Zuckerman’s famous pig

Yes Please

Alcohockey - Canadian variation of beer pong. I am inventor of this. I am drunk. I am Canadian.

‘Alcohockey’ Is Canadians’ Perfect Rebuttal to Beer Pong.

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Days Late, Dollars Short

Jelly Belly/Facebook

I’ve been to the doggone Jelly Belly factory in whatever state its in.  I was there before Harry Potter was written into a book and they started making those weird tasting jelly beans.

I was there before your favorite flavor of jelly bean was buttered popcorn!

Jelly Belly Candy Company introduces ‘Draft Beer’-flavored jelly beans

Not AVL Beer…But…

I have had the privilege of having Hill Farmstead Brewery beers more than a couple of times.  If you’re from Vermont this is not a big deal.  If you’re not from Vermont this is either a huge deal or extremely confusing.  Allow me to explain…

Hill Farmstead makes the best beer I’ve ever had.  Choose your style, draw, Hill Farmstead wins.  So.  Damn.  Good.  I think Burial is hot on their heels though. 

Anyway, tons of article about Hill Farmstead out there today and I love ’em so…

Shaun Hill Is The Shit…

First Paragraph…

Beautiful Synthesis…

This Is What I’m Saying!!

I recently said this!

Now, here’s the impact the brewing industry has on our state.

And now here’s the whole “Innovation Hub” idea.

Why can’t we, Western North Carolina, be the next “hub”?  This is my new project.

This and the Asheville Beer Price Index.

Cheers

Craft beer in North Carolina is $791 million market

Great Commentary On The 3-tier System

This article is a great headline but the most important part of it is the last paragraph.

“A newer change comes from New York, with its recent franchise law “carve out” law, allowing small brewers to more easily move from one distributor to another.  As we’ve seen with medical marijuana rules, the “carve out exception”  is likely going to be an idea that spreads, as Massachusetts is now considering a similar law for small brewers.  Both ideas – small brewer carve outs and medicinal marijuana – demonstrate the amazing ability of US states to act as policy laboratories, where successful experiments spread state-to-state.  As the beer industry moves forward, lawmakers, regulators, and citizens (24 states + DC have some form of citizen’s initiative) would be wise to take a page from marijuana and use other states’ experiences in tackling the issue of regulating an industry to continuously re-think the way the marketplace provides beer choice and access to consumers.  How beer will be regulated for the benefit of society, market, and consumer must be reexamined, before it is too late.”

What Can Beer Regulators Learn From Marijuana?.

I See In Your Future…

You already know I love collaborations.  But did you know that I also love nature?  Well I do.  That’s why I want this to happen soon with the WNC Nature Center and maybe Hi-Wire since they’re so philanthropic.  And maybe not maple but chestnut or sorghum or sassafras.

Mt. Carmel, Cincinnati Nature Center team up for maple syrup beer

What A Lucky Guy

This is the first I’ve heard of this awesome contest and craft beer trip.  Congratulations to the winner and I know I’ll be following the blog for shark.  His round-the-world trip starts today, how exciting!

“Heading first to New Zealand before Sydney and then Perth, Australia, Jordan will next fly to Shanghai and then London, before finally back to the United States. While visiting each brewery, Jordan will get a first-hand look at what it takes to keep each operation ticking, as well as enjoy the craft beer culture of the host city. And, of course, drink world-class beer from around the globe, in the process.”

 

Victory Sends Beer Lover on World Wide Craft Tour

Good Breweries = Good Beer

Beers are ranked by consumers and I think that’s great.  There is this ongoing debate about whether or not to rate breweries now.  Many people on both sides of the argument, as you can imagine.

I think we should rate/rank them.  Mostly because I think it would increase involvement in local beer scenes.  I also think that competition, direct non-litigious competition, is a healthy thing.  And good breweries make good beer.

Brewing is not a competitive sport but it is a competitive industry.  Small breweries are popping up everywhere, trademark lawsuits are popping up everywhere, documentaries are popping up everywhere…welcome to big business craft beer.

What do you think?  Should we rank breweries?