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.
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.
You know there is a point where you figure out, you are getting old. The amount of sleep you need and your ability to sleep through the night is one area. There used to be a time where I could go to bed at 2, get up 7, and be fine. I try that now and my sleep patterns are screwed up for a week. Needless to say, I may have to catch another hour of sleep before I go into work today. Anyway, here are the Five Articles. Good stuff today.
The idea that a compromise was possible in Colorado was a tad more hopeful than sensible. The reasons are articulated perfectly in this article. One side is being asked to give up part of their business model and the other side is being asked to give up winning a ballot initiative that will give them everything that they want. At this point, the liquor stores need to figure out what their business model will look like after this thing passes.
This is a really light article. Not that it wasn’t well written or bad, just light. It felt like eating cotton candy. It is the kind of piece that is well written but you won’t remember what it was about 20 minutes after you read it. Do consumers prefer cans or bottles? Most honestly don’t care. For a retailer, cans are easier to store and last longer on the shelf. Also, you should never drink out of the can if at all possible. Beer always tastes better if poured into a glass.
Sometimes you see the headline of an article and think, “I agree with that.” Then you read the article and something about the writer’s tone annoys you and his path to the conclusion annoys you and you begin to think maybe I’m wrong with my position. This is that article for me. For some reason, I also don’t think the writer truly believes what he is writing and that is the greatest sin a writer can commit.
This is a good article on what to look for in a good IPA. There are too man IPAs right now. Mostly, because they are the easiest style to brew. That doesn’t mean all of them are good. Most of them are drinkable and some of them are good and a few are great. One thing the article didn’t mention is to beware of IPAs whose recipes have changed without the brewer telling anyone. It is getting harder and harder to get hops in the quantities needed to make IPAs, DIPAs, and triple IPAs. Your favorite IPA might not be the IPA you fell in love with.
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.
Of course, the Georgia wholesalers and distributors orchestrated this whole mess. Their lobbyists helped write the law and then turned around and helped the Department of Revenue see the interpretation of the law that hurt craft brewers. I don’t believe in most conspiracy theories because they assume a core competency that I have not experienced from most others I’ve encountered in life. In this case, the conspiracy is so transparent and straight lined that to not assume it is intellectually dishonest.
Hi-Wire Brewing is moving headlong into sours from a standing start. This is an interesting move. Honestly, I don’t know if I understand it. This is something that breweries around the country are doing. They are moving away from specialty ales and into sours and barrel aging. While that is great in one sense, this is a high risk, high reward proposition. If you don’t do it right, you’ve wasted a great deal of time and product.
Back to the story of Colorado and grocery store beer sales. I don’t think the claims the side that wants grocery beer sales are true. There will not be some explosion of jobs and revenue from this. Consumers, in theory, will get easier access to craft beer and grocery stores will see an uptick in sales. I predict, the liquor stores that cater to the craft beer crowd will see little if any difference in sales. They will probably lose some of the ABInbev sales, but that is about it. The stores that sold primarily from the big brewer’s portfolio will be most affected, but that doesn’t necessarily hurt craft brewers.