Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, “Anheuser-Busch files lawsuit against state”

“A-B’s plans to buy the distribution company set off a flurry of opposition from a number of organizations that represent various other players in the state’s three-tier system for distributing alcohol. The three tiers are brewers/manufacturers, distributors and retailers. Under that system, a package retailer, for example, can’t own a distributorship. The opposition argues that the threetier system should remain. …

WKMS, “Who’s Bringing the Beer”

“A large brewery’s application to self-distribute has local brewers and distributors worried about the fate of distributorships and microbreweries in Owensboro and across the state. Several businesses and organizations have submitted protest letters to appeal the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Office approval of Anheuser-Busch InBev’s application for a license to distribute. Anheuser-Busch InBev products are distributed by Budweiser of Owensboro, owned by Hand Family Companies of …

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, “Anheuser­Busch’s plan to get distribution license here sets off shock waves across state”

“A beer battle is brewing in Owensboro, but the fight actually is taking place behind the scenes and across Kentucky. It has to do with one of giant global Anheuser­Busch InBev’s companies applying for a beer distribution license in Owensboro. Owensboro’s Alcoholic Beverage Control administrator Dana Coomes approved the application in August amid a flurry of protest letters. That local …

Insider Louisville, “Exclusive: Mayor Fischer to announce initiative to promote Louisville beer at press conference Monday”

“Just under a year ago, Mayor Greg Fischer announced an initiative to boost Louisville’s bourbon and dining culture as a major tourist draw. “They think of Napa Valley for wine,” Fischer said at the time. “We want them to think of Louisville for bourbon.” The committee charged with driving the initiative was made up of representatives from the bourbon, dining …

New York Times, “Monopolizing Beer”

“In addition to raising prices, the big brewers have used their clout to try to slow the growth of craft beer companies by offering distributors and retailers incentives not to carry smaller labels. While craft beers are growing fast — they were up 17.2 percent in 2013 even as total beer sales declined by almost 2 percent — smaller brewers …