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.
Wednesday has arrived and with it unseasonably warm weather here in the western Piedmont of NC. The big story in beer yesterday was the first hearing on the merger in front of the US Senate. I had forgotten how much I hate the beginnings of Senate hearings. Too much speechifying. I will say, that most of the senators seemed at the very least troubled by the size and scope of the merger. Anyway, here is some beer news for your perusal. Oh yeah, this is a little late this morning because there is a bug in the newest version of MS Word that crashes when you run spellcheck and in the at least 2 months since this bug has been known Microsoft has yet to see fit to create a fix for it. I used Grammarly to spell check today.
If you are in Charlotte Douglass Airport, especially if you are flying out towards a non-Southern destination, and you don’t stop at Bojangles for a biscuit and tea, you are a fool. These other places are fine too I guess.
Another beer gift guide. I hate people buying me beer for presents. Not all people, just most. I have a few friends who know beer and will get me something interesting, but usually it ends badly. I would prefer to get a gift certificate or gift card to a place that sells good beer or better yet a growler. Now, I’ve read a few of these gift lists and glassware always makes an appearance. That is a simple and relatively inexpensive gift, but one of the stainless steel growlers that can keep unrefrigerated beer cold for up to 12 hours is an even better gift.