If you are in the South right now, it is hot. As I write this it is not quite 8 am and it is 80 degrees. That is totally uncalled for. So, why not think about cold, cold beer. Here are the links.
- A history of craft brewing in the US through an interview with Karl Ockert now of Deschutes Brewing. He has been there since the beginning and is back as the industry continues to shift.
- I continue to be fascinated by all things alcohol law related and particularly how the laws work in Canada as compared to the US. The idea of giving the states/provinces and municipalities ultimate control of the laws is very similar, but Canada has that extra layer of government control of all retail sales. It is interesting that province that has seen the most growth in craft brewing is the one where the government has ceded some of the control of the market to the private sector.
- The farm-to-glass movement is something I find interesting. I see it as part of the slow food movement because, for the most part farm-to-glass is about using locally sourced quality ingredients whenever possible. As I said yesterday, my hope is that every person in the United States will be able to buy beer from a local brewer 15 minutes or less from their residence.
- Daniel Hartis jumps into the 3 Gs of summer beers, Gose, Gratzer, and Grisette. We have had a couple of goses on tap at Craft and I love the reaction I get when describing what it is and then seeing the change when the customer actually tries it and likes it.
- This story is ostensibly about the Mississippi Craft Beer Festival, but it is a good bit of writing about the relatively quick growth of craft beer in the state of Mississippi. Up until 2012 there was one brewery in Mississippi because you could not brew a beer with an alcohol content higher than 5%. Right now, I think we have only 2 beers at most under 5% on tap at Craft. We have 36 taps. There are now nine breweries operating in Mississippi with four others in the planning stages according to the Brewers Association website.