The weekend is here. That means sports and beer. I present to you stories about the beer. Also, I have 3 more reviews left in my week-long porter/stout tasting series. Another will post later tonight. Onto the Five Articles whose theme today is craft beer is coming, how do we make money from it?
- It seems silly, but if state inspectors start considering beer a food, that puts a whole other set of regulations on brewers that are silly in many cases, like refrigerating grain, and in all cases expensive. This is one of the interesting things about the craft beer explosion: we are watching governments have to adjust to this new type of business and culture in real time.
- Staying in Virginia, I can’t be upset with the neighbors to the proposed B Chord Brewery. Their concerns are real, especially concerns over how a brewery will affect the water supply. Breweries use a lot of water. It takes, on average, 5 barrels of water to produce 1 barrel of beer. A barrel is 31 gallons. That is a lot of water.
- Here is a report on the economic impact of craft beer on the Colorado economy. This is the reason the battles over distribution and shelf space are so brutal in Colorado and every other state. There is lots of money to be made and everyone wants a piece.
- Case in point is Arizona who just recently passed a law that lets breweries produce more beer. The reason is the economic impact of craft breweries is real. More states are realizing it. Particularly states looking to increase business and therefore tax revenue, which is pretty much every state.
- Another look at the economic impact of craft beer. A good thing this article does is point out how craft beer isn’t just succeeding because of the beer, but because it is a cultural shift. The world around craft beer is as important as the beer. That is what a lot of businesses who are trying to get into the craft beer world don’t understand.