Here are the first Five Articles of the week. I’ve been taking time off the last couple of weeks to catch up on sleep and figure out how to get my writing more consistent and better while trying to manage a bar. The solution I’ve come up with is that Sunday and Monday will be all about writing. Here we go.
Yeast is interesting to me. Yeast was the last ingredient in beer to be discovered and it is also the least known and analyzed of the four ingredients. Beer drinkers have a general idea of what yeast does and tastes like, but if you go into a craft beer bar you are much more likely to hear some beer geek pontificating about hops instead of yeast. Bright Brewer in Canada has apparently created some new strains. I have no idea how that will effect anything, but it is interesting.
I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about crowdfunding. On one hand, I am a huge supporter of small and local businesses. I have been known to buy things on Etsy, making sure the businesses I buy from are people hand making things and selling them by themselves and not some corporation using the veneer of Etsy to gain cred. Crowdfunding is investing and instead of getting a piece of the company, I get a t-shirt. That doesn’t seem too equal to me. This is a little different. This is an actual investment site that allows you the investor to get equity in small businesses looking to expand.
How are you feeling after the “Greatest Sports Day Ever?” I watched a good Kentucky Derby, one of the best basketball games I’ve ever seen, and saved $99 by not buying a boxing match I knew would be ugly and uneventful. On to the links.
Almost every craft brewer started out in a kitchen, basement, or garage home brewing. Most have not forgotten that which has led to many brewers allowing versions of their recipes to be sold to home brewers. I think this keeps the industry grounded, helps promote the beer, and creates the next generation of brewers. Again, the craft beer world does not have as many jerks as other segments of our world.
Apparently, I can’t stop linking to stories about this NC Legislature story. There seems to be a new story and new take on what happens every day. This is my favorite passage out of this story, “The wholesalers have long been one of the biggest spenders in state campaigns alongside trial lawyers, utilities, and banks…” If you know anything about North Carolina right now, you know those last three are not anyone’s favorite group of interests. There is a big difference between honest disagreement on the potential affects of a law and buying votes.