Here I sit on the floor of my new apartment. I still need a couple of more pieces of furniture to make my life a little easier and today there will be another trip to the grocery store to fill out my pantry. Oh yeah, and I need to buy a microwave. Now back to doing what I love: thinking and writing about beer. Hopefully, this will be the last hiatus I take for a long while.
Savor is the one big beer festival I want to attend soon. This “article” won’t really tell you why, however. It is a press release masquerading as a news article. As much as I love the Brewer’s Association, I don’t want to read how great they are from a press release they wrote and distributed. This is why blogs and independent news sites have gained prominence. With so many reporters and editors being let go from new organizations someone has to take up the slack and do actual reporting.
There are actual people behind the beer you drink and the laws that govern that beer. I love reading about those people. Here is a quick q and a with Taylor Harper from Georgia. He is one of a growing number of lawyers who specialize in beer law. Beer law is a surprisingly active field. Between each state having its own distribution and alcohol retail laws, you have each state and the federal tax laws, then you have to get names of beer and beer labels approved at the state and federal level. Beer is a lot more complicated than people think.
I think of what is coming as a market correction. The breweries that will fail over the next year will be weak in some way. Either the beer isn’t good, the marketing is poor, the location is bad, or some other bit of bad luck will befall them.
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.
If I can get one thing out of being a beer blogger, it would be to get big enough that I can wrangle a press pass to Savor. What is Savor? it is a beer and food even held annually in Washington, DC. It sells out almost immediately and lasts for a week.