Tag: Beer

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shutterstock_242275753Rob and Kevin should be ashamed of themselves: The real reason it’s a wonderful time to be an American consumer has nothing to do with electronic media, drive-sharing, or any fancy-shmacy new technology. Via the Washington Post, this is the the best news about entrepreneurialism in America you’ll read all day:

As of Dec. 1, 2015, the Brewers Association had counted 4,144 breweries in the United States, the most ever operating simultaneously in the history of the country. According to historians, the previous high-water mark of 4,131 was set in 1873. The new number includes giant Budweiser, artisan Dogfish Head and your neighborhood brewpub. Although beer industry observers have known this day was coming, the pace of growth was explosive: At the end of 2011, there were 2,033 breweries, or fewer than half as many as now. In 2005, there were only 1,447. And 25 years ago? The Brewers Association, a trade group for small and independent breweries, logged a mere 284 in 1990.

The news isn’t all good, though. Rapid expansions are often followed by equally massive contractions, and it’s (unsurprisingly) becoming a harder for each additional brewery to gain a foothold:

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This weekend I took a trip with Mr. Hank Rhody and other friends and family to the 18th annual Ice Cold Beer Fest in Minocqua, WI. It was my second visit, and despite the increase in participants this year it was still a good time, with this year’s strategy of sticking with a couple types […]

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Apparently, yes: Beginning in December of 2016, restaurants with more than 20 locations will be required to provide calorie information on their menus, despite evidence that this does not influence ordering decisions. This new mandate is part of the multi-stage Obamacare rule roll-out. Preview Open

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After going to the “Take Back America” Friday night in Greenville, SC, we (me, my wife, and my mother) drove to Seneca SC to visit my two oldest daughters. We had lunch today at a local Mexican restaurant. To accompany my beef fajitas, I ordered this 32 oz mug of Dos Equis (hic—pardon).  The picture […]

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First off, this post does not require counting or drinking for each time you hear Let me be clear*, but feel free to do so, if you need strength and courage. Now, let me be clear*, this info is probably already somewhere on Ricochet, but you know how it is when things are lost, and you can’t find […]

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Trouble Brewing

 

4748891804_1bceaa2679_zAlcohol regulations in the United States are — to use a technical turn of phrase — completely insane. As anyone who imbibes and has travelled throughout the country knows, sales are regulated in completely different ways from place to place. In some states, beer, wine, and spirits are all available for purchase in supermarkets; others require supermarkets to provide separate entrances for liquor sales; others severely restrict the number of resale licenses; still others mandate sales through state monopolies; others yet allow counties to prohibit sales entirely. Curiously, these rules don’t correlate well with other indices of freedom: one wonders whether any other comparison would lead one to conclude that California is a laissez faire paradise and New Hampshire a statist dystopia.

But if this Cato Daily Podcast has the matter correct, the regulations on alcohol production and distribution are every bit as crazy as those on its sale, and often more pernicious for being federal. Did you know, for instance (I did not) that the federal government has specific taxes on beer production, and that the rate of taxation depends on the size of the brewery’s output? As you might imagine, this tends to pit big breweries against small- and medium-sized ones, leading them to support different reform bills.

Moreover — and this, again, I confess I was wholly ignorant of — most states prohibit breweries from directly selling their product to consumers. Instead, they’re required to sell their wares to a wholesaler. This is generally pitched as a safeguard against alcohol abuse, but also has the effect of creating a rent-seeking lobby that impedes normal market forces.

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So I noticed that no one responded to my invite in the Prelude. Rather than assume that the post just escaped notice of anyone on Ricochet, I’m just going to instead assume that y’all were snubbing me mostly because it makes me feel cool and important. I’m noticeable enough to be snubbed. In your face, […]

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Every so often during the manufacturing process, you can find a synergy where the byproducts of one product can be recycled at low cost to contribute to the production of a second.  Unless, that is, the uncompromising Nanny State gets involved…   “New federal rules may cut long-standing ties between beer makers, farmers Preview Open

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Since my last posting about these events was so well-received, I decided I should report on the latest. So far, my lovely wife Amanda and I have not missed a single event, and have enjoyed them thoroughly. Following the success of the last two events, the organizer, Jason Brick, decided to try one on the […]

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