Today we look at a lot at the past and a little to the future. One thing that is happening in the beer world is politicians, strapped for tax revenue to operate their city, county, and state governments, are seeing craft brewers as potential revitalization engines.
- We start in the way, way back in England. This is a pretty cool contemporaneous description of life in Sussex. For our purposes the interesting thing is the use of beer with almost every meal. Two things to remember, potable water was not readily available, so beer was the safest thing to drink often, and the beer did not have the same alcohol content that we are used to. It was often what was called “small beer.”
- This is a look at the not so distant past in San Francisco with a visit to Anchor Brewing. We in the beer world often forget about Anchor, but there was a period where it was the only craft brewer doing battle with the big boys on any type of scale.
- Speaking of craft beer being an engine of business, here is a story out of Lincoln, NE about Norland International, a water bottling business that expanded into making beer equipment and has reaped the benefits.
- Next we go to Canada. The first story is a blog post on the beer scene in Toronto and how far it and Canada as a whole has to go to catch up with their neighbors to the south in the number of breweries and expansiveness of beer offerings. It is also a good reminder for us in the relative beer nirvana of the US to not take for granted the things that will drive and push craft beer forward. Mainly politicians seeing craft beer as an essential part of a growing economy.
- Staying in Canada, this is an article about restrictive the beer laws are in Canada. Apparently, in many parts they haven’t been updated since the end of Prohibition almost 100 years ago. Let’s put it this way, a law was just recently passed in Ontario to allow grocery stores to sell beer. Some of their restrictions make the state distribution laws in the US seem downright free market.