In Other News – Booze Readings from around the Internets

We read and write a lot about booze. And we drink a lot of booze. Obviously. But on the reading/writing part, we read a lot of information from a lot of other sites. Friends send us articles every day, asking “Hey, did you see this video about how beer makes your boobs bigger?” or “Dude. Drunk Swedish elk found in apple tree. Seriously.”

Seriously.

Starting today, on a weeklyish basis we’ll share with you things we see across the internets. These are articles that we found interesting, weird, informative, or hilarious, but didn’t really fit the Wagon’s “Only Denver, Only Booze” filter.


Is Stranahan’s the punk rock of whiskey? Ask the bartender…
Title says it all. Great insight from bartender Sean Kenyon.


Cooking With Hops

Interesting article, including some recipes, about cooking with hops. Not hoppy beers, not the differences of certain hops in beer, but actually using hops in your cooking.


Beer Pizza: What Happens When Peter Reinhart And The Bruery Collaborate On A Pint
Beer and pizza, literally made for each other.


Small Brewers’ Big Mistake in Colorado

We fought hard to keep full strength beer out of grocery stores in Colorado. This is a logical argument about why we might have been wrong in doing so.


Does Alcohol Really Boil Away in Cooking?

More from the cooking world, some information on just how much booze boils away when you cook.


Sloshed: How to Drink in Public, the Right Way

A fun look at drinking in public, legally, “legally”, and illegally.

Feel free to share things you find as you travel to the far reaches of the tubes.

About PJ Hoberman


PJ likes beer. A lot. And whiskey. Gin. Wine. Cocktails. Um.. what were we talking about?

  • http://focusonthebeer.com ericmsteen

    I totally agree with the Small Brewers Big Mistake article.

    • Chibigodzilla

      The Small Brewers’ Big Mistake article is complete garbage. Their argument basically boils down to this: “The top five states in breweries per capita all allow sale of beer in grocery stores, therefore beer in grocery stores is good. Also, if this was allowed, liquor stores would stop stocking macro-brewed beer.”

      I’m not surprised that a site called openmarket.org would publish an article calling for less regulation but the article is just sloppy. It’s almost like they had an opinion and then scrambled to pull together some evidence to back that up. But surely that could never happen on the internet.

      1. They reference this site for their brewery numbers: http://www.beer100.com/brewpubs_a_to_k/colorado.htm If only there was, you know, an association of brewers; a “Brewers Association ( http://www.brewersassociation.org/pages/directories/find-us-brewery )”, if you will. Not to beat a dead horse too hard, but that list from beer100.com doesn’t have New Belgium or Great Divide, lists Boulder Beer twice, counts Breckenridge Brewery and Oskar Blues as brewpubs, ffs, they don’t even list Coors as a brewery in Co (not exactly a craft brewer, but still a brewery and pretty well known, as I understand). It’s garbage data and undermines their argument, such as it is.

      2. Maine, Vermont, Alaska and Montana are not exactly frontrunners in the craft brew arena, despite their breweries per capita numbers. Oregon, well okay, that’s one point to the article. I suspect it has more to do with the ability to grow hops in Oregon than the sale of beer in grocery stores, but still. Number (or percentage) of brewers does not a vibrant craft brew scene make.

      3. A quote form the article:
      “Second, that Colorado has a vibrant craft brewery scene is undeniable. However, this variety is not due to the lack of availability of beer in grocery stores. Many states around the nation allow beer to be sold in grocery and convenience stores and they arguably have a more vibrant beer scene than Colorado.”
      Which states are these exactly?
      Oregon? I’ll allow that; the American northwest style of beer isn’t exactly up my alley but Oregon is one of the leader in the craft brew movement.
      California? Maybe, there are a lot of brewers, a lot of decent beer, they allow full strength beer in grocery stores but, they have a lot of people in general. In fact, the articles list of breweries per capita puts CA at 18th.
      Wisconsin? I don’t know, I’m not familiar with their brewing scene, but I do know that hey have their own issues with beer distribution.
      Pennsylvania? See Wisconsin.

      4. Another quote from the article:
      “If liquor stores decided to specialize their beer selection to local and craft beers, this would actually result in increased shelf-space for microbrews in the same establishments where they previously had to compete with the “big beers”.”
      That’s a big if; most liquor store owners are not going to risk not stocking the highest selling beer in the world (Bud Light, FYI) that’s a bad business decision. Those few that do choose to morph into what I’m going to call “craft brew boutiques” will need to sell their beer at higher markups to stay afloat.

      5. Next quote:
      “Even if grocery stores choose to only stock the most popular beers, it will not erode the increasing contingent of craft beer lovers who will continue making trips to liquor stores.”
      Here I might be in the minority here, but if I have to make a special trip to the nearest “craft brew boutique” to get some good beer, I’d rather go directly to the brewery; it’s fun, the beer’s fresher and if it’s a small brewery the brewers will likely be there and more than happy to chat about brewing.

      6. Liquor laws in CO (and most places but I only really know about CO) are complex; just removing the restriction on grocery stores selling beer is amazingly near sighted.

      7. They omit (or don’t know) that Colorado liquor stores are, by law, small, independent businesses. It is not legal to own more than one liquor store in the state. Which makes it difficult for them to compete with large chain grocery stores.

      8. In my 27 years living in Colorado, I’ve only been to 2 grocery stores that didn’t have a liquor store right next door, and those two had liquor stores less than a block away. Any consumer who complains about not having beer in grocery stores is just straight up lazy.

      So who benefits from beer being available in grocery stores?
      The consumer? Well, some of them: the lazy consumer does they’ll still probably be able to get macros some of the bigger craft brews; Fat Tire, Avalanche, Buffalo Gold, Sierra Nevada Pale.
      The liquor store owner? No, for better or worse, liquor stores have a relative monopoly on the sale alcohol more competition would not help them especially when you consider that they cannot sell in the volumes that a chain grocery store can.
      The small brewer? With the pressure from grocery stores, most liquor store owners are going to be less inclined to take the risk on small brewers like Copper Kettle, Renegade, Strange, etc if and when they attempt to expand into bottled or canned distribution.

      The grocery stores, and only the grocery stores, stand to benefit from this. If the article had acknowledged this it might have been a worthwhile read, but as it is all you get is some tired old free market dogma slapped together with poor research, faulty assumptions, and intellectually lazy speculation.