Five Beer Articles You Need To Read and Why, 5/8/16

I’ve been away for two very good reasons.  One, I’ll have a new address soon.  Two, I’ve been thinking about the focus of this blog.  My new address will hopefully help with the second part.  More coming in a few days.  Onto the Five Articles.

  • I know nothing about the Canadian constitution or how each province deals with the other provinces laws, but I do know that if a judge says a law is a violation of any country’s constitution that ruling does not just apply to the one guy who brought the case before the court. Now, that doesn’t mean the ruling shouldn’t be reviewed before it becomes the law of all of Canada, but It takes balls to say this sentence out loud to reporters carrying recording devices, “It is important to note that the effect of the trial decision is limited in theory to Gérard Comeau.” Whenever I read about this case in particular and Canadian laws in general, it always seems I’m looking at US laws through some weird looking glass.
  • Change is hard. Particularly change in a law which was the basis for your business model.  However, craft brewers and liquor store owners in Colorado were always going to be on the wrong side of opposing a law that would bring craft beer to Colorado grocery stores.  If a proposed law makes life simpler and easier for consumers, opposing that law is a losing proposition.  A compromise was going to be the only thing these groups could hope for and they are getting it.
  • Another state is trying to raise the cap on the ABV of beer brewed and sold there. The fear of people drinking high ABV beer is unwarranted for the most part.  If you are worried about people drinking that beer just to get drunk and wreak havoc all over the jurisdiction, I will counter that if they want to get that drunk they already can by buying a bottle of vodka which will be cheaper and much more effective.
  • The World Beer Cup is gaining stature every year. Up until about 4 or 5 years ago I knew nothing about it, but now I see how important it is in the craft beer community.  Unlike GABF which is only beer brewed in the US, the World Beer Cup brings brewers from all corners of the globe.  It has about the same number of beer entered into competition as GABF, but they are from around the globe.  It highlights how the craft beer industry is growing in ways that the large beer conglomerates can’t keep up with in the long run.
  • It is not a “craze.” It is not some hipster affectation like fedoras and ironic mustaches.  Craft beer is an actual business and movement that has real effects on local economies.  No clothing conglomerate is throwing billions of dollars at all the hat makers popping up across America and the rest of the globe.  The condescending way this story is written belies the underlying story that I’ve seen time and time again since I started doing this most mornings.  Municipalities across the country see the value in craft brewing and other small like-minded businesses in increasing their tax revenue and revitalizing blighted areas.