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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, 4/29/16

Today will be a quick and dirty Five Articles.

  • The Reinheitsgebot is an interesting thing. First, it is a tax law created to protect the use of bread making grains.  Second, I believe it is a good guide in how to make beer.  It reminds you to use simple ingredients and use them well.  Third, I think the strict adherence to any law or rule in a creative endeavor eventually stultifies any potential growth to that endeavor.  While I think German brewers need to move past the law, I also think they should remember it and use it as a guiding force going forward.
  • For some reason, I thought this case was already adjudicated. It is an interesting look at the Canadian constitution through a beer lens.  There are similar laws in the United States (including North Carolina and South Carolina), however, I don’t remember ever hearing anyone getting arrested for smuggling alcohol from one state to another.
  • There are not going to stop this pub from being built. Maybe all the noise they make will make it harder for the pub to gain traction, but it will be built and lots of people will drink there.  The San Diego craft beer community needs to move and beat AB by making better beer and being cooler people.  Provide a better and more organic atmosphere then you will get at a big corporate pub.  You can tell the difference when going into a locally owned bar and a corporate franchise.  Make that and a much better beer selection your selling points.
  • Here is how a few simple changes in state laws can goose an industry into profitability. New York has done a lot to change its alcohol laws in the past few years and they are starting to see the fruits of those changes.  It is a model many states should emulate.
  • This is something happening in small towns all across the state of North Carolina. Many of these towns are trying to attract tourists from in and outside of the state.  They are attempting to make themselves destinations for people to spend long weekends relaxing in the clean country air.  That is why it is interesting to watch the clash of these small towns with the people they are trying to attract. Again, this is why I don’t think the people who passed HB2 though past the immediate bump from their voters about what they were doing.  Not all the tourists you are trying to attract fit into your traditional definition of a couple or a family.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 2/24/16

I think its Wednesday.  I lose track of the days and dates and occasionally the year when I’m working and writing.  A new blog post will be up sometime today.  It may be close to midnight, but it will be up.  Onto the Five Articles.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 1/8/16

This will be quick and dirty.  I woke up late and have beer things to write and Cicerone stuff to study.

  • As Colorado continues to debate grocery beer and wine sales and as Ontario enacts beer and wine sales, Alberta is beginning its debate. Alberta’s case is more similar to Colorado then Ontario because Ontario is transitioning from a state sponsored (and big beer owned) beer stores. Alberta is just thinking about allowing grocery stores to sell beer.  As I have written about the Colorado debate, I have almost always lived in a state where you can buy beer in the grocery store, as well as craft focused bottle shops so I don’t really care one way or the other. I actually buy most of my beer from bottle shops and not from grocery stores.
  • Here is more from Canada simply because it is rather interesting.
  • What I disagree with in this article is the end. Just because you use a distributor doesn’t mean you can’t innovate.  That is a false argument.  There are many arguments you can make as to why you don’t want to go to a distributor.  I agree with many of them. This is akin to distributors using the argument that they are there to protect the health of consumers.  While somewhat true, it is like having someone urinate on your shoes and telling you it’s raining.  If you don’t want to use a distributor that’s fine. Just don’t B.S. people in order to falsely strengthen your argument.
  • I think this is the year that beer and food will take a bigger piece of the craft beer stage. I’ve been fascinated by how beer adds to the culinary experience like wine. I am one of the beer people will argue that beer is better with food than wine.  It gives you more choices and the carbonation helps clean the palate.  More on this as the year continues.
  • Another thing that will be a bigger part of craft beer is which glass do you use. Here is a nice guide to which glass and why.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 12/15/15

I had an early morning training to go to yesterday and it lasted all day, so I missed the Five Articles.  I do heartily apologize.  There are some good articles today.  No, I will not link to the 2000th story on a grandma beating her daughter in a beer mile race, because I don’t care about beer mile races.  Also, I will not link to any articles about the guy suing Fosters because his was brewed in Texas and not Australia.  Again, I don’t care.  I do have some interesting articles that keep me entertained and curious. Also, when reading the last bullet point, remember what Battlestar Galactica taught us, “All of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again.”

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 12/7/15

Happy Monday morning folks.  No soliloquies on creativity this morning. I’m putting it in a separate blog post.  Today’s Five Articles slog through the latest information on the merger and takes a trip to Canada for a couple of stories.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 11/10/15

The Five Articles, a little late, but always on time today.  A new review went up yesterday of the Wicked Weed Tyranny and Brett Tyranny.  Working on tomorrow’s post, which is more of a “think piece” (I really hate that term).

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 10/27/15

Fall has finally arrived and it is a perfect NC fall day, 50 degrees and raining.  Anyway, here are the Five Articles today.

  • Look, I know I am a little more in the know then most normal civilians when it comes to beer. I can walk into almost any store in NC and tell you who ultimately owns any beer on the shelf.  I still don’t believe these people should have won this lawsuit, nor do I believe that there needs to be a legal definition of “craft beer.” It isn’t that I don’t want a guideline of the concept.  That’s what the Brewer’s Association is for ultimately.  What I know is that if there is a legal definition, it will become restrictive in what brewers can and will do.
  • This story of the Ontario Beer Store continues to be a fascinating story. If fact, all the stories about Canadian beer laws fascinate me because they (as most things from Canada are) the same yet just slightly different then the US beer laws.
  • This is exactly the way I feel about IPAs. I like them, but brewer’s attempts to satiate the hoppy appetites of many craft beer drinkers has made brewers go crazy with doubles, triples, quadruples, and quintuples.  There are many other beer styles that are great and they should be drunk by beer lovers.  Also, the amount of hops available to brewers is going to be limited over the next few years. Brewers should look to this as an opportunity to explore styles outside of IPAs.
  • Fermentation sciences is one of the newer curriculums at universities. This is a list of 5 of the best of those types of programs.  My one concern with the growth of fermentation and brewing science programs is that they may make brewers and their beer more homogenous.  Part of the joy of beer is that each brewer has his/her own take on styles creating their own terroir.
  • This is why the merger happened. The US market was not the primary concern of the two companies.  They are trying to take advantage getting into growing markets in Africa and Central and South America.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 10/10/15

Happy Saturday. It’s Saturday and I’m over here getting all serious about beer.  If you’ve followed this space for any length of time, you will know I am fascinated by the patchwork mess that is the North American beer law system. I say North American because the laws in Canada and Mexico are just as screwed up as the ones in the United States. So today’s Five Articles are a bunch of law and business stories for your pleasure.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 9/29/15

The US craft beer world is still recovering from the GABF as the final “local brewery does good” articles are published.  Here are today’s Five Articles. I apologize in advance.  I am in a foul mood today and you will be able to tell when you read some of the bullets.  I’m usually more circumspect in my criticism of bad writing.