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Mark Jackson

Making it into a book would have taken more than one day.

Mike Peterson

Ah, but he doesn't post daily. (And anyone following the progress of his project with Zach Weiner, "Augie and the Green Knight" knows how little he minds taking the time to get it right.)


heh - I hadn't seen the commercial so I looked it up. Way to go soppy! But then again I also like craft beer and don't drink the tasteless p***.

(you have heard the story from the big beer convention with the heads of Budweiser, Coors and Guinness went together for lunch, haven't you?

And by G*d - the Proclaimers must have gotten a load of money for this sellout!

Mike Peterson

I hadn't heard that, but I won't make others Google it, since I forgot to link the puppy commercial (about to fix that):

The presidents of Coors, Budweiser, Miller, Guinness and a few others were at an international beer conference. The first four above all go to lunch together and the waitress asks what they want to drink. The Coors guy proudly asks for Coors, the Bud president asks for a Bud, the Miller president asks for a Miller. The guy from Guinness says, "I'll have a Coke." The others look at him like he has sprouted a new head. He just shrugs and says, "If you guys aren't drinking beer, then neither will I."

Mark Jackson

Note what it says at the bottom of the cover, and see


And Gav has the definitive word on Budweiser:


Brian Fies

Thanks for the Boulet, puppy-hater.


Mark Jackson - thank you for the laugh!

Mike - Budweiser may have essentially called a lot of us beer drinkers "douchebags", but the hypocrites own nearly a third of the common stock of the Craft Brewer's Alliance. They've been fighting for years to take back the small (but still growing) percentage of volume they've lost by buying small breweries (e.g., Red Hook a couple decades ago), making a variety of Michelob "craft" beers (Honey Lager, Marzen, Porter, et al. 5-10 years ago), selling "craft" beers "incognito" (e.g., ShockTop Brewing Company). Most of these efforts have not produced the successes A_B (now InBev) hoped for. (Why buy fake craft beer when there are so many good ones available?)

I usually like their commercials (They're better than their beer.), but these were pretty lame.


InBev is a Belgian conglomerate that's bought about half the beers in the world. Try to avoid their brands without a program! We stopped drinking Bass Ale when we found that InBev had started brewing it in the US, not importing it from England. They claim to use the original recipes of all their brews; rumor is that they use cheaper ingredients.

Last year's Budweiser commercial was enjoyable, IIRC, but this year's didn't make sense.

Lost in A**2

Years and years ago, Lowenbrau was all the rage. The Washington Post did a blind taste test with some folks who knew beer. The Lowenbrau rated with Mexican beers (which, at the time, were some of the worst available). It turned out that Miller had licensed the name and was brewing the swill.

I no longer drink Guinness, because the only Irish stuff comes with plastic toys in the can. And, to put a twist on another slogan, "Fosters. Australian for Canadian beer."


Lost in A**2 - I remember that. I occasionally drank Lowerbrau (one of the first beers my older brother provided me in the early 70s) - "occasionally" because of its "imported" cost. One day I saw 6-packs of it in the store for about $2 cheaper than normal. That should have been a clue, but I was so excited, I bought some.

Only after I got home and drank one, did the rancid taste prompt me to look closely at the label and see that it was really Miller-brau. Huge disappointment, but another lesson learned that "you get what you pay for."

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