Tuesday has arrived. Yesterday was my first day since moving that I just got to chill in my new space. It felt great to be home and not have to worry about packing, moving, or unpacking. I still have a lot of stuff to do, but until I get the rest of my furniture there is no need. Onto the Five Articles.
- Oklahoma is one of a large handful of states in the midst of trying to change their alcohol laws to update them to at least the late 20th century. In Oklahoma’s case, it means allowing convenience stores and grocery stores sell beers over 3.2% ABV cold. There are a few states that are starting to allow grocery stores to sell craft beer. Welcome to the 20th century, y’all.
- This is an interesting business take on what is happening to Boston Beer Company as the revolution that it helped start eclipses it. Boston Beer reminds me of many of the leaders of the French Revolution. They created a thing that they can’t control and don’t understand. This thing has passed them by and they are in the difficult position of trying to figure out their place in the world they have created before this new world destroys them.
- Taking umbrage at an online poll is a very 2016 thing. By the way, you might want to learn how to spell Asheville.
- Here is a nice history of the craft beer scene in Japan. I like the way this piece is written. It is a kind of classic in how it uses a specific anecdote at the top to represent the larger point of the piece. It does have me wondering, how do you get a job brewing beer when you have never brewed beer? This story also highlights my belief that most beer and alcohol laws are passed in order for the government to increase tax revenue.
- Sometimes I am in a quandary. That quandary is, how do I take beer seriously and promote it as a serious matter without it becoming as pretentious as wine. Part of the joy of beer is that it is cheap to make and it is a “poor man’s drink”. It is an everyday every meal drink that works great with food. The intersection of beer and food is an interesting subject that will only grow over the next few years. I just hope that it doesn’t get as affected as discussions of wine and food get.