Here are some random tidbits pertaining to the drink:
Last night’s tasting at M&T was super duper. I got my nerd on about barley of the malted variety, and the nice, paying customers did an excellent job of pretending to listen. For those of you who weren’t there, you now know less about beer than you could. I hope you’re happy. Initially, I was going to do hops next week and then North vs. South the week after, but in a profound moment of “Oh right, of course,” it was decided that week 3 will cover the topic of yeast. This decision was prompted by several excellent questions from attendees where I found myself answering, “No, that flavor comes from the yeast.” Really, it was like someone wrote DUH on a brick and threw it at my forehead. So, the schedule:
-2/28: What’s the deal with malt?
-3/6: What’s the deal with hops?
-3/13: What’s the deal with yeast?
$15 bucks for 6 tasters and a bunch of knowledge. 10% off dinner if you decide to stick around and eat. Reserve yourself: 770-434-1114 or email@example.com.
Discovered deep in yesterday’s AJC, our intrepid state assembly appears to be sneaking through some sort of bill that would open up the world of direct wine sales considerably. How dare they!! Don’t they want to capitalize on all of the potential rah-rah-good vibes that would go along with a bill like this? The House’s bill page can be found here. I’ve read through the full text a couple times, but my powdered wig is at the cleaners and without it, my ability to decipher this crap is … uh … sub-maximal. There appears to be something about Georgia “farm” wineries being able to sell their goods more freely as well as citizens being able to buy directly from wineries more freely. It also appears to allow wineries to sell “distilled spirits, malted beverages, and wine” directly from their “tasting rooms.” So, wineries can open bars on their property.
Naturally, I’m glad to see malted beverages even mentioned, but why no mention of retail / wholesale / distribution rights for breweries or distilleries? Is the general assembly simply willing to ignore the metric tons of tax revenue that would be generated through allowing Sweetwater, Atlanta Brewing, and Terrapin to engage in a little self-distribution of their own? I will never cease to be baffled at the legislature’s inherent need to draft legislation that differs wildly from one type of alcohol to another. If I can order wine from out-of-state wineries, can I also order beer, which usually has a lower %ABV?
I know there are several lawyers who read this blather. One of you get in there and decipher HB393 for the rest of us.
Our friends over in Alabama appear to be slightly closer to taking a step out of the dark ages. This Tuesday, 3/4/08, their House of Representatives will vote on HB196, which will raise the alcohol limit in beer similar to Georgia’s own HB645 back in 2004, which I may or may not have written a few words about. I don’t have the full text of the Alabama bill. In a rather crude metaphor for Alabama’s place in society (from a technological standpoint, at least), in order to view the full text of their bills, you have to download some bloated Internet Explorer plugin (called ALISON) that requires Acrobat and is likely just a big ActiveX suckstorm. That’s heads up webmastering, Alabama. You know, they have the internet on computers now.
So here’s hoping their state legislature takes a step in the right direction. I can’t help but wonder, though, whether the neoprohibitionists will seize this opportunity to continue to head in the same direction as Iran. I can’t emphasize enough how much life has improved since the passing of HB645 in Georgia. If I lived in Alabama, I would be pursuing this one ravenously.
Heh. If I lived in Alabama.