This Week In Beer News: Fox News Lager Troll, Heady Topper Black Market and Pabst Beer Festivus
Two weeks until Christmas, you know what that means. Beer gifts for beer lovers and heavy consumption of Christmas ale.
But beware of what you buy, especially with beer because it could be illegal (if it's Heady Topper). And besides the craft boom, beer in Florida has taken an interesting twist this Christmas at the state capitol. Read about it in This Week in Beer News.
Woman Gets Arrested For Selling Rare Heady Topper on Craigslist
CC Flickr/jrobtp Black market for beer?
Stephanie Hoffman, 28, Burlington, Vermont was arrested last week after she was busted by undercover cops who purchased five cases of Heady Topper beer from Hoffman on Craigslist. Heady Topper is brewed by Alchemist Brewery in Waterbury and it's only delivered within 25 miles of the brewery. The beer is so rare that people are willing to pay hundreds of dollars for a case. Hoffman was charged with selling alcohol without a liquor license and faces a $1,000 fine and a year in jail.
Fox News Can't Tell the Difference Between An Ale and Lager
CC Flickr/alykat On the left is a lager, on the right is an ale. Can you tell the difference?
Fox News released a list of their "Top 10 winter beers" for National Lager Day, however none of them are lagers. They list Full Sail Wassail Ale, Widmer Brothers Ginger Barrel-Aged Brrrbom '13, 21st Amendment Brewery Fireside Chat, Ommegang Abbey Ale, North Coast Brewing PranQster, Affligem Noel Christmas Ale, Stone Brewing Suede Imperial Porter, No-Li Brewhouse Winter Warmer, Deschutes Jubeale, Unibroue Quelque Chose--none of which are lagers. Does Fox News need a craft beer expert?
Beer Sales Declined Slightly
CC Flickr/tastybeverageco Beer sales declining? Hmmm.
According to data provided by Beer Marketer's Insights, beer sales have declined 2.3 percent between 2007 and 2012. This is a bit perplexing given the current trend in craft beer. Also, American sales of nine major brands have dropped 25 percent in the last five years, including Michelob Ultra, whose sales fell almost 70 percent (yay!).