Here are today’s links. Or the one that will be known for me going on a rant against the ALE.
- Here is a list of the winners at this year’s US Open Beer Championships. There are a lot of good North Carolina beers on this list including Sugar Creek’s Dubbel winning silver medal in its category.
- This might be the coolest thing you read today. A look at the craft beer industry as a way to understand larger trends in business in the US. This is a good academically based article, but it is written in a way normal humans can understand.
- Here are the pitfalls and perils of changing city ordinances to promote growth. I will say some of the concerns are real, but most of the breweries they are talking about will not be over 10,000 square feet. Maybe these 10 or 12 large trucks they are worried about screwing up the traffic in downtown Denton will arrive in the future, but not now.
- I’ve been thinking a lot about the role of critic in any artistic or creative endeavor. I see brewing beer as a creative endeavor and I think that makes it incumbent on we who write reviews and talk about beer to be better at reviews. I take the position that my job isn’t to stand in judgement of the beer or brewer, but to say what the beer does or doesn’t do and whether the brewer accomplished their goal with the beer. Then I let you judge whether you want to drink it or not. What we should not do is simply cheerlead. Not everything is worth my time as a beer fan and writer nor is it worth yours.
- Maybe I’m biased against the ALE in that I think they are a bunch of cowboys who think and act like they are still chasing moonshiners through the foothills of North Carolina or maybe it’s that I think many of the laws they have to enforce (randomly or selectively depending on your perspective) are silly and arbitrary, but I do know waiting until the day before an event to tell the organizer that they won’t be able to pour all of the beers they have advertised is a jerk move. Especially since this isn’t the first year of the event and since they had to get permits from you in advance of the event. If you are understaffed, the way to keep your enforcement from looking arbitrary and vindictive is to do better work on the front end so that everyone knows what the rules and the laws say before they begin. Believe me, the threat of losing your liquor, beer, and/or wine permit is threat enough for most to do the right thing.