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Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 6/12/16

USA! USA! I’ve seen every match of the US Men’s National Team since the Trinidad and Tobago match that sent the US to the 1990 World Cup.  John Brooks performance last night was maybe the best defensive performance (non-goalkeeper category) that I’ve seen.  Onto Sunday’s Five Articles.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 6/10/16

It’s Friday and your week is almost over.  Have a beer.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 6/9/16

Thursday is here and the week is almost done.  This is my Wednesday because my days off are shifted a day off of everyone else’s.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 6/8/16

The Wednesday Five Articles are here

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read and Why, 5/8/16

I’ve been away for two very good reasons.  One, I’ll have a new address soon.  Two, I’ve been thinking about the focus of this blog.  My new address will hopefully help with the second part.  More coming in a few days.  Onto the Five Articles.

  • I know nothing about the Canadian constitution or how each province deals with the other provinces laws, but I do know that if a judge says a law is a violation of any country’s constitution that ruling does not just apply to the one guy who brought the case before the court. Now, that doesn’t mean the ruling shouldn’t be reviewed before it becomes the law of all of Canada, but It takes balls to say this sentence out loud to reporters carrying recording devices, “It is important to note that the effect of the trial decision is limited in theory to Gérard Comeau.” Whenever I read about this case in particular and Canadian laws in general, it always seems I’m looking at US laws through some weird looking glass.
  • Change is hard. Particularly change in a law which was the basis for your business model.  However, craft brewers and liquor store owners in Colorado were always going to be on the wrong side of opposing a law that would bring craft beer to Colorado grocery stores.  If a proposed law makes life simpler and easier for consumers, opposing that law is a losing proposition.  A compromise was going to be the only thing these groups could hope for and they are getting it.
  • Another state is trying to raise the cap on the ABV of beer brewed and sold there. The fear of people drinking high ABV beer is unwarranted for the most part.  If you are worried about people drinking that beer just to get drunk and wreak havoc all over the jurisdiction, I will counter that if they want to get that drunk they already can by buying a bottle of vodka which will be cheaper and much more effective.
  • The World Beer Cup is gaining stature every year. Up until about 4 or 5 years ago I knew nothing about it, but now I see how important it is in the craft beer community.  Unlike GABF which is only beer brewed in the US, the World Beer Cup brings brewers from all corners of the globe.  It has about the same number of beer entered into competition as GABF, but they are from around the globe.  It highlights how the craft beer industry is growing in ways that the large beer conglomerates can’t keep up with in the long run.
  • It is not a “craze.” It is not some hipster affectation like fedoras and ironic mustaches.  Craft beer is an actual business and movement that has real effects on local economies.  No clothing conglomerate is throwing billions of dollars at all the hat makers popping up across America and the rest of the globe.  The condescending way this story is written belies the underlying story that I’ve seen time and time again since I started doing this most mornings.  Municipalities across the country see the value in craft brewing and other small like-minded businesses in increasing their tax revenue and revitalizing blighted areas.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 4/28/16

Dearly beloved
We are gathered here today
2 get through this thing called life

That is one of the best openings to any piece of music or fiction you will ever read.  I’ve been listening to a lot of Prince the last week like everyone else and that opening and that song are things I can never get enough off.  Anyway, let’s talk about stupid laws and other beer related stuff.

  • There are a lot of stupid and unnecessary laws strewn at the state and local levels throughout this country. This is one of them.  I have feeling this was a law most people either didn’t know about or completely ignored.
  • Staying in the theme of stupid and unnecessary, this is the thing that galls me most about HB2 (besides the blatant discrimination): The people responsible for its passage have touted themselves as pro-business since they got elected.  That was in part how they got elected.  Yet, at every opportunity, they have managed to do things that have hurt bringing businesses to North Carolina with this being the crown jewel.  Of course, they will say this is what the people wanted.  Whenever I hear that, I remember the people of 1956 North Carolina would have said segregation was good, so I don’t care what the “people” want if they are advocating discrimination.  But what do I know, I just write about beer.
  • “…we picked the wrong time to be bad at things.” I think a lot of breweries will be making similar comments in the years to come.  There are too many breweries and too much competition to be mediocre now and just because you were everybody’s darling 3 years ago doesn’t mean you will be 3 years from now.
  • And the choir sang hallelujah. That isn’t even because I’m a huge New Belgium fan. It’s just that we have all been waiting for this thing to open for a long time.  Yeah, I think I’m going to have to go up there soon to visit this taproom.  I’m planning on taking a long weekend in August, I just don’t know where I want to go.  Right now it is down to Richmond or Asheville.  In other words, Stone or New Belgium.
  • This is a good article on the joys of homebrewing. People who are drawn to homebrewing are people who love process.  They love breaking things down into steps and following the process obsessively making tweaks here and there to get exactly what they want.  Brewing is the perfect avenue for people like that because the effects of your tweaks are easily seen and enjoyed.  However, the part about this article that got me wasn’t the article itself.  It was the temperature at the top of the page that said 35 degrees.  While I prefer cold weather, I couldn’t live in a place where it is 35 degrees on April 28.  That is just wrong.

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, 4/21/16

It’s Thursday.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 4/7/16

Today’s Five Articles are bits of random flotsam and jetsam about beer. There is a little law and a little silliness.  Here they are.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 4/6/16

There is a distinct to the Five Articles today, and it is a familiar one.  One of the cool things about the United States is it is in a constant state of evolving into the more perfect union it purports to be.  People are constantly fighting to expand the rights this country professes to love.  Sometimes it is just about allowing consumers to buy beer and sometimes it’s about treating people who are different than you, whom you may not completely understand fairly.