Here are a few interesting beer-related stories:
-- The Coloradoan newspaper reports that brewers are finding it more difficult to come up with unique names for their beers. “It’s like anything else. With music it’s hard to come up with an original band name that suits the style of music you make,” beer buyer Jeff Matson told the paper. “It’s like that with the style of beer you make.” To read the full story, click here.
-- Reuters reports that Anheuser-Busch InBev and the U.S. Justice Department are interested in settling the court battle over whether the brewer can take full control of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo. Beverage industry consultant Tom Pirko of Bevmark Consulting in Santa Barbara, California, told the wire service that investors should not assume the parties are close to an agreement. To read the full story, click here.
-- Speaking of Anheuser-Busch InBev, National Public Radio has put together a map showing all the brands owned by AB InBev and SABMiller worldwide. Together, the two companies own 210 brands. To see the map, click here.
-- The Orange County Register reports on how beer drinkers are getting sweet on sours. "What I've noticed is that sour beers are getting the attention of some knowledgeable people in the wine industry," Rob Hill, a beer expert who works at Total Wine & More's corporate headquarters in Potomac, Md., told the newspaper. "They're really into big Old World wines. They appreciate these beers for their ascetic character and the fact that they're very complex and are great for pairing with food." To read the full story, click here.
-- Boston Beer Co. reported fourth-quarter earnings, saying net revenue grew 8 percent from a year earlier. To read a news release, click here.