I'll be honest. I've been stockpiling news links for a Six-Pack, but just never got around to writing it. But if I wait, too long, of course, the news becomes woefully outdated. So, with that and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday in mind, I give you today's massive news round-up. The Six-Pack of News has officially become an Overstuffed-Turkey!
We start with news of a beer line-up restructuring from Avery Brewing Company. They have decided to cut 7 beers out of their line-up so that they can focus more attention on multiple special release barrel series in 2017.
This is slightly old news, but the Brewers Association, a craft beer trade advocacy group, has backed the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA). This bill with the awkward acronym was first introduced to the U.S. Congress by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), and this bill and its House companion seem to finally be gaining traction in their respective bodies. Since the bill's introduction in 2015, the Brewers Association has maintained talking points and more information for supporters to use to lobby for this bill. More recently, Brew Studs broke down the bill's advantages, which include significant tax relief for small brewers and additional tax and process easements from the Alcohol and Tabacco Tax and Trade Bureau.
Not content to assimilate the craft beer scene into their collective, A-B InBev may be turning its sights on Coca-Cola. This seems to be fairly blatant cash grab on behalf of A-B InBev executives, as reports disclosed in regulatory filings indicate big paydays for the brewer's senior management team if annual revenues cross $100 billion, which a Coca-Cola acquisition would likely achieve. When news of possible acquisition became public early last week, Wall Street didn't react well to the news, pushing A-B InBev's stock lower.
The folks at Vinepair sure like their lists, and this week is no exception, even when they need to twist themselves into pretzels to find a theme. This week's is "Heal Your Family With These 10 Beers", which I think is supposed to be election result-themed, but really just looks like a list of 10 interesting beers.
This is more general alcohol-themed, but Vinepair also provides a fun chart that guides WHAT to drink (beer, wine, liquor) for assorted Thanksgiving situations.
I'm not going to go research this, but it feels like I had seen articles recently bemoaning shortages in certain hops varieties. Regardless, U.S. hop growers are set to have a record year in hop harvesting in 2016. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports U.S. hop production has doubled since 2012.
I had always felt like my home state of Pennsylvania had some bass ackwards beer laws--laws that seem to be finally becoming modernized. But I thought Pennsylvania was bad, the website Good Beer Hunting notes some states' really terrible beer laws--laws that are crippling the potential for small brewers in those states.
Finally, if you're still looking for what to serve as dessert for your Thanksgiving dinner...well, you're kinda up You-Know-What Creek at this point. But a fun option for the future might be beer- and wine-flavored lollipops, as reported on by Simplemost and sold by Lollyphile!
That's the news, everybody! Have a great Thanksgiving!