Bud Light is losing its world title, to a Chinese lager called “Snow.” From The Guardian:
The self-styled king of beers has been toppled by a drink that most Budweiser lovers have never heard of: Snow.
The ascension of Snow, which is expected to outsell world leader Bud Light this year, is due to the growing thirst of Chinese drinkers for beer.
While beer consumption is on the wane in developed markets such as the UK, the Chinese have been developing a taste for home-grown lagers and there is plenty of scope for growth in a country with more than 1.3 billion inhabitants.
I feel somewhat responsible, having not consumed a Bud Light in years. Although, really, who cares? Let the Bud-owning Belgians and SABMIller, Snow’smaker, battle it out. Eventually, they’ll all merge to form Beeratron or Beercon or InBuzz or whatever.
Tired of the battling big boys? Here’s a list of Iowa breweries.
The dean of Iowa’s political journalistas, The Des Moines Register’s David Yepsen, is among three finalists for a job at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. From the Daily Egyptian (the college paper):
Paul Simon described his public policy institute as a “do tank,” not a think tank.
The three candidates in the search for a new director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, whose names were released Wednesday, said this idea was the basis of the position’s appeal.
John Jackson, director of the committee in charge of the search, said the candidates the committee recommended are: Bill Freivogel, director of the School of Journalism; Arthur Turner, deputy majority leader in the Illinois House; and David Yepsen, chief political correspondent for the Des Moines Register.
The university president, interim chancellor and interim provost will select which of the candidates will take the post, Jackson said.
Interim Director Matt Baughman said he hopes to have a new director in place early in 2009.
A Saluki, by the way, is the school’s nickname. It’s a breed of dog that traces its origins back to the Middle East thousands of years ago. What? I just thought you might be wondering.