It is finally Friday. What more needs to be said. Go to work. Spend the morning getting stuff done. Go to lunch. Let the day coast to its end and start your weekend early. Here are Five Articles to help you do just that.
- It is a winding road to the heart of the story, but it is a good primer on beer excise taxes across the country.
- When you think of Irish beer you think of Guinness. For those saying, “What about Killian’s?” Stop. However, like the rest of the world craft beer is growing in popularity. This story about the Carlow Brewing Company is a short history of Irish craft beer and the challenges craft brewers face from fighting the perception of their being only one Irish beer to there fight to get into pubs and bars around the country.
- There are college level programs popping up across the country dealing with craft beer. Most of those programs focus on the actual brewing of the beer. However, this program at the University of Vermont focuses more on the business of beer. They noticed, like many of us, that many of the breweries that go out of business make good to great beer. The beer isn’t the problem it was the business that they weren’t prepared to deal with. A brewery is a small business start-up and if you aren’t prepared for the challenges the business part brings, you will fail no matter how good the beer actually is.
- Here is another program that will at least in part focus on the business aspect of starting a brewery. One of the things I’ve noticed in my life, working in the craft beer industry, is that fans often forget that these things are businesses. With craft beer, drinkers often wonder why there are so many IPAs or why pumpkin beers start hitting the shelves in August. These are business decisions. I think more focus needs to be put on that side of the craft beer world.
- “Virginia has 117 craft breweries, and state laws and regulations governing them haven’t kept pace, said Brett Vassey, president and CEO of the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild.” This could be said of almost every state in the union. Watching states and legislators catch up to what is happening in craft beer with their laws and regulations in real time is fascinating. Politicians trying to take advantage of potential tax revenue new breweries can provide while keeping donors (i.e. wholesalers/distributors) happy and keeping those who think all alcohol is evil in check is frustrating yet fun to watch.