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Landshark Stadium

14 May
The logo!

The logo!

For those of you not obsessed with football and the Miami Dolphins, you may have missed that last week Stephen Ross (new owner of the Miami Dolphins and Dolphin Stadium) announced a stadium naming deal. Dolphin Stadium is now Land Shark Stadium.

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A Sad, Sad Day

11 Jan

My parents, Rob and I are heading down to Busch Gardens Tampa Africa today to have our last turn at Busch Garden’s Brewmaster Club.

As you probably know, a foreign company has purchased the previous “All American” Anheuser-Busch. That company InBev has already started doing what I expected them to do. They are laying off thousands of Americans in order to ship their jobs overseas, they jacked up prices at the theme parks (that they don’t really want) and now are doing away with anything at the park that doesn’t make money. Free beer doesn’t make money…or as they say “it has limited appeal.”

I don’t know about the regular tourist, but I’ve never seen the Hospitality House (at either park) not have a line for the beer and the Brewmaster Clubs have plenty of people getting reservations. That lets me know that the “appeal” isn’t quite so “limited.”

About the money thing, yes, it is free beer. You can get two free cups of the beer of your choice inside the Hospitality House AND you can sign up for the Brewmaster Club which allows a sample of four different types of beer. Each sample is about 1/4 of a beer. So that is three free beers for everyone, but not everyone will take full advantage. Also, there are many AB beers that I had never heard of, nor tasted before my Brewmaster Club experience.

Some of these I have purchased. For example, I currently have Winter Cask Ale, Stone Mill Pale Ale and a variety of Michelob “craft” beers all BECAUSE I went to the Brewmaster club. I absolutely would NOT have purchased these beers had I not sampled them first.

The Busch family wasn’t just giving away free beer, they were giving away a sample as a lure to get you to buy more beer! And it works!

A sad, sad day!

14 Jul

I guess I knew it was coming, but this evening it was leaked that Anheuser-Busch has agreed to InBev’s buyout offer. Reports say that the takeover is estimated at about $50 billion and will create the largest brewery in the world. InBev will allow the Anheuser-Busch corporate offices to remain in St. Louis, but Anheuser always bragged about being the last American owned major brewer. Miller is owned by South African Breweries as SABMiller. Coors is owned by the Molson Coors Brewing Company and they are Canadian.

While I understand that in America we have a free market system, and rich people like Warren Buffett will make millions off of this deal (The Busch family will make very little because they sold off their shares years ago and only own about 4%) but what about the whole “made in the USA” crap. Our car companies are going bankrupt because everyone buys Toyotas and now all of our beer is owned by outsiders. What is America going to do when 80% of the companies owning most of the property around the country are owned by people overseas? Most countries don’t allow this sort of thing, but we do.

Also, on a personal note I’m very VERY worried about the theme parks. Busch Gardens and Sea World are places that I love to go to and have annual passes to and it is doubtful that Busch’s new Belgian owners will want to keep these “non-core assets.” Busch also spends billions of dollars every year on the environment and being “green” is a very American thing (although we just do it as lip service), just look at were our Olympians will be choking for air next month. InBev will see this spending as waste and eliminate it immediatly.

Farewell America! We barely knew thee!

You can read the news in this Yahoo! article.