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Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 4/27/16

Today, I feel much better.  I restarted my meditation practice last week and it is starting to have an effect on my life.  My mind is gaining clarity and I am little more relaxed. I’ve also started The Artist’s Way, but before I start my first week of work with it, I am doing the 3 pages.  That has also helped me warm up and clear out all the clutter before I start writing.  I also plan to move by the end of May which will make my commute easier and give me back at least an hour a day.  I love days when it is easy to find five articles that interest me.  Here they are.

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, 2/10/16

I’ve neglected the Five Articles for the past week.  It isn’t that I haven’t been reading articles and thinking about beer. It seems to be more that I want to do something different with the articles, I just can’t figure out what that difference is.

Anyway, the first article today is about the crowded growler market in Atlanta.  My interest has little to do with beer as much as it has to do with this as a case study in how economics works.  A new business market segment becomes available; people rush in to fill it; the market gets oversaturated; the market corrects itself by weeding out the weak.  This is something that is going to happen in all the different segments of the beer market.  All the new breweries that have come out of the woodwork in the last two to three years will not survive.  The ones with bad beer and bad business models will fail.

Number two on today’s list is a short piece that adds nothing to the conversation about beer and food pairing.  I highlight it solely because it is an article on a food association website.  Craft beer people have been saying how great beer is when paired with food for a few years now.  The food people are starting to realize it too and that makes a huge difference in the overall perception of beer and food.

One of the things I have learned from doing the Five Articles most days is how powerful the wholesale/distribution lobby is at the state level across the country.  In Georgia, they basically bullied that state’s craft brewers back into 2013 distribution law wise.  Now, in SC, they are pushing a law that is silly in other states that requires alcohol shipped from other states to “rest” for 24 hours at a warehouse in SC before it is sent to retailers.

Here is another article about beer and food pairings, specifically beer and chocolate.  No real earth shattering insights.  I just wanted to highlight a beer and chocolate pairing article.

The way to combat ABInbev’s growing need to buy every midsized brewery worth a damn by throwing as much money as humanly possible at them is to push beer lovers to drink local. While many of the new breweries popping up in small towns and in neighborhoods around the country has the downside that many of these breweries make bad beer and have bad business models they do have tremendous upside potential.  That is more and more people have the ability to drink fresh beer owned operated and brewed locally.  That should always trump buying beer from a company that at is heart doesn’t even like some of its own assets.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 1/12/16

There is not a lot of news out today.  Here is what I’ve found that interests me.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 7/24/15

The news for a July Friday is here.  Good stories abound today.  Here are the five I liked the most.

  • Sweetwater is apparently making plans to go public. This is not really news as they have been making moves in this direction for the last few years.  I am not a huge fan of their beers.  I find nothing really interesting in what they make.  It will be fascinating to see how this is received both from and investment perspective and from a craft beer drinkers perspective.
  • Good article in this month’s Carolina Alumni Review on North Carolina craft beer by interviewing brewers and others in the industry who graduated from UNC. The thing that interests me is the sheer number of varying degree programs represented by those interviewed.  At least the MBAs get to use some of the things they actually paid money to learn in their jobs.  Of course, I’m the one with the history and sociology degrees (class of 1996) who slings beer and writes a blog that actually pays no money.
  • One of the best things about being into craft beer right now is the growing appreciation of what beer provides to the culinary experience that wine doesn’t. Beer being more complex with more varieties has the ability to match up with pretty much any food made.  Its carbonation also helps cleanse the palate making enjoying the food easier.  One of my favorite things to do is go get a nice sharp and/or aged cheddar and a big imperial IPA and enjoy the pairing.  Here are 10 spots that will let you do that.
  • The funny thing is, there are similar laws to one being challenged in Canada in the US that are routinely ignored. I can understand having laws like this governing bringing alcohol across the borders of a country, but it seems a law that restricts how much alcohol you bring across province or state lines has only one function:  to protect the tax monopolies of each province/state.  In the end the provinces and states don’t care that you are buying alcohol, they care that you are providing tax revenue to a bordering province/state.  That is a bad reason to create a law.
  • Watching beer laws evolve in real time throughout the South is fast becoming a real past time for me. Georgia, like most of the states in the South, is making progress in a piecemeal fashion.  The same can be said of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, etc.  All the laws are going to change eventually.  It is just a matter of time because, as I keep reiterating, in these tight economic times, states need as much tax revenue as they can get, and more and more lawmakers see the revenue potential of craft beer and breweries in their communities.