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Maytag Dumps Anchor Brewery

Posted by Bob Skilnik on April 28, 2010

Well, enough of the “Fritz,” the pioneer of craft brewing. The investment and consulting company, The Griffin Group, has purchased the 70-man San Francisco operation. Of course, when he purchased the faded brewery in 1965 with the kind of old money that craft brewers never had the advantage of, he was lauded as a brewing visionary, but at the time, Mister Maytag didn’t even know there was a beer movement. No one did.

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I had a hell of a time a few years back when trying to get a simple food recipe with an Anchor beer product included for my book, Beer & Food: An American History. One of his reps wanted to flood me with so much long-winded info, history and mythos about Maytag, in addition to the recipe, that the moment that I explained that I was dealing with about 40 breweries and could only mention a nice teaser about the breweries, they stopped speaking to me.

So many other nationwide micros and regionals were very understanding in the editorial problems of writing and getting a long-winded 700-page book published, that they were very willing to send me a concise burb about their breweries and founders rather that the War & Peace approach. While Jim Koch of the Boston Beer Company wrote the foreword for the book, even he kept it to a tight few paragraphs.

Quite an ego. Maytag will remain with the company as chairman emeritus.


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Local Author Talks To CBS News About Low-Cal Beers

Posted by Bob Skilnik on April 12, 2010

I received an unexpected call from a very pleasant Kristyn Hartman at WBBM Chicago to pontificate about low-calorie/carbohydrate beers while also getting in a plug for “Does My Butt Look Big In This Beer? Nutritional Values Of 2,000 Worldwide Beers” and BEER: A History of Brewing in Chicago” (BRAND SPANKING NEW, $14.99 and signed by me, with orders fulfilled and shipped by Amazon —Seller name:—toddlintown—since I’m getting lazier as the days go bye and busy with my first granddaughter Norah).

Check out the story and then take a look at the video on the right side of the page.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…There’s enough interests in the viewers/listeners of the Chicagoland area for a regularly scheduled look at beer, the brewing industry and beer info in general. A producer/director at WTTW brought it up once to me after an appearance on Chicago Tonight, but nothing happened. The Chicago Tribune stated emphatically that a poll they took sometime ago indicated that readers wanted updates on wine but not beer.

The funny thing with a statement like this, however, is the response that I receive after local radio, TV or print exposure when I’m asked to discuss any aspect of beer or brewing; in this latest example, the CBS 2 Chicago video stayed in the 1st place (most viewed) position for a little over 32 hours. It was a nice, well-edited and light-hearted two minute look at a product that vastly overwhelms wine in national sales and interests.

I also like wine, but I still can’t get over the media feedback that I’ve received over the last decade that repeatedly “indicates” more viewer/listener/readership in wine versus beer. Is it just me that feels that there’s a media bias against beer? Is beer or brewery industry news assumed to be too unsophisticated to be reported on as a regular feature and instead beer-themed story skimmed off the slush pile of topics to be used as filler when “news” is a little slow?

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Carlsberg Workers Strike Over LUNCH-ONLY Beer Breaks

Posted by Bob Skilnik on April 12, 2010

“Wow…Danish brewery employees say “NO!” to rolling out the barrels over new beer break policy.

For anyone who’s been to Europe, it’s interesting to note how liberal the paradoxical role that beer, or alcohol consumption in general, has carved out in the customs and attitude of of Western Europeans while also enforcing stringent regulations on driving and blood/alcohol levels.

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