The news gets lighter and lighter as Christmas gets closer and closer. Today or tomorrow will be the last day most people have to work, so expect me to get experimental tomorrow and Thursday. Friday may not see a Five Articles, but it will see something I’ve been working on for a few weeks. Also, expect a new beer review tomorrow morning.
- At least once a week, someone at some newspaper or local television station in this country runs an article about pints are not really pints and how consumers are getting screwed out of 3 ounces every time they get a beer. Almost every time at the heart of this complaint is a retired litigator who has a lot of money and time to worry about the 2 ounces he loses every time he gets a beer. Here is that story from Asheville this week.
- A Beer Institute economist says the beer industry is doing just fine. Of course, he does. Even if the beer industry was cratering, an economist at the largest beer industry lobbying group would not say it was doing badly.
- I’m always interested in where chefs like to eat and what beers brewers like to drink. Those are usually the best places to for a good meal and the best beers to drink. Here is a year-end brewers’ best of list.
- Bon Appetit, five months late on reporting on the hard root beer fad. Good job, good effort.
- I honestly don’t know why this didn’t happen sooner. Abita has been producing a good root beer for ages. As soon as they heard about the Not Your Father’s Root Beer, I expected them to start producing their own. The advantage they will have is they make more than just a hard root beer. That way when that market segment finishes its collapse, they can just move on back to what they do best. Here is their press release on their hard soda series.