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Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 11/9/15

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.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 10/7/15

It’s Wednesday. It’s downhill towards the weekend and two days off. The sun is out in the Southeast part of the country after almost two weeks of rain and tropical storms.  Also, another edition of Gravity Magazine is in the final stages of prep for a November 1 release.  Today is a great day, here is some beer news.

  • It is hard to brew beer, even bad beer. It is also hard to run a beer business, especially if it is a gigantic multinational which makes bad beer. For those businesses, it must be strange to be the dominant force in the global beer market, yet seem to be getting eaten to death by thousands of angry gnats. So, on one hand, the proposed ABInbev/SABMiller merger makes sense, it girds both against the coming hordes of small brewers in North America and Europe.  On the other hand the market is fragmenting and I believe the market in North America and Europe will be bifurcated between either very large and very small (small local breweries making just enough for its immediate area). I don’t know if this merger helps these companies survive that.
  • It is hard to believe today, but homebrewing was illegal in the United States until 1978. In fact, Mississippi and Alabama were the last two states to make it legal to home brew in 2013. Without homebrewing, the modern US beer industry would not exist.  Here is a good story about violating the law and making a stand for good beer.
  • A quick story from Washington about the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act and why craft beverage makers like it. It also explains why consumers should like it, meaning cutting excise taxes theoretically will lower consumer prices. I will be interested to see if that is actually the case.
  • Why am I linking to a liver mush burger recipe? Because the town of my birth, Shelby, NC, is hosting the Mush, Music, and Mutts Festival this weekend and part of the festival will be the North Carolina Brew Fest and Chili Cook-off. The thing that interests me is it is only in my lifetime that Shelby has allowed alcohol sales and has used changing alcohol laws to create a nice downtown area and a tourism economy.  This is why I talk about these laws changing around the country. I’ve seen how changing those laws benefit small towns navigating a changing economic world.
  • “All of this has happened before and all of this will happen again.” Ronald D. Moore created one of my favorite shows of all time, Battlestar Galactica, with this as a guiding principal to the direction of the show. Session beers have happened before and are a return to the heart of beer culture, the pub.  In Europe, the idea of going down to the pub or beer hall and drinking for a few hours was the norm.  Men, because women weren’t exactly welcome in pubs at that time, would go down after work and drink low-alcohol beers and hang out never getting too terribly drunk. These session beers are a welcome return to that idea.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 8/30/15

Another week has passed and now you are resting on Sunday.  Let’s be honest, however, you are thinking about your NFL fantasy draft and waiting for the next 2 weeks to pass so you can settle in and watch football for 12 hours. On to beer.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 6/30/15

The beer links get a little wonky today, but it’s all good.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 6/22/15

Today’s links have an international flavor.  By the way, this is the second version of the links this morning, the first was lost due to a little user error, but we persevere.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why (with an extra today), 5/27/15

Here are a few interesting articles today.  You will notice that there are more than five because one is an article that has very little if anything to do with beer.  Actually, it isn’t even an article.  It is a Department of Justice press release.

  • My growing love of small town newspapers continues. This story out of Brainerd, MN shows the continued complexities of US beer/alcohol laws. I have no problem with a local municipality deciding on things like this, and as someone who doesn’t go to his own county’s fair so that he doesn’t have to deal with people, I understand the sentiment to keep the drunkenness to a minimum. The part I love most, however is the biography of the reporter at the end of the story.  I’ve never seen a reporter’s bio include their high school.  “She ain’t no outsider, she’s one of us.”
  • Here is a fun read on the crazy things homebrewers try putting in their beers. Remember this the next time you get a beer with something like scorpions brewed in it.  Most craft brewers started out as homebrewers just trying stuff.  That attitude is one reason I love craft brewers.
  • Nanobrewing is growing in popularity. It is driven by a consumer base always searching for something different and something new and the let’s just try some shit attitude of homebrewers.  That can be good or it can be bad.
  • The Ontario government will now run craft beer retail stores. At first I thought this was another twist in the rather confusing Canadian beer/alcohol laws, but the more I thought about it, the less strange it is.  I live in a state, North Carolina, where the state government owns all the liquor stores.  It isn’t that much of a stretch to see a state government own and operate beer and wine stores as well.
  • One of my beer dreams is to take a trip to Belgium and tour breweries. This article explains why.
  • I went to bed last night and the world was as it always was. FIFA was a corrupt gang of pirates plundering the soccer world at will.  I wake up this morning and while this is still true, some of the pirates have been arrested.  Here is the DOJ press release about the people they hope will roll over on Sepp Blatter.  We are at the part of the NYPD Blue episode where the detectives have arrested all the people they can prove are involved in the crime and put them in separate rooms.  Next comes the speech.  You know, “There is five of you and one deal to be had.  Whoever talks first walks, the rest of you go to jail.  What do you want to do?”

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 5/24/15

A nice tour around local newspapers for this Sunday’s links.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 5/22/15

A long weekend approaches (for most of you) and that means you will be drinking beer.  Here a few links to get you started.

Five Beer Articles You Need To Read And Why, 5/3/15

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.