Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 6/10/15

Today’s links are a tour of the growth of craft beer across North America.  Sometimes as US citizens we forget that North America actually has three countries: The US, Canada, and Mexico.  Today I also continue my tour of beer legislation and laws with stories from the US and Canada.

  • We’ll start south with Mexico. Slow Food Mexico is embracing craft beer by creating a new campaign called Slow Beer.  Combining the slow food movement with craft beer is actually an idea I like and something I think is really good about the North Carolina craft beer scene.  Many of the brewers in North Carolina are expressly trying to use locally sourced ingredients in their beer.  That has a two-fold effect.  One, it helps the local economy by using local farmers and local products. Two, it gives the beer a distinct taste or as the wine world calls it terroir.
  • If you’ve read this space, particularly the links before, you know I am fascinated with beer law and how they are different from state to state. I am also fascinated by how looking at Canadian alcohol laws is kind of like looking at a fun house mirror reflection of US alcohol laws.  This story is about production minimums and excise taxes in Alberta.
  • I still think the MillerCoors lawsuit is stupid and frivolous and will ultimately be dismissed, but apparently lawyers are taking it seriously. This article also has a very bad pun at the end.  Cringe-worthy really.
  • Ohio recently landed the future North American facility Scottish brewers Brew Dog plan to build. There is one problem, Ohio restricts production of beer at 12% ABV or less.  If you know anything about Brew Dog, you know they push their beers to extremes, particularly in the ABV.  Now, legislators are scrambling to increase the ABV cap with a proposal for it to be raised to 21%.
  • Add Illinois to the states that are seeking to increase the allowed production of beer by craft brewers. The Illinois law would increase production limits from 30,000 barrels a year to 120,000.  Since this article published the law has passed and waits the governor’s signature. The most important thing about this bill passing is that Illinois brewers and distributors worked together to get a bill passed that would benefit both sides.  That is how it should be done.  It seems Illinois distributors and brewers figured out they need each other and that cooperation was better than anonymous website attacks.