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Refunds on Tap for Beck’s Beer Drinkers

In principle I totally agree with you about the purpose Class Action serves, and the positive benefits that can result.

But the question remains: What exactly was deceptive here in the Beck's case???
From the moment that the very first brewed-in-the-USA version of Beck's appeared on American shelves, the label clearly said "Brewed in the USA." That sounds pretty clear to me
I hate to be blunt, but it seems to me that anyone who felt duped had to be either illiterate, greedy, or just a moron.

I'll reiterate...I'm not an apologist for or particular fan of AB-InBev (though admit that I also don't consider them to be the evil Empire)... just being the devil's advocate here for the sake of discussion.

Jun 26, 2015
The Professor in Beer

The Next PBR: 22 Old Beers Ready for a Rebrand

If you're interested in what the original classic Ballantine XXX tasted like in the late 60s to early 70s (when the brewery closed), try this little experiment which I stumbled upon one quiet evening while looking for a slice of nostalgia:

Get a bottle of the current version of Ballantine XXX and a bottle of the recent revival pseudo recreation of Ballantine India Pale; mix them in a glass at about a 70/30 ratio (XXX/IPA) and the result is a pretty close approximation of the original XXX (save for the aroma...the old XXX had more hop aroma than this blend exhibits). If the IPA is not sold in your area, the character is also approximated with some Sierra Celebration (mixed in the same ratio).

The result is pretty surprising and pretty accurate. And proof that there actually was some decent beer with character around in the so called 'dark ages'. :-)

Jun 26, 2015
The Professor in Beer
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The Next PBR: 22 Old Beers Ready for a Rebrand

Are you saying that would be a good thing? Seriously?

I'm betting that the new owners of Pabst have some surprises up their sleeve in the coming year or two. They seem to be a bit more serious about bringing original quality back to some of the legacy brands they own.

Jun 26, 2015
The Professor in Beer
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The Next PBR: 22 Old Beers Ready for a Rebrand

Ballantine XXX Ale (the standard Ballantine flagship product) is a brand owned by Pabst and it is brewed for them under contract by Miller (whereas the newly revived Ballantine IPA, also owned by Pabst, is brewed for them by a smaller outfit in Minnesota).

Word has it that Ballantine XXX is about to undergo a makeover in an effort to bring it back to it's original character. Despite what the article erroneously claims, in it's heydey Ballantine Ale was _anything but_ 'swill'...it actually had a lot of character with a hop presence comparable to some of the best craft brews made today, and it was highly regarded as a cut above in quality compared to other beers of the day.
As is well known, in recent years it has been dumbed down considerably from what it once was.

Jun 26, 2015
The Professor in Beer

Refunds on Tap for Beck’s Beer Drinkers

I still think this was more of a financial win for the attorneys involved than any kind of meaningful victory for consumers.

I don't purchase Beck's (although it's really not a bad product) but seeing how the label on the current version of Beck's pretty _clearly says that it's brewed in the USA_, I can't help but think that any claim of deception just seems a stretch and even a little moronic on the part of the buyer who initiated the action.
The law firm bringing suit probably gambled this as a contingency deal, but it certainly paid off for them (and also for the defense attorneys on the AB-InBev side).

All I can say is, if I ever needed an attorney, the guys that successfully argued such a nebulous case would be the guys to retain. LOL.

Jun 26, 2015
The Professor in Beer

Refunds on Tap for Beck’s Beer Drinkers

Given the full disclosure nature of the labeling on the current Beck's product, this case still reeks more of money grab by opportunistic law firms. Like breweries big AND small, they are in business to make money.

I'm guessing that this never even went to court (correct me if I'm wrong about that) and that this outcome was a settlement by AB-InBev to just put the whole issue to rest. They probably also figured that a $3+million dollar payout to the attorneys was already too much.

I don't buy Beck's (though, as I mentioned previously, a side by side comparison revealed pretty clearly that the St. Louis product is in actuality virtually identical to the formerly imported German version), I'm not sure what all the fuss was about in this case. It may say "originated in Bremen, Germany" but quite clearly states that it is brewed in ST. Louis, MO.

Jun 25, 2015
The Professor in Beer

Refunds on Tap for Beck’s Beer Drinkers

Miller's Löwenbräu...now THAT one _was_ a sad disaster.

Jun 24, 2015
The Professor in Beer

Refunds on Tap for Beck’s Beer Drinkers

Good in theory, but where I live, the local beers are by and large not worth the inflated prices they command. And unfortunately, a lot of the brewers making them clearly should have stuck with homebrewing and not gone commercial.

As far as Beck's issue goes, the product is pretty clearly marked as being brewed in the USA, so I don't see how anyone can honestly feel 'duped'.

I'm not particularly a Beck's fan myself, and certainly not an apologist for AB-InBev, but I did have the unique opportunity to taste the imported Becks and the St. Louis brewed version side by side.
FWIW, there was virtually no difference.

The only 'win' in this case is the $3.5 million in attorneys’ fees for the law firms that brought the suit.

Jun 24, 2015
The Professor in Beer

Pastas - Different quality?

Barilla is good quality, but there are plenty of others just as good or better.

Havana pig roast on Sundays

Every time I've had Cuban style roast pig, it was slow cooked in an oven.
Succulent and delicious stuff!

Jun 23, 2015
The Professor in New Jersey

My Beef...tastes like a cow.

I think it's a matter of individual perspective. My Dad used to make boiled beef (simmered, actually...even he knew never to boil meat lest it turn to rubber).
I still have it occasioanlly (pork is good this way as well).
My Dad would have it with some Forman's Picallilli on the side.
It was damned good!

Jun 23, 2015
The Professor in Home Cooking

Gross Food From the 1950s

It's actually very good too...if made correctly.

Jun 23, 2015
The Professor in General Topics

Subway made 2 mistakes that are destroying its business

That's a pretty good assessment, although Jersey Mike's is barely middle...better than Subway and places like Jimmy John's and Quizno's, but not by a whole lot.

Jun 21, 2015
The Professor in Chains
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Subway made 2 mistakes that are destroying its business

That is most definitely NOT the smell of yeast.

Jun 21, 2015
The Professor in Chains

Why Americans have such bad taste in beer

If you enjoy it, it is most certainly not 'bad'...even if beer sobs try to convince you otherwise :-).

Guinness still pretty much _defines_ stout, particularly regular Guinness Extra and most especially, Guinness Foreign Extra.

Jun 18, 2015
The Professor in Beer

Home made potato chips

How does duck fat expire????

Jun 18, 2015
The Professor in Home Cooking

Subway made 2 mistakes that are destroying its business

Quizno's is not much better. Another sandwich shop that uses lousy bread.

Jun 18, 2015
The Professor in Chains

Why Americans have such bad taste in beer

Very true.
And there were a number of beers 50 years ago that would sit quite comfortably alongside any "craft" beer made today. Finding them just took a bit more effort. I actually wish some of them were still available.

Jun 15, 2015
The Professor in Beer

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

But matzo by definition is simply unleavened bread.
Regarding the sandwich issue, I remember when I was in junior high school, during passover my friend Bobby's mother would pack kosher lunches for him.
And usually, it was a sandwich of kosher salami... between 2 matzos. :-)
Negotiating a hot dog sandwich on matzo though _would_ be rather difficult.

Definitely agree about butter on a matzo. It's long been one of my favorite snacks.

Jun 14, 2015
The Professor in General Topics

No "POST" button

I've had it happen on some isolated occasions (as other have mentioned, attempting to post multiple replies within a single thread), but found that waiting a few minutes and reloading the page solves the problem. Slightly inconvenient but not that big of a deal.

I do use Ghostery but I don't think it's the source of the problem. Either way, I wouldn't bother visiting any part of Chow (or any website, for that matter) without Ghostery or other ad blocker plugin activated.

Jun 13, 2015
The Professor in Site Talk

Brewdog plans five US bars and brewery

Very true. At least their flagship products still reflect the 'craft' spirit and have maintained excellent quality despite the growth of the company.

Jun 12, 2015
The Professor in Beer

Figthing Words: "Los Angeles has become America’s premier deli city."

Thanks for that list. I was familiar with many of them (and love Sarge's) but there are three or four on the list with which I wasn't familiar.

Brewdog plans five US bars and brewery

The designation "craft beer" continues it's accelerated race to obsolescence...and was a lousy descriptive to begin with.
Brewing IS a craft.

And the explosion of small breweries opening up on a weekly basis (some of which are excellent, but quite a few of which are turning out embarrassingly bad product at inflated prices) are rapidly robbing the term "craft beer" of any caché it may have once enjoyed from the implied assurance of better quality.

Following Biston Brewing's success, more formerly small breweries will become large ones (Sierra Nevada is probably next in line). If they can keep up the quality, their growth will not make them any less "craft" than when they started.

It is such a silly term, and it will be a banner day for brewing when more focus is placed on the _quality_ of beer rather than the size of the brewery producing it.

Jun 11, 2015
The Professor in Beer
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Figthing Words: "Los Angeles has become America’s premier deli city."

Carnegie has admittedly become a tourist destination, but they still do a pretty good pastrami sandwich, as well as some other traditional Jewish deli faves (all of their cured meats and most of their baked goodsare done at their own plant somewhere in North Jersey).
There are a couple of old school delis left, but changing palates and preferences can probably be blamed for disappearance of so many of them. The dying off of the older generations that once frequented these places is certainly also a factor.

Pabst Brewing sued by rapper Snoop Dogg

I think his shnizzle's gonna fizzle.

Jun 09, 2015
The Professor in Beer
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Figthing Words: "Los Angeles has become America’s premier deli city."

New York City lost it's claim to the title "best deli city" long ago.
So sad.

Arby's

The horsey sauce _is_ good. Back when Arby's had real roast beef, it really complimented the meat.
The sauce still serves a good purpose (nowadays, it nicely masks the rather strange taste of the "meat". LOL)

Jun 09, 2015
The Professor in Chains

Arby's

But unfortunately, their mystery meat "roast beef" is beyond lousy.

Jun 08, 2015
The Professor in Chains

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Perhaps... as long as you don't add vodka.

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Jack Daniels= not a sandwich
Hot Dog= absolutely a sandwich.