Monday, September 07, 2020

Thank you.

McSorley's Bar 1912 John Sloan

To all those who make our beer, who bring us our beer, who serve us our beer: thank you.

Happy Labor Day.

  • The painting is McSorley's Bar (1912), by American artist John Sloan (1871 – 1951). It hangs in the Detroit Institute of Arts.

  • Small and independent American craft brewers contributed $82.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2019. The figure is derived from the total impact of beer brewed by craft brewers as it moves through the three-tier system (breweries, wholesalers and retailers), as well as all non-beer products like food and merchandise that brewpub restaurants and brewery taprooms sell. The industry also provided more than 580,000 total jobs, with more than 160,000 jobs directly at breweries and brewpubs, including serving staff at brewpubs.
    — [U.S.] Brewers Association.
    What will the tale of the tape be for the industry by the end of this pandemic year of 2020?

  • Going into a confined workplace now presents lethal risk. The chance of getting the virus isn’t high, but the consequences of catching it are. Every time I encounter someone working at a pub or restaurant, I stop to think about it. Those of you who are spending eight hours a day working with a public not fully committed to mask-wearing or distancing, that is an act of real bravery.
    — Jeff Alworth. Beervana.

  • A little more than a decade ago, the program Know Your Brewer was created online to honor brewers. Unfortunately, it has long been defunct. So, recently, I created a Flickr group to do something similar —Brewsters, Brewers, and Beer Folk— for photos of brewsters and brewers, brewery workers, beer delivery women and men, beer clerks, beer servers, beer salespeople, and all those who make our beer and get it to us. Year after year, so many folk are churned in and out of the 'craft' beer world, that many can be forgotten. Change that paradigm: please upload photos.

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