Welcome to the business edition of the Five Articles
“Every time I call it a game, you call it a business. And every time I call it a business, you call it a game.” – North Dallas Forty
I think of that quote whenever I think of the things we love and how they inevitably get mired in business issues. Most people get involved in sports, art, and brewing because they love some aspect of it, not solely to make money. With that, here are today’s links. A bevy of business and law articles.
- We start in my home state and the city in which I am employed. Matt McKenzie does a great break down of the stakes involved in the seemingly DOA North Carolina legislation to raise the cap on self-distribution by brewers. The breakdown of all the craft beer related legislation that has languished and died before getting a full vote is interesting. It is almost like the legislation has lots of grassroots support, but no support from the people who wield the most power in government (I mean lobbyists).
The next two articles show you this isn’t just a growing issue and priority in North Carolina. I posted a link yesterday about the three year fight to make the Florida growlers laws sensible. Here are two more articles showing how the fight is going elsewhere.
- This Boston Globe article starts in Arizona but then branches out to show how craft brewers are fighting for every inch in legislatures across the country. Many have to jump through the same hurdles of entrenched distributor and big beer power.
- This is a similar article from CNBC. It tracks many of the issues of craft beer growth bumping up against legal restrictions that no longer make sense (if they ever did).
- This article breaks down the SMALL Brew Act currently winding its way through the US Congress. The main point of this act is to lower the excise tax for brewers who produce 6 million barrels of beer or less every year. This would affect everyone but MillerCoors/SAB (or whatever they are now) and Anheuser Busch-InBev. Anheuser Busch alone (not the rest of the AB-InBev portfolio) produced around 40 million barrels last year.
- To show that the business of craft beer isn’t just an issue in the US, here is an article from the UK’s Money Week on the “craft beer bubble.”