I apologize for missing yesterday. I was up late on Thursday having an email discussion with Bryan Roth about diversity in the craft beer world and working on the first of a series of reviews the will start running on Monday. I’m contractually obligated to spend at least one day doing a links dedicated to the absurd beer laws of this country. Here is this weeks.
- Beer and alcohol distributors are trying to protect their piece of an industry worth over $100 billion. So when they tell you the reason they oppose changing alcohol laws in the state that they operate is because of public health issues, tell them to go fuck themselves because they are being disingenuous and sanctimonious. The reason I don’t like lobbyists and politicians is that they often engage in pissing on my shoes while telling me it’s raining. Now they want to expand into marijuana distribution.
- We go to Utah, where apparently you can sell growlers of beer above 3.2 if you jump through enough hoops. Pre-filled growlers sold one day a week. Epic Brewing’s lawyers did great work to figure out a way to sell their beer.
- Two things. Cities in Massachusetts have a limited number of licenses to sell alcohol and the last license in Framingham was issued to a car wash. Between that and the story out of Utah, and the Georgia law where breweries can’t sell you beer at their brewery but they can offer tours where you get complimentary beer to go you have your candidates for the funniest things you will read today.
- This actually isn’t a bad editorial. It is well written and well-reasoned, I just don’t understand what the final point of it is. I gather that the ultimate point of this is that the coming consolidation in the craft industry could stifle growth and innovation. That is true, however, I think the industry is evolving to where the majority of newer breweries opening are incredibly small and incredibly local. Maybe the owners/brewers have the desire to become Sierra Nevada or New Belgium, but I don’t get that kind of vibe from them. I don’t think innovation will ever disappear from the industry because I think the ultimate growth of the industry is going to happen on a much smaller scale that doesn’t lend itself to the kind of consolidation he is talking about. Of course, I could be wrong.
- The cool thing about watching beer grow in India and other parts of Asia is how they keep pumping out stories like this to teach their readers about beer and to fill the niche of feeding their public information about this trendy thing coming to them.