“All my big mistakes are when I try to second-guess or please an audience. My work is always stronger when I get very selfish about it.” – David Bowie, 2003 The Word
My cell phone is also my alarm. So, when it goes off in the morning, I turn off the alarm and do a quick glance through my alerts to see if anything of absolute importance has occurred. It usually just tells me that I have a list of new tweets on my timeline. So, this morning I’m going through my timeline and maybe two or three tweets in I see David Bowie has died. At first, I didn’t believe it because he just released an album.
- The thing I like the most about the new brewing curriculums popping up at colleges and universities is that they include practical work along with the regular classroom work. By that I mean, most include how to run a business portions and give the students glimpses of what working in a brewery day-to-day is actually like.
- I think Rep. Kooyenga is right. If we keep telling people how silly many of the laws surrounding alcohol are in this country in every state, people will ask for change. Many of these laws were written in right after prohibition and have only been tinkered with at the margins. The alcohol world has changed a great deal since 1933 and we would all be better off if the laws changed with it.
- It took me a couple of reads of this article to see what was going on. So, the breweries, distilleries, and cideries in Michigan have the money from their licensing fees go to the state’s wine council while not getting any kind of representation on the wine council. Reading this story, everyone is so busy trying to protect their own interests that they are probably going overcomplicate whatever council or councils that come out of it to death.
- Even after doing these article round-ups for almost a year, I’m still amazed at the “this is what a craft brewery is” stories that pop up when a small town brewery opens its doors. Of course, then I remember, some states didn’t legalize home brewing or brewing beer higher than 5% until last year. Here is a story from Alabama.
- With everybody talking about hard soda and session IPAs and such as the big trends in craft beer for this year, I continue to think the biggest and maybe most important thing for craft beer this coming year is the increased focus brewers and chefs will have in pairing food and beer. It has already started, but I think this year will see more and more chefs taking beer seriously as not only a compliment to the food but as an ingredient in the food.