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.
- How much will the lobbying efforts of the big beer companies offset the lobbying efforts of the Brewers Association and smaller breweries? That will be the story I will watch as the merger gets ready to go before Congress and regulators.
- There are good arguments to be made on both sides of the Colorado full-strength beer argument. I will admit as someone who lives in a state without these restrictions that still has a thriving craft beer industry, I honestly don’t care one way or the other. The editorial does make a good point and one everyone calling for changes in alcohol laws should remember: Just because laws are old doesn’t make them antiquated.
- If you want to read some really good beer and alcohol writing that gives you the sense of listening to an interesting guy you met at a bar, you should really follow Will Gordon. Here is a link to his page at Drunkspin.
- If you want to read about beer and be smarter for it, read Jason Notte. The easiest way to find his stuff is to follow him on Twitter because he writes for everybody.
- Last but not least, least but not last is Bryan D. Roth. He is another writer who always makes me think when I read him. Here is his blog, This Is Why I’m Drunk.