Wednesday is here and, if you are in North Carolina, so is the sun. The week is winding down and your mind is turning to what you plan on doing when Saturday arrives. Of course, this week you are getting a weird mid-week break with Veterans Day falling on today. So, in honor of you not working today, tip back a beer or two in honor of the veterans you know and all the ones you’ve never met, and read a little before you are too far into the water, malt, hops, and yeast. Beware, this gets a little wonky.
- This is by far the wonkiest thing you will ever read about alcohol. It is an NYU economics paper that delves into the effects of taxation and tax law on the price of alcohol. As dry and abstract as it can be, it is still quite interesting.
- Here is a nice blog post from The Brew Enthusiast about what the future of beer may hold. As I often like to say when it comes to predicting sports, anyone who know exactly what the future holds isn’t yelling it from the rooftops, they are sitting on their own private island raking in the cash from gambling, and keep the secret to themselves. Either way, this is a fun article to read and get you thinking. It did for me.
- The whole point of the craft movement is to offer credible alternatives to big beer or big liquor or big fast food. Of course being an alternative to those things threatens the biggest businesses in those industries. Which leads to the inevitable use of their size and deep pockets to come after the smaller craft oriented businesses. If you can’t beat someone on quality you try to bleed them dry with lawsuits and harassment.
- While the merger will have an effect on the North American beer market, that market was not the major reason for the merger. Analysts, from the moment the rumors became more concrete, believed MolsonCoors would buy out SABMiller from the MillerCoors joint US venture. That was the only way they could make this merger work in the US from a regulatory standpoint. Now, there are still other regulatory hurdles in this country and in Europe that must be met. Again, I don’t think anyone involves minds too much because was never about those markets specifically.
- This is an interesting but ultimately meaningless graphic. The raw numbers of how many “craft breweries” per country lose meaning when you compare countries of vastly different sizes. What is the per capita rate of comparison across countries? What is the rate of growth over the last ten years in each country on a per capita basis? That would yield a great deal more information than just “here are the numbers.” Statistics without context are just numbers and this graphic is just a bunch of numbers.