I’m back with the Five Articles. I apologize for my absence from the blog last week. The reason is twofold. One, I had planned on taking last week a little slow for a family reunion. That didn’t quite go as I had planned and that is all on me. Two, a few good things happened and I needed time to absorb them. I’ll post more about that later, but to paraphrase a line from Winston Churchill, I think last week marked the end of the beginning. Onto the links.
- Normally, when we think of the craft beer revolution we think about the late-70s through the 80s as the starting points. That is when the breweries in California all began to be formed. The truth is, it started when Fritz Maytag, of the washing machine family, bought Anchor Brewing in 1965. Here is a nice history lesson about the beginning of US craft beer.
- This a good article about the places where craft beer is growing, plagued by horrible page design. It isn’t just that you can’t view all 11 pages at once on one page, but also the insane number of ads and other crap that litter the pages. Anyway, besides highlighting the places where craft beer is booming, Jason Notte also points out that this boom is not reaching every part of the country. If you can get through all the junk, you’ll enjoy the article.
- $213 million in state and local taxes to North Carolina from the beer industry. That is the important number to remember here in this article discussing the economic impact of the beer industry in NC. That number at the beginning is why brewers will get an increase in their self-distribution cap. They may not immediately get the jump from 25,000 barrels to 100,000 that they want, but I can see a scenario where they get an increase to 50,000 when the changes finally come up for a vote.
- Here is the same story from South Carolina. This is what happens when the Brewers Association releases their economic impact report. Ever local/regional news organization puts out an article talking about the impact of “the craft beer trend” on their community. I like it because it provides me with a lot of content to read and digest.
- The story of every small brewer is the same, yet they are all different. There is almost always the home brewing love of beer, but the mechanics of the how and why of each brewer differs in each story to make each brewer and their beer unique. As long as there are home brewers, there will be craft beer.