Advice For The Holidays

Grind for November 22nd, 2018
“We live in a rainbow of chaos.” – Paul Cezanne

Buzz Kill

The Headline

Dispute between Miller and Pabst threatens to extinguish classic American favorites like PBR and Colt 45

The Situation

As outlined in an agreement signed in 1999, Miller Coors brews some of Pabst’s beers. That agreement is set to expire in 2020.

Miller argues that it can’t afford to continue brewing beers for Pabst, and wants to either end the agreement or increase service prices. Pabst is suing Miller for $400 million in damages and wants to renew the contract without changes.

Pabst beers on the chopping block include: PBR, Pabst, Colt 45, Lone Star, Old Milwaukee, Natty Bo, Old Style, Schlitz. Rainier, Stroh’s, Olympia, Pearl, Schaefer, Schmidt’s and Blatz.

The Details

In Miller’s view, Pabst is underpaying for Miller’s services and is under no obligation to renew the contract.

Pabst argues that Miler is trying to drive it out of business. In its lawsuit, Pabst claims to have proof that Miller hired a consultant to help it take over the market.

Making matters more difficult for Pabst is a nationwide trend of declining beer sales – with shipments falling 9 million barrels between 2008 and 2017.

“The beer market has shifted and beer lovers are increasingly demanding more variety, fuller-flavor, and local products from small and independent producers,” explains Bart Watson of the Brewers Associations.

Pabst is also up against Anheuser-Busch, which combined with Miller represents nearly 70% of the US beer market.

Sound Advice

The Headline

How to keep your cool during the holidays

The Grind

It’s that time of year when everything happens at once: the house needs to be cleaned and decorated, meals need to planned, gifts need to be purchased, and you’re hoping to lose five more pounds by the end of the month.

With everything that needs to be done, minor inconveniences like a dead car battery can feel overwhelming.

According to a survey conducted by the American Psychological Associations, Americans are more likely to feel stressed during the holidays than relaxed.

Keep reading for advice on how you can reduce your stress during the holidays.

The Details

Family & Parties

Don’t try to do everything yourself and don’t be afraid to say no. Enlist others to help you, limit your calendar to a number of events you can reasonably attend, and set a clear end time for any event you host.

Cash Flow

Set a budget in advance to avoid overspending during the holiday season. Avoid using your credit card if possible.

Alcohol & Calories

To avoid drunken family arguments and weight gain during the holidays, set clear boundaries for yourself at the beginning of each event. Enjoy your meal, but don’t go back for seconds. Try one dessert instead of three. And remember, you don’t have to drink alcohol just because it’s offered.


It’s important to keep your expectations realistic. Not everything is going to go as planned, and that’s okay. Remain flexible, and don’t be too hard on yourself if you gain a few pounds or forget to send a card to your cousin in Alaska.

Did you know… US eggs would be illegal in a British supermarket because they are washed. British eggs are illegal in US markets because they’re unwashed.