Today’s links takes us through the rust belt to upstate New York. Good reads on how states are looking at craft beer and craft breweries as economic boosters.
- We start in Illinois with a microscopic look at the effects of new legislation in the state to boost craft brewing. The writer surveys Chicago area breweries on the state of craft beer and what they hope the new laws in Illinois will bring them as an industry.
- Apparently, the Associated Press had the same idea sending a report to almost the exact same places. Or should I say they took some information from the previous link and spun a story out that with the bare minimum of new reporting. That being a more global view that focuses on the proposed federal legislation that will ease federal tax burdens on smaller brewers.
- Speaking of new state laws and tax burdens for brewers, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo just signed a new law that will ease the paperwork burden for smaller brewers. This is one of a series of craft beverage laws passed recently in New York aimed at helping brewers, distillers, cideries, and farm brewers.
- From Ohio another story on how recent state legislation has helped promote craft brewing first in Ohio and then all across the Rust Belt. It is kind of surprising the craft brewing is just now really taking off in these areas. Brewing seems the perfect fit for places with lots of unused industrial land that can be had for a cheap price. As many of these cities and areas revitalize themselves, craft brewing is becoming a major part of the renaissance.
- Finally, a look at the American craft beer movement from a British perspective. It starts in Mississippi, but expands out to the whole of the American craft scene. There are a few interesting things from AB-Inbev and SABMiller execs who don’t really seem to get the craft movement. Craft beer drinkers love good beer and will drink good beer from pretty much whomever produces it. However, the heart of craft is its local nature. The ability to walk or drive down to your local brewery and hang out and drink good beer is what drives the industry. Maybe that is what the coming consolidation will lead us to: breweries either being really big or being really small. Plus there is a short summary of the American 3-tier system which the writer terms “idiosyncratic.”