Tag Archives: beer and women

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 6/6/16

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.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 6/29/15

This weekend saw a lot of action in the Charlotte beer scene highlighted by Wooden Robot’s soft opening and the NC Brewer’s Celebration.  Here are some links about those and other things.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 5/15/15

This will be a quick and dirty version of the links.  I’ve been dealing with “things” this morning before I head in to Craft.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 5/6/15

Welcome to Wednesday.  If all goes well I should have another beer review up this afternoon and will work on another piece that will hopefully drop by the middle of next week.  Here are today’s links.

  • I read a lot about sports. There is this Twitter thing called #hottakes.  It is basically a way to describe bad and lazy sports writing.  It is usually done by a columnist who has been at it a while and has enough job security that he (it is usually a he) has quit trying to get things right and now just wants to tell us what he sees as wrong with the world.  Here is the beer version of that.  Wasn’t it better when beer was just beer and we didn’t have all these froufrou (he actually uses that at the end of the column) choices?
  • Two or three times a baseball season and football season we get this story from somewhere. “The stadium is watering down the beer and they charge a jillion dollars for it.” Here is the first of this season from San Francisco.  This “dog bites man” story is always done by the consumer watch dog at the station or newspaper.
  • I wish I could have seen this panel on women in the beer industry. It sounds like it was a much more informative and interesting session then the article conveys.  The trick to isn’t to market to people.  That leads to stupid attempts by white men to “speak” to women and minorities.  That rarely goes well for anyone.  See almost every McDonald’s commercial involving African Americans.  Just make a good product and treat everyone fairly.  The gist of the panel seems to be try that before you start pandering.
  • On Cinco de Mayo, Will Gordon finds a Mexican beer that he can say actually is quite good.
  • I thought I would be making fun of this as another local “hey look we’re making beer around here, isn’t that great” article that seems shocked that someone not named Coors, Miller, or Budweiser made beer. It turns out to be a good rather comprehensive article about the beer industry in North Carolina.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 5/5/15

This is my favorite group of links I’ve done so far.  Every story is a really interesting read and none of them have to do with Cinco de Mayo, which translates to, “Another made up American holiday that grants people the right to get drunk in the middle of the day.”  On to the links.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 4/26/15

I love when local newspapers and television stations cover new popular things like craft beer. There is always the explaining of things in the most obvious way possible.  Here are today’s links:

Happy Sunday