With a plethora of issues facing the senators in the state legislature, you would think one of the first things they would focus on would be the nearly $900 million budget shortfall. Except you would be completely wrong.
A recently introduced bill seeks to stop the construction of retail and taproom locations for microbreweries across Nebraska.
Many are baffled as to why it would be a good idea to tell the growing microbreweries to stop being successful.
A mere 10 years ago, there were only a small number of craft breweries operating in the state. Now, there are around 40 breweries giving jobs to Nebraskans and providing the government with revenue.
In 2017, Americans have the ability to spend an hour in a liquor store looking for the right beer. Many forget that this wasn’t always the case.
The craft brewery revolution was fought with one idea in mind: individuality.
To craft brewers, beer that was mass produced and watered down wasn’t giving them the satisfaction needed. They then began making beers with unique flavors reinforced by new traditions and character. While many of them were bought up by the industry giants, others have found small local niches that people love. After all the hard work over the years to bring individuality back to the brewery game, you better believe the craft brewers aren’t going down without a fight.
But why should you care?
Well, if you don’t want to pay more for beer in general, you should care.
Its called economics and the law of demand. Right now, beer prices are relatively cheap because of the national growth in craft breweries. Since there are more options to choose from, companies have to be more competitive when pricing their goods. If craft breweries aren’t allowed to grow or have government impose harsh regulations on them, they will go out of business. This translates to less competition, which in turn, makes those remaining goods more expensive.
So help out your local breweries, like North Bottoms Brewing Company, by either calling the senator to tell him his idea is horrible, or buy a sex pack and watch the Super Bowl.