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Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 3/21/16

It doesn’t matter how long I may stay away from the Five Articles, they always seem to come back to the same thing: the changing nature of alcohol laws in this country.  I tried to link to a few articles that talked about this specifically in Mississippi where the slight changes to the laws have led to a jump in the number and profit of Mississippi breweries.  Now, the brewers are trying to drag the laws from the 20th century into the 21st, but you can’t read that because the newspaper with those stories restricts access to those who have paid for a subscription.  Onto the articles you can read.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 3/1/16

This is shaping up to be a long week. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel: Brawley’s Black and Blue Festival.  Hopefully, I’ll survive long enough to get to it. On to the Five Articles.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 1/29/16

Friday is here.  I have a weird relationship with Fridays.  I don’t have Saturday’s off so Friday is just another day for me.  For you, however, it is probably the end of the week.  Go out and enjoy pretending to work this afternoon as you wait for the clock to finally get to 5:00.  On to the links.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 1/28/16

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.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 1/27/16

Yesterday, I had every intention of doing the Five Articles, however, the events of the night before prevented me from having the mental acuity or consciousness to put together a string of sentences with any coherence whatsoever.  So, to get back into the groove today, I’m going to offer a roundup of beer law stories.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 1/22/16

It is a snowy Friday. Let me take that back and explain to people not from North Carolina what is going on here. There is maybe 3 inches of snow on the ground. That isn’t the problem. The problem is the sleet and freezing rain that follows and then the fact that the melting snow will freeze again tonight.  Also, the reason we don’t plow the roads is we don’t have enough snow plows because this happens maybe twice a year in this part of the state.  Anyway, here is some beer news.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 1/21/16

Sunny and frigid. It looks like it is a wonderful spring day from my window.  Then I look at my phone and I see it is 28 degrees.  I’m better today. Funerals aren’t for the dead, they are for the living.  They allow the living to move on and find some form of closure in one of the few parts of life that actually has closure.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 1/17/16

You know you’ve worked really hard when people at the grocery store mistake your countenance for being hung over when it is merely something akin to exhaustion.  Anyway, the Five Articles are terribly late today because of almost 24 hours of work in the last 48. So, here are four beer articles and one from one of my favorite non-beer/sports websites.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 1/15/16

The Five Articles are a little late this morning, but here they are.  This is the first day this year, where I had more articles than I had slots.  That is a good feeling.  The world is starting to right itself after the holiday season.  Onto the list.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 1/13/16

Laws and legislation.  Growing pains and adolescence.  One of the things that fascinate me about Major League Soccer is that we sports fans, specifically soccer fans, get to watch a top flight league grow and develop in real time.  It is a messy and confounding thing to watch.  There are 10 steps forward, two backwards, and three sideways at every phase of growth.  Craft beer is kind of in the same position.  Actually, a better analogy might be a band.  Bands form and they play any show they can get and they sell music directly to potential fans and develop a loyal and strong following if they are good.  Then, at some point, they go from being the little band that could to headlining their first tour.  Then, they stop being just a band and become a business and they have business worries. That is where craft beer is now.

  • Should the state of North Carolina be in the alcohol business? First, the state is tasked by the US Constitution to regulate alcohol in its borders, so the state will be involved in some capacity always. Second, if you want to change thegovernment’s level of involvement, good luck.  That is a decades-long fight that no one has the stomach for right now.  Politicians do things for two reasons.  The first, to get their name associated with a bill that will create jobs and/or increase tax revenue.  The second, to keep from being embarrassed.  Unless and until, OMB, NoDa, and Red Oak can prove that allowing them to self-distribute more than 25000 barrels a year the legislation will languish in committee. In this case, embarrassment isn’t working because the distributors and big beer give enough money to make it not work.
  • The point in your life when you realize you are at least partially a grown us is when you are faced with a decision between doing what you need to do to be responsible and doing what you want to do. When you start choosing the need to do direction you’re a grown up.  Breweries suing smaller breweries over potential intellectual property issues is a need to do situation.  This is my second prediction of what will happen this year in craft beer, craft beer will grow up and increasingly think of itself as a business.
  • At no point in this article is there any mention about how any “beer” that they make tastes and that is why they will never win. They don’t care about the beer as beer.  It is only a product to be sold.
  • This is one case where embarrassment is working. The Georgia legislature passed a law that was written in part by big distributors.  It has a Rube Goldberg feel to it that got exposed by the Department of Revenue.  Now they are trying to fix it.
  • Alabama steps into the 21st century as far as its beer laws are concerned. The craft beer people in Alabama did exactly what I said you have to do.  They appealed to the legislators with more revenue and jobs.  Politicians work to get reelected.  Doing things that make them look good and/or raise tax revenues without raising taxes and provide jobs is how they get reelected.  Either that or carrying the water for a lobbyist that gives them lots of money to go their reelection.