Beer For Bitcoins
Price Fixing Beer
Germany's antitrust regulator has fined five
domestic brewers a total 107 million euros
($146 million) for colluding on price increases
as part of a probe that could see more
companies exposed.The country's Federal
Cartel Office said unlisted brewers Bitburger,
Krombacher, Veltins, Warsteiner and
Privat-Brauerei Ernst Barre GmbH as well as
seven individuals in the industry received fines a
s part of a settlement agreement.For many
Germans beer is a source of national and
regional pride, with the country's more than
1,300 breweries restricted to use only
malt, hops, yeast and water.

Germany is Europe's biggest producer of
beer and has the third-largest per-capita con-
sumption after the  Czech Republic and Austria.
The German division of beer giant
Anheuser-Busch InBev also took part in the
price fixing but was spared a fine because of
the information it provided,
Silk Road is a digital black market that sits just below
most internet users’ purview. Through a combination of
anonymity technology and a sophisticated user-feedback
system, Silk Road makes buying and selling illegal drugs  
easy and seemingly safe. To purchase something on Silk
Road, you need first to buy some Bitcoins.  One bitcoin
is worth about $8.67, though the exchange rate
fluctuates wildly every day.  So essentially
Bitcoins is a  “crypto-currency” that soe believe just
might become the currency of the future.  

Philadelphia Brewing Company will be the first brewery
in the United States to accept Bitcoin as payment for
both retail and wholesale purchases effective
immediately. Retail customers will be able to purchase
the popular brewery’s full assortment of beers and
ciders, as well as company T-shirts, bottle openers,
and other merchandise online and at their retail outlet in
Philadelphia. According to PBC, the move to
accepting Bitcoin was made because it is a “it is a
simple, efficient way to accept electronic payment,”
without the 2-3% fees that can come with credit cards..
Super Bowl Ads -  Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewery, has
once again secured the most coveted commercial slots during Super Bowl XLVIII, .
The beer giant, which is the exclusive beer sponsor of the NFL, has five new ads,
with emphasis on a new slogan and a re-closeable aluminum bottle. In a 30-second
spot the company will introduce its new aluminum bottle in the highly sought after
1A spot, otherwise known as the first in-game commercial

IPA Still Hot-  From a style standpoint, IPA continues to not only be the
largest selling in the USA but also gained the most in market share last month, up
+1.2 %.  Second place went to Cider (+0.5 points), and tied for third, Belgian Wit
Ale and Bitter Ales both up +0.2 points of share.  Overall the greatest share gains in
2013 were by Angry Orchard, Dos Equis, Lagunitas, Redds, and Stella. Corona
Extra also gained share.

Best in NJ- In According to the PATCH news, the five best beer made in New
Jersey are: Best Beers in NJ -  1. Head High, Kane Brewing; 2. Overhead Imperial
IPA, Kane Brewing; 3. 077XX Double IPA; 4.  Carton Brewing Boat Beer Session Ale,
and 5. HopFish IPA, Flying Fish Brewing.  

Happy Birthday - The following breweries just turned 25 proving if you  make
good beer you'll last in an ever more competitive marketplace: Deschutes. Goose
Island. North Coast. Rogue. Vermont Pub & Brewery, and Great Lakes

Nazis and Guinness

These days, it’s known as the quintessential Irish drink and is a firm
favourite in British pubs. But Guinness almost faced a very different
fate – as the tipple of choice for Nazi Germany.  As the Nazi's marched
over Europe they not only  stole everything from gold to fine art they
also usurped cultural items.  In an effort to claim Guinness as their
own they created propaganda posters such as the ones below.  These
draft posters, found by former brewer David Hughes date back to 1936,
reveal theplanned advertising campaign for the Third Reich.

The posters were drawn by John Gilroy, who produced most of the
Guinness' classic advertising.  The paintings are all originals, made
using oil on canvas, and would have been used to mass-produce poster
copies, but were never actually used.

The images, which are now thought to be worth £1.2million, feature in
a new book, Gilroy Was Good For Guinness, written by former
Guinness brewer David Hughes

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