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A best beer towns list worth reading and other Monday links


TROUBLE BREWING: Craft companies, big beer split on refrigeration unit bill.
This is a big deal. “The proposed law has garnered so much controversy that Missouri Beer Wholesalers Association Chairman Joe Priesmeyer said his organization has decided not to weigh in on the matter. Priesmeyer said the association fears any official stance might cause irreparable tensions between members.” [Via Columbia Daily Tribune]

Best beer towns.
a) I hope he gets around the rest of the list. b) I look forward to talking about this in Williamsburg. c) Working class vs. middle class? Who says Ron Pattinson isn’t a romantic? [Via Shut Up About Barclay Perkins]

The Big Business of Bottle Release Days.
[Via All About Beer]
Obsession on tap: Beer lovers going to greater lengths to quaff rare brews.
[Via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
Rare Beer Club: The Power of Scarcity and What It Wields Over Us.
[Via This Is Why I Am Drunk]
Markets Don’t Care How Much It Cost To Make That Beer.
[Via Beervana]
My first thought when I see anybody quoting an economist is that it will be awfully easy to find another economist to take the other side of the argument. It is a function of the household I grew up in. My second thought is how old I am. I wrote this for All About Beer magazine in 2005. The beers people are standing in line for these days weren’t even born yet.

Consumers don’t necessarilty get to dial up the level of quality, however that might be defined, that they want. Instead of saying something like this to a brewer — “I really liked that beer you aged three months and I could buy for $11.99 a bottle. I agree it is better aged six months, but I don’t care enough about the difference to pay $8 more.” — you buy the beer or you don’t.


Grocery store Chardonnay reviewed in the year’s best wine blog post.
“I used to work for a newspaper that did this sort of story, and I was proud of that, but they don’t do these stories anymore; nobody does. Instead, we write love sonnets about $60 wines of which only 150 cases were made.” I’m wondering what the beer analogy would be. [Via The Gray Report]


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