The reason there was no blogging yesterday is insomnia sucks. I actually got a few hours of sleep last night, so let’s do this. Today we have merges, beer laws, and one of the worst opening sentences I’ve ever read for something in the New York Times. (Editorial note: my tone today reflects my lack of sleep.)
- I didn’t see it, because I was trying to sleep, but craft beer twitter blew up last night with news that Duvel and Firestone Walker are combining US operations. Why not just call it a merger? I would like to know what all this means before I take to social media and have a meltdown. I don’t know, that’s just me.
- Does this mean, I’m going to have to stop wearing hats to work? These interpretations make sense, but why the ALE and the ABC commission doesn’t do this for everyone in the state makes little to no sense. It’s not like we don’t have a lot of brewers or craft bars around the state. Oh wait, we do.
- This is an interesting interpretation of growler and beer producer law in Texas. It basically makes it illegal for anyone who is not a brewer to fill crowlers. In other words, officials have no idea how to categorize crowlers so they just made them illegal. At some point, someone in charge is going to have to make a decision or the state legislature is going to get involved. That often just makes things worse.
- This is a great story about the power of good beer. German beer has been governed by the Reinheitsgebot for centuries. Now, in order to make better and more flavorful beers a group of younger brewers has started to add ingredients not covered by the law (which actually isn’t an official law anymore). Of course, some of those brewers sell more beer outside Germany then they do inside Germany. That is just the nature of change, first it is slow then it is all of a sudden.
- You get snotty and somewhat pretentious sentences like the opening for this piece when you let wine writers write about beer. Please stop that New York Times. You have enough resources to find a beer writer to contract for a few pieces a year, do that please. I’m happy that Mr. Asimov is writing about goses, but only someone who is a wine writer could write a sentence that silly sounding. Writing like this is why I stopped reading wine reviews. I don’t like beer reviews that are as self-important and pretentious as wine reviews. Stop overcomplicating it, its beer. “Wine is complicated, beer is complex.” – Brett Joyce, Rogue Ales.