This is a great time to be a craft beer drinker. It is also an interesting time to be in the craft beer business. I think crat beer is in its adolescence. It is at that point where stuff is growing at a weird and explosive rate and the future is ahead of you. However, it is also a time when you challenge the rules placed upon you to find the outer reaches of your potential and what life can offer.
This is interesting. I think I would rather try the Zymatic because it gives more freedom to make the beer you want, but the Pico is a good starter kit.
I have said this before and I will keep saying it, if you want to read something smart and interesting while you learn about beer you have to read Jason Notte. I learn something new almost every time I read him. He is the best beer writer right now, and you should read this piece on the actual effects of big beer treating beer like a business. We think about the people that work in beer when we go to festivals and talk to a brewer from our favorite local brewery. We forget that these macro brewers we “hate” are staffed by people. These are people with jobs and mortgages and an abiding need to eat. My hope for the workers in Eden who will be let go is that the North Carolina craft beer industry can find places for them.
Is, whatever the name of this new behemoth beer company is, trying to kill craft beer? Speaking of learning something every time I read an article from someone, I usually like The Motley Fool, but this is a regurgitation of already established facts in hopes of predicting a future in a constantly shifting business segment. The beer business may look wholly different in ten years, but I feel pretty confident in saying, it won’t be because local, small breweries went out of business after being crushed by the weight of macro brewers.
Thursday has arrived and the week is flying towards its end. The merger is starting to be understood in the context of how it will affect consumers in this country at a lesser rate than consumers in Europe, Africa, and South America. Of course, there are other stories to read about beer and I have a few.
Consumers in Colorado have not had a problem with finding good craft beer, but could brewers have sold more if they were in grocery stores. Will the proposed law change hurt craft brewers? I really have no idea how to feel about this story since I’ve always lived in a place where all beer is available in grocery stores. Also, how will allowing craft beer in grocery stores affect the smaller liquor stores? Will they stop selling craft beer?
This is the place I have a problem with the big brewers. First, they threaten distributors and then they buy distributors. That is the real threat to craft beer. I think if the distribution avenues are kept even and equal across the board, craft beer will get its share of the market. That is why this is a much bigger issue to the beer world than the merger itself.
I’m sorry the Five Articles are late today, I was distracted by Rick Pitino being involved in another sex scandal. Is it possible a coach who wins consistently and has never had a real basketball related scandal get fired for stuff that happens off the basketball court that doesn’t involve academic improprieties? Anyway, onto beer.
Here is a column the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the merger. As usual I agree with some of what is said and disagree with some of it. While I agree that this will affect smaller craft brewers and not necessarily for the better, I agree that the deal will create a larger differentiation between the craft brewers and the bigger brewers. I think the beer world will always have a place for the smaller more crafted beer the craft brewers offer. That is not going away, but the explosive growth of the last 5-10 years will probably end, but that was always going to be the case.
It’s Wednesday. It’s downhill towards the weekend and two days off. The sun is out in the Southeast part of the country after almost two weeks of rain and tropical storms. Also, another edition of Gravity Magazine is in the final stages of prep for a November 1 release. Today is a great day, here is some beer news.
It is hard to brew beer, even bad beer. It is also hard to run a beer business, especially if it is a gigantic multinational which makes bad beer. For those businesses, it must be strange to be the dominant force in the global beer market, yet seem to be getting eaten to death by thousands of angry gnats. So, on one hand, the proposed ABInbev/SABMiller merger makes sense, it girds both against the coming hordes of small brewers in North America and Europe. On the other hand the market is fragmenting and I believe the market in North America and Europe will be bifurcated between either very large and very small (small local breweries making just enough for its immediate area). I don’t know if this merger helps these companies survive that.
Why am I linking to a liver mush burger recipe? Because the town of my birth, Shelby, NC, is hosting the Mush, Music, and Mutts Festival this weekend and part of the festival will be the North Carolina Brew Fest and Chili Cook-off. The thing that interests me is it is only in my lifetime that Shelby has allowed alcohol sales and has used changing alcohol laws to create a nice downtown area and a tourism economy. This is why I talk about these laws changing around the country. I’ve seen how changing those laws benefit small towns navigating a changing economic world.
“All of this has happened before and all of this will happen again.” Ronald D. Moore created one of my favorite shows of all time, Battlestar Galactica, with this as a guiding principal to the direction of the show. Session beers have happened before and are a return to the heart of beer culture, the pub. In Europe, the idea of going down to the pub or beer hall and drinking for a few hours was the norm. Men, because women weren’t exactly welcome in pubs at that time, would go down after work and drink low-alcohol beers and hang out never getting too terribly drunk. These session beers are a welcome return to that idea.