The week moves on and Thursday is here. This has always been a weird day to me. The week is almost over, but not quite. You still have to work the next day, but you know the atmosphere is a little more relaxed. Anyway, with legislative sessions around the country getting started this month, there is a lot of movement in the beer law front. To continue yesterday’s theme, here are a few articles on beer and alcohol laws around the country.
- But first, let’s meet the head brewer of Triple C Brewing in Charlotte, Scott Kimball. Charlotte Five is doing a series on local brewers to let its readers meet the people responsible for the beer we all drink.
- Here is an article about “strange” alcohol laws. I guess in the time I’ve been doing this blog and reading about beer and alcohol laws around the country, these don’t seem so strange to me. The only thing I really find strange are the laws that limit production or direct sales to customers. The limit on where you can buy beers over a certain ABV are not strange as much as they seem arbitrary.
- Here is a survey of beer and alcohol laws throughout history and how they affected the beer and alcohol industries as well as the societies around them. The article also lists the proposed alcohol beverage laws in the Virginia legislature.
- Here is a deep dive into the Georgia brewery law saga. In a nutshell, the legislature lets wholesalers craft a brewery law that took away the breweries ability to sell directly to consumers. The law seemed to give brewers some new abilities to sell tours. Then the Georgia Department of Revenue read the law and interpreted it in a way that took away the very rights it was supposed to grant brewers. The new compromise law to replace the one past last year simply brings brewers back to where they were in 2015 before the Department of Revenue actually read what the law said.
- Mississippi continues to move its alcohol laws towards the 21st century. One of the interesting things about alcohol laws is that many times throughout history these laws have changed and evolved in order to raise tax revenue. I honestly believe that is the true reason states are crafting laws that open up the craft brew industry in their states. There is money to be made and every legislator wants a piece of it.