Your body needs sleep. My body taught me that this weekend. After a week or so of working 40+ hours, trying to get up and write early, trying to read, and driving 90 minutes a day to and from work, my body said, “You need to sleep a lot.” I finally started feeling normal yesterday and I am back, hopefully with no other breaks. I have also been powering through a book that I want to use as the basis for a big blog post (or series of posts) on how I see what kind of beer reviewer/critic I want to attempt to be.
- I go away for a few days and the first article I post is about…changing alcohol laws at the state level. We go to Rhode Island where retailers are against allowing breweries to sell more than 72 ounces of alcohol to individual customers a day. An anonymous letter probably from an alcohol was sent to Proclamation brewing stating that the current system works fine. Also, whenever they say the laws are there to protect the public I feel like someone is pissing on my feet while telling me it’s raining.
- So, New York is considering ending its ban on Sunday morning alcohol sales. Alcohol laws are antiquated in almost every state. The annoying thing is how much opposition state lawmakers will put up to changing a law that doesn’t stop people from drinking. I love going to the grocery store on Sundays, especially during football season, and watch people walk around the store until noon with beer in their carts pretending to look at everything else in the store when all they want is beer.
- The theme today is less about state alcohol laws and more about the silliness of state legislatures. If I ever had to kill a fly in my house, I wouldn’t ask a state legislator because their solution would be to blow up the whole house. In order to stop a minor issue in one municipality, the NC legislature and the governor carpet bombed all LGBT rights. Here is the response of North Carolina brewers. As a person who loves saisons and hates ignorant bullies, I look forward to drinking this.
- Food trucks and breweries is a match made in heaven. A new festival is starting in North Carolina.
- Here is a Q&A with Doug McKinney from Legal Remedy Brewing in Rock Hill. This is one of the newer breweries in this area whose beer I like. That may be the best thing about many of the new breweries popping up. For the most part, they make quality beer. New breweries fail for two reasons. Either they have a bad business model/plan or they make bad beer. I believe the next round of contraction will be because of bad business practices.