Roundup

These are some articles about liquor and the liquor industry that have come to my attention that may be of interest to my readers.

Five Things that No One Wants to Say About Italian Craft Beer by Evan Rail in VinePair. I didn’t even know there was craft beer in Italy.

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone is boycotting Boston Beer, makers of Sam Adams because the founder, Jim Koch attended a dinner with President Trump  and praised Trump’s tax law which contained a big tax break for brewers. Of course, Trump is a teetotaler so, like everything else, he probably knows nothing about beer. I think I will probably stop drinking Sam Adams now. Let me know if you agree. You can read the article here.

Jim Koch and other craft brewers are happy about the new tax law but Anheuser Busch is in their rear mirror. The global company has bought 10 different craft breweries since 2011 and now is the country’s largest craft brewer. Most consumers of course don’t know that Goose Island and other crafts beers are actually owned by Anheuser-Busch.

I started wondering about  the wine industry in Massachusetts and discovered that there is a trade association, Massachusetts Farm Wineries and Growers Association which has over 20 wineries as members.  Organized in 2007, their biggest success has been the passage of legislation which allows the sale of wine at farmers markets.