I had an early morning training to go to yesterday and it lasted all day, so I missed the Five Articles. I do heartily apologize. There are some good articles today. No, I will not link to the 2000th story on a grandma beating her daughter in a beer mile race, because I don’t care about beer mile races. Also, I will not link to any articles about the guy suing Fosters because his was brewed in Texas and not Australia. Again, I don’t care. I do have some interesting articles that keep me entertained and curious. Also, when reading the last bullet point, remember what Battlestar Galactica taught us, “All of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again.”
- Reading about Canadian beer laws has given me an insight into how Canadian laws work in general and how powerful the provinces are. Anyway, Ontario is now allowing beer and wine sales in grocery stores. The province along with a group of large brewers owns and operates beer stores that were the only place you could buy beer in the province. Honestly, Canada is like looking at the US in a fun house mirror.
- The law saying you cannot buy cold beer in a grocery store may seem stupid, but the law isn’t unconstitutional. A federal court in Indiana ruled that the state’s ban on selling cold beer in grocery stores should stand. The plaintiffs appealed and lost again. In its decision the court rightly pointed out that this isn’t a question for the judiciary, but for the Indiana General Assembly.
- Anheuser-Busch is jumping into the hard root beer game right as the bottom has fallen out of this silly market segment. Not Your Father’s Root Beer may go down as the pet rock of the beer industry. It was a fad people bought a lot of in a short amount of time, then everyone realized it wasn’t that good and grew tired of it. Now, it just sits on shelves gathering dust.
- I continue to believe that beer and food pairing along with beer becoming more a part of the dining experience not only as an accompaniment to the meal but also as a part of recipes will become more and more important to the food and beer industries. I think beer’s advantage over wine in this instance is its ability to pair with more foods and a greater variety of foods. Would you ever think to pair wine with cookies?
- Get ready to start hearing more and more stories like this. Breweries are going to start closing over the next two years. I think more than any other industry brewing attracts people who don’t have the correct combination of skills. On one hand you get the home brewers who saved up some money and started a brewery with no business skills whatsoever. On the other hand, you have the guys with money who like beer and decide it would be fun to open a brewery while knowing nothing about brewing. There is bound to be a raft of casualties along the way. I have a book I bought in college in the early 1990s called America’s Best Beers. It is a listing of what were then called microbreweries in each state. Of the NC breweries, only one is still in existence and it changed its name from Spring Garden to Red Oak and is now only a production brewery.