Here is a way late version of the Five Articles after taking the weekend off. I could lie and say it was because I was working on another blog post, which is not totally untrue a tasting review will drop later today. However, today I am late because I ate and drank too much yesterday and just got to a state of consciousness that allows me to write and communicate effectively. Onto the Five Articles.
- Let’s begin the week with Jason Notte. Pay for play happens in every market in this country in one way or another. I know it happens. I have had people I trust tell me stories about it happening right now. It may not be straight cash. It can come in the form of advertising and promotional considerations. Now let’s say those promotional considerations are tied to how many taps of a distributors beer. That isn’t a bunch of cash in a brown envelope, but for a bar in a crowded market, it is almost better.
- I write a lot about US alcohol laws and how they are a patchwork even within a single state. Here is the view from India which is very similar to the US, yet even more restrictive.
- I don’t have a problem with these types of craft beer franchises. As long as they have good beer served by people who know what they are talking about, everything is fine. My only problem comes as someone in charge of the buying and stocking of draft beer. Even if you have a computerized system that tells you how much beer is in each keg and when the last beer was served from that keg, 50 tap handles is the limit of how many beers you can keep on tap and keep fresh. Unless you are putting up only the ridiculously popular and have a bunch of tap handles from a couple of the bigger craft brewers (i.e. Stone, Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, Oskar) along with all the local favorites. Then, however, you lose a lot of what’s great about craft, finding something new and special you’ve never heard of or would even try.
- Alabama has an idea of something that may work to help boost its budding beer industry: allowing brewers to sell directly to customers. I wonder if it has been tried anywhere else in this country to see if it would work. Wait, it’s been tried everywhere in this country that has a successful beer industry and it has worked every time.
- This is a food and craft beer website I recently found from Bryan Richards. There is always good content on it and this is a new feature he is starting where he interviews the owners and/or brewers of place he has visited. Check it out.