Apparently, this is a slow news day for beer. There are a few good and interesting things to read and here are my 5 favorites.
- I think this story just proves that when you give people access to good beer, they will drink it. Neither the culture nor the country matter. Whether it is the US, Mexico, Columbia, Italy, it doesn’t matter. People like things that taste good and if it is locally produced so much the better. Here is the other thing, people are willing to pay a little more for quality.
- Not Your Father’s Root Beer is a phenomena. It has taken the craft beer world by storm so much that stores can’t keep it on the shelves. I know from firsthand experience. I don’t know who these people are that are drinking whole six packs of this stuff, because as much as I like it, it will make your teeth hurt. It is thick and sugary with a good dose of alcohol.
- Two stories on beer can history in two days. Wow.
- I’ve come to like fruit beers. I don’t mean those Lime-a-Rita things people are apparently buying at a ridiculous rate, but good beer brewed with fruit. I have found, however, that I don’t like fruit beers that are too sweet. I don’t want it to seem like I’m tasting a beer infused with fruit flavored candy. I like the fruit to be natural like fresh squeezed fruit juice instead of the sugary stuff you buy in grocery stores. I want it to taste like actual peaches were added and not peach concentrate.
- Here is a bunch of beer lists. Most of this information is interesting if ultimately useless. Bud Light and Miller Light dominate. Busch Light is really cheap. Stuff like that. However, the PBR list is interesting to me, because it explains why one of our distributor reps keeps bringing up that crappy beer. Only 24% of bars in Charlotte have it on their menu. That actually makes me a little happy.