The links are little late today because Ommegang Abbey Ale and Game of Thrones go together hand in hand. I’m always interested in what theme emerges as I collate the five links each day. Today, politics, beer and looking to the future.
- One of if not the leading voice in the NC beer community Erik Lars Myers on what is happening in NC during and after the failures of House Bills 278 and 625. This is the part I most agree with, “100% true: I cannot figure out for the life of me why distributors and brewers are on opposite sides. We all want the same thing: Success in our business, more beer on the market.” You really should read the whole thing.
- Again, I ask the question Erik Lars Myers asks, why are distributors and brewers on opposite sides of so many issues? They have the same goal: sell beer. Of course the answer is, as is usually the case, money. Distributors see any change in the laws as adversely affecting their bottom line. These issues aren’t endemic to any one state. The growth of craft beer as an industry has caught many by surprise and states are scrambling to change laws to suit the way the beer world is beginning to work and that leads to lots of ugly battles.
- This is a good article about how the state of New York and Syracuse University are partnering with brewers to do what they can to promote brewing in their state.
- If you understand anything about the craft beer movement, you understand that it is fueled by the home brew community. Home brewers are A) The most enthusiastic drinkers of craft beer and B) The group from which craft brewers are spawned.
- This is the thing that politicians should not miss with craft brewing: short term gains as far as political donations can blind you to the long term benefits of promoting craft beer. This is an article about how craft beer is helping with the tourism industry in Tampa. I’m sure the same article could be written about a lot of places in this country. The potential revenues from tourism and beer sales should be more important then the money you receive as an incumbent running for office from distributors and other interests. If you are an incumbent and you lose, no amount of money was going to keep that from happening.