The beer links get a little wonky today, but it’s all good.
- The Des Moines Register is doing a series on alcohol laws in Iowa. This particular story looks at how the laws came to be after Prohibition and how they affect consumers and industry growth. If you are fascinated by alcohol laws around the country, like I am, you should read the whole series.
- New alcohol laws are coming to North Carolina and this is a good summary of how they will affect you. (If you live in North Carolina. If you don’t they really won’t affect you at all.)
- The USDA hops report is out (somewhere there is a Trading Places joke to be had). This is some deep beer geekery, but it is important for two reasons. The first it shows continued growth in the craft beer industry as the amount of hop bines strung for harvest increased 16% this last year. However, there is the worry that the drought affecting Washington will mean a reduced overall yield of hops produced. The second reason this is important is that it shows what hops are being produced. There has been an increase in aroma hop production for IPAs. This is a pure demand driving supply scenario as IPAs continue to outpace all other styles as far as sales.
- If you’re a home brewer, how do you know your beer is good? You like it, but it’s your beer. Your friends say they like it, but are they impartial enough for you to trust? Now, Noble Brewer is allowing home brewers to have their recipes reproduced by breweries in small batches and sold to consumers. Once the consumers get the beer and taste it, they send back the tasting card that comes with each shipment. This actually seems like a pretty cool thing.
- Pete’s Wicked Ale is the reason I got into craft beer. To this day, my favorite style is brown ales. Here is a quick history of the brown ale from The Food Republic with a few recommendations of current browns.