Hops and deliberate inefficiency

As with many other places, New York has experiencing a craft beverage boom the last few years. So this article by Derek Thompson over at The Atlantic -- "Craft Beer Is the Strangest, Happiest Economic Story in America" -- was interesting reading. He looks at two things that have contributed to craft beer boom: changing consumer preferences and some unusual regulatory history. [The Atlantic]

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For those interested in this topic, there is this lecture tonight:

Laurie Ten Eyck, co-owner of Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont and author of "The Hop Grower’s Handbook,’’ will discuss the evolution of her family’s farm — from a dairy farm to an apple orchard to an agrotourism enterprise that includes the Indian Ladder Farmstead Cidery and Brewery — at the Woman’s Club of Albany at 6:30 p.m. today (1/22). A hard cider and craft beer tasting will follow. 725 Madison Ave., Albany.

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