I took time off yesterday. It was my birthday. Unlike previous birthdays for like the last 10 years, there wasn’t a lot of existential navel-gazing. For the first time in a very long time, I am content where I am in life. So, it was spent figuring out how to restructure my day to get all my writing and work done. Anyway, here are the Five Articles.
- Let’s get this out of the way, ABInbev is trying to buy SABMiller. This is the other shoe everyone was waiting to drop. I still have no idea what this will do to the beer business. No one will know for at least a year after the sale is finalized.
- Staying on SABMiller, a bird’s eye view of the close of the Eden, NC MillerCoors brewery. The production will shift from Eden to breweries in Virginia and Georgia. This and other articles have done a good job of linking the growth of he craft segment with the closure. It may mean that the company is cutting back on its core products and putting those resources in the new craft acquisitions.
- Here is another story on the closure that actually looks at the effects of the closure on the actual people and community. I have two thoughts. First, there is now going to be a lot of brewery professionals let loose in the wilds of the NC beer scene. What will they do? Start new breweries? Go to work for established breweries? Second, there is now going to be a large empty brewery just of a major interstate. How long will it remain empty?
- Here is a good preview of this weekend’s Brewgrass festival in Asheville. in addition to Asheville breweries participating, two of my favorites from will be there: Fortnight from Cary, NC and Hardywood from Richmond, VA.
- Spontaneous fermentation is the original way beer was created. The Sumerians, Egyptians, or whoever else stumbled upon fermented beverages didn’t know about different strains of yeast and how they and not the gods were what made the gruel create happy feelings in you when you drank it.