The first cold/flu bout of the season is over. I can actually communicate verbally now. Anyway, on to the five articles.
- This is a great idea I may have to steal for Craft.
- Here is a nice article about the history of beer and brewing in Roanoke, VA, a place you have probably never heard of or can find on a map. Fortunately for me, because of my job my knowledge of small NC, SC, and VA towns with breweries is rather extensive so, I now know where Roanoke is.
- If an industry in your state has changed significantly during the time the laws regulating that industry was written, shouldn’t you try to update the laws to reflect these changes. Oklahoma’s alcohol laws have not had any significant changes since they were enacted in 1959. The bad thing is, Oklahoma is not alone in this. This article does look at all the different moving parts and different constituencies who want to a hand in writing these legal updates. This will take at least a year if not two to get any changes enacted.
- West Virginia is now in the process of updating all of their laws to create a craft beer industry. Again, laws have not been changed or updated in decades.
- A breakdown of what is happening with the merger now that it is a go. I know, it seems that I keep minimizing the effects of the merger. On one hand, I don’t think it will have much effect on American craft beer drinkers. On the other hand, I’m not stupid and I see the numbers and I see the industry reach this behemoth will have. It will have an effect for many years. However, I got into craft beer in 1995, when I turned 21. There were less than 1000 brewers in this country at that point. Craft beer has been through worse from prohibition to the claustrophobic consolidation and spread of American light lager from the 1950s to the 1980s. Craft beer will survive no matter what happens.