The US craft beer world is still recovering from the GABF as the final “local brewery does good” articles are published. Here are today’s Five Articles. I apologize in advance. I am in a foul mood today and you will be able to tell when you read some of the bullets. I’m usually more circumspect in my criticism of bad writing.
- Why didn’t they just publish the GABF press release? It was better written then this piece. I’ve read the press release and that is simply all this story is anyway. Also, if you are going to talk about how great an accomplishment it was for Maine beer, you might want to interview someone from the Maine craft beer scene. Just a thought. Or was it too hard to find someone from Maine since they weren’t listed on the press release this shoddy piece was based on?
- Ontario is moving to a more US-style free market approach to selling beer. Instead of only selling it at one chain of stores jointly owned by a consortium of large brewers, grocery stores and I would assume bottle shops will now be able to sell beer. At least by 2017.
- The best part of this story is the wonderful use of the word “absconded.” There has been a lot of bitching in the craft beer blogosphere and Twitterverse about breweries selling to the big companies. This is a case where people need to understand that this is a business and not just a calling (if it ever was a calling for some brewers and investors).
- This a nice little profile of Wicked Weed and the now silver medal winning Pernicious IPA.
- This is better written than the first article listed today, but it still has many of the same problems. It helps to have a quote or two from someone connected to the story. It makes it look like you at least tried to do a good job.