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Three Stooges. . .err. . .Three Reforms

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Three Stooges. . .err. . .Three Reforms

By Templars Guest Blogger Mike Malsed   I'm a fan of laissez faire, but with fences. Laissez faire is an economic system that is generally characterized as "let it be" - so I generally like to let business be, but with some fences to stop and punish abuses. We pretty much always have those who will abuse their position, whether it be a natural monopoly or just a group with enough money and power to push their way.   This said, I see a few issues in beer that really should be addressed.   To Tell The Truth. Take a...

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It's a Conspiracy? Wait. . .

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It's a Conspiracy? Wait. . .

By Templar Guest Blogger Mike Malsed     Every time that ABI buys up another craft brewery, the craft community gets up in arms, and in response, a number of people make mockery saying that it's not a conspiracy. Let's examine this. A conspiracy is defined as "a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful." (Mirriam Webster) So we're looking at a: a plan, b: a secret plan, c: by a group, and d: to do something unlawful or harmful. I love it when a plan . . . Yes, a plan. Anheuser-Bucsch-Inbev has a plan....

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Is There Nothing We Can Do?

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Is There Nothing We Can Do?

By Templars Guest Blogger Mike Malsed   There's Nothing You, or Anyone, Can do . . . Really? Yes, we all know by now that Wicked Weed has been bought out by Anheuser Busch Inbev. Yet another high-profile craft brewer has left our ranks of independents. The outrage was easily predicted and, interestingly enough, came from both sides of the argument. A significant portion came from those of us who lashed out against ABI and Wicked Weed; another large portion came out against us, saying that it was perfectly fine and even good that Wicked Weed got paid for their efforts...

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Beer Fact or Bullsh!t: Did Budweiser steal Miller's story? 

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Beer Fact or Bullsh!t: Did Budweiser steal Miller's story? 

By Templars Guest Blogger Mike Malsed   Budweiser is known for its excellently produced Super Bowl commercials, and they did not disappoint this year. Although it was not the typical Clydesdale and Puppy type of commercials that are fairly universally loved, it presented a heartwarming story of an immigrant and a dream.    According to the commercial, Adolphus Busch emigrated to America, "Because I want to brew a beer." (at the 17 second mark) and was welcomed with hatred. He sailed up the Mississippi river by paddle boat, abandoned ship when that burned, and then slogged through the rain and...

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