Last week saw one of the few occasions when I disagreed with Roger Protz. He’s back in form today though with a great post about brewers stirring up the establishment and creating further problems for the brewing industry. Only, this time the problem is with a supposedly craft brewer.
I can’t think of any local microbrewers who resort to this type of garbage with the sole intention of promoting themselves and selling their product with little regard for the industry. Though there is this mob of beer marketers who will no doubt come into anti-alcohol sights soon and take the whole brewing industry with them.
I drink responsibly and I don’t want government intervention to interfere with my choice to drink sensibly. However, alcohol does have a potential for harm and care must be exercised in its sale and use. While my libertarian nature wants no regulations because I am responsible, the sad truth is that like many philosophies, it doesn’t take into account human nature or business. Being liberal carries with it some obligation towards restraint, otherwise limits will be imposed by government. Unfortunately, some companies that generate profits from the making and sale of alcohol have exhibited a reluctance to show restraint in their products or pricing in the name of ‘growing the market’ and are making all alcohol a target.