Everyone is motivated by something different. I think that is a theme I’m going to work on for one of three planned pieces I have for the blog. Professional athletes are motivated by different things: money, adulation, competitiveness. So too are brewers. Some just love brewing and stumbled into a business and some love business and stumbled into brewing. Either way they don’t look at this business and their beer the same way beer drinkers do. Onto to the Five Articles.
- Does a big macro brewer buying your favorite local brewery change the taste of the beer? Probably not. Then why is it such a big deal for beer drinkers when it happens? This is a deeper question I plan on exploring in other posts.
- The reason I have faith that many of the alcohol laws in this country will change is simply this: Money, specifically tax revenue, will trump morality. The only time politicians like taxing people is when they can tax them for luxury and “sin” items. If a politician thinks a brewery or a craft beer bar will revitalize an area, creating jobs and tax revenue, they will change the laws to make it happen. I know this because it happens every day.
- My only problem with the proposed change in the distribution law in Massachusetts is that it protects Boston Beer Company as if it were a local brewer making less than 30,000 barrels of beer a year. Last year they shipped somewhere around 4 million barrels. They don’t need the same protections, but it is good that they are fighting with the smaller brewers instead of against them.
- I guy came into the bar a couple of days ago and asked for a beer recommendation. I told him we just put up a really good Oktoberfest, he then asked, “It isn’t a pumpkin is it?” Somehow in his head, he conflated pumpkin beers and Oktoberfests. Much like not every pale ale is an IPA, not every fall beer is a pumpkin. Thank God for that.
- I have yet to really dive into mead. That may be on my to do list for 2016.