Posts Tagged ‘beer’


Thursday, July 31st, 2008

My replacement has been here in Hong Kong for a few days now.  The training is going along swimmingly I suppose.  There’s a lot to cover.  I don’t think I’ve talked this much…  well… ever.

Some of the things I tell him he already knows.  I think some of the things come as genuine surprises.  It’s not an easy job.  Usually.

Met with him in Wan Chai for a few beers tonight on my way home.  Now it’s late and I have a headache.  More to do tomorrow.

Medicine and sleep.

Anheuser-Busch sold; goes global?

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Here’s something I never expected to see: iconic St. Louis and American company Anheuser-Busch has agreed to be purchased by European based InBev for $70 per share.  The biggest maker of beer in the United States is selling to the Belgium based maker of Stella Artois and Becks.  Why?  I have no idea.  I’d never even heard of Stella Artois till I moved to Hong Kong where it’s a moderately popular brand of beer.

But why is AB selling in the first place?  Their stock prices are as high as they were years ago which indicates no serious problems.  Is the rising gas costs hurting them that much?  I doubt it since they use all 3rd party shippers.  So why is AB selling?

They say that all the breweries will remain open and that St. Louis will remain as the world headquarters of the AB brand, but it will be run and owned by Brazilian management in Belgium.  I’m still waiting to hear of some nefarious plot and the appearance of James Bond to put a stop to their insidious plans or world domination by mind control drugs in the beer.  It would make more sense that way.


Friday, May 23rd, 2008

I think I feel like having a beer.  Maybe two or three.  I could probably go for a full on drunken stupor to be truthful, but a couple of beers would suffice.  It’s been a rough couple of weeks.  It’s friday evening and I’m leaving work and I still have a ton of stuff waiting for me on Monday.  Beer: yeah, I’ve earned it.

Beer.  It’s what’s for dinner.