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.
- Here is a column the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the merger. As usual I agree with some of what is said and disagree with some of it. While I agree that this will affect smaller craft brewers and not necessarily for the better, I agree that the deal will create a larger differentiation between the craft brewers and the bigger brewers. I think the beer world will always have a place for the smaller more crafted beer the craft brewers offer. That is not going away, but the explosive growth of the last 5-10 years will probably end, but that was always going to be the case.
- This column gives a more cheerful outlook for craft brewers. It starts off from the position I take which is ABinbev and SABMiller thinking they need to merge is a victory for craft beer in the first place. It is a sign of desperation and lack of quality ideas.
- This is an analytical ode to canning beer. Nice statistics and a pretty fun read. As you can tell, I’m an advanced stats fan in football, soccer, and basketball.
- I agree with this that the three-tier system will be functionally eliminated through individual state statutory changes (to completely eliminate it would take an act of Congress that I don’t believe will happen). However, I think there will still be a place for distributors in the beer world simply because to truly expand their footprint, brewers will need help.
- The North Carolina version of Mine and Yours is now out and Charlotte beer drinkers have a lot to celebrate.