One of my favorite television shows of all time is the rebooted Battlestar Galactica. It also produced the first podcast I was really dedicated to listening to on a weekly basis. One of the things the creator and producer. Ronald D. Moore, would always say to people who had questions about why things happened the way they did in the show was, “All this has happened before and all of this will happen again.” What he meant was, humans are humans no matter where they are in the universe or in the timeline. We make the same mistakes and constantly learning only incrementally.
For the Five Articles what that means is beer laws and beer acquisitions continue to be two of the driving forces in beer news. That is why the first Five Articles of 2016 has a familiar ring to it.
- Let’s start with this wish list from the Toronto Sun. I agree with all three of his wishes. Though I do think his first wish for Canadian grocery stores is a bit pie in the sky. Those big beer makers are going to make it very lucrative for grocery stores to give them as much shelf space as humanly possible. We also have to quit freaking out with every beer acquisition. He is also right that with all these brewers chasing fringe beer drinkers with beers infused with peppers, fruit, and other sundry ingredients they sometimes seem to forget how to make a good brown ale.
- Here is a good breakdown of how silly Georgia beer laws are even after the so-called Beer Jobs Bill was enacted last year. The bill was a joke and simply added to the confusion of the standing laws. As we have seen, passing fair beer laws is hard because craft brewers face a weird combination of distributors who are afraid they will lose money and power and groups how are bent on protecting the public from the dangers of drinking beer.
- Meanwhile, in Oklahoma, they will have to pass an amendment to the Oklahoma constitution to be able to sell cold “high ABV” beer in grocery stores. I don’t have jokes. I just have facts.
- Here is a quick listicle of 2016 thoughts of brewers and others from around the country. My two takeaways are more, smaller local brewers and more drinkable beers. Until AB-INBEV starts buying a bunch of breweries that make less than 25,000 bbls a year, American craft brewing will survive. Also, people like tasting a beer infused with habanero chilies or at 150 IBUs, but they want to drink something they can have 2 or 3 pints of at a time.
- For this article, I will say only this, if someone is having 5 pints of beer they don’t give a damn what the caloric intake is. This assumption by public health people that craft beer drinkers don’t understand that beer is not really a healthy food option is rather paternalistic.