The most interesting news coming out of the beer world right now is coming out of the legislation and financial realms. The last of the porter/stout reviews will go up sometime later today. On one hand, I’m glad I did this experiment. On the other hand, I’m glad is almost over. On to the Five Articles.
- Here is another breakdown of the new federal legislation that has been proposed the ease the tax and bureaucratic burdens on craft brewers, distillers, and cideries. This is actually how Congress is supposed to work. Different sides offer bills and ideas, they discuss, they compromise and everyone goes home getting enough of what they wanted to call it a success.
- Here is a quick interview with the new Coors Molson or Molson Coors CEO Mark Hunter. He seems to understand why craft beer is rising, but he says he doesn’t fear it in the long term. One of those things can’t be true.
- BrewPublk is a Charlotte beer start up that delivers beer to people’s doors. It is an interesting idea. I personally love going to bottle shops and wandering around until something “speaks to me” and I find what I’m looking for. However, I am also a person who loves the convenience of shopping on line and having things delivered to your front door. Here is the BrewPublik story.
- The provenance of beer corporations is like trying to untangle an unspooled ball of yarn. So, in Canada, SABMiller and MolsonCoors are beginning a war for supremacy of crappy beer. Of course in the US, MllerCoors is a joint venture between the two companies. It makes my head hurt.
- I like the Girls Pint Out groups. I think women should be able to go out, drink and learn about good beer, and not have to worry about some drunken idiot hitting on them. These groups are popping up all over the country and the craft beer world is better for it. I like the opening paragraph. Go look at an issue of All About Beer or Beer Advocate and you will see a lot of white dudes with beards. That is the dominant cultural perception of a craft beer drinker. To be sure I see a lot of white dudes with beards during my days at the bar, however, I see just as many women and a growing number of people of color on a daily basis.