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Screaming Into the Void (July 1, 2016 Edition)

Each week, Tony Budny pens SCREAMING INTO THE VOID and looks at the best in writing and social media conversation around the biggest issues in beer. If you feel something should be included, have a tip, or just want to sound off, feel free to look him up on Twitter @DrinksTheThings, email DCBeer, or hit him up on snaptube or what else the kids do these days.

Folks, I’m here to tell you that the Founders did not, under any circumstance, declare independence and fight a deadly war to defend the Declaration for THIS to happen at any point in our history:

When I saw this, I considered just leaving this space blank this week and declaring independence from life. Then again, it's not like other forms of alcohol are doing much better. In the opinion of this humble beer writer, I posit that the real Sam Adams would not have approved of this filing.

Yeah. That. Let’s get to the news before before things go further downhill.


Tony Magee is a newsmaker. When he speaks, for better or worse, it is, at the very least, entertaining and often changes the shape of the industry. He is also extremely long-winded. Here he is explaining the entire existential foundations of why Lagunitas, despite being partially acquired by one of the largest breweries and acquiring two other breweries, is still your friendly neighborhood craft brewer. We all know the term craft never really had any meaning beyond its marketing connotations, but I think it's time we officially put this term to bed. We need a new language to describe what was once known as the craft beer industry and to describe some styles of beer brewed within it (this link contains good info if you can get past the poor "throat rape" analogy) [Ed. Note: Yikes, what the fuck?]. And, as the industry will likely continue  its march toward a two-level craft makeup, with bigger breweries continuing expansion and small ones focused on other things than expansion, the industry will likely continue splintering as well. Before long, the smaller brewers will have to form their own advocacy organization. We saw this in Colorado with the ugly breakup of the Craft Brewers Guild a few weeks ago.

That was long. Here, ponder this ye olde beer ad:



Noted oldest brewery in the country that also fits the definition of craft, Yuengling, just got nailed by the EPA for illegally dumping pollutants into the Greater Pottsville Area Sewer Authority municipal wastewater treatment plant. I didn’t know Mr. Burns bought Yuengling recently.



All right, soldiers. Our Independence Day is upon us! Go out there and do something crazy to celebrate.

Please don’t actually do this. I want you to be back to read this next week. The content never ends.

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