I love when local newspapers and television stations cover new popular things like craft beer. There is always the explaining of things in the most obvious way possible. Here are today’s links:
- Here is a story from Montana. It is another story about a brewery that keeps expanding. I think the growth of craft beer won’t be on the national level anymore, but will be at the state and local level. Breweries providing their wares to the local populace. That has to be the heart of brewing and it should be what really worries the big international brewers.
- As with every other part of society the participation of women as equals is a big part of the continued expansion of craft beer in the US. It isn’t about teaching home brewing and craft beer to women in a way they will understand, it is about providing a welcoming environment that doesn’t man-splain and talk down to them. It is important to remember that brewing beer in the home was primarily a woman’s responsibility before the advent of professional brewers and men figured out how to make money at it.
- There are lots of ways brewing creates jobs and work for communities. Here is one story from the Chicago area of a beer lover and artist combining both his loves for a paycheck.
- This is another story about the need for changes in the distribution of beer in the US. This time in Alabama. This article points out the economic benefits craft beer and craft breweries can provide smaller and mid-sized cities. I think that impact and resultant tax revenue is starting to outweigh the money big distributors and big brewers can throw at politicians.
- Speaking of which, the North Carolina Brewers Guild has launched its own website to refute the anonymous ncbeerjobs.com website. Two things, the sponsors of this website put their name on it, so as not to confuse a visitor as to who and what they are advocating and this website uses numbers backed by, you know facts.