brewing area.

Restaurant Beer -Craft beers accounted for 20% of beer sales in casual
restaurants, versus 22% in bars and 28% in fine dining restaurants in the USA.
Additionally, the average price being charged by casual restaurants for craft
beers is only $5.09, compared to $5.53 in bars and $6.16 in fine dining

Beer Float Fad

Ice cream and beer?  Don't laugh.  Beer Floats are now the hottest new
trend in upscale pubs in the "hot" locations and clubs.  Maybe its just the
trendy way to pretend you're a kid again but with an adult beverage. A
recent survey of popular Beer Floats found that a majority used stouts,
porters, or other dark beers.  The two most popular drinks were the
Guinness Extra Float and the Lambic Float.  Here are the recipes to try it
for yourself - but don't way we didn't warn you about the calories

Guinness Extra Stout Float
1. Two scoops coffee ice cream
2. About 3/4 cup Guinness
3.Garnish: dark chocolate syrup
(and dark chocolate shavings)
4.In a frosty mug, line sides with dark chocolate syrup
then add 2 scoops coffee ice cream and fill with Guinness.
Garnish with additional chocolate syrup
and dark chocolate shavings (optional).
5.Add a spoon and fun straw. Serve immediately.

Lambic Float
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
½ cup lambic beer

Put the ice cream in a glass, top with the lambic,
add a spoon and serve

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Edited by Jim Attacap