Archive for October 25th, 2007

S & N will not be sold on the cheap

Scottish & Newcastle have declined the offer from the Danish and Dutch lager lads to buy them and split their assets.

Sir Brian Stewart, chairman of S&N, said: “This unsolicited and derisory proposal is an effort to get S&N’s unique portfolio of businesses on the cheap. We will continue to take all actions to maximise shareholder value. I strongly urge shareholders to take no action.”

I had to look up derisory. And I’m not sure it’s the last word in this takeover bid. Maybe calling a brewing company Scottish and Newcastle when you brew everywhere else than those places is derisory?

Adj. 1. derisory – incongruous;inviting ridicule; “the absurd excuse that the dog ate his homework”; “that’s a cockeyed idea”; “ask a nonsensical question and get a nonsensical answer”; “a contribution so small as to be laughable”; “it is ludicrous to call a cottage a mansion”; “a preposterous attempt to turn back the pages of history”; “her conceited assumption of universal interest in her rather dull children was ridiculous”

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It seems that the managers of the retail operation in most airports are of the impression that if the travellers want to buy beer in theirs shops, they want overpriced Carlsberg in cans. Not so in Flughafen Franz-Josef Strauss. You can get a ten litre Fass of Lövenbrau, sure, but they also offer you this lovely package. For about 8 Euros. Grüss Gott!

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For those of us who follow the online beer community, it comes as no surprise that there is an interesting beer scene in Japan. Lars Marius has blogged about this, and there have been several travel reports on ratebeer recently as well.

Time has come for the mainstream media to cover this as well, and naturally it is the New York Times that covers Japanese speciality beers in an illustrated article.

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I’m back from a few days in Italy, where I managed to try some interesting beers and drag home a few others. More about that soon.

Italian Christmas BeerMeanwhile, I’ve got an e-mail from Conte di Campigela in Firenze, telling me (in Italian ) all about their new offers for the Christmas season. There is olive oil, there is wine, there are cheeses and jellies. And Christmas beers, too. This wooden box with six bottles will set you back € 119, and I think that is without VAT. And there is the shipping cost from Firenze to wherever, too. But if you want to know what I want for Christmas….

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