Monthly Archives: October 2015

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 10/28/15

Usually Wednesday’s are a bountiful day for beer stories.  Wednesday and Sunday are when newspapers have traditionally done their feature stories and food stories.  However, this Wednesday is bereft of good content.  There is a lot of stuff about the definition of craft beer that I grew tired of rehashing months ago and the silliness of the lawsuit that spawned this round of navel gazing.  There are op-eds and stories about the Muslim truck drivers who won a lawsuit after being fired for not delivering beer written by people who don’t understand the concept of reasonable accommodation and the fact that public officials are exempt from the same civil rights protections.  Today will be a little different.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 10/27/15

Fall has finally arrived and it is a perfect NC fall day, 50 degrees and raining.  Anyway, here are the Five Articles today.

  • Look, I know I am a little more in the know then most normal civilians when it comes to beer. I can walk into almost any store in NC and tell you who ultimately owns any beer on the shelf.  I still don’t believe these people should have won this lawsuit, nor do I believe that there needs to be a legal definition of “craft beer.” It isn’t that I don’t want a guideline of the concept.  That’s what the Brewer’s Association is for ultimately.  What I know is that if there is a legal definition, it will become restrictive in what brewers can and will do.
  • This story of the Ontario Beer Store continues to be a fascinating story. If fact, all the stories about Canadian beer laws fascinate me because they (as most things from Canada are) the same yet just slightly different then the US beer laws.
  • This is exactly the way I feel about IPAs. I like them, but brewer’s attempts to satiate the hoppy appetites of many craft beer drinkers has made brewers go crazy with doubles, triples, quadruples, and quintuples.  There are many other beer styles that are great and they should be drunk by beer lovers.  Also, the amount of hops available to brewers is going to be limited over the next few years. Brewers should look to this as an opportunity to explore styles outside of IPAs.
  • Fermentation sciences is one of the newer curriculums at universities. This is a list of 5 of the best of those types of programs.  My one concern with the growth of fermentation and brewing science programs is that they may make brewers and their beer more homogenous.  Part of the joy of beer is that each brewer has his/her own take on styles creating their own terroir.
  • This is why the merger happened. The US market was not the primary concern of the two companies.  They are trying to take advantage getting into growing markets in Africa and Central and South America.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 10/26/15

This is a great time to be a craft beer drinker.  It is also an interesting time to be in the craft beer business.  I think crat beer is in its adolescence.  It is at that point where stuff is growing at a weird and explosive rate and the future is ahead of you. However, it is also a time when you challenge the rules placed upon you to find the outer reaches of your potential and what life can offer.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 10/24/15

It’s Football Saturday.  Both kinds and that makes me happy.  Also making me happy, is the idea that tomorrow I’ll be able to sit and enjoy a few good beers tomorrow while watching another round of both kinds of football throughout the day.  Enough about me, on to the Five Articles.  You’ll notice something isn’t being mentioned today which is another thing I’m thankful for this Saturday.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 10/23/15

It’s Friday.  What more needs to be said.  Go to work then on your way home have a beer and plan your beer drinking weekend.

  • I hate whales.  Not the marine mammals, but the beers whose rarity increase their value among some beer drinkers.  These are the kind of beers people will line up at 2 am to get in line to buy.  These are the kind of beers people will gladly overpay to buy.  If you are a beer drinker who is buying these beers to drink, I can understand.  I refuse to pay that much for a beer, but I understand.  The people I hate are the same bottom feeders who lurk in every capitalist venture that will buy the beers then auction them off for 10 times what the original insane price was.  This is one of the bad parts of craft beer.
  • I hate to break it to some of the people quoted in this article, but they will be greatly disappointed when this merger is approved. There will be some restrictions placed on the merger (MillerCoors will be sold and hopefully the distributors will be sold).  They will experience further disappointment when this merger doesn’t have the dire effects they believe it will have. It will have effects, but most of which are unknown at the moment.
  • If you think about it, the way the Georgia growler laws happened is very logical. The distributors, always one of the most powerful lobbies in state legislatures, worked it so that they would back off their opposition and get a seat at the table to write the law.  Of course, the law would make no logical sense.  They probably could have done 15 other things to keep the law from passing or to neuter it without making it silly, but they have, in my opinion, overplayed their hand and united the brewers they were trying to screw into a more unified and determined bunch.  People who have power, but don’t know how to effectively use it, always manage to shoot off their own foot in the end.
  • Here is a good article about how craft brewing is becoming a boon for farmers, in this case, South Carolina farmers. They are being helped not only by the craft beer industry in North Carolina, but the formerly dormant South Carolina craft beer industry.
  • I would love to see the Brewers Association or someone do a survey of every brewer in every state to find out what beers brewers would rank as the best in each state. Instead, we keep getting news organizations regurgitating RateBeer, Beer Advocate, or Untappd rankings and reporting them as news for clickbait. Here is your clickbait photo array of the day.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 10/22/15

Thursday has arrived and the week is flying towards its end.  The merger is starting to be understood in the context of how it will affect consumers in this country at a lesser rate than consumers in Europe, Africa, and South America. Of course, there are other stories to read about beer and I have a few.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 10/21/15

Finally, the run of merger stories is beginning to abate.  We can move on to things that will have a direct effect on whether you will be able to enjoy your favorite craft beer.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 10/20/15

I’m sorry the Five Articles are late today, I was distracted by Rick Pitino being involved in another sex scandal.  Is it possible a coach who wins consistently and has never had a real basketball related scandal get fired for stuff that happens off the basketball court that doesn’t involve academic improprieties?  Anyway, onto beer.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 10/19/15

The Monday Five Articles are here and the story that will not die is still front and center.  The merger is still the driver of all the columns and think pieces out there.  There are international takes, national takes, and local takes from all across North American and Europe.  However, a theme is starting to emerge.  While many writers, columnists, and bloggers disagree with the effectiveness this merger will have in the long term, they all agree that this merger smells of desperation and lack of ideas.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 10/16/15

It’s Friday.  That is enough of a reason to celebrate right there.  The Five Articles takes a rather business approach today and gets rather wonky.