Thursday is here. That just means Thursday is here, nothing to see here. The beer news is still kind of slow. Everyone is waiting for their late winter seasonals and one-offs to come out while recovering from the holidays. Plus, this is the final 3-day weekend for most people until Easter, so this is the last gasp of vacation time for many people. That is why it has been so hard to put together a Five Articles this week. Onto today’s links.
- Breweries in Michigan take their names very seriously. They are always out and about suing one another over trademark infringement. Here is another lawsuit. This one over the word “Gravity.”
- I really want to taste more of Lazy Hiker’s beer. I’ve only had one, their Trail Mate, and I need to try more before I can render a decision on what I think of them.
- This is a pretty good piece on what to expect this year in beer. While the hop harvest will probably be on par if not better than normal overall this year, some varieties will be scarce. That means brewers are having to shift towards beers that use fewer hops. I don’t think it will mean an explosion in hard sodas, but I do think it will lead to more single hop beers and fruit infused beers.
- These are some common sense methods bars and restaurants can become craft beer friendly. None of these are really Earth shattering, nor do they need a Cicerone’s stamp of approval. Keeping glasses beer clean and cleaning draft lines is stuff that should be done just because you want to provide a clean environment to encourage people to come back to your establishment.
- There is still a perception about bars and beer among some that craft brewers in certain states have to fight against constantly. For instance, many people have the Sweet Home Alabama reaction when they hear about toddlers and babies in craft beer bars and brewery taprooms. For us in the craft beer industry, that is just a normal early Saturday afternoon. I think that perception which is usually based in religion is the one of the biggest obstacles to getting beer and alcohol laws changed (along with lobbying money from big beer and big distributors).