One of those interesting things that I'd love to get all up in arms about if I could work myself to get up in arms about it is the airing of beer ads during college athletics. We, the royal "we", bitch about the amount of binge drinking that goes on at college campuses. We bitch about the amount of alcohol advertising that is imposed on the underaged. So, why do we allow beer ads on television for athletic programs where fewer than half of the participants can drink and a large percentage of the viewing audience is also under 21? The Atlanta Journal Constitution seems to be able to muster more rage than I can. Just be aware, here's the bio on the authors: "George A. Hacker is director of the Alcohol Policies Project at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Tracy T. Downs is manager of CSPI’s Campaign for Alcohol-Free Sports TV."
An obscure law in Arkansas that affects pricing is interesting. The Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports on recent legislation that requires MFN pricing by breweries to distributors. For you non-legal-geeks out there "MFN" means "most favored nation" and it basically says you can't offer anyone better pricing than the best offer you give to someone else. It's a way of evening the playing field and preventing favorites. "Brewers will still be able to offer discounts by volume and other promotions, but they must be offered to all wholesalers. Factoring in differing freight costs also will be allowed." Basically, it prevents big breweries from offering steep discounts to distributors that are willing to "play ball" on their terms. So, it seems, probably good for small breweries, bad for big breweries.
Jeff Alworth's Honest Pint Project is going legal. The Seattle Times and the Associated Press reports that Oregon is introducing a
And, finally, a bit of weird. I'll admit I am really bad at the science gobbledy gook. I wish I understood it, I really do. But I think it's the weird language that gets me. Like "Phase separation" what does that even mean? In any event, scientists discover that bird feathers are not colored by pigment, like skin is, but rather by protein nanostructures that self-assemble when undergoing phase separation. I have no idea what that means. But apparently it's also how we get head on beer.