Okay, so I have a bunch of boring news
I sat down to plan and budget for my various beer outings and voyages this year. No big deal, right? GABF in September, the usual slew of summer stuff including SAVOR and Philly Beer Week as definites, and I promised myself I'd hit ACBF up in Boston this year. Let's just grab a calendar and--
ACBF (which describes itself as "Largest celebration of American craft beer on the east coast!"), the Opening Weekend of Philly Beer Week (" the largest beer celebration of its kind in America") and SAVOR (modestly "A must-attend for craft beer aficionados and foodies alike") are ALL ON THE SAME WEEKEND. So June 3-5, you can either learn to teleport, or you leave off at least one of the summer's major beer events on the East Coast.
|I swear, this is the worst calendar clipart I could find.|
I love living on the East Coast. Yes, I know people in Portland look down on us from their hop tower. Yes, I know San Diego County thinks we're crazy for living in a place with bad weather and far away from Stone Brewing. But I like it. We have great breweries, great beer cities and great beer writers. We're home to Victory, Dogfish, Sixpoint, Yuengling and even Vermont and Maine if you really don't mind snow. We've got Lew Bryson, the Alstrom Brothers, and Garrett Oliver. Max's Taphouse, Monk's Cafe, Rattle N Hum... I could keep going, of course, but you get the idea; It's good people and good beer out here, all (generally) on the same side.
So why, oh why, can't we get together and make it so that only TWO of our major beer events occur at the same time?
I get that brewers want to handle as much of it in one sweep as possible, but is this really convenient for them? Won't it result in at least one event being staffed almost entirely by volunteers and sales reps, rather than brewery personnel? I just can't believe this is convenient for anybody. Please, someone, tell me why I'm wrong. I really want to be wrong about this.
GLUTEN FREE LABELING FOR CANADIAN BREWERS
Our friends over at Triumph's Gluten Free Blog have a story on the battle in Canada between the Canadian Celiac Association and the Canadian Brewers' Association over whether labeling for beer would require a mandatory warning that the beer contains barley and therefore is not suitable for Celiacs and gluten intolerant consumers.
Opponents point out that requiring every brewery to change everything will be incredibly costly (particularly for craft brewers), and that beer containing barley isn't exactly a big secret. I agree with Caty (post's author) that assuming equal access to health information isn't always a great idea, but this just seems too rough on the risk-reward scale. That's a lot of money and regulation for the infinitesimally small-to-nonexistant group of gluten-sensitives who DON'T know that beer has barley.
I agree with the strain of thought that labeling needs to be better. In both Canada and the US, we don't have good enough definitions or watchdogs for "gluten free." If we fix that and make sure labels are clear, that has to be enough to make silly obvious notes unnecessary, right?
SOME LINKS ON BEER AND BUSINESS
|A modest proposal: Rename|
- Jay has news that Gambrinus Corp has ended Pete's Wicked Ale after steadily declining sales. I have to be honest; I think this is an example of terrible management of a potentially very valuable property, and have thought so for a while. Sad to see a once-proud brand be shelved with so little fanfare.
- In local interest, Terry from Bullfrog is moving down to Philly to join with the team behind Fork & Barrel, Tap & Table, and the Bookstore Speakeasy to see if they can make a successful brewpub in Philadelphia. For those of you not local, this would be like if Adrian Peterson decided to join the Pittsburgh Steelers to see if they could maybe have a good running game. If you don't know sports... let's just say I'm excited.
- As you've no doubt seen, Walgreens is selling beer (right). No, the art is not good.
- There was a whole kerfuffle over Gordon Biersch maybe telling Oskar Blues to change the name of their Gordon beer, but they deny it, along with allegations that they're screwing up Rock Bottom. They insist they're just good beer-loving folk who got a bad rap from those evil bloggers like Beersage. The beer world remains skeptical, if now a bit more confused.
- Over at Fast Company, Rick Barrack will redesign whatever logo yinz all suggest and vote for.
- Inc.com has advice on how to bring booze to market.
- Not beer, but Matt Walker does branding for professional athletes, and his interview is cool.
- Lastly, I'll try and keep this promoted, but Tampa's Cigar City is having a design contest for one their beers. Call to artists and details are here.
A return to art tomorrow, I promise.