Historic Fine
Downsizing Cans
A man who has spent more than 40 years
collecting 9,300 beer cans has had to get rid of
the bulk of them so he can buy a smaller house.
Nick West, from Langford in North Somerset,
England has moved into increasingly larger
homes to keep pace with his collection.
But he now wants to downsize, meaning a
reduction in his collection to 1,500.

At one point, Mr West was buying 650 cans a
year. He started his collection in 1975 when he
was 16 years old, after seeing a report on TV
about collecting as a hobby.

Mr West estimated he has spent at least
£25,000 on his collection over the years.
He spent two years taking photographs of each
individual can, and had to see a doctor after
developing tennis elbow and housemaid's knee
as a result. During his last house move Mr West
had to to pack his collection into 150 large
removal boxes and hire two vans - one for his
furniture and one for his beer cans. In one of
his previous homes he even built an extension to
make more room. He has sold about 6,000 cans
to collectors around the world and given 1,800
to local museum Oakham Treasures.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)
has announced the acceptance of a record $2.5 million
offer in compromise from Heineken USA Incorporated
for alleged trade practice violations. Heineken USA’s  
payment is the largest offer in compromise that the
federal agency has ever accepted,

According to the TTB, HUSA supplied alcohol retailers
with its proprietary “BrewLock” draft systems at no cost
between August 1, 2015, and March 26, 2019. and also
reimbursed retailers who purchased the so-called
“patented” and “revolutionary” on-premise technology
through “disguised” credit card transactions.

Through its investigation — which began in Florida and
later expanded to tf Washington and New York City – the
TTB determined that Heineken using “unfair competition
and unlawful practices.” since the BrewLock systems
were designed to only dispense products packaged in
unique kegs used by HUSA, which subsequently induced
retailers into purchasing offerings made by competitors.

Additionally, Heineken allegedly made “slotting fee
payments” to retailers, and disguising those transactions
as “permissible activities.  Also HUSA hired third parties
to make some of the slotting payments,Maybe they
should try making better beer to increase sales.
Downsizing - Nick Langfor, from North Somerset England,has spent more than 40
years collecting 9,300 different beer cans has had to get rid of the bulk of them so he
can buy a smaller house.  
At one point, Mr West was buying 650 cans a year.  He
started in 1975 when he was 16 years old.  He will reduce the collection to his best
1,500 cans.  Anyone interest in buying 7,800 cans should contact him.

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Indian Peroni-  Think your Peroni beer was only made in Italy? Sorry, now
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More Beer Allowed -   North Carolina state law currently requires brewers to
turn over sales, marketing,and pricing to third party distributors once 25,000
barrels of beer have been sold. A new agreement between brewers and
distributors raises that threshold to 50,000 barrels.

Astros Go Craft - The Houston Astros and Karbach Brewing Co. partnered on
a new beer, Crawford Bock. The new beer will be the official alcoholic beverage of
the Astros, making them one of the first teams to have a craft beer as their official
beverage instead of a macro lager.
Craft Sales Report

Beer volume sales got off to a strong start during the first fthree months of 2019,
growing 3.7 percent compared to last year, according to market research firm IRI.  
Flavored malt beverages, domestic super premiums and import offerings led the way,
growing MULC dollar sales by 24.1 percent, 21.1 percent and 13.9 percent,
respectively.Meanwhile, volume sales of craft beer at MULC stores grew 4 percent,
while dollar sales grew 4.9 percent.

Craft sales trends were even better in the convenience channel, where dollar sales
grew 7.2 percent, to $89.7 million, through the first three months of the year.
The cider category also continued to grow, while topline sales of craft beer were up
during the period, a number of styles are in decline, including Belgian witbiers, seasonal
offerings, pale ales, amber ales, amber lagers, wheat beers, and porters, among others.

Amber lagers and seasonal products are suffering the worst declines, with dollar sales
down 11.8 percent and 11 percent, respectively, at MULC stores.But there are some
bright spots. Craft IPAs continue to grow – dollar sales were up 14.1 percent
dollar sales of Sierra Nevada’s Hazy Little Thing IPA grew 280 percent, while Cigar
City’s Jai Alai IPA dollar sales grew dollar 92.2 percent.

Other brands with double-digit dollar sales gains included Founders Brewing’s All
Day IPA (+27.6 percent), Elysian’s Space Dust IPA (+36.5 percent), Bell’s Brewery’s
Two Hearted Ale (+10.4 percent), New Belgium’s Rampant Imperial IPA (+33.3 percent),
Samuel Adams’ variety pack (+12.5 percent), and MillerCoors’ Blue Moon Mango
Wheat (+44.1 percent).


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