The Wednesday Five Articles are here
- It is going to produce an estimated $150 million in new state revenue and it makes the average consumer happy. Those opposing the expansion of alcohol sales in Pennsylvania did not stand a chance. I continue to believe any changes in any state’s alcohol laws come down to the state figuring out a way to gain tax/fee revenue from alcohol.
- Allowing breweries to sell their products directly to consumers? Such an innovative idea. Welcome to the 1990s Alabama.
- This proposal has nothing to do with dealing with the problem of alcoholism and is all about keeping the alcoholics from being drunk in a certain area of Green Bay. Councilman Zima things the problem is cheap alcohol and not addiction. An alcoholic will find alcohol. Making it hard to buy in one area simply pushes them (and the problems you are trying to get rid of) to another area.
- I like taxes. Taxes are how we pay for stuff like roads, schools, hospitals, police, firefighters, EMTs, etc. So I have no problem with governments charging taxes on luxury items such as beer. However, I also know that if you want to spur growth in an industry you cut the taxes to make it easier for businesses to expand. The British government may not have gotten that memo when it comes to beer. The writer of this piece makes the point that in the US the tax on a pint is 3 cents and in the UK it is 70 cents. It is important to point out that is the US federal excise tax and does not include all the state and local taxes brewers have to pay, but the point is still well made. For British brewers to continue to grow, the taxes must be shaved a little.
- Jason Notte here with a good Q and A with New Belgium brewmaster Peter Bouckaert. It starts off with a nice little bit of beer nerd stuff about the Asheville brewery and then goes into the brewing history of New Belgium. This is my favorite quote from Bouckaert in the piece, “Referring to styles is always funny, because styles are only the capturing of a moment…”