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A-B to host Oktoberfest at brewery again this year

a-b_oktoberfest-2016Who better to host a truly German Oktoberfest than the company that began in the German neighborhoods of St. Louis and was founded by German immigrants? Once again this year, Anheuser-Busch is sponsoring the Bavarian festival on the grounds of their Jacksonville brewery. As in years past, there will be food, contests, Oompah-pah music and of course plenty of German beer.

Get all the details below in the official press release:

The weather will be nice and the beer will be flowing for Oktoberfest Jacksonville at the Anheuser-Busch Jacksonville Brewery. Tickets are still available for the event, which takes place this Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1, but they are going fast. Guests can choose general admission or act quickly to get the limited number of remaining VIP tickets, which offer special upgrades to the Oktoberfest experience. This event is packed with plenty of fun for the whole family.

“We wanted to really make this event something special for the community and provide something fun for absolutely everyone,” said Mike White, event organizer and CEO of Client Focused Media. “We have the Ultra VIP tickets available on Friday night that offer access to some great perks and a private party. Saturday, there are plenty of carnival games, pumpkin bowling, stein-hoisting, and more.”

The two-day event begins Friday at 4 p.m. with live music from the TJ Ward Band, Dirty Pete Band, DJ EL and Austin Park. General admission tickets for Friday are $10, VIP tickets are $30 in advance, and Ultra VIP tickets are $80 each. There are limited Ultra VIP tickets available.

Saturday starts off early with the HandsOn Jacksonville Human Race Oktoberfest 5K run and 1K fun walk. Festival gates open at 11 a.m. Enjoy time in the family fun zone, register your pet for the Wiener Dog Races sponsored by The Quick Law Group, or participate in the Oktoberfest games throughout the day. You can also take part in the live auction with Senator Aaron Bean.

The Swinging Barvarians, One Step Ahead of the Law, and DJ EL will be performing on Saturday. ASAP Towing & Storage, an event sponsor, is providing one of their flatbed towing trucks to double as a stage for the event. Additional sponsors include Client Focused Media, Spohrer & Dodd, Duckworth Construction, Eagle View Windows, Portofino Pools, Checker Cab of Jax, and zTrip, to name a few.

General admission tickets for Saturday’s event are $20 each. VIP tickets are $50 each and include access to the VIP tents, VIP meal vouchers for a brat, German potato salad and pretzels, a collectible Anheuser-Busch beer stein with discounted beer and food throughout the day, plus a VIP gift bag.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.oktoberfestjacksonville.com.

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2016 in Beer

 

Jax beer made a brief return, may be making a more permanent come back

jaxLast week in my Pint-Sized column in Folio Weekly Magazine, I told you about Jacksonville’s first brewery — Jacksonville, later Jax, Brewing Company. What I did not write in that column was how the brewery sold the recipe of its beloved pilsner to the Jackson Brewing Company — who incidentally was also called Jax Brewing — of New Orleans. Later, Jackson sold the name and recipe to Pearl Brewing of Austin, Texas who later became Pabst Brewing. Pabst, after brewing the pilsner for a few years, discontinued the brew and Jax Beer was seemingly lost to the veils of time.
 
This week, reports on Facebook began to circulate that Jax Beer was available at European Street Cafe in Riverside. I checked with my contacts at Pabst and the claims were confirmed.
 
Michael Peck, Associate Brand Manager of Pabst’s Local Legends division shared, “We brewed a very small test batch of Jax, just to see what people thought of the beer.”
The goal, Peck continued was to see, “If they remembered Jax,” and to see, “What they liked about it.”
If what Peck says holds true, ‘The Beer of Friendship,’ as the advertisements proclaimed, may be on the cusp of a come back.
“We’re very much in development,” Peck said. “Once we have a solid launch timeline, I’ll definitely reach out.”
So, now it is your turn. Did you have an opportunity to try the limited release of Jax? Did you remember it? How did you remember it? What did you think?
 
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Posted by on September 29, 2016 in Beer

 

Zwanze Day 2016 to be hosted a Playalinda Brewing Company’s Brix Project

zwanze-day-2016Aficionados of sour brews are sure to recognize the name of Brussels, Belgium brewer Cantillion. The brewer is renowned for creating some of the world’s best lambic brews and its brewery is always on the itinerary when visiting Belgium. Back in 2008, Cantillion brewed and bottled the first of a special series of beers dubbed Zwanze, a word that refers to a sarcastic sense of humor in the Brussels dialect.

That first beer – a special lambic with rhubarb added – led to more in the series created with untraditional ingrediants, thus Zwanze. As the beers became more and more sought-after, Cantillon brewer Jean Van Roy used his Zwanze series to bring lambic enthusiasts together around the world for Zwanze Day.

At first the celebrations were sporadic and unscheduled. They depended on who could get the brews and when they could be procured. But, in 2011, the Zwanze series was released to select bars and taverns simultaneously world-wide. Zwanze Day had been born and has grown every year since.

playalindaThis year the celebration will take place on Saturday, October 1 and include more than 60 establishments, 27 in the United States. The closest venue to Jacksonville this year is Playalinda Brewing Company in Titusville, Fla. The event will be hosted at the brewery’s new Brix Project building.

With this release, Cantillon is looking to their past for the recipe of the Zwanze Day brew. Thirty years ago Cantillon created a framboise, a lambic aged on raspberries. Back in the ’80s they used fresh fruit that lost its color quickly and often made filtration difficult, so cherries were also used to help maintain some rosiness and act as a secondary filter bed beneath the raspberries. Vanilla was also added to round out the brew. But when more modern techniques were perfected to maintain color Cantillon began producing Rosé de Gambrinus with 100% raspberries. With Zwanze 2016, the brewery decided to give a nod to the raspberry/cherry blend, but used blueberries instead of cherries.

Additionally, several other Cantillon lambics will be available at the event including:

  • Gueuze: a blend of one, two and three year old lambics.
  • Kriek: two year old blended lambic with sour cherries.
  • Mamouche: lambic blended with elderflowers.
  • Iris Grand Cru: an unblended three-year-old version of the brewery’s Iris lambic. Only pale malt is used in the mash along with plentiful hops.
 
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Posted by on September 28, 2016 in Beer, Beer Releases

 

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Jax Beer Week 2016: Menu for Beer vs. Wine dinner at Kitchen on San Marco released

kosmKitchen on San Marco, Jacksonville’s premier farm-to-table restaurant has released details on the Beer vs. Wine event with Engine 15 Brewing happening at this Thursday, Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the event are $55, call the restaurant for details.

904-396-2344

Check out the menu below:

Menu

First Course

Testa/Pickles/Grilled Bread

J’ville Lager

Steele Shooting Star Aligote

 

Second Course

Pork Sugo/Cornbread/Chicken Cracklins

Soured Society

Kuleto Frog Prince

 

Third Course

Ham Rib/Cabbage/Cucumber/Datl BBQ

Nutsack

Boneshaker Zinfandel

 

Fourth Course

Crispy Pork Shank/Squash Duck Confit Hash/Poached Egg

Mad Max

Kuleto India Ink

 

Fifth Course

Candied Bacon Doughnut/Caramel

Straight 30W

Taylor Fladgate Tawny Porto

 

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2016 in Beer, Jacksonville Beer Week

 

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Tripel Karmeliet brewer sells to AB-Inbev

tk33_glass_highAcquisitions within the beer world are becoming fairly routine. Whether it is larger craft beer breweries acquiring smaller craft breweries or mega brewing companies purchasing craft breweries, the result is an ever-tightening of the beer market. But also, the buying and selling means greater access to brands that beer-lovers may not otherwise be able to purchase locally. (see my post, Craft Beer Mergers)

But, the brewery purchasing mania does not end with just craft breweries. Over the past five to ten years, foreign brands have been snapped up by various entities, too. This is especially true of Belgian brands that, to many beer enthusiasts, are nothing less than the nectar of the Gods.

On September 8, 2016 Brewery Bosteels announced its acquisition by AB InBev but that Antoine Bosteels, 7th -generation company head would remain at the helm. Bosteels, the brewry responsible for such iconic Belgian brands as Kwak and Tripel Karmeliet sold to the international beer behemoth for €200 million (about $225 million).

In an article for Beer Connoisseur, Sean Knoll, CEO of Artisanal Inports, the U.S. distributer of Bosteel brands said, “The integrity of Bosteels as a traditional Belgian family brewery and the quality of its beer remains unchanged despite the new parent company.”

This in response to reports that some retailers and on-premises sellers had threatened to pull the beers from their shelves and taps.

AB-Inbev already owns Belgian brands Stella Artois, Leffe and Hoegaarden.

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2016 in Beer, Beer News

 

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Jax Beer Week 2016 Kicks Off Tomorrow

jaxbeerweek_ver4-3_page_11Jax Beer Week is upon us again and this year’s line up of events is truly stellar. From beer dinners to Funk Fests, this year we have it all. Be sure to get out and enjoy some of the great events and support Jacksonville beer!

This is not a comprehensive list. As new events are added I will update here and on my social media pages.

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Twitter: @FolioPintSized

Saturday, September 17

Intuition 5th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Intuition Ale Works, 929 E Bay St, Jacksonville, FL 32202
More Details: http://www.intuitionaleworks.com/event/oktoberfest-2016/

Kitchen on San Marco – t$5 Florida Drafts, Jax Brewery Flights, Beer Cocktails and Mash In Ticket Raffle
Time:  4:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Location: 1402 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207

Veterans United serving drafts at Murray Hill’s Centennial Party
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
932 Edgewood Ave S, Jacksonville, FL 32205
More Details: http://www.murrayhilljax.com/event/murray-hills-centennial-celebration/

Sunday, September 18

Homebrew Showcase
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Alewife Bottleshop and Tasting Room, 1035 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 32204

Home Brewing Demonstration
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Really Good Beer Stop, 323 10th Ave N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Sunday Supper: Session Beer & BBQ!
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: The Bearded Pig, 1224 Kings Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32207

Jax Beer Week Bottle Share
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Alewife Bottleshop and Tasting Room, 1035 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 32204

Jags Vs Chargers Party Featuring Aardwolf Brewing Company and Ballast Point
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Mellow Mushroom, 1018 3rd St N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Monday, September 19

Kitchen on San Marco $5 Florida Drafts, Jax Brewery Flights, Beer Cocktails & Mash In Ticket Raffle!
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Kitchen on San Marco, 1402 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207

Jax Beer Society Collaboration Beer Release
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Intuition Ale Works, 929 E Bay St, Jacksonville, FL 32202

Arts and Drafts with Funky Buddha
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Really Good Beer Stop, 323 10th Ave N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Cigar City Tap Takeover
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Mellow Mushroom, 3611 St Johns Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32205

Barrels, Foudres, & Beer Oh My!
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Alewife Bottleshop and Tasting Room, 1035 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 32204

Tuesday, September 20

Kitchen on San Marco $5 Florida Drafts, Jax Brewery Flights, Beer Cocktails & Mash In Ticket Raffle!
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Kitchen on San Marco, 1402 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207

5 days of Bottle Releases at Green Room
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Location: Green Room Brewing, 228 3rd St N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Aardwolf Brewing Company Tap Spotlight
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Beer:30 – San Marco, 1543 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207

Sixpoint Brewery Night
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Really Good Beer Stop, 323 10th Ave N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Cigar City Brewing and Tapa That Beer Dinner
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Alewife Bottleshop and Tasting Room, 1035 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 32204

Get Jacked: The Ultimate Coffee Beer Collaboration!
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: BREW Five Points, 1024 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 32204

Beer Trivia at Engine 15
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Engine 15 Brewing Co., 1500 Beach Blvd #217, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Wednesday, September 21

Kitchen on San Marco $5 Florida Drafts, Jax Brewery Flights, Beer Cocktails & Mash In Ticket Raffle!
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Kitchen on San Marco, 1402 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207

 5 days of Bottle Releases at Green Room
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Location: Green Room Brewing, 228 3rd St N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Alpine Brewing at Engine15
Time:  4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Engine 15 Brewing Co., 1500 Beach Blvd #217, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Engine 15 Spotlight
Time:  5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Beer:30 – San Marco, 1543 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207

What The Funk?!
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Alewife Bottleshop and Tasting Room, 1035 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 32204

Yappy Hour with Bark for Life
Time:  6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Really Good Beer Stop323 10th Ave N Jacksonville Beach FL 32250

Ballast Point Tap Takeover
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Burrito Gallery Brooklyn, 90 Riverside Ave #601, Jacksonville, FL 32202

Free Brewery Tours at Veterans United
Time:  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Veterans United Craft Brewery, 8999 Western Way #104, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Jax Brew Bus Sour Beer Tour
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Location: Really Good Beer Stop, 323 10th Ave N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Jax Brew Bus is offering a Sour Beer Tour for sour beer lovers for a special low price of $40 per person plus taxes & fees. The tour starts at 6 pm at Really Good Beer Stop Jax Beach. The tour will go to Alewife, Beer30, and Wicked Barley before dropping riders back off at Really Good Beer Stop around 10:30 pm. These locations are not currently available for regular Saturday tours so take advantage.

Jax Beach Pub Cycle
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Begins at Green Room Brewing, 228 3rd St N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Cyclists get ½ off first pint and 10% off all other RGBS purchases.

Engine 15 Spotlight + Game Night: Flash Point
Time:  7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Beer:30, 1271 King St, Jacksonville, FL 32204

Glass Giveaway & Raffle
Time:  7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Brewz, 1011 Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233

Featuring multiple prizes, glasses from Aardwolf Brewing Company and lots of great beer.

Thursday, September 22

Oktoberfest at Aardwolf
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Location: Aardwolf Brewing Company, 1461 Hendricks Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32207

Stop by for the launch of their Oktoberfest “Aartoberfest.” Try one of their 4 Gose-style brews and have the chance to win logoed steins.

Kitchen on San Marco $5 Florida Drafts, Jax Brewery Flights, Beer Cocktails & Mash In Ticket Raffle!
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Kitchen on San Marco, 1402 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207

 5 days of Bottle Releases at Green Room
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Location: Green Room Brewing, 228 3rd St N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Small Batch Release: Jalapeno Pale Ale
Time:  3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Veterans United Craft Brewery, 8999 Western Way #104, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Barrel Aged Night at Engine 15
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Location: Engine 15 Brewing Co., 1500 Beach Blvd #217, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250, USA

Join us tappings of Barrel Aged Nut Sack, Barrel Aged Hard Cider, Barrel Aged Imperial Simcoe and there’s rumors that Barrel Aged Imperial Chupacabra might raise its ugly head.

Intuition Ale Works Tap Spotlight
Time: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: The Bearded Pig, 1224 Kings Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32207, USA

Founders Tap Spotlight
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Beer:30 – San Marco, 1543 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207

Southern Swells Brewing Co. – A Special Tasting Event
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Really Good Beer Stop, 323 10th Ave N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Sample brews from this up-and-coming Jax Beach brewery at their first public tasting event.

Cider & Cheese Pairing
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Alewife Bottleshop and Tasting Room, 1035 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 32204

A farmhouse cider and artisanal cheese pairing. Ticketed event.

Beer vs Wine Dinner
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Kitchen on San Marco, 1402 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207

Enjoy creative dishes by Chef Ryan Randolph paired with both an Engine 15 beer and selected wine…the guests will then vote on which pairs best wine or beer! Ticketed event.

Veterans United Tap Takeover @ Dicks Wings Nocatee
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Dicks Wings, 100 Marketside Avenue, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32081

Friday, September 23

Kitchen on San Marco $5 Florida Drafts, Jax Brewery Flights, Beer Cocktails & Mash In Ticket Raffle!
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Kitchen on San Marco, 1402 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207

 5 days of Bottle Releases at Green Room
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Location: Green Room Brewing, 228 3rd St N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Small Batch Release: Grapefruit IPA
Time:  3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Location: Veterans United Craft Brewery, 8999 Western Way #104, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Taste of the Seasons
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Broudy’s Liquors, 516 W Geoffrey St, Saint Augustine, FL 32086

Featuring Cabo Wabo tequila, pumpkin meads and various holiday beers

M.I.A. Brewing Tap Spotlight
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Beer:30 – San Marco, 1543 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207

Think Local, Drink Local
Time:  6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: Alewife Bottleshop and Tasting Room, 1035 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 32204

Local tap takeover & game night.

Fundraising event for Rethreaded.

Tap The Keg Friday
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Location: Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, 220 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32202, USA

Tapping of “Soured Society” JBS Collaboration Beer.

Saturday, September 24

5 days of Bottle Releases at Green Room
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Location: Green Room Brewing, 228 3rd St N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Jax Beer Week- MASH IN
Saturday, Sep 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: The Glass Factory, 601 Myrtle Ave N, Jacksonville, FL 32204, USA
More information: http://jaxbeersociety.com/mash-in/

 

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2016 in Beer, Jacksonville Beer Week

 

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Budweiser, Lyft team up to fight drunk driving

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Photo credit: Ben Hider for Anheuser-Busch

Drunk driving is never acceptable. The consequences you face if caught — or even suspected — are severe and rightly so. To get a first hand account of the consequences, read my eight-part series that recounts my experience with a DUI arrest.

To help fight the epidemic of drunk driving now plaguing Florida, Budweiser and Lyft have teamed up to provide safe rides home. Take a few moments to read the press release below and learn how they “Give a Damn.”

NEW YORK (September 14, 2016)

Budweiser and Lyft are coming together to make a bold statement against drunk driving and celebrate people who follow Budweiser’s new responsible drinking message: “Give a Damn. Don’t Drive Drunk.” Starting this Friday, September 16 through the end of the year, Budweiser will provide up to 80,000 total rides* on weekend and holiday nights during peak party hours in New York, Colorado, Illinois and Florida.  

The next step in Budweiser’s longstanding commitment to promoting alcohol responsibility, this campaign marks the largest partnership of its kind between a beverage and ridesharing company aimed at reducing drunk driving.

Each Thursday at 2 p.m. ET, Budweiser will share a unique code on its Facebook and Twitter channels, which consumers 21+ can enter into the Lyft app to claim a $10 free ride credit. This ride credit can be redeemed the following Friday and Saturday, between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. local time, designed to be accessed when people are returning home after a night out. The first 5,000 Lyft users to claim these codes each week will have the chance to use them that weekend. This promotion is available to both new and existing Lyft users, and the claim and redemption periods will be extended during certain holidays. Consumers in participating markets should check out Budweiser and Lyft’s social channels each week for these updates. Each code is good for a $10 credit or free ride up to $10.

The partnership kicks off on Friday, September 16, Anheuser-Busch’s seventh annual “Global Beer Responsible Day,” in which the brewer and its partners raise awareness about responsible drinking.  While drunk-driving fatalities decreased 51 percent since 1982 according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), there is still work to be done. There are approximately 10,000 fatalities in drunk driving crashes each year, accounting for 29 percent of all traffic fatalities according to the DOT.

“Drunk driving is one hundred percent preventable, and Budweiser and Lyft are dedicated to helping people get home safely,” said Katja Zastrow, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility – Better World at Anheuser-Busch. “As one of the biggest beer brands in the world, Budweiser can play a leading role in the fight against drunk driving, and our program with Lyft will make a positive impact and start conversations about this vital issue.”

“At Lyft, we strive to partner with like-minded, mission-driven brands like Budweiser that are committed to building safer communities and a better world,” says Oliver Hsiang, VP Partnerships at Lyft. “By giving passengers access to 5,000 rides each week, we hope everyone will think twice before getting behind the wheel after drinking and look to Lyft as a solution.”

For more information about how to participate, visit blog.lyft.com/posts/lyft-and-budweiser.

*Code good for $10 credit or free ride up to $10.

 

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2016 in Beer, Beer News

 

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