There is not a lot of news out today. Here is what I’ve found that interests me.
- Ballast Point, they used to make actual beer. Look, I’m not a believer in the Reinheitsgebot. I think you should be able to make beer with whatever ingredients you want, but I want it to be beer and not some flavor infused alcoholic drink. There is a whole section of the alcohol industry dedicated to vodka that doesn’t taste like vodka. I don’t want beer to fall in the same rabbit hole.
- The distributors are starting to get out of having in house beer line technicians. This is an interesting development that began in the last couple of months.
- I don’t think what the Bavarian government is doing has anything to do with beer. It seems more like a move to protect some idea of what Bavarian beer is. They are making a mistake that is often made by large organizations: They try to protect the idea of a thing instead of actually protecting the thing. They could kill Bavarian beer while trying to protect the idea of Bavarian beer.
- I have had my issues with some of the rhetoric used on the side of the brewers in this debate, but I essentially agree with them. The self-distribution limit should be raised and brewers should be able to choose whether they want to use a distributor. Some brewers will want to control where they sell their beer and how they sell their beer. Some will choose to let someone else handle it. At the core of this story, for me, is what really worries me about the big brewers. If the distribution laws aren’t fully and faithfully enforced, then big beer will crush craft. However, that enforcement is meaningless if the laws don’t make sense are not fair for everyone.
- Beer and food as a singular concept is probably going to be what I concentrate on for the next year, along with the Cicerone exam.