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Oddbits: Anheuser-Busch InBev stock tanks, beer, cheese on NPR, Brew-It-Up’s holiday deal, checkpoints? Right or Wrong?

By William Brand
Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 at 5:31 pm in Uncategorized.

Pssst. Wanna’ buy some InBev stock cheap? According to today’s New York Times, InBev’s having a fire sale. To help pay for their $52 billion takeover of Anheuser-Busch, the new company Anheuser-Busch InBev, is selling $8 billion in stock, offering it to present share holders, the NYT says, at “a stunning 69 percent discount…”.   That, the Time says, is in addition to the 60 percent that InBev share value has fallen since August.

On to happier things…
There’s an interesting interview on Wisconsin National Public Radio today on pairing beer and cheese that includes Lucy Saunders, author of The Best of American Beer and Food.  This note comes from Lucy:

  • It’s been a good week for beer and cheese on the air. Jim Packard of Wisconsin Public Radio in Madison hosted a live, on-air beer and cheese tasting today, with Sara Hill of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and Randy Sprecher in the studio — I phoned in from Milwaukee.  You can listen to the segment here by clicking on the date of the show, 11/25/08. You can find the recipe Lucy mentions – Wisconsin Farmstead Gruyere Fritters – by following this link.

Scouting for Christmas or holiday gifts… Brew It Up!, which I believe is the last surviving brew-your-own store in Northern California has quite the deal; For $49, two people can join a group brewing session at Brew-It-Up. During the session, several styles of beer are brewed and the two of you wind up with a mixed case of homebrew and you’ve learned how to do it.  Brew It Up is located neaer the capitol at 801 14th St.. Call 916-441-3000 or email The place includes a very nice restaurant and, because they brew their own, a prodigious supply of beer on tap. Email or call 916-441-3000

Just got this from the American Beverage Institute, which is a national association of restaurants. Don’t know if I agree.  In my many years as a reporter I’ve seen far too many alcohol related accidents. But…

American Beverage Institute Says Police Should Focus on Roving Patrols This Thanksgiving; Checkpoints Ineffective and Target the Wrong People

WASHINGTON – Today the American Beverage Institute (ABI) urged law enforcement agencies in California to forego sobriety checkpoints this holiday season. Roadblocks have been proven ineffective and will fail to target the real drunk driving problem in California.

The ABI advocated in favor of roving patrols which are more effective than checkpoints.

“By holding sobriety checkpoints, California safety officials are ignoring the root cause of today’s drunk driving problem—hard core alcohol abusers,” said ABI Managing Director Sarah Longwell.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that the average BAC of a drunk driver in a fatal car crash is 0.18% — more than twice the legal limit. Additionally, a NHTSA administrator has said that today’s problem is “by far and away” made up of “those who have alcohol use disorders.” Former Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) president Katherine Prescott has made similar statements, saying that the drunk driving problem has been reduced to “a hard core of alcoholics who do not respond to public appeal.”

Yet sobriety checkpoints fail to target this dangerous population and instead will inconvenience all driving adults.

In addition to being ineffective, sobriety checkpoints target moderate, responsible drinkers and are ineffective (often catching 0 drunk drivers, while costing taxpayers over $10,000). Instead of roadblocks, California should employ roving patrols, in which police roam the streets and highways looking for erratic drivers.

These roving patrols – also known as saturation patrols – are up to 10 times more successful than checkpoints. Moreover, roving patrols can catch speeders, distracted and aggressive drivers, in addition to drunks.

“Because they are highly visible by design and publicized in advance, roadblocks are all too easily avoided by the chronic alcohol abusers who comprise the core of today’s drunk driving problem,” Longwell continued. “That leaves adults who enjoyed a beer while watching a bowl game or a glass of wine with Thanksgiving dinner to be harassed at checkpoints.”

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  • William Brand

    This is a test.

  • lucy

    Glad to share the recipes – Happy Thanksgiving!

  • craig

    i like “brew it up” in sacto…always a nice selection of home brews…and the food is a notch better than most pubs…also every thing tastes better..with the smell of wort in the cooking for me this weekend..i’ll be gettings my retired mom’s cooking in palm springs….were i’ll also sample micros at “lamp post pizza(sp)”…it is in la quinta ( a small so cal chain)they usually have about 6-8 quaffable brews on…and my “Babes Barbaque” it is in rancho mirage and is a really good resturant and brew pub…have a nice holidy…and stay sane…. stay out of the mall…lol

  • William Brand

    Yes, I did a Sacramento pub tour last year. I really liked the place. Had lunch there, it was excellent. It’s white tablecloth restaurant, quite fancy, but with decent prices. They had an amazing selection of their own beer. Did a huge sampler. No five star beer, but all of it was very drinkable. I’ll definitely go back.

    Thanks for the La Quinta tips. My wife’s aunt lives there. There’s also a brewpub, but I’ve never visited. Keep meaning to do so.