Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 4/28/16

Dearly beloved
We are gathered here today
2 get through this thing called life

That is one of the best openings to any piece of music or fiction you will ever read.  I’ve been listening to a lot of Prince the last week like everyone else and that opening and that song are things I can never get enough off.  Anyway, let’s talk about stupid laws and other beer related stuff.

  • There are a lot of stupid and unnecessary laws strewn at the state and local levels throughout this country. This is one of them.  I have feeling this was a law most people either didn’t know about or completely ignored.
  • Staying in the theme of stupid and unnecessary, this is the thing that galls me most about HB2 (besides the blatant discrimination): The people responsible for its passage have touted themselves as pro-business since they got elected.  That was in part how they got elected.  Yet, at every opportunity, they have managed to do things that have hurt bringing businesses to North Carolina with this being the crown jewel.  Of course, they will say this is what the people wanted.  Whenever I hear that, I remember the people of 1956 North Carolina would have said segregation was good, so I don’t care what the “people” want if they are advocating discrimination.  But what do I know, I just write about beer.
  • “…we picked the wrong time to be bad at things.” I think a lot of breweries will be making similar comments in the years to come.  There are too many breweries and too much competition to be mediocre now and just because you were everybody’s darling 3 years ago doesn’t mean you will be 3 years from now.
  • And the choir sang hallelujah. That isn’t even because I’m a huge New Belgium fan. It’s just that we have all been waiting for this thing to open for a long time.  Yeah, I think I’m going to have to go up there soon to visit this taproom.  I’m planning on taking a long weekend in August, I just don’t know where I want to go.  Right now it is down to Richmond or Asheville.  In other words, Stone or New Belgium.
  • This is a good article on the joys of homebrewing. People who are drawn to homebrewing are people who love process.  They love breaking things down into steps and following the process obsessively making tweaks here and there to get exactly what they want.  Brewing is the perfect avenue for people like that because the effects of your tweaks are easily seen and enjoyed.  However, the part about this article that got me wasn’t the article itself.  It was the temperature at the top of the page that said 35 degrees.  While I prefer cold weather, I couldn’t live in a place where it is 35 degrees on April 28.  That is just wrong.