It’s Father’s Day. Here are today’s five articles for your reading pleasure. Today’s theme: craft beer is an actual business where those involved want to make enough money to at least keep the lights on.
- This is actually a nice interview with Jim Koch. He comes off well in this piece. There have been other interviews and interactions in the recent past where he seems like the revolutionary father-figure who is angry that no one remembers how much of a badass rebel he once was and that the revolution has continued on without him in some ways. Even in the part about being a billionaire he comes at still being an underdog in an interesting way. Which he is, in a sense, because we in the craft beer world see Boston Beer Company as a behemoth, however, it and craft beer in general are a small section of an enormous industry controlled by multinational giants.
- It is interesting to watch how different parts of the brewing industry are becoming distinct industries themselves. Hops, malt, and yeast all have their own distinct and dedicated industries that are adjuncts to the larger brewing industry. The world that craft beer is spawning around itself may be even more interesting than the craft beer itself in some ways.
- We, those into craft beer, don’t always think of craft beer as a business. Sometimes a brewer or a distributor will do something that we don’t like because they are trying to make money to, at the very least, stay in business because that is part of the point of what they are doing. I think it is good to remember with stories like this that brewers often have the same concerns as the person who owns the small hardware store down the street.
- I think the distributors are the overlooked often unwelcome partner in craft beer. More often than not, we hear from brewers the bad stories about distributors and here in North Carolina when it comes to legislation, brewers and distributors are often at odds. This is a good interview to read to remember that in the end brewers and distributors are partners and they do need each other even if the distributors don’t see craft beer the same way as we do.
- This law was passed to limit the influence of Anheuser-Busch, but like so many laws passed in this country it has unforeseen consequences, this time on at least one smaller brewer.