I love beer (I have a blog dedicated to it so that seems rather obvious). Outside of the beer, there are a couple of things surrounding craft beer that really interest me. One is the idea of brewing as a creative art that should be critiqued and studied as such (I’m working on a couple of bigger pieces that explores this). Two is the confluence of beer with business and law. The second interests me because alcohol has such an interesting place in society and its perception is so different across different parts of this society. Among other things, with craft beer you can look at how governments treat business and how the treatment of drinking culture changes from generation and socio-economic strata. Anyway, here is a bunch of articles about beer that are more about business and law than actual beer.
- I pull two things from this article about the Deschutes east coast brewery. One, if Roanoke had lost Deschutes to Asheville, their local newspaper would have a similar post-mortem that makes some of their politicians look silly. Two, my reading is Deschutes zeroed in on Roanoke early in 2015 and just used Asheville as a stalking horse to squeeze as much from Virginia as they could.
- Liquor is where the next growth spurt in American craft alcohol will occur. Liquor distillers have an even bigger hill to climb then brewers in getting laws changed to favor them. Maybe the difficulty brewers have had just to get to sell growlers in every state will make it easier for distillers to get laws changed to make it easier to sell their wares. However, in a state like NC where the state is the primary pusher of distilled spirits, it will be hard to change the system. Primarily because the state rakes in a lot of tax money through liquor sales. The state and the wholesaler lobby has fought every beer law change like they were fighting the siege of Vicksburg. There is no telling how they will react when craft distillers start making noise.
- It is interesting that in England CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) is in the midst of redefining itself after being pretty successful in creating a craft beer culture that takes advantage of the inherent love of pubs in England. Now, they may be turning towards aiding the actual pub industry itself. The fact that on-site sales prices have more than tripled off-site prices is a huge problem and worrisome statistic for pub owners. A pint should cost a little more then bottles just because there is more overhead, but not that much more.
- This starts off like an article I wanted to read, but then they wanted to charge me money to read one article for a news site I will probably never if ever visit again.
- I love the continuing story of the Georgia Department of Revenue and Georgia craft brewers and the law that apparently no one really understands precisely because it represents all that is silly about how we deal with alcohol laws, particularly in the South. I was going to try to explain what happened, but it is so convoluted and stupid it would take another five hundred words just to hit the highlights. Google “Georgia beer law” and read the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s coverage of this idiocy to learn more.