Monday morning. I really need a Bojangles biscuit.
- At what point does upholding tradition become bullheaded adherence to convention? Brewing via the rules of the Reinheitsgebot is more than fine. Having the German government tell brewers that anything brewed on German soil that doesn’t follow it isn’t beer when anything brewed outside of Germany not following it is, is plain silly. I understand doing this is more a marketing decision than a safety and tax decision as the original intent of the law. I will also say that this law helped make German beer as important as it is. However, Belgium, where they throw almost anything at hand into beer just to see what happens, is equally as important.
- Nigel Sadler and I are on the same wavelength. The hop shortage is going to make brewers be brewers, by having to come up with beers that aren’t just loads of hops. Craft beer drinkers will also have to adjust by either being willing to pay higher prices for IPAs or learn to like all that craft beer has to offer.
- One of the things the US got right in its alcohol laws was to tax beer based on volume of beer sold and not alcohol content. Now Australia is apparently going to create a tax system based on alcohol content just as Australian craft beer is starting to gain a footing.
- New York is attempting to streamline its alcohol laws. This is a story that will begin to happen in other states over the next few years.
- Finally, the NC Beer Guys go to ground zero of NC craft beer with a video review of the Black Radish from the oldest craft brewery in NC, Weeping Radish Brewing.