The unintended vacation is over. I feel refreshed and ready to write. I have some ideas for Beer Counselor columns (the real reason for not writing) and I should have a couple of other posts today. Anyway, here are the morning’s five links.
- Beer laws are weird, as you know if you have read this space before. This time we go to Oklahoma and look at its cold and warm beer law. Basically, weak beer (3.2% ABV or lower) is sold cold in grocery stores and convenience stores and stronger beer is sold warm in liquor stores.
- Why is Vermont the home of such highly regarded craft brewers?
- This is a nice review of the importance of beer for the economics of Washington state and how it will be affected the passing of one of the three bill currently about to go before Congress.
- The more I read about alcohol laws in this country, the more think someone drunk created this system. Washington, DC is some kind of strange outlier for the distribution system. This is what happens when the federal government lets states work out the details of laws based on the prevailing morality or whoever gives the largest campaign contributions.
- And as has always been the case in this country, if some government comes up with a law (particularly laws around alcohol and drugs) someone else will come up with ways to work around the law.