Six things that have consumers buzzing in the world of beer, wine and spirits:
1. Black Friday — Beer Edition: Few things work up a thirst faster than standing in shopping lines and fighting crowds at the mall. Lucky for beer drinkers, a number of Black Friday options were available to help quench their thirst. Lakefront Brewery n Milwaukee sold a limited-edition, Black Friday beer. nly 1,200 bottles were made and consumers started lining up at 2:30 a.m. in advance of the brewery's 8 a.m. opening. The beer was sold out by 9:15 a.m.
Elsewhere in Milwaukee, Harley Davidson threw a Black Friday Beer Fest at its Harley-Davidson Museum. The event will featured at least 17 Wisconsin breweries. In Minnesota, Fitgers Brew Pub n Duluth served 11 "rare and unique" black beers in honor of the day.
2. Small Business Saturday: Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur sat out Black Friday, but participated in Small Business Saturday. The Campari-owned brand partnered with New York City-based chocolate shop MarieBelle. The pair is joining together to create a limited-edition truffle made with Frangelico. A portion of the proceeds from the truffle sales will go to support animal welfare and pet adoption in the U.S. through Bideawee, one of the country's oldest and most respected animal welfare/adoption organizations. The truffles are available at MarieBelle retail locations and online.
3. Bud Holiday Lights: Now that Thanksgiving has passed it's safe to put up the holiday decorations. For the 27th year in a row, Anheuser Busch Budweiser will be decorating its brewery for the holiday. The brewery is offering consumers a free nighttime tour of the brewery's historic campus and a chance to take photos with a "world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales."
4. Ale To Redskins: ashington Redskin Chris Cooley made national headlines when he tried to have beer negotiated into his contract when he signed with the team in October. Although he was not successful in having beer made a part of his Redskins deal, Maryland-based Flying Dog Brewery is offering Cooley the case of beer he wanted. The brewery says: "After zero hours of negotiation, hearty handshakes, and minimal amounts of rabble, we have agreed to supply Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley with a case of beer after each game remaining in the 2012 season."
5. Thar She Brews: Rogue Brewing is known for brewing some offbeat beers, including one brewed with a yeast from its brewmaster's beard. Now they've crafted a "Whale of an Ale," which is brewed with pages from Herman Melville's Moby Dick. The beer was brewed in honor of the 41st anniversary of Powells Books, an independent and family-run bookstore. According to Rogue, Powells' flagship store in downtown Portland "covers an entire city block and contains more than one million new and used books."
6. Supreme Wine: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is used to making his opinion known on the most important legal issues. Recently, Justice Scalia weighed in on a lighter matter: which Sauvignon Blanc best pairs best with oysters. According to the Washington Examiner, "The justice reprised his role on the jury of Old Ebbitt Grill's International Wines for Oysters Competition, in which 140 wines were evaluated from all over the world."
-By Tom Rotunno, CNBC Senior Editor; Follow him @tomrotunno.
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