Sleep is a good thing. Also, I promise new content is coming next week. On to the Five Articles. There are stories about liquor cops, collaborations, and craft beer festivals. Enjoy.
- A recent and on-going issue in Asheville craft beer circles is the seeming increase in enforcement by the regional Alcohol Law Enforcement agents. At first glance, it appears that they have decided to crack down on Asheville area brewers. The more I read about this, however, I think what has happened is the ALE agents have been able to be in the field more and do spot checks that have led to more visibility. The point that I and more importantly others continue to make is that no one saw the rise of 4000 small breweries in this country and the laws and law enforcement has not had a chance to catch up with the new realities.
- Here is some legislative news from New Jersey. It is one of the states that has lagged behind in reshaping its laws to help craft brewers, cideries, and distilleries. Apparently, they are going to try and change that this coming legislative session with a barrel full of new proposals. Of course, if and when those proposals will be voted on is a question much less if they will ever pass.
- This is an interesting short read that sets up craft brewers as role models for other small business owners.
- One of the things the previous article points out is that craft brewers play well with one another. In that vein, New Belgium has teamed up with Birdsong, NODA, Free Range, and Heist from Charlotte to create a collaboration beer.
- Here is a list of the 6 “best” craft beer festivals in the US. It’s a decent list but, there will be around 1300 beer festivals held in the US this year. To pick 6 or 10 as the best is an exercise in picking the ones everyone has heard of and calling it a best of list.