Today’s Five Articles will look at craft beer as a business. While beer is beer and it should be fun, I think we too often don’t take it as seriously as a business as we should. Craft beer has become a revenue and tax driver for cities and states as well as providing a roof and food for the people who work in the business on a daily basis.
- Until craft beer became more prominent in the public’s mind neither legislators nor the businesses that sold craft beer paid much attention to the labels. If a label is actually misogynistic, racist, or explicitly violent, it should be removed. Now, those are subjective in some ways. That is to say, if people think the Founder’s Breakfast Stout is considered offensive, these people need to take a walk through the Total Wine beer section.
- So, changing Florida growler laws didn’t blow up the three-tier system, it just gave consumers a better choices. Who woulda thunk it? Oh, everyone who had common sense.
- A good breakdown of how brewers come up with how much to charge for a beer.
- When I write in this space that consolidation is coming for craft beer, A-B Inbev and MillerCoors buying up brewers is only a small part. I think a bigger part will be regional brewers getting investment for expansion and part of that will be to purchase smaller brewers to increase their blueprint.
- This is a good interview with the Duvel USA CEO Simon Thorpe. This to mine and many people’s estimation is how the acquisitions of smaller brewers by larger brewers should work. It boils down to why you made the purchase. If it is just to expand your footprint you treat the brewery one way. If, as in this case, you are purchasing a brewery because you like what that brewery is doing, you let the brewery stand on its own and do what made it successful. Don’t try to fix something that is working.