Here are some interesting beer-related stories:
-- Just in time for Valentine's Day, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a story about chocolate beers. The story focuses on Pittsburgh-area breweries, but also features Fat Head's Oompa Loompa Cream Stout (since the original Fat Head's is in Pittsburgh). "Chocolate beers in general seem to be growing in popularity," brewer Matt Cole tells the newspaper. To read the full story, click here.
-- Coors Brewing Co. has partnered with Recyclebank to promote aluminum recycling nationwide. "The Coors Recycle program aims to remind legal-drinking-age consumers of the importance of recycling their beer cans, and through Reyclebank, offers them a refreshing way to get involved in a greener lifestyle at varying levels," MillerCoors Chairman Pete Coors said in a prepared statement. To read the news release, click here.
-- Philadelphia has sued D.G. Yuengling & Son, saying the brewery owes the city $6.6 million in business taxes. The suit claims that Yuengling refused to let the city's Revenue Department audit its books, so the department made an assessment based on a Philly beer distributor's accounts-payable list. To read the full story, click here.
-- Bloomberg reports that Pabst Brewing Co. would be interested in buying Michelob from Anheuser-Busch InBev if the mega-brewer is forced to divest the brand as a way to settle a U.S. antitrust lawsuit over its $20.1 billion takeover of Grupo Modelo. “We would consider the opportunity if it became available,” Pabst Chief Executive Officer Daren Metropoulos told the news service. “It’s premature to reach out” to AB InBev “right now. But we certainly like the Michelob brand.” To read the entire story, click here.
-- Reuters news service reports on the anti-trust lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch InBev acquiring Grupo Modelo. "The proposed merger would likely increase the ability of ABI and the remaining beer firms to coordinate by eliminating an independent Modelo -- which has increasingly inhibited ABI's price leadership -- from the market," government lawyers wrote in the complaint. Reuters reports that defense lawyers say that it is an especially powerful theory when the government has credible evidence that market players could coordinate their customer strategies. To read the full story, click here.
-- Business Insider has a story on the "Cheapest US Cities for Beer Drinkers." The website used Nerd Wallet to see how much a six-pack of Heineken costs in various cities. The cheapest? Carlsbad, N.M., where it costs $7.25. The most expensive? New York City, where it'll set you back $12.63. To read the full story, click here.