Yesterday, I had every intention of doing the Five Articles, however, the events of the night before prevented me from having the mental acuity or consciousness to put together a string of sentences with any coherence whatsoever. So, to get back into the groove today, I’m going to offer a roundup of beer law stories.
- First, let’s look at the festival schedule for Western NC. Since I’m normally working on the weekend, I don’t usually get to make it to many festivals. That may change during the summer as I’ll try to get to a couple of local festivals. Then, next winter, I will try to get to a couple of other festivals. I will be the GABF this year.
- Georgia has passed a law to allow breweries to sell tours and beer directly to customers. In other words, they are right back where they started in 2015. This year-long saga is actually a great story about the power of money and lobbying in local politics.
- I understand why this bill is being passed. There are many people who want to bring their favorite beer or wine and share it with friends at a restaurant or bar. I don’t get that. In those cases, where I want to share a bottle of beer with someone, I want to drink with them over a home cooked meal and hanging out on the porch. I go to good craft bars or restaurants to drink beer I don’t already own. But, whatever.
- From doing the Five Articles pretty much every day, and working on my own blog, it is easy to recognize the columns or blog posts written because your editor is telling you, you have to put out something for today’s edition and you write something even though there is nothing really to write about. Here is one such column.
- I had hoped this article would be better. Something that offered context and new insights on what is happening and what may happen in the future of beer. Instead, it was a short recap of what has already happened in the beer business.