20100811

Bill's eMailbox: Is my Stroh's box worth anything?


Q: I have a Stroh's Beer box. I think cans came in it. It says "Owen-Illinois" and "test carton" on the back. Is this worth keeping? (My dad worked at Stroh's from 1939-1970).

-- Beverly Fulkerson

A: Judging by what I've seen at auctions, antique shows, on eBay and everywhere else, the best advice always is, "Never throw anything away." The trick is finding people who specialize in what you have.

To ascertain the possible value of your Stroh's box, I'd suggest checking two places: (1.) The Museum of Beer & Brewing, and e-mail the president here, (2.) The Beer Can Museum, and e-mail its curator here.

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20100805

Poll: Drinking moves from bars to homes

From TIME magazine

When the going gets tough, the tough, um, go drinking. That's the word from a new Gallup poll showing that 67% of Americans are hitting the bottle, the most since 1985. Another sign of challenging economic times: more and more of those rounds are happening in the kitchen, not at the corner pub.

A new report by Mintel International, a market-research firm, shows that a growing number of Americans are guzzling down wine and spirits at home as opposed to in bars and restaurants, and many are trading down to cheaper brands as they seek fiscally conscious ways to party in a sluggish economy.

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20100803

NY brewer targets VT's Magic Hat


Vermont's largest craft brewer may become a New York-owned entity.

Several industry sources say a deal for the ownership of Magic Hat Brewing Company to be taken on by North American Breweries of Rochester should be completed in the next few days. North American makes Genesee beer.

Magic Hat CEO Alan Newman had no comment. His company was founded in Burlington, VT, in 1994 and has become a popular craft brew, particularly throughout the Northeast, although its products are sold in 26 states.

Speaking to WCAX.com, Steve Miller of the Vermont Brewers Association, said, "Magic Hat has always had a great presence in the industry. Alan Newman, the founder, has always been an incredible industry leader, has always worked well with the Association, and we really hope if this transaction is completed, that we'll see that same kind of leadership and quality from the new owners."

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