Teen Drinking Down
Water Fight
Dozens of small craft brewers, such as Sierra
Nevada and New Belgium, are rallying behind
the EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule,
arguing it will help ensure that they have clean
water for their products.But farmers who
supply beer ingredients like barley, wheat and
hops, say the rule has the potential to massively
cut production on their lands, raising beer
prices in the process.If brewers have to treat
water too much for pollution, the process can
filter out the natural flavors that are unique to  
different areas of the country.

New Belgium, the nation's third largest craft
brewer, has been arguably the largest industry
supporter of the new rule, going as far as to
send a representative to testify before Congress
this summer.The Farm Bureau has come out
against the rule, because it fears it could be
expensive for many farmers to comply with.
A recent study of drug and alcohol use conducted by the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found
that while marijuana use was on the rise, underage
drinking continued a trend downward.  Binge drinking
among 12-17 year-olds has declined 42 percent decline
since 2002, to a record-low level. Heavy drinking among
12-17 year-olds has declined 52 percent decline since
2002, to a record-low level. $20 and visors for $15.

Real Oktoberfest Beers
At Oktoberfest:  The only beer served comes from
Munich breweries such as the Augustiner, Paulaner
and Spaten. The most popular variation is the lager-
like Helles. And there are no half measures: beer is
served in one-litre glasses (ein Maß), several of which
are typically carried at one time by buxom barmaids.
The cost of a litre (ein Maß) will this year for the first
time in some of the tents rise above the €10 (£8) mark
World's Record -   A German waiter has broken a world record by carrying 27
full mugs of Bavarian beer. Oliver Struempfel works at the Gillemoos festival in the
town of Abensberg and took on the beer-carrying challenge after months of
training.  He went up against just one competitor to carry as many full one-litre
mugs as possible for a distance of 40m (131ft).

Stocks Up-  Shares of the world’s biggest beer makers are hot.  With Heineken’s
rejection of SABMiller's SABMiller's takeover attempt, not only are Heineken and
SABMiller trading in the green, but so are shares of Anheuser-Busch InBev
Anheuser-Busch InBev and Molson Coors Brewing.  

Coffee Poses As Stout-  Starbucks is testing a so-called Dark Barrel Latte
that tastes like a stout in  stores in Ohio and Florida.  The coffee is made with
espresso and topped with whipped cream and dark caramel drizzle.  It is  blended
with a "chocolaty stout flavored sauce

Stop The Rain - Recent heavy rains have damaged crops in the nation’s
largest malt-barley producing states, Montana and Idaho. The rains caused much
of the states’ barley to sprout in the field, rendering much of it useless for beer
making.Maltsters are warning brewers that barley will be available but pricey in
2015 when this year’s crop becomes next year’s beer ingredient.

Beer Is Big Business-U.S. brewers and beer importers are the
foundation for an industry that employs more than 2 million
Americans, directly and indirectly. Beer contributed $246.6 billion to
America’s economy and generated $49 billion in local, state and federal
taxes.

Pabsts Defects To Russia

The 170-year-old Milwaukee brewery known for its  hipster beer has been
sold to Moscow-based Oasis Beverages, a six-year-old beer and soda firm
that operates in Kazakhstan, Belarus and Ukraine.  The price was reported
to be over $700 million in cash.

Besides its flagship lager, Pabst Brewing Company produces Colt 45, Rainier,
Lone Star, Old Style, Schlitz and National Bohemian. The firm was
previously owned by billionaire investor C. Dean Metropoulos. After decades
of decline, PBR, became hip under their stewardship, and sales soared.
Americans drank more than 90 million gallons of the lager in 2013,
a 200 percent increase from 2004.

The brewery, which will remain headquartered in Los Angeles. Oasis --
which imports such beers as Heineken and Chimay to Russia and Ukraine --
currently owns six beers in Russia and its bordering countries. It also
produces apple juice, a non-alcoholic malt drink and a canned energy drink.

Sales of big name breweries are not uncommon. Anheuser-Busch, the beer
behemoth behind such brands as Budweiser, Corona, Stella Artois,
Hoegaarden and Leffe, is wholly owned by the Brazilian-Belgium
conglomerate AB InBev. Coors, once an American company, merged
with Canada’s Molson in 2005 to form Molson Coors Brewing Company.
In 2002, London-based SABMiller plc was formed when South
African Breweries bought Miller Brewing.

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