Ah, it is Wednesday. As Christmas and New Years approach the news slows down, but it never sleeps. Here are the Five Articles today taking you on a journey of music, cans, closings and openings. Enjoy.
- Here is a quick look at what has become a big problem for craft brewers: a lack of cans. Once brewers decided to start using cans as packaging the suppliers haven’t been able to keep up with demand. I take issue with the reasoning behind craft brewers moving to cans as stated in the article. It isn’t just that cans afford a nice billboard for designs. That is secondary. Cans are easier to transport and store. Also, recent developments in can lining keep the beer from coming into contact with the aluminum, making cans ideal for protecting the beer from light spoilage.
- I’ve been to Blue Ridge Brewing a few times. It was OK. I wasn’t wowed into thinking we have to come back to this spot. It was more, we’re on this end of downtown, let’s stop and have a beer.
- There is a story about why I’m linking to this article. If you want to hear it from me or the Craft Growler Shop owner, Dan Davis, come on by and have a pint.
- This is tangentially about craft beer. It is more about music and how one guy thinks the music industry in England can use the same strategies that craft beer used to grow to grow the independent music scene in England. This strategy will work. It already has in the American music industry. Radio has become almost secondary to certain types of artists. The amount of actual radio airplay an act gets is beginning to have less and less of a correlation of how successful an artist can be. Look at someone like Sturgill Simpson or Chris Stapleton.
- Daniel Hartis weighs in with an article on NC Holiday beer releases. I’m a huge fan of seasonality in beers, but holiday beers are often my least favorite. They are usually too seasoned with nutmeg, cinnamon, and all the other spices you think of when you think holidays.