Here I sit on the floor of my new apartment. I still need a couple of more pieces of furniture to make my life a little easier and today there will be another trip to the grocery store to fill out my pantry. Oh yeah, and I need to buy a microwave. Now back to doing what I love: thinking and writing about beer. Hopefully, this will be the last hiatus I take for a long while.
- Savor is the one big beer festival I want to attend soon. This “article” won’t really tell you why, however. It is a press release masquerading as a news article. As much as I love the Brewer’s Association, I don’t want to read how great they are from a press release they wrote and distributed. This is why blogs and independent news sites have gained prominence. With so many reporters and editors being let go from new organizations someone has to take up the slack and do actual reporting.
- There are actual people behind the beer you drink and the laws that govern that beer. I love reading about those people. Here is a quick q and a with Taylor Harper from Georgia. He is one of a growing number of lawyers who specialize in beer law. Beer law is a surprisingly active field. Between each state having its own distribution and alcohol retail laws, you have each state and the federal tax laws, then you have to get names of beer and beer labels approved at the state and federal level. Beer is a lot more complicated than people think.
- I think of what is coming as a market correction. The breweries that will fail over the next year will be weak in some way. Either the beer isn’t good, the marketing is poor, the location is bad, or some other bit of bad luck will befall them.
- The use of incentives to lure businesses is a delicate prospect. If you give too many incentives, you may not actually make the tax money you promised your constituency and if you don’t give enough incentives the company may not relocate to your area. This is all complicated by the fact that this is usually a competition between states with the company playing one location off the other. This is just another example of how what the politicians say they are getting isn’t always what the public gets.
- It is interesting to watch craft beer grow in other countries. Watching how other countries deal with many of the same issues as we have in the US in their own way is fascinating. Here is a story from England on a female-focused beer festival.