Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 12/23/15

I keep getting emails telling me about last minute gift ideas for Christmas.  If you haven’t completed you Christmas shopping yet, you are not going to be able to buy anything really worth a crap.  Unless your ABInbev, in which case you’ll just keep buying as many ripe for the picking breweries as possible.

  • Let’s just get it out of the way, Breckenridge Brewing has been purchased by AB which makes it 3 new purchases in 5 days. As these purchases happen I have 2 thoughts.  The first is AB is simply buying breweries that were already in a mood to sell.  They are not going out there and doing hostile takeovers or anything.  They are doing their research and finding willing partners.  The second thought is a quote from Almost Famous: “If you think Mick Jagger will be out there trying to be a rock star at age 50, you are sadly, sadly mistaken.” That quote comes from a character who still thinks of rock and roll as a calling, an artistic endeavor outside the dirty bounds of business.  He was sadly, sadly mistaken.  Rock and roll is a part of the music business.  Mick is still going up on stage because he loves it and someone pays him lots of money to do it.  Brewing and craft beer are in some ways a calling.  However, craft beer is a part of the beer business.  That means if the owners of a brewery want to sell and someone comes along and offers them twice what they invested, they are probably going to sell.  To make you feel better, think of it this way: for all the brewers that AB has bought recently, how many new breweries have started up?
  • Ah, the sexy, sexy news about excise tax reform for brewers. Read that hot stuff right here.
  • I too am one of those people who refuse to stand in line to buy a bottle of beer. When I was younger I stood and slept in line for concert tickets and UNC/Dook tickets.  I’m old now, I’m not standing line for a damn thing.  Especially a bottle of beer.  Of course, as a person who works in a bar/beer retail shop, I pull my bottles out of the box and stash them away as soon as they are delivered.
  • The more I read, the more shocked I’ve become at how many states limit beer sales in grocery stores. As backwards as NC alcohol laws are, we’ve been able to buy beer of almost any strength in grocery stores for a long time.
  • One thing I learned when I really followed politics was that if someone is ranting about a law or an agency regulation was to go read the law or regulation myself to see if their rantings were based in reality. With the new FDA nutritional information requirements for beer, I forgot to do that. Here is a good breakdown of the new regulation from Queen City Drinks (the other Queen City: Cincinnati).