Here are the first Five Articles of the week. I’ve been taking time off the last couple of weeks to catch up on sleep and figure out how to get my writing more consistent and better while trying to manage a bar. The solution I’ve come up with is that Sunday and Monday will be all about writing. Here we go.
- A lobbyist checks in, on the Oklahoma debate over full strength beer and wine being in grocery stores. Basically, his organization would like liquor to be sold in grocery stores too. Baby steps. You still can’t buy full-strength beer in grocery stores. Get that done first.
- Here is a quick how-to guide to home brewing for beginners. This is a pretty good starter guide for those interested. I might also suggest this guide from John Palmer. This is the one I used to make my first few batches. It is a little more beer-geeky, but it is comprehensive and well written. It also available in book form on Amazon if you don’t want to print out each page from the website.
- This is actually kind of interesting. The town of Pitman, NJ has historically denied any alcohol sale. However, recent changes in New Jersey law makes it easier to get a license to start a brewery. So a trio of homebrewers will be opening a professional brewery sometime around March of next year in this dry town.
- Yeast is interesting to me. Yeast was the last ingredient in beer to be discovered and it is also the least known and analyzed of the four ingredients. Beer drinkers have a general idea of what yeast does and tastes like, but if you go into a craft beer bar you are much more likely to hear some beer geek pontificating about hops instead of yeast. Bright Brewer in Canada has apparently created some new strains. I have no idea how that will effect anything, but it is interesting.
- I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about crowdfunding. On one hand, I am a huge supporter of small and local businesses. I have been known to buy things on Etsy, making sure the businesses I buy from are people hand making things and selling them by themselves and not some corporation using the veneer of Etsy to gain cred. Crowdfunding is investing and instead of getting a piece of the company, I get a t-shirt. That doesn’t seem too equal to me. This is a little different. This is an actual investment site that allows you the investor to get equity in small businesses looking to expand.