The Best Booze Related Job I’ve Seen in Age

The Best Booze Related Job I've Seen in Age

Boy, how cool would it be to hand out business cards that read: Joe Blowe Beer Historian/Scholar Smithsonian Institution Someone is going to get to be that person since the Smithsonian Institution is indeed hiring for such a position. If you are wondering if your many years of downing craft beer qualifies you, the position requires a bit more: “Candidates with an advanced degree in American business, brewing, food, cultural, or similar specialization within history are encouraged to apply.” The…

Jul 22, 2016

Which Presidential Candidate is Best for Wine?

Which Presidential Candidate is Best for Wine?

Of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, who is the person best suited to promote and protect the interests of the American wine industry and American wine consumers? This was the interesting question the Wine Spectator tip-toed around in a recent article that examined the industry’s relationship with the Republican and Democratic national conventions. It’s worth a read, but it is also an article that brings up an important question: Is it even possible to choose a…

Jul 21, 2016

Drizly: Working to Restrict Your Access to Wine

Drizly: Working to Restrict Your Access to Wine

In an interesting interview with Spirits Business published yesterday the CEO of Drizly—the delivery service for booze—predicted that online sales of alcohol could reach between $7-$15 billion over the next few years. Drizly CEO Nick Rellas heads a business that allows consumers to order alcohol from local your retail outlets, then delivers the stuff to your door. What he did not say in the interview however is this: Mr. Rellas believes his customers ought to be banned from ordering and…

Jul 20, 2016

Examining the Evil That is Alcohol Franchise Laws

Examining the Evil That is Alcohol Franchise Laws

Something interesting happened on the way to fairness and modernity. It appears that brewers in the state of Massachusetts are putting the pieces in place to overturn the state’s evil Franchise Law. For those of you unfamiliar with franchise laws, they are the equivalent of entering into a marriage with an untrustworthy person and not being able to divorce them even if they abuse you, walk out on you and take the kids too. Franchise laws are in place in…

Jul 19, 2016

How To Tell if A Natural Wine Sucks

How To Tell if A Natural Wine Sucks

Whenever I see someone disparage other wines and wineries in the service of their own wines I assume one thing and one thing only: Their own wines suck. Interestingly, this brand of disparagement is embraced primarily by those who are trying to sell so-called “Natural Wines”. It has occurred with some regularity that Natural Wine supporters attempt to diminish the quality and character of wines not self-identifying as “natural”. It has happened again in a new article published by JustLuxe…