This is shaping up to be a long week. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel: Brawley’s Black and Blue Festival. Hopefully, I’ll survive long enough to get to it. On to the Five Articles.
- San Diego has become one of the centers of craft beer in this country particularly the hoppy West Coast beers that everyone says they love. Here is a brief history of how that happened.
- I love Belgian-style beers and Saisons is possibly my favorite style. One of the cool things about Belgian-style beers is how unlike IPAs or stouts or pilsners the style descriptions are more general guides and not concrete recipes. That makes each Saison and other Belgian style beers different from the next. Here is a guide to many of the Saisons brewed in North Carolina.
- Nebraska’s state legislature is looking to make more tax revenue by expanding the retail operations of breweries.
- This Missouri bill has one goal and that is to expand the reach of the large brewers. It does allow for growler sales, but more importantly, it says brewers can lease coolers to retail stores in order to sell their beer. It is just a way to increase the shelf space available to the big brewers. While grocery stores and convenience stores are the primary places people buy beer, I don’t know if that is the place where craft beer will make its money.
- Here is a review of Tavour, one of a growing number of beer delivery services and cell phone apps on the market. Alcohol and beer delivery services are interesting. I have been using Amazon since 1996 to buy books and music eschewing book and music stores. Could these services do the same thing with beer, wine, and liquor? Probably not the way the laws are currently set up, but it will be interesting to watch over the next few years.