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Oddbits: Final vote on Anheuser-Busch takeover is Oct. 3, Drake’s Friday bash not coming back for a while, new beers at City Beer from Orange County

By William Brand
Thursday, September 25th, 2008 at 10:12 pm in Uncategorized.

Oddbits…Well, the writing is on the wall…Anheuser-Busch has scheduled the  stockholder vote on the takeover by Belgium’s InBev for Oct 3. It is, of course, a done deal unless something totally weird happens:

  • ST. LOUIS, Sept. 24  Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. (NYSE:BUD) today announced Oct. 3 as the record date for its special meeting for shareholders to consider and vote on the combination between InBev N.V./S.A. and Anheuser-Busch.
  • At the closing of the transaction with InBev, shareholders of Anheuser-Busch will be entitled to receive $70 for each share of stock held by them, and Anheuser-Busch will become a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of InBev.

Moving on…
talked to Pete Rogers, of the Rogers Family, owner of Drake’s in San Leandro, CA.  All the runors about Drake’s folding are untrue. The brewery under head brewer (corrected wb) Josh Miner is going strong, Pete says.

The rumors come from two sources, apparently. 1. Drake’s abruptly suspended their Friday afternoon open houses last month and 2. the Rogers coffee company is moving to Lincoln,  in the Sierra foothills east of Sacramento. The brewery stays where it is behind Wal-Mart, just off David Street.

About the Friday soirees.
They were getting way too popular, Pete says. There was a bad fight at the last one, he said, and the San Leandro Police Department and the City of San Leandro strongly suggested making some changes. “We decided to to prudently take some time out and restructure it a little,” he said. And that’s where it stands right now. Maybe the Friday events will resume, but not right away.

And furthermore…Got this e-mail from Craig and Beth at City Beer

  • Orange County darling “The Bruery” makes its first bottle appearance in the bay area.  Our beer ambassador Scott and his trusty dog Guinness carted the tasty brew to City Beer and on the shelf they sit, ready for your drinking pleasure.  The fine selections are: Black Orchard, Orchard White, Saison Rue, Tradewinds Triple.
  • Other new bottles on the shelf include Hitachino Ginger, Uncommon Brewers Siamese Twin, and Cave aged Ommegang

Cave-aged Ommegang There’s a winner. The Siamese Twin from Uncommon Brewers is spiced with kifir lime and can conditioned. It’s a Belgian-style double.

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  • Charles

    The head brewer at Drake’s is Josh Miner (not John) who was head brewer at Pizza Port and is dearly missed by many in Southern California.

  • William Brand

    Thanks Charles. I knew that, but somehow I typed John.

  • Anonymous

    the vote for the AB takeover is not 10/3/2008 – that is the date of record- which means you must own the shares by that date to be able to vote – the actual date has not been determined yet

  • William Brand

    Thanks for the correction Anon. Guess it’s just a formality anyway, huh.