I’m back from a few days in Richmond for a wedding. It was an awesome experience and I am grateful that Josh and Anne let me be a part of their wedding. Back to the beer.
- This is starting to get ridiculous. Now the state of Texas is seizing crowler machines. The problem I’ve had with alcohol regulators in many states especially Southern states often act as if they are still chasing bootleggers and trying to keep people from drinking bathtub gin. They are not. The laws are written for a world that has changed greatly in the 40 years since most were written which puts regulators in a bad position. However, they have done themselves no favors with their own actions and behaviors.
- A quick blurb about two guys with a dream of starting a brewery. It is good to remember these types of stories when you get inundated with macros buying up smaller breweries and legislative and legal silliness.
- There is a growing professionalization in brewing thanks to programs like these at colleges and universities across the country. What I hope doesn’t happen is with this professionalization, we lose the art and creativity that makes brewing so special. I don’t think we will. The people most drawn to brewing are the ones who had their lives changed by drinking a beer that they can never forget. That type of beer only comes from creativity and dedication. In brewing, those two things are infectious.
- It shouldn’t be new when the people we elect to get things done, get things done in a bipartisan and not too contentious manner. Unfortunately, it is these days. Here is a story on the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act. Basically, it is an act to take away some of the tax and paperwork burden for smaller brewers, wineries, and cideries. It is a good thing.
- I love this. I don’t know where Deschutes will build their east coast brewery, but I give the city of Roanoke a lot of credit for just being honest about how much they want this to happen in Roanoke. I do want to know where the “undisclosed” location in North Carolina is, Charlotte?