Cool article in the Chicago Tribune.
"I really reject the notion that beer is meant to be collected," Laffler said, referring to some of the bourbon barrels he used to brew Goose Island’s now-retired Bourbon County Rare. "Beer is a reflection of time and a moment. It’s not meant to be kept forever."
I’d love to see this happen, but I really doubt that it will. The practice is called corkage and is currently legal in restaurants that do NOT have a liquor license.
The liquor lobby is incredibly strong in Maryland and I can’t see them giving up any control unless they are compelled. More details here.
Via Stan Hieronymus – Pierre Celis has died. He brought wit, AKA “Belgian White”, back from the dead in the form of Hoegaarden and the now defunct Celis Brewing in Austin, TX . Thank you Pierre – well done mate.
It allows 18 shipments per year, but Maryland citizens are only allowed to buy wine shipped directly from wineries. The bill does not allow people to buy wine from retail outlets or auction houses.
Sorry everyone – you aren’t going to be shipping in that hard to find beer.
More details here.
Hooray – some of my civil rights were actually restored today. Maryland has finally done what 37 states have previously recognized.
It’s clear that this bill isn’t everything that everyone wanted, but it represents progress and I’m glad to take it. With that said, I still feel that the distributors are entirely too strong in this state. Short and simple – their lobby killed the effort to be able to buy wine from any retailer.
UPDATE: More info here.
This article from the BBJ says that Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Frederick County all support this effort. I’m all for it, but doubt it will get the traction it needs to really happen.
The simple fact is that the restaurant association is against this because this is cutting into their highest profit margins. It is a reality that restaurants charge 2-3x the wholesale cost they are paying for liquor, wine & beer.