Why do we crave sweetness?
In his classic book Sweetness and Power, anthropologist Sidney Mintz speculated that every human culture has a word for “sweet.” You might even say the “sweet tooth” is a universal human trait. Why do we crave sweetness? Scientists suggest it’s because our most energy-rich food sources, especially fruits, vegetables, and milk, are also rich in natural sugars. In other words, your sweet tooth is a survival mechanism.
In a legal dispute that dates back to 2018, a judge has denied a request for a retrial, making it final that Molson Coors must pay Stone Brewing $56 million for violating Stone’s trademark when using the word “stone” in its ad campaign for Keystone Light. The court also rejected Molson Coors’ bid to cut or overturn the damages payment.
Complaints about beer labels from Welsh brewer Tiny Rebel were upheld by the alcohol industry’s Independent Complaints Panel (ICP). Three of the brewery’s beers, Monstar, TinyFast and Primed were ruled to appeal to under-age drinkers or encouraging irresponsible consumption and suggesting the products had therapeutic qualities.
Cape May Brewing Company has announced that it will divest its distribution rights and cease self-distribution of its products through Cape Beverage Distributing. The move may be a rising trend among craft brewers who decide to focus their attention on the brewing side of the business and at the same time extract working capital by selling the distribution rights to beer wholesalers.
The Brewers Associations’ Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony was held today with 303 medals awarded to 263 breweries from a total of 9,298 entries. This year there were 99 beer categories across 175 beer styles (including all subcategories).
Hardship is not universal in these challenging times. Many breweries are doing well, and in fact thriving, despite the slow-to-no growth in the craft beer sector. For those breweries that are doing well and looking to add capacity or additional on-premise space, buying a brewery that has closed can be exceptionally beneficial and far less costly than building out a space from scratch.
It was only a matter of time. Consumers in California will have another option in how they spend their social time out come 2024. The state legislature has passed a bill that will allow cannabis dispensaries to prepare and serve food and non-alcoholic drinks on-site, opening the door to cannabis cafes across the state. The measure is on the desk of Governor Gavin Newson where it is expected to be signed.
No matter how often we drink a beer, it’s not often we actually taste it. Our palates are the most critical instrument at our disposal, yet they are often underutilized or misused. How can you use lab techniques and instrumentation in conjunction with your senses to develop a quality assurance program for your brewery?