Why is it so hot in June? Anyway, here are the links. Today we go in order from the largest to the smallest stories. It will make sense once you read the descriptions.
- Byzantine and entrenched may be the best way to describe the alcohol laws all across this country, but Massachusetts may set the standard. Here is another story about Massachusetts beer laws, this one about how it is illegal to donate beer for charitable events. As an aside, if you notice most states with the strangest restrictions are in New England and the South. The two areas most closely associated with fundamentalist strains of Christianity, Puritanism and Christian fundamentalism.
- Speaking of religion, Duclaw has had its “Sweet Baby Jesus!” pulled from shelves at a grocery chain in Ohio because some customers consider the name offensive. Of all the names and labels I have seen on beer that potentially are offensive, this one ranks very low. In fact, that is probably one of the most asked for beers we have served at Craft. I get asked probably once a week if we have it on tap and when we are getting it back.
- This is one of my favorite stories to come back to, how small towns and rural areas are starting to embrace craft beer and how breweries are popping up in all sorts of places. This is from rural Iowa. I would personally love it if everyone in this country lived within a 15 minute drive of a brewery.
- Back to religion, here is a cool piece out of the Raleigh News & Observer about a grassroots movement called Beer & Hymns. The name is the definition. In this case, people gather at Fullsteam Brewing and sing (mostly Christian) hymns and other songs and drink beer. It is a way for people to gather and fellowship in a comfortable setting. The goal is to get people of different faiths and strains of religion together and celebrate their universal connectedness.
- How hard is it to start a brewery? Exactly, this hard. It seems that Vincent Esposito has a good handle on his concept and vision and a good plan moving forward. Good luck.