Tag Archive | Beer

Introducing World’s Strongest Beer

Meet the World’s new strongest beer- a beer called Armageddon. With 65% alcohol, this drink is 130 proof. The beer is the creation of the Scottish brewery Brewmeister.

A spokesman said: “Despite being 65%, the beer has a lot of flavour – malty, hoppy, slightly sweet and lots of yeast still in the beer… …Be careful though, smelling it is probably enough to put you over the limit!”

That 65 percent alcohol by volume trumps the previous champion, a beer made by BrewDog, which was at 55 percent. They were able to achieve such a high percentage by freezing the beer, removing some of the ice that forms, while leaving much of the unfrozen alcohol (because water and alcohol freeze at vastly different temperatures).

The beer is for sale in 330ml bottles at £40.00, but there is a two week back order due to high demand.

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Beer Growlers by Carlburg Pottery

Owned by veterans, Montana-based Carlburg Pottery makes ceramic beer growlers, beautiful handcrafted jugs for carrying microbrew. Each growler is a one-of-a-kind customizable work of art and can have logos or other art added to it. Take a look at the full image gallery of growlers at their site.

Each growler is made one at a time on the potter’s wheel and comes with a custom fit 34mm swing top that gets your beer home from your local brewer fresh and bubbly. These growlers can be completely customized to your specifications making it the perfect gift for the microbrew lover in your life.

Beer Growlers

Beer Growlers

Beer Growlers

Beer Growlers

Heineken wins control of Tiger beer maker APB

Amsterdam-based Heineken already owned 42 per cent of APB, which runs 24 Asian breweries. Buying F&N’s 40-per-cent stake will help it to defend its turf in Asia, which is under threat from Thailand’s second-richest man.

Heineken began brewing Tiger with F&N in the 1930s but that partnership hit the rocks after Thai Beverage and others linked to Thai billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi bought stakes in F&N and APB for $3-billion last month.

The investment by Charoen, who is seeking to expand his own Chang beer business in Asia, pushed Heineken into an offer for APB as it saw its position in Asia coming under threat. Japanese brewer Kirin is also a big F&N shareholder.

F&N’s board, whose chairman Lee Hsien Yang is the younger son of Singapore’s elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew, will recommend the $40 per APB share cash deal to its shareholders, Heineken said in a statement on Friday.

This was at the same level of Heineken’s original bid two week ago, which surprised analysts who had expected a higher bid would be needed to win control. The Dutch company will now mop up minority shareholders at a similar price to make the total purchase worth about $6-billion.

Control of APB is vital for Heineken, the world’s third-largest brewer, as this will raise the proportion of its total profits from the fast-growing Asian market to 15 per cent from 6 per cent, while boosting the growth rate of the whole group.

By winning APB, Heineken gets ownership of Tiger, Bintang, Anchor and other brands of beer plus two dozen breweries in 14 countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. However, the biggest brand APB brews is Heineken itself, which accounts for 30 per cent of its volumes.

Heineken shares closed up 3.4 per cent.

“Not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, but strategically a ‘must do’ deal which secures Heineken’s future in Asia,” said analyst Dirk Van Vlaanderen at brokers Jefferies.

He calculated the deal at a multiple of 17.4 times EBITDA core profits, above the 15.4 times paid by Anheuser Busch InBev for Mexico’s Modelo in June, but being pushed out of APB would have left Heineken with no long-term strategy in Asia.

“We thought the deal price would most likely go above the initial [$40] offer given the interest in F&N by both Kirin and Thai Bev so to get the F&N board to agree on [$40] should be well-received by the market,” he added.

APB is seen as a very attractive business with near 20-per-cent annual earning growth over the past decade, with leading positions in key markets such as Vietnam which helps offset sluggish sales in Europe which account for half its sales.

The Dutch group had given F&N a Friday deadline to agree a sale after a two-week offer period, and both F&N and ABP shares were suspended on Thursday and Friday as a deal appeared close.

The Heineken deal could prompt a breakup of F&N with Coca-Cola keeping an eye on its popular soft drink 100PLUS, fruit juices, mineral water and dairy products unit which could be hived off from the Singapore group’s property assets.

That could pit Coca-Cola against two sizeable Asian brewers, Thai Beverage and Kirin, which have their own interests to protect as F&N’s two biggest shareholders with stakes of 24.1 per cent and 15 per cent respectively.

Earlier, Kirin President Senji Miyake said his group was focused on F&N’s soft drinks and was not thinking about doing anything with APB.

“We are carefully considering what action is best, so we don’t have to alter our (southeast Asia) strategic growth plans,” he said at a briefing for half -year earnings.

F&N shares have jumped 31.5 per cent this year; APB shares have surged 71.9 per cent since the start of the year, and the offer price was at a 45-per-cent premium to month-ago levels.

Anheuser-Busch InBev close to buying Corona maker Grupo Modelo

 Leading beer brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev confirmed Monday that the company is in talks withMexico-based Grupo Modelo “regarding a possible transaction.”

The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the two companies are nearing a $12-billion deal that would involve Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch taking control of Grupo Modelo, which produces Corona Extra, the bestselling imported beer in the U.S.

As news spread, stocks for both publicly traded companies rose Monday. Modelo, which trades on the Mexico Stock Exchange, saw its shares rise 19% to 116.64 pesos, or $8.32. Meanwhile, U.S. shares of Anheuser-Busch closed Monday at $70.85, a rise of 56 cents.

Global ratings company Fitch Ratings said the deal made “economic sense,” saying in a statement: “Grupo Modelo’s operations are focused in the highly profitable, duopolistic market of Mexico, where ABI does not have a presence, and in the U.S. While ABI is the leading beer company in the U.S., Modelo is stronger in the imported beer category where ABI has only recently started making meaningful inroads.”

Anheuser-Busch currently owns a 50% non-controlling stake in Grupo Modelo, which distributes Budweiser and other Anheuser-Busch brands in Mexico. In a statement, the Belgian company said a deal may or may not happen and “that any speculation on terms and conditions is therefore premature.”

Beer mug produces a head of foam on demand

[Video LinkBrando, the infamous Hong Kong maker of irresistible crappy gadgetry, has solved the age-old problem of not having an easy way to create a foul-tasting, foamy barrier between your lips and your beer. Introducing the Professional Beer Foam Making Mug. Unfortunately, it’s battery free.

Make Your Dinner Better: Cook With Beer

You like to drink beer, but how about soaking your food in it? And not in the “I’m hammered and it’s 4am and that steak sandwich looks delicious” way. Your booze-related fare takes a bit more of a refined turn with the Beer Cookbook.

It’s just $12 and it’s 48-pages long, so you can afford to gamble on it. In the event you’re not so adept at cooking with your brew, you won’t be out too much money. Inside you’ll find more than 40 recipes, from drunk cheddar soup to pub chops. You can get sauced and your next meal can too. [Cool Material]

Caped Pint Glasses Will Only Add To Your Drunken Delusions of Being a Superhero

You know that feeling you get when you drink? The one that makes you think you could take on Superman, Batman, the Hulk, Iron Man and Wolverine all at the same time? It’s just an illusion. And one that’s definitely not helped with these official DC Comics caped pint glasses.

Currently available in both Superman and Batman designs, the glasses not only feature each hero’s iconic logo, but also an adorably tiny cape that can be removed for easy cleaning. They’re just $10 a piece, but remember, even vigilantes need to drink responsibly. If you’ve been out celebrating after foiling a criminal mastermind’s plan, maybe it’s a good idea to leave your utility belt with the bartender, or let Robin drive the Batmobile home. [ThinkGeek]

Open a Beer Bottle with a Newspaper

We love strange methods of opening beer bottles. Lifehacker has covered methods using Mac power adapterscountertopsBIC lightersyour forearmanother beer bottleand now we add to that list a humble newspaper.

Instructables user Frederoover shares that to open a beer bottle with a newspaper you must simply take a four-page newspaper sheet and fold it in half until it’s around the size of a candy bar and then insert the folded end under the bottle cap and push up—the paper will catch the teeth of the bottlecap which lets you apply force and open the beer.

5 iPhone Cases That Can Open Your Beer

Have you ever needed a bottle opener, searched high and low, and after spying your iPhone, been seriously tempted? Well, don’t even go there. Instead, why not use an iPhone case that doubles as a bottle-opening gizmo?

Rather than an iPhone case that just looks good, opt for one with some seriously useful functionality. We guarantee* grabbing one of these five options will make you really popular at parties.

Take a look through our gallery of great cases above. Let us know in the comments below which one you’ll use to open your next brewski.

*Not really.

Crack Open a Six Pack Of Your Own Creation With a Home Brewing Kit

There’s nothing quite like an ice cold beer after the end of a long day. But what’s even more rewarding is breaking out a bottle of booze you made yourself.

For $100, this kit gives you everything you need to brew you own. Inside, you’ll find all the gear—a giant fermentation bucket, a thermometer, spigots, and a handbook and video instructions, and more. Also included is a glass carboy for a second round of fermentation, which is supposed to produce a better batch of suds, five gallons at a time. The only thing you’ll need to buy is the ingredients, and you’ll have your own personal brand of brew.