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10.2010

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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ABRACADABRA: MAGIC HAT IS SOLD

 A celebrated New England brewery has been sold to a company from . . . New York. Magic Hat Brewing Co., Vermont’s largest craft brewery, has been sold to North American Breweries, Inc., of Rochester. The burlington free press reports that North American has acquired Portland, Oregon-based MacTarnahan’s beer and Magic Hat’s parent company, Independent Brewers United Inc., which was created in 2OO8 when Magic Hat bought Pyramid Breweries. North American owns the Genesee Brewing [...] Read More »

IT’S OFFICIAL: ANCHOR BREWING SALE A DONE DEAL

 It’s the official end of an era. San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Co., owned and run for the past 45 years by Fritz Maytag, is now part of Anchor Brewers & Distillers LLC. The acquisition, announced in April, was officially completed in August. Anchor Steam, Liberty Ale and other libations, such as Junipero Gin and Old Potrero Whiskey, are now in the hands of experienced alcoholic beverage entrepreneurs Keith Greggor and Tony Foglio. Their previous ventures [...] Read More »

CRACKING THE CASE OF THE BEER GOGGLES

 Most of the imbibing world has had an unfortunate case of “beer goggles”; the syndrome where, after drinking a few too many, everyone at the bar starts to look exceedingly attractive. It turns out that there’s an actual reason why this happens (in addition to poor alcohol-induced judgment). Alcohol dulls the ability to recognize cockeyed, asymmetrical faces, according to researchers who tested the idea on both sober and inebriated college students in England. “We tend [...] Read More »

BEER YOU CAN TAKE A BITE OUT OF

 When it comes to frying foods, the possibilities are endless, from fried dough to fried bologna, even fried ice cream. But fried beer really takes the cake (or should that be “keg”?). On display at this year’s State Fair of Texas were ravioli-like pockets of fried dough with beer inside. As creator Mark Zable said to the dallas morning news: “Why drink your beer when you can eat it?” Very Homer Simpson thinking indeed. And [...] Read More »

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