It’s Tuesday, and I’m a little late today because I stayed up to watch the worst football game I’ve ever seen that didn’t involve playing in a monsoon or a blizzard. It was like watching a slow motion train wreck. I couldn’t look away.
- Probably once or twice a month someone will come into the bar and we will talk. They see I know a lot about beer and a little bit about the beer business and they ask, “Why don’t you start a brewery?” They see two things. First, they see being a brewer as fun. You’re making beer how can that not be fun? Second, they see all these breweries and think, these guys must be making money. Ballast Point just sold for a $1 billion. They are wrong on both parts. Brewing is way too much work and I want to be a writer. Also, those big brewery sales are few and far between. Remember, there are over 4000 breweries in the US and maybe 5-10 a year sell for any significant amount of money. This article tells you little more about what starting a brewery is about.
- Here is a survey of the history of craft brewing with a look at what does it mean to have over 4000 breweries in the US now.
- There are two things going on this year in Washington. First, are the senate hearings for the merger and the second is the vote on the craft beverage tax modernization bill. So, the Brewers Association is bringing the beer to Washington.
- Why does the FDA continue to meddle in beer? My reaction to making breweries put nutritional information on beer is simple: Its beer. We know it isn’t good for us. Yet we love it anyway. Go away.
- More gift ideas for the beer lover in your life or for yourself.