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OKC connection in U.S. government's move to block mega beer merger

by Nick Trougakos Published: January 31, 2013
Big beer news coming out of Washington today, as the U.S. Justice Department has moved to block a merger that would leave Anheuser-Busch InBev with a 46 percent share of the U.S. beer market.

Citing unchecked rising beer prices, the Justice Department has filed an antitrust lawsuit to stymie ABI’s $20.1 billion purchase of Grupo Modelo, which makes Corona.

Pretty interesting stuff, although it’s a little sad as a craft beer fan when you have to yet again realize the sway that ABI holds over the beer world. You can read more about the story here and here.

Then you can read this more-industry-centered piece, which suggests the Justice Department believes Oklahoma City especially would be a victim of unfair price increases if ABI were to gain such a large chunk of market share.

Daily Pints

-My blog post yesterday mentioned a Feb. 7 pint night at TapWerks. That pint night will feature Mustang’s new Imperial Court Stout. The Anthem Brewing pint night is now scheduled for Feb. 21.

-Speaking of TapWerks, tonight at 6 is the highly anticipated Great Divide Yeti tap takeover. You can read more about that here.

-I’ve mentioned this event before, but the Firkin Friday at McNellie’s OKC this week features Mustang’s Imperial Court Stout.

-Some interesting new beer labels were posted recently, and we could see some of these beers filter their way into Oklahoma in the near future:

1. Mikkeller Rauch Geek Breakfast Smoked Oatmeal Stout

2. Mikkeller Beer Hop Breakfast Black IPA

3. Abita Spring IPA

4. Bridgeport Bear Hug Cherry Chocolate Stout

5. Shiner Ruby Redbird Summer Seasonal

6. Widmer Brothers Lord Nelson Imperial IPA

7. Widmer Brothers Ginger Brrrbon Bourbon Barrel Aged Ale (No label art available)

by Nick Trougakos
Local Editor
Local Editor Nick Trougakos has been with The Oklahoman since 2002. Trougakos covered the military, federal agencies and courts before becoming an editor in 2005. Prior to joining The Oklahoman, Trougakos was a reporter for the Oklahoma City...
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