It is Thursday. That’s all I have for an introduction. I plan to have another blog post this week or I’ll have two next week with another review. Things are fluid at the moment. Anyway, the Five Articles jump into the merger that is all over the beer world. There is also stuff on the silliness of beer laws and a little on race and craft beer.
- Here is a list of all the beers that will come under the auspices of the new gargantuan beer company that will emerge from the proposed ABInbev/MillerCoors purchase. That is a lot of beer and some of it is even good.
- More merger thoughts from CNNMoney. The writer here looks at all the “craft” brands owned by the two participants in these merger/purchase talks. This would be the good beer in that long list from the previous bullet.
- Today we return to fun with state beer laws. First, we go to Texas. Deep Ellum Brewing is planning to sue the state of Texas so that it can actually sell its own beer at its brewery as brewers in most other states are allowed. This is really complicated and it, of course, involves limits on ABV and on barrels per year. Suffice it to say, because it is a beer law in the South there is little logic to any of it.
- Next we go to Pennsylvania, a state once described as Philadelphia on one side Pittsburgh on the other with Alabama in between. Basically, you can’t buy more than a 12-pack at any one time unless you go to a distributor. Of course, if you buy your two six packs, take them out to your car, come back in, you can buy another 12 beers. Beer laws are so screwed up in this country.
- If Ebony Magazine wants to do an article about craft beer and African-Americans it should just do a full profile and interview with Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery. Justifiably, there has been a deep discussion in some sectors of craft beer about the role of women and how women are treated in the beer industry in general and craft beer in particular. There has not been as much discussion about minorities in a similar vein. Last month after a good exchange with Bryan Roth, I flipped through my copies of Beer Advocate and All About Beer and counted how many non-white guys I saw in the photos. There were a few women, but the only black person I saw was a photo of Garrett Oliver in the review section of All About Beer. If you really want to get into this, here are two links. The first is from Bryan Roth’s blog This Is Why I’m Drunk and the second is this from J. Nikol Beckham, an African American Assistant Professor at Randolph College and craft beer drinker.