Pulllng Back the Curtain: Booze Wholesalers Fear Competition

Pulllng Back the Curtain: Booze Wholesalers Fear Competition

Competition. That’s the problem. I hope my regular readers will forgive me for so often returning to the issue of the Craft Beer Extortion Bill (SB 1714) now working its way through the Florida legislature. However, it is such a startlingly instructive example of how the expressions of fealty to the Three Tier System we hear from lawmakers and distributors is really nothing more than a mask for a cynical ploy maintain power at all costs. The issue begs to…

Apr 24, 2014

Lower the Drinking Age—Because Alcohol is Good!

Lower the Drinking Age—Because Alcohol is Good!

We haven’t heard much recently of the idea of lowering the drinking age in the U.S. back to 18. It occasionally comes up. Instead we tend to hear proposals along the lines of lowering the Blood Alcohol limit for drunk driving. I’ve long been a proponent of lowering the drinking age back to 18, if only because that would remove a glaring hypocrisy: The 18-year-old can vote, kill in warfare, drive and be convicted of a crime as an adult…

Apr 23, 2014

Review: A Cider To Substitute for Champagne

Review: A Cider To Substitute for Champagne

Finnriver Artisan Sparkling Cider — Methode Champenoise Brut Finnriver Cidery in Washington State makes a bevy of different ciders and is considered among the leading craft cidrers in the country. Additionally, their goods are fairly well-distributed. This bottling is made in the style of Champagne and most American sparkling wine. Upon tasting it you’ll find it is an outstanding substitute for sparkling wine. Alcohol: 8% Production: Unknown Source: Washington State Fruit: Dessert Varieties Price: $22.99 / 750ml. RATING: * *…

Apr 23, 2014

Huge Growth in Hard Cider Leads to Shortage of the Right Apples

Huge Growth in Hard Cider Leads to Shortage of the Right Apples

It may be a matter of simply not being able to recall specifics, but I cannot remember any time in the past 25 years when American winemaking was threatened by a significant lack of raw materials: grapes. Perhaps there was a time back in the 1990s when vineyards were being replanted due to phylloxera when wineries could not meet demand due to a dearth of grapes. However, according to Modern Farmer Magazine, this is exactly the situation that American Hard…

Apr 23, 2014

Proof the Three-Tier System is Whatever Alcohol Distributors Pay for It To Be

Proof the Three-Tier System is Whatever Alcohol Distributors Pay for It To Be

Here’s why you should never believe any politician who claims they want to “protect” the three-tier system. Yesterday, in the Florida Senate Rules Committee a bill (S.1714) that forces craft beer producers to sell their bottled beer to distributors, have it delivered from their brewery to distributor warehouses, then buy their beer back from the distributor at a 30% mark up, then have it deliver back to their brewery by the distributor before the beer producer can sell the beer…