Time for the Thursday Five Articles. Today, there are four new articles and one follow up from yesterday. Also, here is a link to the now three reviews that have come out this week. It is a fun experience tasting all these similar beers consecutively. Finally, 10 years ago today Gov. Mike Easley signed into law the Pop The Cap law here in North Carolina. Simply put, the law raised the ABV limit from 5% to 16% for beer. That simple change has spawned a burgeoning economy and this blog.
- Yesterday, I linked to an article about a bar opening up across the street from a church in Jackson, TN. The alcohol board granted the license but one of the people voting for it did so under the condition that the church across the street granted the bar permission. The church’s pastor wrote a letter that, in this article the city attorney rightly characterizes as saying, “It’s not my job.”
- There is a very big question as to how Anheuser-Busch InBev acquisition of two large Colorado distributors will effect what beer will end up on the shelves of Colorado stores. This all started when the laws in Kentucky changed and forced AB to sell its distribution companies there. In some kind of corporate jujitsu, AB traded the Kentucky distributors for the Colorado distributors. The problem for Colorado brewers who are distributed by those companies currently is that AB owned distributors pretty much only distribute AB owned beers. This is probably going to turn out to be a mess.
- This is an extensive article on the growth of craft beer in Montana. It is interesting how these stories of growth are similar from town to town and state to state.
- First of all, half of the counties in Mississippi are still dry. That is an amazing number. Second, the story Mark Henderson, owner of Lazy Magnolia Brewing, tells about trying to sell a cloudy wheat beer to unsuspecting Mississippians in 2005 is priceless. The most amazing thing is that even with half the counties being dry the change in the beer laws in 2012 has already seen a minor explosion in the number of breweries from 1 to 10 in three years.
- Continuing the theme to finish up, here is a microscopic look at the Pop The Cap law which is officially 10 years old today.