Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 1/7/16

Thursday has arrived.  As an aside, my Directv has stopped working.  I have a repair scheduled for Saturday morning.  Here’s the thing, if and when ESPN figures out a way to make money with an online streaming service I will dump Directv in the time it takes for me to sign up and give ESPN my money.  I don’t worry about missing the NFL or the NBA because once ESPN goes, they won’t be far behind.  Anyway, on to the Five Articles.

  • Another case of a state changing laws to make the operation of craft breweries easier. Legislators love creating something that makes tax revenue and makes people happy.
  • Laws can also curb craft beer. Indiana has to have a lot of people working in its legislature whose job is to read laws and statutes to let their bosses know what those laws and statutes actually say.  How did none of them know that the way the law is written prohibits many breweries from selling growlers?
  • Here is another story about state laws “curbing” craft beer growth. I understand that Olde Mecklenburg has a fundamental objection to selling their beer through a distributor.  I also believe the state of NC should raise the cap on how many barrels a brewer can sell without a distributor.  I also think there does need to be a cap on how much brewers can sell without a distributor.  I also just wish everyone involved with this should dial back the rhetoric and find a solution.
  • I was in Asheville this weekend (yes, I have a blog post coming on that) and I went by Burial Beer. As luck would have it, I happened to sit down beside the taproom manager at the bar.  We talked a little bit and I mentioned we were interested in getting their beers in Craft.  Off-handily he mentioned that they were getting ready to expand so that they can start distributing further out from Asheville.  I didn’t expect to read an article about an almost $2 million expansion.
  • Here is a look at AB-Inbev acquisitions from an English perspective. This is actually a nice sober look at the effects of selling to one of the big brewers. There will be changes no matter what the press releases say.  The infrastructure may allow you to distribute to a wider audience, but that means you have to make more beer.  Does that affect the taste?  Does that affect the creation of new recipes?  Does your beer translate to a wider audience? If it doesn’t, will your brewers be pressured to change the recipes to get it to translate? Of course, if someone offers you a $1 billion for your company, you are stupid not to take it.