It is hard to sell any type of alcohol in this country because of the labyrinth of laws and regulations you have to jump through in each and every jurisdiction. Not only does each state have different laws governing the sale of alcohol, each county in each state also has a say in how alcohol is sold. That is why every day I read a story out of some small town where they are going to allow draft beer sales for the first time.
- Restaurants in Fayette, AL may be allowed to sell draft beer by the end of the year. This is not uncommon in small Southern towns. Trust me, when I first moved to where I lived now, I walked around my closest grocery store for 20 minutes trying to find the beer before realizing I was in the dry part of the county.
- I didn’t even know there were 11 breweries in West Virginia.
- Whole Foods adds another collaboration to its in-house brewing operation. Grocery stores getting into not only selling but brewing craft beer and also putting in growler fill stations where they can has been a interesting set of developments over the last couple of years.
- Here is a listicle from Fortune magazine. The writer, to celebrate American Craft Beer Week, lists the top 5 beers from Rate Beer and Beer Advocate. Who am I to talk, I’m just passing on the hard work of others in my own list.
- Finally, a good article about one of the newest beer festivals in North Carolina, the State of Origin festival in Morganton. This is the second year of the festival and It will be held on June 13 and will feature NC beers brewed with an emphasis on NC grown and sourced ingredients. There is also going to be music and general fun to be had. Tickets are $40 for general admission. Go to the Fonta Flora Brewery website for more information.