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Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 7/27/16

Missing yesterday was not my fault. It was the fault of Time Warner Cable.  My internet was down most of yesterday morning.  Now, everything is back to normal (for the moment).  Onto the Five Articles.

  • Tap handles are interesting. Sometimes they bring people to the beer and sometimes they just sit there.  If they are interesting enough, they may get the attention of a customer who will be intrigued enough to try a pint.  This is one of those beer adjacent industries that has popped up over the last few years.
  • They will figure out a way to make the money work and the deal will go through. The core of this merger was always the non-North American (specifically the African, Asian, and South American markets) companies and neither side is going to let that investment go away easily.
  • Yes, the insane growth of the last 5 years has slowed. It was never sustainable and any article you read that says this is some kind of death knell for the craft beer industry should be ignored. I will say again; growth will soon grow flat.  Rural areas will lead the growth because small towns all across the country will open their own local breweries.
  • I don’t know what the point of this column, but it was at least interesting. Yes, many beers were developed to be easy drinking, but that does not mean devoid of all taste.
  • Economic development and state incentives interest me in general. The question I always ask is at what point do all the tax incentives given to corporations to move end up with the state paying more money to the company than the taxes they pay? On the other hand, if you are a community with a large swath of empty factories and/or warehouses you need someone to come in and make that wasted space into something that generates some kind of tax revenue.  Here is the view of craft beer corporate investments from Michigan.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 4/19/16

Tuesday and it is going to over 80 degrees today.  I predict a busy afternoon and evening for me.  Onto the Five Articles.

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

I awoke this morning thinking today was any day other than Saturday. Mostly, I just wake up, make a spot of tea, write the Five Articles and go to work.  Saturday’s are broken up because I watch soccer while I work on the Five Articles.  On to today’s five.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 12/7/15

Happy Monday morning folks.  No soliloquies on creativity this morning. I’m putting it in a separate blog post.  Today’s Five Articles slog through the latest information on the merger and takes a trip to Canada for a couple of stories.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 12/4/15

The holidays are usually light in news, especially beer news.  There are the releases of a few whales which consume people for a couple of days to a week and the rehashing of the merger as new details slowly slip out by intentional and unintentional leak.  Anyway, I read a lot about creativity and about literary and art criticism.  I’m batting around ideas on a blog post comparing brewing to other creative processes and how criticism and beer reviews are similar and different.  A little preview, I am of the belief that when criticizing and reviewing art there is only text and no subtext.  You can only review what the artist actually did, not what you think he may have been thinking as he did it.  Since beer has only codified beer styles in the last 30 years, the idea of intentionality and breaking of conventions is recent in brewing.  Therefore, only now has the idea of what is the brewer trying to do, become a part of beer review.  This is still in the gestation period and will make more sense when I write it down and post it.