Listen to editor Harry Schuhmacher ponder the week’s beer news and add commentary and color.

Amid all the din surrounding Catfight and Twins, a few beer marketers are creating non-beer-like ads and they’re working. Plus, Mich Ultra is almost one year old but is growing up fast.

There’s a new shopper in town, and she’s rich, she goes out more frequently, and she’s not buying beer. The latest in our series on our lacklustre beer year. Plus, S&N is a blushing bride getting her dowry ready for the big day, but who will be the groom? Read on as we beat this analogy to death.

It’s been a terrible year for our industry. In our series this week, we look at why and whether the industry will have better trends for the remainder of the year.

The latest state shipment estimates and trends (in MS Excel).

New York City major Bloomberg may have blundered when he signed a smoking ban that has helped keep NYC bars empty this summer, but it took a blackout Thursday night to get them packed.

More BBD stories in reverse chronological order and by brewer.

California state Sen. Gloria Romero is pushing a $1.20/case tax bill. Her bill got a boost with Lt. Gov. Bustamante’s public endorsement on Wednesday. Can Arnold save the day? Plus, Coors answers two questions from a couple of grumpy old men.

Does it capture the whole story? Does it skew against ethnic accounts? And how valuable is data that excludes Wal-Mart and Costco, the two fastest growing retailers? We look into these answers.

As Foster’s Group sells off its pub estate to raise cash, many are wondering if Foster’s beer division, now a small part of their wine-centric company, might come on the block. Who would be the buyers? Plus, Miller’s Norman Adami speaks on their flatter organization.

More on Miller’s painful layoffs in Milwaukee and distributor feedback.

Beer Business Daily has learned that Miller Brewing Co. has announced that it will undergo a major restructuring, cutting about 200 jobs to become a “leaner, more focused organization.”

Some European brewers are scrambling to keep up with the unexpected demand as out-of-stocks are running rampant during their worst heat wave in decades. It’s a good problem to have. Plus, more on Femsa/Interbrew court case.

Femsa wins the Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision, giving it veto power over new Interbrew brands for Labatt USA.

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