It is Saturday and as usual, it is rather slow on the news front. I’m kind of tired of talking about the merger. We are almost at the point of nothing left to say. If I find something a little out of the normal “big merger bad” category, I’ll link it. Anyway, on to today’s links. Since it was so hard to find interesting things to write about, I went to the Brewers Association and linked to 3 separate blog posts.
- I continue to see the FDAs labeling regulation as regulation for the sake of regulation. Knowing the number of calories and the ingredients is something that most people can agree will be helpful, but these requirements go beyond that to full analysis that cost thousands of dollars that most small brewers don’t have just lying around. Also, who doesn’t know that alcoholic beverages aren’t necessarily healthy? If you are really concerned with the unhealthiness of your beer, don’t drink beer or drink flavored water like Michelob Ultra.
- Why does everyone thinking making money brewing beer is easy and fun? Even if you are a professional golfer with a little public cache it is not easy. If you are a brewer it is long hours of grueling work that often has nothing to do with actual brewing. It is more cleaning and moving, but especially cleaning. Then, if you want to get your beers in places where people buy beer, your sales staff has to go out and hustle constantly talking to retailers and distributors in hopes of getting shelf space.
- Here is an advanced statistical breakdown of a recent study that looks at the most popular beer styles by state. If you are the kind of person who reads Football Outsiders or Ken Pomeroy’s websites, you’ll love it.
- This post is part of the reason I don’t like most of the coverage of the merger. The size of the merger is so staggering that it blinds people from the fact that the effects of the merger aren’t going to be immediately obvious and will take place at the state distribution and corporation retail levels.
- Small local brewers are a part of their communities and act accordingly. The amount of time and money local brewers give to local charities is amazing considering how little of either they have to spare.