Back in the rhythm of the Five Articles and it feels good. As the summer winds down, kids get back to school, and football (both kinds) gets started the beer news will crank back up. There are big things afoot in the beer world in Charlotte and beyond. Here are five articles to get your beer day started.
- Sometimes, because I’m so deep into craft beer at this point, I often forget what it’s like to be at the beginning stages and the overwhelming feeling that can hit you when you go to a festival or a craft beer bar. So many options of what to drink and so many people who seem to know what they are doing and using all these fancy words to describe what you just called beer.
- Again, it is interesting to see new markets open up for craft beer and then to see how the media tries to explain it to its viewers or readers. This is a good profile of Singapore’s first commercial brewery and how it plans to build on the growing market there.
- Here is a quick primer on beer and alcohol laws in West Virginia which have undergone many changes in the last few years. I continue to say the reason all the states that have changed their alcohol laws for one reason. They have not made it easier for brewers, distillers, and cideries to manufacture, advertise, and sell their products because of some loosening of morals. They have done it because the alcohol manufacturing industry represents a significant tax revenue stream at a time when states need as much revenue as they can get.
- Speaking of which, here is an article on cideries in Pennsylvania seeking legislative help in easing some of the restrictions they have to operate under. This sounds a lot like the fights brewers have had and continue to have across the country.
- As much as news about US alcohol law fascinates me, Canadian alcohol laws also fascinate me. In this case, New Brunswick has a law that says an individual can transport in only 12 bottles of beer from outside the province. The reason is clear, New Brunswick taxes its alcohol sales at a higher rate than the surrounding provinces. To keep residents from going across the border and buying alcohol in another province, thereby denying New Brunswick revenue, they make it illegal to bring large amounts of alcohol across the border. US states have similar laws for similar reasons.