I’ve neglected the Five Articles for the past week. It isn’t that I haven’t been reading articles and thinking about beer. It seems to be more that I want to do something different with the articles, I just can’t figure out what that difference is.
Anyway, the first article today is about the crowded growler market in Atlanta. My interest has little to do with beer as much as it has to do with this as a case study in how economics works. A new business market segment becomes available; people rush in to fill it; the market gets oversaturated; the market corrects itself by weeding out the weak. This is something that is going to happen in all the different segments of the beer market. All the new breweries that have come out of the woodwork in the last two to three years will not survive. The ones with bad beer and bad business models will fail.
I’m back, maybe not better then ever, but with a clearer idea of what I want this blog to be. More on all that in a post later today. On to some quick beer news.
A story from Alabama about growler laws. Wait, it isn’t just growler laws. In Alabama, if you go to a brewery, you can’t leave with beer. That’s right. You can’t get a growler or a bottle. Not a thing. I like all the distribution reps we work with at Craft, but wholesale distributors have way too much power in many states. I personally don’t have a problem with the 3-tiered system, as long as it is fair and works equally for all parts of the system and the consumer.