A pattern is emerging. American craft beer and American beer in general is going through a lot of changes. The big beer companies are scared so they do what the overly rich do when they see a threat, the purchase and/or coopt it. At the state level, most states still have Prohibition era or post-Prohibition alcohol laws that seek to keep people from drinking alcohol instead of making sure people are able to enjoy alcohol legally and safely.
- The thing is I agree with most of this editorial from the UC San Diego student newspaper. However, it still has the wonderful idealism and pretension that only college students can honestly muster. If any adult beer writer I read ever used the words “Avant-garde beer movement” in a serious way, I would laugh at him/her for the rest of time.
- The first editorial in this listing is another attack on the crappy way Georgia enacted its current beer laws. I know I have beaten this horse into the ground the way David Letterman used to beat jokes into the ground (mix metaphors much), but this story is so illustrative to me about how beer and alcohol laws are written in this country. Distributors have more power than anyone outside the state legislatures know and it hurts craft brewers and consumers.
- So distributors in Pennsylvania are angry that the state of Pennsylvania wants to expand the places you can distribute beer. This is yet another case of laws written in a way to limit people’s ability to get alcohol and enjoy it responsibly. This particular incidence has more to do with power then alcohol.
- The last two links are to the same story out of Oklahoma. Here and here are articles about proposed state alcohol laws that will expand alcohol sales to grocery and convenience stores. I understand the Oklahoma Retail Liquor Association coming out against the bill. They are trying to protect their constituents. However, the temerity, the unmitigated brass coconut sized balls it takes for AB to even suggest they would pull out of the state of Oklahoma if this law passes is laughable.