The links are here. Have fun reading.
- There are over 3000 breweries in the US today. That seems like a lot, and it is. In an economic sense, at some point some of these will eventually fail. This is the prediction of the bursting of the bubble. However, if you look closer at the numbers as Bryan Roth does in this article, the bubble bursting won’t be as devastating as it was when the same thing happened in the 1990s. Of the 3000 some odd breweries, 75% produce 1000 barrels a year or less. If these small brewers like being small and selling beer to people who are within a 15 minute drive of the brewery, the may not fail and the bubble won’t burst.
- Here is a story on how breweries ae becoming more “green” and environmentally friendly.
- There are two ways a state can promote the growth of craft brewing. One is raising the cap for self-distribution. Most states have a loophole in the 3-tier system that allows small brewers to sell directly to retailers that cap varies from state to state. The second way to promote growth is to raise the cap on the allowable ABV. This was the way North Carolina jump started its craft brewing industry. Most quality craft beers will fall somewhere between 15% and 5% ABV. Ohio is the next state to have this debate.
- I have found it interesting in doing these links every morning that twice a month I read an article about cities who have recently allowed alcohol sales within their jurisdiction. The story is always the same: The city has seen an increase in tax revenue and a slight drop in DUI arrests. The cities surrounding them that already had alcohol sales are also affected because they see their alcohol related revenues drop.
- From England, a guide to how to tell if your beer is bad. Just remember, if you are drinking a wheat or hefeweizen, it is supposed to be cloudy. Don’t send it back to your bartender. They will look at you funny.