|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.
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.
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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