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Investing Idea; Invest in What You Drink: Beer Stocks to Watch (TAP), (SAM), (BUD), (ABV)

Point Roberts, WA - April 1, 2013 ( newswire, staff:, an investor research portal specializing in investing ideas in leading sectors reports on trading for beer stocks for April 1st, 2013. For investors seeking to invest in products and services they know and use daily, today’s snapshot gives insight into the beer sector.

Craft beer volume and sales overshadowed the overall beer market in 2012, and local craft beer producers reflect that national trend.

In a year when the total U.S. beer market grew by 1 percent, craft brewers saw a 15-percent rise in volume, and a 17-percent increase in dollar growth, representing a total barrel increase of almost 1.8 million, according to the Brewers Association.

With production at 13,235,917 barrels in 2012, craft brewers reached 6.5 percent volume of the total U.S. beer market, up from 5.7 percent the previous year. Additionally, craft dollar share of the total U.S. beer market reached 10.2 percent in 2012, as retail dollar value from craft brewers was estimated at $10.2 billion, up from $8.7 billion in 2011.

With Craft beer a growing trend with consumers and stores alike, many big name beer companies are beginning to offer "craft" versions of their standard beers in order to jump in on this rapidly improving market.

Beer Stocks Trading and News Snapshot:

Molson Coors Brewing Company (NASDAQ:TAP) trading at $51.61 gained $2.68 or 5.48% on a high volume of 1,972,293 shares, making it today's top beer stock to watch.

Molson Coors is known for selling products in Canada under the Coors Light, Molson Canadian, Molson Export, Molson Canadian 67, Coors Light Iced T, Molson Dry, Molson M, Rickard's Red, Rickard's Blonde and other Rickard's brands, Carling, Carling Black Label, Pilsner, Keystone, Creemore Springs, Granville Island brands, Caffrey's, and Cobra brands. The company also brews or distributes licensed products under the Heineken, Amstel Light, Murphy's, Asahi, Asahi Select, Miller Lite, Miller Genuine Draft, Miller Chill, Milwaukee's Best, and Milwaukee's Best Dry brands

Shares of Molson Coors Brewing Co. hit their highest level in more than four years today after a Goldman Sachs analyst boosted her rating to "Buy" from "Neutral" and raised her price target to $63 from $47.

This analyst boost was based on people going back to work as the recession becomes less volatile and employment begins to rise as beer consumption in the US is currently 8 percent below normal levels due to the recession. With more jobs opening up in improving markets there is a great deal of improvement in the beer industry. Molson brands like Third Shift are also expected to target the above-premium segment at a higher price which, along with other new products, could add about 4 percent to Molson Coors' volume. Newswire

Boston Beer Co., (NASDAQ:SAM) trading at $159.70 rose by $0.06 or 0.04% on a volume of 33,924 shares.

The company sells approximately 50 beers under the Samuel Adams or the Sam Adams brand names; 10 flavored malt beverages under the Twisted Tea brand name; and 5 hard cider beverages under the Angry Orchard brand name

The big announcement for Boston Beer came from Jim Koch who made a major philosophical reversal recently when he announced the brewery would begin to can some of the Samuel Adams brands. It took over two years and one million dollars for Boston Beer to create their own patent-pending can design which Koch says delivers a superior drinking experience. The brewery has announced it will share the creation with its fellow craft brewers by making the can available to any craft brewer with no royalty or license fee necessary. With Samuel Admas brands in cans, it is expected beer sales will show a large increase due largely to these brands now being available at sports arenas and concerts where bottles were not used.

Anheuser-Busch InBev SA Sponsor (NASDAQ:BUD) trading at $99.19 went down $-0.36 or -0.36% on a volume of 217,510 shares.

Anheuser-Busch is known for being one of the largest beer producers with its international principal brands include Budweiser, Stella Artois, and Beck's; multi-country brands consist of Leffe and Hoegaarden; and local brands comprise Bud Light, Michelob, Skol, Brahma, Antarctica, Quilmes, Jupiler, Hasseroder, Klinskoye, Sibirskaya Korona, Chernigivske, Harbin, and Sedrin. The company has also recently release their new "Bud Light Premium" brand in order to get a foot into the craft market with a more refined version of their high selling Bud Light beer. Newswire

Companhia de Bebidas Das Americas (NYSE:ABV) trading at $42.04 went down $-0.29 or -0.69% on a volume of 364,210 shares.

Ambev is known for the its products under the brand names of Skol, Brahma, Antarctica, Brahva, Brahva Beats, Extra, Guaraná Antarctica, Brahma Light, Brahma Ice, Quilmes Cristal, Andes, Stella Artois, Red Rock, Zenda, Concordia, Triple Kola, Paceña, Taquiña, Huari, Becker, Báltica, Pilsen, Patricia, Labatt Blue, Alexander Keith's, and Kokanee.

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