Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 7/24/15

The news for a July Friday is here.  Good stories abound today.  Here are the five I liked the most.

  • Sweetwater is apparently making plans to go public. This is not really news as they have been making moves in this direction for the last few years.  I am not a huge fan of their beers.  I find nothing really interesting in what they make.  It will be fascinating to see how this is received both from and investment perspective and from a craft beer drinkers perspective.
  • Good article in this month’s Carolina Alumni Review on North Carolina craft beer by interviewing brewers and others in the industry who graduated from UNC. The thing that interests me is the sheer number of varying degree programs represented by those interviewed.  At least the MBAs get to use some of the things they actually paid money to learn in their jobs.  Of course, I’m the one with the history and sociology degrees (class of 1996) who slings beer and writes a blog that actually pays no money.
  • One of the best things about being into craft beer right now is the growing appreciation of what beer provides to the culinary experience that wine doesn’t. Beer being more complex with more varieties has the ability to match up with pretty much any food made.  Its carbonation also helps cleanse the palate making enjoying the food easier.  One of my favorite things to do is go get a nice sharp and/or aged cheddar and a big imperial IPA and enjoy the pairing.  Here are 10 spots that will let you do that.
  • The funny thing is, there are similar laws to one being challenged in Canada in the US that are routinely ignored. I can understand having laws like this governing bringing alcohol across the borders of a country, but it seems a law that restricts how much alcohol you bring across province or state lines has only one function:  to protect the tax monopolies of each province/state.  In the end the provinces and states don’t care that you are buying alcohol, they care that you are providing tax revenue to a bordering province/state.  That is a bad reason to create a law.
  • Watching beer laws evolve in real time throughout the South is fast becoming a real past time for me. Georgia, like most of the states in the South, is making progress in a piecemeal fashion.  The same can be said of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, etc.  All the laws are going to change eventually.  It is just a matter of time because, as I keep reiterating, in these tight economic times, states need as much tax revenue as they can get, and more and more lawmakers see the revenue potential of craft beer and breweries in their communities.